We left CDA around 2 pm and arrived in Bozeman around 8:30 pm. Unfortunately Geoff said no to the drive through liquor store idea since we left a bit later than we wanted. The drive was long but really pretty and went by quickly. I-90 was really curvy and uphill from Coeur D’Alene to Missoula and was very green, full of scenery.
After Butte, we drove over the Continental Divide and it was really rocky with a lot of scraggly looking trees. Once we dropped down over that pass, the landscape quickly changed and resembled Royal City, dry with a lot of sagebrush. Perhaps they have a rainfall effect there too?
Shortly later, it turned in to Big Sky country with a lot of grass and dry land farming with a bit of irrigation scattered throughout. Really gorgeous especially with the mountains in the background. Even through we didn’t originally consider Bozeman, MT as a potential landing place, its at the top of my list! (for right now)
Below is a picture dump of my phone. We’ve got scenery, an awesome speed limit that certainly let us cover some ground, Montana border, Geoff playing Chubby Bunny with grapes and lastly Bozeman!
I’ll get a post up soon about Yellowstone, but first I need to learn how to use Geoff’s Mac so I can take photos off the nice camera. Or finally use my gift card at Best Buy to get my own Windows computer. Or make Geoff do it. I’ll let you guess at what really happens.
Hello from Idaho! Geoff and I took off Wednesday morning at 5 am and after a short stop in Spokane, made it here in time for Geoff to start work. We are staying with a nice couple that we found via Airbnb. Their spare room is in the basement so its a perfect place to work without any distractions.
After working all day Wednesday, we drove around and explored Coeur D’Alene and the surrounding areas. Thursday we met with one of Geoff’s old co-workers and his family for lunch. It was nice to meet some people who love CDA and hear their take about the area, how they transitioned from California, and an honest word about the winters here.
Thursday evening, we drove around and looked at homes that I found on Zillow. Most of the places we liked were in Post Falls, back in the hilly woods with 5+ acres. Dinner was at an awesome BBQ place. They smoke their meat right out back!
It’s been beautiful here. The area is surrounded by mountains and meadows, has a big gorgeous lake and is very sunny without being too hot. We’ve encountered deer running across the roads 3 times in the past 48 hours and seen turkeys as well. Yesterday there was a momma and two babies!
Today we take off for Bozeman after Geoff is done with work. Since we are going to be 5+ hours on the road, I think we’ll stop by this gem before we leave.
Yes, that is a drive through liquor store. Idaho sure knows how to party. I’ll be sure to photo document our trip through it. Here’s another fun photo for you. Brother Speed (that’s the biker name on his jacket) isn’t wearing a helmet. Neither are a lot of other people on motorcycles. Thank you Idaho for letting idiots destroy themselves. I like the way you think.