Saturday, June 4, 2011

Wide Open Spaces

We were up at 6 this morning. It was really nice to sleep in and not hurry. We enjoyed coffee ousted, and then I made some egg, ham, and cheese grilled sandwiches for breakfast. While Don was sitting outside, a guy from a couple of spaces came over to ask if we had any spare styrofoam cups. He wanted hia morning coffee, but had forgotten to pack the cups. Guess what? I had two extra ceramic coffee mugs, since I'd bought some special ones in Lake City last summer ( from a local potter)' so we gave him our old ones. Did a good deed and have 2 fewer mugs to haul around.

We were packed up and on the road by 8, and headed up the 93. The Dixie Chicks' song "Wide Open Spaces" is running throuh my head as we go for miles without seeing another vehicle on the road.

Off to the northeast we can see the peaks of Great Basin National Park, with snow-covered Wheeler Peak rising above it all at 13,063'. Sure is beautiful.

11:30 am
We stopped for lunch at a roadside picnic area/historical marker commemorating Schellbourne. It started as a Shoshone village, became an Overland Stage and Mail station, then a Pony Express station.

This iron sculpture was behind the signs, and off in the distance (about 3 miles) is the site of Schellbourne.

This marker was placed by the Pony Express Centennial Association in 1960.

After a lunch of sandwiches and Chex party mix, we continued north on the 93 to Wells, which is on I-80. The road took us all along the snow-covered Ruby Mountains, and then the East Humboldt Range. We are camped for the night at Angel Lake RV Park, which is not as nice as the one we stayed in last night, but it'll do. It's got 43 sites, but it looks like 35 of them are taken by full-time residents. There are just 8 sites down the middle row for those of us who are passing through.

Dinner was Jerk Turkey Burgers--I added about a teaspoon of jerk seasoning and a little bread crumbs to some ground turkey, cooked the burgers, and served them on whole wheat buns with Swiss cheese, a slice. Of pineapple, and a little spicy mayo. Yum!

Over dinner we decided to change our itinerary after we leave Sula. Instead of going to Great Falls, we're thinking about going to Hungry Horse so Don can fish the Flathead. From there we'd go up the 93 into Canada, and go through Kootenay NP to Banff and down to Bow River Provincial Park. We'll see if that plan holds.

Tomorrow: Craters of the Moon.

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Merikay said...

I had to laugh when I read your opening sentence:

"We were up at 6 this morning. It was really nice to sleep in and not hurry."

Around here we don't stir until at least 7:30 when I get up to make coffee and Craig goes and gets the paper. After we read the paper in bed he usually goes back to sleep for awhile.

It took me years to get used to this, but I have and I don't get up until about 8:30. He tries to get up by 9:30.

I wonder how it will be when he retires.

Travels with Emma said...

Sounds like you're enjoying your new found freedom! :)

Sondra said...

Hooray! What fun--how cool is it to be able to change your plan and not worry about making enough TIME..now you have all the time in the world--
I recall the Flathead when I traveled in MT its a beautiful area for sure---cant wait for your next report!