Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Gallery, Idaho, Montana, Washington | 4 comments

We’ve been traveling pretty slowly the past month, finding our way again into the traveling groove. When we set out on this lengthy adventure, we initially thought, “Let’s go cross country, up to New England, into Nova Scotia, then down along the East coast, and then to Florida, and…” at that point, I think I had an anxiety attack.

When we were still in the midst of trying to pack up our home and get on the road, what sounded most appealing was to take a familiar route. Thus, we headed back to Lopez for the summer. It was a great decision. Being there was wonderful, as always, and allowed us to regain some sense of balance before heading off into unknown territory.

Our plan was always to head for Yellowstone after leaving Lopez. We weren’t exactly sure of the route we would take, but heading straight east seemed like the logical thing to do. It’s interesting how the further east you go, the more western the towns and landscape become (at least for a while). Our route took us from the farming communities of the Skagit Valley, over the Cascade Mountains, through the rolling plains of eastern Washington, along the Spokane River, through the panhandle of Idaho and into Montana. We spent just a day or two in each place, knowing that the weather was changing and that our window of opportunity for Yellowstone was narrowing.

A few highlights of our journey:

Edison, Washington: This tiny town—really, more of a wide spot in the road—offers a handful of unique cafes, art galleries, and honest-to-goodness curio shops. It’s not too far from Anacortes (the ferry port where we return to the mainland from Lopez), and we always try to time our travels so that we can enjoy breakfast at Tweet’s (a former filling station turned local foods cafe) and wander the streets for a bit.

Riverside State Park, WA: A pretty state park with camping on the banks of the Spokane River; we hiked along the river and listened to the calls of osprey coaxing their fledglings out of the nest.

Heyburn State Park, ID: A great place to bike the Coeur d’Alene trail, a repurposed rails-to-trails 75-mile trail that runs from Plummer, Idaho to Mullen, Montana. We stayed two days and didn’t even unhitch the truck—we were able to pick up the bike trail from the park, which meanders along beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene and over the Chacolet Bridge to the tiny town of Plummer.

Wallace, ID: We discovered the pretty little mining town of Wallace en route to Missoula, Montana—it was lunchtime, and we had excellent tapas (tapas! in a dinky mining town!) at the Fainting Goat, a family enterprise launched just a few months ago in the old bank building (the vault is now the wine cellar). The food was excellent and the atmosphere stellar.

Bozeman, MT: We camped at a KOA just outside of town, thinking it would be perfect because it’s located right next door to Bozeman Hot Springs. We happily walked over to the hot springs on Friday night anticipating a relaxed soak. Instead, we encountered hundreds of people stuffed into the pools—barely room for two more bodies—and a noise level equivalent to a raucous basketball game in an indoor stadium.

We did enjoy exploring Bozeman, however. It’s an attractive town with a definite Western vibe—bison (bronzes, neon, and taxidermied), cowboys, and mills turned galleries. The highlight of our time there was a visit with our friend Kimberly in her beautiful studio/home.

Next stop, Yellowstone!

Heading East, Into The West

Tweets In Edison

Inside Tweets

Edison Bakery

Yum—Cocoa Nib Cookies

Doily Teepee At Edison Art Gallery

Curio Shop In Edison

Spare Esthetic At Edison Art Gallery

Lincoln Rock State Park, WA

Sunset At Lincoln Rock State Park

Riverside State Park, WA

Hike Along The Spokane River

Spokane River Hike

Rock Wren On The Trail

Sunset At Heyburn State Park, ID

Silvery Beaver Trail At Sunset

Overlooking The Marsh

Cattails In The Marsh

Biking The Coeur D'Alene Trail

Chatcolet Bridge

Biking Along Lake Coeur D'Alene

Downtown Wallace, ID

Old Mining Town

The Fainting Goat, Wallace

Inside The Fainting Goat

Spinach Salad & Lamb Sliders

Beavertail Hill State Park, MT

Downtown Bozeman

Checking Out Downtown Bozeman

On The Street In Bozeman

Hotel Lobby Bozeman

Neon Bison

Owl In Bozeman Art Gallery

Bozeman Food Co-Op

Wonderful Bozeman Coffee Shop

Bozeman Gallery

Bozeman Brewery

With Kimberly In Her Studio:Home

Heading East, Into The West
Tweets In Edison
Inside Tweets
Edison Bakery
Yum—Cocoa Nib Cookies
Doily Teepee At Edison Art Gallery
Curio Shop In Edison
Spare Esthetic At Edison Art Gallery
Lincoln Rock State Park, WA
Sunset At Lincoln Rock State Park
Riverside State Park, WA
Hike Along The Spokane River
Spokane River Hike
Rock Wren On The Trail
Sunset At Heyburn State Park, ID
Silvery Beaver Trail At Sunset
Overlooking The Marsh
Cattails In The Marsh
Biking The Coeur D'Alene Trail
Chatcolet Bridge
Biking Along Lake Coeur D'Alene
Downtown Wallace, ID
Old Mining Town
The Fainting Goat, Wallace
Inside The Fainting Goat
Spinach Salad & Lamb Sliders
Beavertail Hill State Park, MT
Downtown Bozeman
Checking Out Downtown Bozeman
On The Street In Bozeman
Hotel Lobby Bozeman
Neon Bison
Owl In Bozeman Art Gallery
Bozeman Food Co-Op
Wonderful Bozeman Coffee Shop
Bozeman Gallery
Bozeman Brewery
With Kimberly In Her Studio:Home
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