Yellowstone is gonna have to come later. There is just too much activity to mentally digest. It was one of the most stimulating and awestruck days I’ve ever experienced. We also have more than 300 photos from the 10 hours we drove around the park. Soooo… give me some time.
In the meantime, we did finally get to camp at Yellowstone. We got up mad early on Thursday and headed into the park to reserve a site as soon as the place opened. We stayed at Madison Campground because it was convenient to what we wanted to do and see. So this morning we got up sprightly; Andrew cooked us some breakfast; and we were on our way.
Well, almost on our way. The west entrance to the park was held up a bit by a herd of Elk hanging out alongside the road. Look at the poor baby elk’s leg; I think he was attacked by something.
The trip wasn’t too exciting from here on out. We saw some beautiful landscapes just outside the park heading north into Montana.
When we got close to the Washington border our energy perked up again. Our final destination was soooo close. We decided to stop in Spokane to reconvene and decide how far we’d make it. Well, Spokane adorable downtown area packed with bars, restaurants coffee shops and a massive mall was very distracting. We ended up driving, wandering and eating there. I had no idea what Spokane was like to say I was “surprised,” but if I had to have guessed, I wouldn’t have expected it to be as cosmopolitan as it was. Esp in such vicinity to so much… hmmm… vastness… and “un-cosmo” cities of Idaho and Montana. Wow! I love it! If it was on the water, I’d move here.
We needed to find somewhere to stay so we popped into a Starbucks (hey, it’s been weeks since we’ve seen one, it’s ok) to hit up Google. I found this adorably eclectic place in Sprague, WA –– the Purple Sage Motel. The minute I saw the photos of the rooms, I had my heart set on staying there. To me, experiencing places like this is what road-trippin’ is about. However I had to be practical about the situation so I called a few places for prices. Lucky me, this place was the cheapest.
We are now tucked into the Norman Rockwell room. And it looks just like the photos on the website. See?? This is my bed:
It is now super late and I promised Andrew a super early start so he can get himself into his apartment and settled. It’s sad our road trip is coming to an end. And knowing I have only a weekend of fun left has reinserted the stress of work into the back of my brain. But I’m super excited to see Seattle. Andrew was practically jumping in his seat with excitement over showing me the city. Although this was back in Indiana, we’re more tired now.
This trip has been so much more than I expected. I think it’s because I didn’t really expect much. I went into it with a blank mind ready to enjoy and experience whatever popped up our way!
Next Stop: The Rainy City (Seriously, as soon as we hit Idaho, the clouds came down and have yet to leave.) With its British weather and pub culture, I think I’m gonna like Seattle!)
Ok, as the motel owner said when I collected my key, “Sweet Dreams now!”