Photos From Yesterday

On with the story from yesterdays travel.
We made it down from that 6 mile, 9% grade Waterville hill and arrived in Leavenworth. We stopped in a KOA to talk with someone about the next leg of our travel, through Stevens Pass. Well, the lady we spoke to was really surprised we went down Waterville hill, saying they hate that section and never drive it. She, and her husband, reasured us that Stevens Pass was nothing like the hill from Waterville, only a 4-5% grade down. With that, we pressed on. They were right, the pass was much easier than Waterville. Thank you KOA.

We arrived at Burlington KOA just after dark to sleep the day’s trip off.

Friday the 18th we board the ferry to Whittier Alaska.

These are the photos I took yesterday. We weren’t able to stop anywhere, so all these are while driving.

Dust Devils. We ended up driving through one, that was a bit a strange feeling, made the Jeep wiggle around some.

Click this image and see how many Dust Devils you can count.

A Meteor? Probably Not.

The Following 6 Are Passing Through Armour Draw.

Just A Couple Of Barns.

Douglas Washington

The Next 10 Shots Are of The Scarry Bit We Drove Down At 9% Grade From Waterville. It doesn’t Look Like Much, But It Sure Was!

This Is Coming Through Stevens Pass Down The Mountains Toward Seattle.

And Just For Fun, An Old Ford Falcon

I thnk that’s it for now. I’m not sure when I’ll be posting again due to no internet conection on the ferry. At the very latest, I’ll be posting from our new home in Wasilla, AK sometime the week of the 22nd of September.

Until then, happy trails and keep the shinny side up.


Made It To Seattle

We made it! To Seattle at least. And what a trip this last day has been. We left Spokane about 10:30 AM and headed west on US-2. All was well ’til we came to Waterville, with an altitude of 2650 FT, not really all that high compaired to where we have been this trip. Anyway, driving along we see a sign that states “Truck Brake Lane Ahead” we should have known by that sign of what was to come, but no, we pressed forward. The hill down, as we found out later, was a 9% grade for about 6 miles and around u-corners through a gorge. The truck’s brakes where smoking even while in 2nd gear. We did make it, obviously.

Ok, too damn tired to type any more tonight, so stopping for now and will post pictures and more details of the trip tomorrow.


Montana, Idaho, Washington

Today we drove from the western bit of Montana, through North Idaho, into Spokane Washington. Didn’t have time to take any pics today, only a couple as we passed into Idaho. Don’t know how, but I missed the Washington border, oh well. Only one more day of driving until we board the Alaska Marine Highway (ferry). The bit of Montana we drove today was really wonderful, just really nowhere to stop and shoot photos. It’s so nice to see lakes that aren’t lined with homes, just one here and there, but not circling the water.

Eric, I did see some, quite a few really, old “corn binders” (International Harvester) in great condition. But with the speed limit at 70mph on roads like US31, they reduce the speed to 60 in tricky bits, it’s tough to snap photos while driving. I know Norm, 10 more demerits.

So anyway, just think of yourself driving along and taking the pictures. They are only of the passing a state line but what the heck.

’til next time,

Lost In Montana

Today we decided to have short easy day to help rest up a bit, so we headed just around the corner to Hungry Horse Dam. After checking out the dam, we choose to continue on down the same road that runs along the edge of Hungry Horse Reservoir. Little did we know how large the reservoir is. Was a nice paved drive for quite some time, then the pavement ended, the road narrowed, went higher, and the edges got steeper. I had my GPS, but I didn’t have all the area maps needed. We just kept driving. And driving. After about 4 hours we made our way around the reservoir and ended up about 1 mile from where we started.

Hungry Horse Dam.

Tomorrow we head off to Spokane WA. to continue our journey.

Going-to-the-Sun Road

OK, we had a great ride today traveling the "Going-to-the-Sun Road". All I can really say is if you ever have the chance to drive this, DO IT.

The following is from Wikipedia:
"Going-to-the-Sun Road is the main parkway through the heart of Glacier National Park in Montana, USA. It was completed in 1932, and it is the only road that crosses the park, going over the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. A fleet of 1930s red tour buses "jammers", rebuilt in 2001 to run on propane or gas, offer tours on the road. The road, a National Historic Landmark and a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, spans 53 miles (85 km) across the width of the park.

The road is one of the most difficult roads in North America to snowplow in the spring. Up to 80 feet (25 m) of snow can lie on top of Logan Pass, and more just east of the pass where the deepest snowfield has long been referred to as Big Drift. The road takes about ten weeks to plow, even with equipment that can move 4000 tons of snow in an hour. The snowplow crew can clear as little as 500 feet (150 m) of the road per day. On the east side of the continental divide, there are few guardrails due to heavy snows and the resultant late winter avalanches that have repeatedly destroyed every protective barrier ever constructed. The road is generally open from early June to mid October.

The two lane Going-to-the-Sun Road is quite narrow and winding, especially west of Logan Pass. Consequently, vehicle lengths over the highest portions of the roadway are limited to 21 feet and that means no recreational vehicles or trailers in excess of this length restriction are permitted beyond two larger parking areas, each located at lower points dozens of miles below Logan Pass, on both the west and east sides of the parkway."

Anyway, lots ‘n lots of pics to show, so here we go…
Again, just a reminder, Click the Pic to get the larger Image.

One of the pull-offs along the road.

The "ring" around the mountain you see is the road.

There is no going around this spot, must go through.

I think Eli might be a bit dizzy from the drive

Jan and Maddie

Columbian Ground Squirrel

Looking down a few hundred feet.

And last but not least, we say this bear on the hill side along the road.

Yikes, that’s it for now.

Glacier National Park

Another day another day of travel. That being said, even with rain at times, it was a great day. We left Great Falls at about 10:00 am and arrived in Hungry Horse around 4:00 pm. It was only about 250 miles, but a lot of it was through the Rockies and pulling a trailer with 6000 lb’s we had to go slow in many areas. The weather wasn’t the greatest, but that’s ok, we have 2 full days here in Hungry Horse to explore. We will be going up “Going To The Sun Road” (look it up, you’ll see what it is), tomorrow or the next.

Anyway, the pics for today aren’t the greatest, as are most I’ve taken due to driving and clicking the camera from behide the wheel, scarry at times, hehe haha yahoo.

In other news, it sounds like I’ll be working for LTBB again once we get settled in Alaska. It will be a contract agreement to keep the LTBB Website up-to-date. Helps me out with a bit of money while we get settled, always a good thing eh.

Just a reminder, click the pic to get the bigger picture.


A Bit’o’snow

Click Quick, Corner Coming


Jan With Her Truck

Mountain Needles?

Passing Train

Peak Taking a Peek

Until next time,
Laters all

Eastern Montana

I really wish that I could have taken more pictures of this area of Montana, also not while driving. The landscape is unreal to say the least and none of the following photos show what it is really like. At times we were over 5000 ft above sea level (Petoskey is about 900 ft), you wouldn’t know you were that high due to it being all grass lands and such. The name “Big Sky” really fits this area, you can see the landscape and sky for miles and miles. You really do have to see it to believe it! At times it’s as if you are on the moon.

Tomorrow We’ll be heading into the mountains of Montana and for the next 3 days.

This one is for you Eric…

Too tired to type, it was a damn long haul today.
’till next time,

Williston North Dakota

Got up about 6 AM this morning and were driving by about 8 AM arriving in Williston, ND about 7 PM. All in all it was a good drive. Gas prices the whole way have been about 30 pennies cheaper than in Harbor Springs. Lots and Lots of farms through MN and ND. Near Williston the hills are loooooong, like 10 miles long hills. The clouds kept getting closer and closer so I checked my GPS and it said we were at 2538 FT. Made me think right off of Clint Eastwood in High Plains Drifter. Beleave me, these are some high plains!

Welcome To North Dakota

Driving in North Dakota

’til next time,