It's good old fashion road trip feels for a while! Montana is a perfectly weird mix of epic natural beauty and podunk towns separated by odd historical markers, like The First People's Buffalo Jump State Park.
Case in point, here in East Glacier we found, not the world's largest spoon, but the world's largest PURPLE spoon (maybe). No need to get the lawyers involved on this one, folks. Just a maybe, no official Guinness book mumbo-jumbo.
I pushed all the little kids out of the way to try my hand at riding in the saddle at the visitor center. Okay, there wasn't much competition. But, I still FELT like a kid 😊
Soon enough, we made it to the fairly large city of Great Falls, MT. I think we were both relieved to be in a "real city" again, so we made it our home for about a week. Great parks, lots of Pokemon Go stops and full cell reception. We got some new parts for the RV (air filter, carburetor and spark plugs) and turned the Walmart parking lot into a makeshift shop.
It has been pretty dry in Montana this summer, according to the locals. Just outside of Great Falls, a hay field caught fire. This is the view from the Walmart parking lot, probably 20 miles away from the source. Everything was dark and the air whipped past. Dry lightening storms flashed all around us for 3 nights.
But, with fire anyways comes furiously gorgeous sunsets. This one is about 5 minutes outside the city alongside the shore of a mud pond.
And again, another beautiful sunset at the Lewis & Clark trail monument at the Great Falls visitors center, where the old ladies were all in a tizzy over a French couple "sitting here for HOURS using the WiFi". Haha, I tried to explain how happy I was when we found free WiFi in Canada, but they clearly didn't understand. I changed approach and said it is useful to pay bills and check work email while on the road, because "real life doesn't stop when you're on vacation". This tactic had marginal success, and I tried to keep a straight face until we got out the door and stated cracking up😂😂😂