It’s been forever since I put this goal on my list and we finally had the chance to do it. It was so much fun that I’m not marking it as done, because we want to do it again.
Coming home to Washington from our trip to Wyoming takes two days. And we almost always go the same route (or two) because it’s interstate and easy. But it’s boring. So the plan was to cut across the states on smaller state highways which, aside from road construction, was just as fast and much, much more scenic. No real plan, other than needing to be home by a certain day.
Day 1 included Jackson Hole and driving over the Tetons into Idaho. When we realized how close to Anaconda, MT we were going to be we decided to stop and visit our friend, Kayla, and camp somewhere nearby. We got to see Kayla, but as we were driving to the nearby state park there was this huge, horrible thunderstorm looming over the mountains. I’m up for adventure but sitting in a tent in a thunderstorm is a bit much.
The decision was made to keep driving west, through the thunderstorm and try to find a campground on the other side. It was a good decision. I can say with certainty that I don’t think I’ve been in a scarier storm. Wind, rain and constant lightning. Driving through it was horrifying. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to let it slowly pass overhead.
About an hour down the road, the storm had passed and turned into a completely clear, beautiful night. However, every campground we came across was completely full. Another hour down the road, and numerous full campgrounds, we came to a small campground in Alberton, MT with an nice space on a hill over looking the river below. Stars, the full-ish moon and the river… nice!
The morning brought a beautiful view of the river, hot dogs and smores for breakfast (since it was so late the night before) and a fantastic neighbor who produced a cup of coffee to me. A losing $1 in the poker machine at the casino next door and we were on our way into day 2.
Day 2 brought cutting across Washington into wine country. We got a quick glance at Prosser, WA where one of our favorite wines is made. I didn’t realize there were so many vineyards there. It was beautiful! An adventure for another day.
Overall, it was fun! And something I’ll do again!! 2 years ago