Postcards from the Perimeter
Since my last posting, we left Washington, crossed Idaho, and headed towards Glacier National Park, Montana on Highway 2 (which goes across much of the northern Perimeter states.)
(Check out the Perimeter Route map on the sidebar to see our route —> ! )
I hoped to spend a day in the Spectacular of Glacier Nat’l Park before heading east to flatter lands.
It Was Not to Be
Hwy 2 winds through the mountains of Northern Idaho and Montana. I thoroughly enjoyed quaint little towns, refreshing lakes, and ranches of pine groves smelling so good …
… but then the smoke got heavier. Sometimes featuring a red glow.
Road traffic became sparse.
We stopped at a pull-out that promised a swinging bridge and ice-cream (who could resist?!). I also wanted to hear news about the fires. But the ice-cream vendor only had a vague rumor of road closures.
(We didn’t cross the swinging bridge but Zoe did belly-flop into a muddy stream. What a great way to fire-proof oneself!)
As I neared Kalispell, just west of Glacier and my stop for the night, I called my sister. She told me Hwy 2 was closed at Essex. The small town east of Glacier being evacuated. I wasn’t going to be spending the following night in that area after all.
As I felt deeply sorry for Essex, I selfishly tried to come to terms that we wouldn’t be going through Glacier National Park.
So instead of going due East after a night in Kalispell, we headed South (enjoying more meandering mountain roads) to Helena, MT where we took a lovely day off doing very little.
Tomorrow we’ll start heading back up to meet back up with Hwy 2.
How We Roll Thus Far
So far we’ve basically just driven and camped. We stop every 90 or so minutes to walk about. I try to find stops near streams or lakes because we like to get our feet wet.
Sometimes we stop in small towns and the dogs make quick friends. Here they are with the owner of the Valler Mercantile and Creamery in Lincoln, MT. Seriously, if you’re ever near Lincoln MT, stop at the Creamery for visit and chat (and delicious ice-cream, if course.)
Now that the first week is over and I’m feeling a little less frantic about ‘what the heck am I doing out here?!’, I want to spend more time stopping during our drives to discover more of what the Perimeter has to offer. And take more pictures.