On the drive from Helena, Montana to the east side of Glacier National park, the scenery really changed. It went from open range to beautiful rock outcroppings, to a little more range with rolling hills, to pine trees and glacier covered mountains. It's hard to imagine how thick the glaciers must be, that they don't melt in the 90 plus degree weather they have in the summer months.
We originally planned on staying in the national park campground, but they don't have hook-ups. With the temperatures up in the 90's, we wanted to be able to use the air-conditioning, so we stayed at a KOA just outside the park. It was a short walk to Lower St. Mary Lake, and the St. Mary River, and had a view of glacier covered mountains.
We were there for the 4th of July. Since the sun stays up so late this far north, the fireworks weren't set to start until 10:30 PM. It was raining when we went to bed at 9, so I hoped the fireworks would be cancelled. No such luck! I woke up to what sounded like a war zone. I didn't think Fiona would be bothered by fireworks, since she heard them the first five years of her life, living so close to Seaworld. Fireworks are a lot louder when they are being lit 100 feet from your camper! We didn't go out to watch them, since it was still raining. I spent the next couple of hours on the sofa with her,waiting for the booming to stop, watching a motocross race, and a rodeo, which wasn't so bad.
I took so many photos on the drive west, across the top of Montana. The scenery is so gorgeous! I pared them down to my favorites, and they are in the photo section called snapshots 2.
We only made two more stops in Montana. One on the west side of Glacier, near Kalispell, and one on the Bull River, just east of the Idaho border. We really liked the Bull River Campground, and plan on going back. We also plan on going to Thompson Falls, a little further to the east, to visit family friends.
We cut across the panhandle of Idaho, only stopping at Walmart.
Now we sit on the banks of The Pend Oreille River (pronounced Ponderay), in North East Washington. We are planning on staying here for a while, getting to know the area. It might be a place we'd like to settle.
Here, we had some campground entertainment. A young couple with two little kids, and a puppy. We enjoyed watching the chaos from the serenity of our camper. If you have ever camped in an RV, you know the first hour you're there, involves a lot of set up. While the parents were busy setting up their site, the two year old little girl had both faucets to the neighboring campsites on full blast, flooding the area. Her four year old brother had a blast stepping in the muck. Then he discovered the sewer pipe. He kept dipping his shoes in the hole. Then, the dog discovered the hole and stuck his whole nose in it. The parents would tell them to stop, after a few minutes, they'd start up again. We were kind of sad when the e coli campers left today, but we know there is always good people watching in campgrounds, waiting for the next.