Friday, August 29, 2008
We had a fun quick four day trip to Montana. We drove over 1500 miles in that time. The cost for gas works out to about 60 dollars per person so it's still the cheapest way to get there. You can't fly to the places we went anyway - so we would have had to fly to Butte or Bozeman and then rent a car.
Highlights of the trip were Owen's Meat Market in Cle Elum, WA. (best jerky), seeing "bears" in the Pioneer mountains that turned out to be a herd of cows, Elkhorn Hot Springs and the owner who told us to help ourselves to beer and wine from the cooler in the dining room during the night and just write down how much we took, seeing lots of kids having fun at Elkhorn including the ones outside the pool on the rocky slope where the hot water mixes with the cold creek, seeing Dillon and having coffee at the Kick Ass coffee shop, showing up at Fairmont Hot Springs and contrasting it to Elkhorn (Fairmont's current claim to fame is that Barack Obama stayed there), riding tandem bicycles (including having the seat on Rachel's bike come loose), seeing the little boys fishing in the pond from their home made raft and one of them who was about six jumping on his little motorbike and give us a riding exhibition with hill climbing and jumps, Betsy winning on the poker machine, going to see Mama Mia at the historic Washoe theater in Anaconda, going to Phillipsburg, and most of all just being together.