Tuesday, June 15, 2021
This morning we were up early and on the road by 7:30 AM to head to Spokane, Washington. Our route took us into Montana, state number 9!
In Montana we passed over the Continental Divide which runs through the Bitterroot Mountain Range.
We also passed the town of Lima, Montana which has a population of a little over 200. It is named after an early settler whose home was in Lima, Ohio.
The Clark Canyon Reservoir in Dillan, Montana is also the site of Camp Fortunate. In 1805, Lewis and Clark set up camp and also met the Shoshoni tribe. The leader of the tribe was Sacajawea’s brother and she recognized him when they met and that helped Lewis and Clark to be accepted as coming in peace.
Along Interstate 90 in Montana we saw many canola fields. It is a popular rotational crop with wheat and barley. When you see these fields the yellow is vibrant!
Technology can be such a wonderful thing! Our son did a FaceTime call so we could talk to and see our granddaughter! We loved it!
When we left Montana and we’re back in the panhandle section of Idaho we crossed into the Pacific time zone. We still feel like we are on Eastern Standard time so the three hour difference is messing up our sleeping!
The Murray Gold Fields is where a permanent gold rush camp was established in 1884 and the town of Murray flourished for over ten years.
When we pulled off the highway for a rest stop, there were a lot of prairie dogs running around and in and out of their holes outside our RV. It was fun to watch them! We were able to get a picture of one of them.
By afternoon we crossed into the state of Washington, our tenth state!
We checked into our campground and noticed our hot water tank cover was missing. It had to have jarred loose as we were driving. Many of the highways were very bumpy and rough. Dave called the RV manufacturer and they are sending a new one to where we will be staying in Oregon. They told us how long it would take to get shipped and we figured Elkton, Oregon is where we will be camping with friends! In the meantime there wasn’t a cover.
On our way to our Spokane KOA we saw a wine cellar. It was calling our names to stop by for a tasting. So after setting up camp, we hopped in the car and drove to the Latah’s Creek Wine Cellar. It was a great way to end the day tasting Washington wines. One could also tour the adjoining winemaking facilities but that was not open when we were there for our tastings.
Tomorrow we travel to Olympia!