Road Trip!

It’s funny to think of taking a road trip when you already live and travel full-time in an RV, but sometimes that’s exactly what we do. In the previous post, I described a day trip we took to Sandpoint, Idaho, while staying in Trout Creek, Montana. On another day, we headed north to Kalispell, over 120 miles away.

Smoke from the increasing number of wildfires in the northwest hung all around us:

Even Flathead Lake suffered, though we did see some intrepid boaters on the water:

As we drove through the reservation, we spotted these signs identifying the rivers, written in native language with the literal translation, and the American English version. “Waters of the Moist Bitterroots” sounds a lot more melodious and descriptive to me!

We hit the stores, then Moose’s Saloon (the real reason we drove all the way to Kalispell and back!) for their awesome pizza before making the long drive back.

A drive that got longer when we came up to traffic at a dead stop along Route 28 north of Plains.

I didn’t take a photo of the wreckage as we drove by — a small car that looked positively demolished and a fifth wheel pulled by a truck that was banged up in one rear corner. Later we found out a car came left of center, the driver of the RV telling his wife to hang on, “We’re going to hit.” You can see how narrow the road is — not much room to get out of the way. The driver of the car was airlifted to a Missoula hospital, but we never heard if he made it.

About Ellen

Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."
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2 Responses to Road Trip!

  1. Love that beautiful area. Fortunately the times I’ve visited there were no fires around. Enjoy, and stay safe. HAPPY TRAILS!

  2. Ellen says:

    Though the drive between Thompson Falls and Kalispell is still reminiscent of the wide open expanses we think of as “out West,” Kalispell itself is quite the city now. Anyone who hasn’t been there in several years would never recognize it. We were first there in 1999 and nothing about it now is the same — its personality has been (sad to say) pretty much annihilated. Take care, Mike!

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