Seems like we're making this Washington to Minnesota run quite a bit lately, and believe me, there are NO complaints about it here in the truck! For starters, we never tire of driving through our home state. But the main reason we love this route is that it passes by the house. And on occasion, like this past weekend, we load on one end on a Thurs. or Fri. but can't deliver on the other end till Monday. And what else is there to do but stop at the house for a couple days of R&R. All five of us enjoy this norther run!
Last week, we were on this run from Washington to Minnesota and, unlike the previous post, it was a glorious day! It was just the kind of beautiful day in the mountains that fills your soul with smiles! I had to get the camera out and take advantage of the opportunity to show the beauty of the day.
Remember not being able to see anything of Lake Coeur d'Alene in my pictures? Not a problem at all last Tuesday.
The roads were a lot clearer too, with only the occasional wet spot.
The climate is milder on the western side of these mountains than on the eastern side. So much of the snow had already melted considerably. The night before there had been a heavy fog that froze on the pine trees, but was pretty much the extent of the whiteness.
There are few things prettier than pine trees covered in frozen fog or mist. Its even prettier than pine boughs with snow, at least I think so.
It truly was a glorious day in the Idaho mountains!
Around every curve in the road is something new to see. Steep mountain slopes open up to reveal small fertile valleys before closing back in and squeezing the road in a tight hug.
The old mission house was much more clearly visible. I think it would be neat to stop here one day and explore. Somehow I doubt they have truck parking, but maybe we can make it work. Malcolm has a talent for creative parking so that I can enjoy these type things. ;)
The valley at Wallace,ID was a lot more visible too, though I still couldn't get more than the rooftops of the town buildings. Its just to tight an area to get good pictures in there.
We did finally run into some left over slush when we were going over Lookout pass, but nothing worth mentioning really.
A quick glance at the shoulder makes it pretty clear that they get their fair share of snow up here on the mountain pass.
And then the summit and the Montana state line! This is Big Sky Country!!!