Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

Pretty view off to my right as we head out this morning...

View off to my right on Hwy 287 in Montana...

I'm always amazed at the number of barns, and even houses, falling...

Here's one right in front of a modern home and pretty Community...

Nice rock formations off to my right on I-90 heading into Missoula,...

Like the way this train track hangs up on the hillside in...

West of Butte, MT we passed this nice red barn...This one's for...

Love the 'Animal Bridges'...Saw lots of them in Canada...

Pretty drive...

Looking back...

Stopped here for lunch, note the smoky haze over the mountains...

Crossing into Idaho, driving the Pend Orielle Scenic Byway...

I just like this very 'plain' pic...

Wildlife Refuge...

Lots of smoke in the distance...

Arriving in Coeur d'Alene, they 'do' their moose like SD does their...


Well, I am many days behind in posting but will try to catch up ASAP. Wow, we have been busy! And Yellowstone was an amazing place, can you believe I took over 950+ pics while we were there? Anyway, today's short post covers our departure from Island Park, ID to our arrival in Coeur d'Alene a couple of days later.

Because we traveled Hwy 191 coming south into Yellowstone we decided to travel Hwy 287 north to I-90 heading out. It was a pretty drive with clear skies and rolling hills until we reached I-90. Boy I hate traveling interstates! Too fast to 'see' anything, big rigs etc. And due to the wildfires that have been plaguing this part of the country, visibility was very poor as well. We arrived in Missoula, MT late in the day so we just overnighted at the local Wal-Mart. This particular store closes at night so it was quiet with little traffic and we slept well. We needed to replenish our supplies, and appreciate the convenience of free parking, so an occasional Wal-Mart 'sleep over' is great.

The following morning we continued on I-90 for just a bit, then caught a short piece of Hwy 97 before connecting with Montana Hwy 200. This scenic two lane road winds through northern western Montana, following the Clark Fork River gorge. It was certainly a pretty drive, but not nearly as nice as it could have been due to the smoky conditions. We crossed back into the northern corner of Idaho in Sand Point but due to the smoke, and the fact that it was early enough in the day, we decided to continue on for an overnight stay in Coeur d'Alene. We ultimately chose to camp at the very nice Coeur d'Alene RV Resort. It was a bit pricier than we like, but we checked out a Passport America Park in the area and decided to pass. Their rate has gone up since it was posted in PA guide and there was only an $8 difference in price between them & the RV Resort. It was getting late in the day & we were starving & wanted to walk the lovely boardwalk around the lake so we bit the bullet & paid the price. So, lake pics next time...See you later :)



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