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July 2006

Goodbye Idaho, Hello Washington

Coeur d’Alene

Being now a decent bit less than 400 miles from our final destination we decided to stop a little early for the night. A little after 3 UTC we were in our room in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. We went out and bought some supplies we needed.

Now we are at dinner. And we’re now caught up again to real time on these blog posts. Woo!

Goodbye Montana, Hello Idaho

About 01:27 UTC on the 19th we left Montana and entered Idaho.

Montana was beautiful. And we saw the smoke from a wild fire and a helicopter with one of those huge buckets of water heading toward it. But we didn’t see any actual fire.

Oh, and of course all three of us played more rock fetch with the dog before we left Reedpoint. He is the town dog.


Still catching up here from when the Treo couldn’t get Internet. On the 18th around 4 UTC we were going through Billings, Montana and decided it was time to stop for the night. But every place we stopped at was sold out. Mostly by firefighters fighting forest fires in the area and maybe a convention or two as well. So even though we were tired we kept going West.

We stopped again in Laurel, Montana a few miles down the road. They were full too but the lady called around for us and found us a place 40 miles further West in Reedpoint, Montana.

Reedpoint is a no stoplight four block town with less than 100 people. Our hotel for the night was the Hotel Montana, a five room hotel completely furnished with 1800s era old west antiques and with a saloon on the first floor… It was very cool. Brandy took a bunch of pictures with the real camera but the one above will have to do for now.

Amy fell asleep instantly, but as we were unloading a white dog with a black circle around one eye ran up to me, dug a little bit in the gravel road, picked up a rock and dropped it on my foot. I had no idea what was going on, but Brandy determined the dog wanted to play fetch with the rock. So I spent 10 minutes playing fetch with the dog and his chosen rock before we finished taking in our stuff.

Between 6 and 7 UTC we were finally settled in for the night in Reedpoint.