Thursday was a very long day for us. Wednesday night, we got to our motel at 2:00 a.m., then we left early Thursday morning for the trip to Glacier National Park
and to see our good friends, Ron and Sue.
The last time we were at Glacier in 2001, it was very foggy, so we didn’t see some of the mountains. This time, the weather was great – blue skies – so we saw everything! There was a lot of road construction, so we spent some extra time sitting in the van, or getting out and looking at the sights until traffic was moving again.
There were several of these Fords, used as tour buses, at Glacier.
We saw lots of wildlife! On our last trip to Glacier, John had wanted to see animals, especially a mountain goat. This trip, we’ve seen quite a few animals. First, we saw a mountain goat. Then, when we got to Logan’s Pass, we saw a lot of people looking at something, and noticed there was a big horn sheep.
A little while later, a mountain goat showed up, too.
After we saw as much as we had time for, we went to Trego, Montana, to visit Ron and Sue.
The view from Ron and Sue's porch
They had a nice cook-out ready for us with brats, sloppy joes, beans, cheese grits, homemade buns, peach pie, carrot cake, and more. It was great to reconnect with good friends.
We got back to our motel room (the same one as the night before) at around 2:00 again! The same clerk was on duty – he probably wondered about our late hours!
Friday was a hot (100 degrees) travel day. We left Montana, drove through Idaho, Washington, and all the way to Portland, Oregon. We stopped to shop in Idaho – the guys went to Cabellas, and we girls went to an outlet mall. In Washington, Bill met some “friends”.
Prairie dog? Gopher? There were a bunch of them and they looked like tiny groundhogs.
We got to our motel room early enough for Diane to swim a little and for us to order pizza before we all went to bed.
Saturday was another busy day with fewer miles traveled. We drove south to California to see the Redwoods,
John picked the Redwoods as the place he most wanted to see on our trip.
then went to Crescent City. The weather was very hot, around 100 again, until we reached the Redwoods,
Bill, Diane, Jan, John
where it was in the 60s. We got a big room at a motel, then went to see where the church was so we wouldn’t have to look around for it Sunday morning. Next, we found a yarn shop that was just closing. The lady was nice enough to let me come in to look around. After that, we drove to see the ocean.
This is the first time I've seen the Pacific Ocean!
We had hoped to wade a little, but it was too rocky because the tide was out.
John sat on the rocks, looking at the ocean.
We plan to visit a beach before we leave the area on Sunday afternoon. After we ate supper at the Mexican restaurant next to the motel, we tried to go do laundry, but the laundromat had just closed. Since Diane likes to get up really early in the mornings, she and John are going to get the laundry done when the laundromat opens at 6:30 a.m. Sunday.
Check out the last posting, because I added new pictures.