Day 8: Back to Billings

After studying the map and discussing options, we are headed back to Billings. Up until now, while we had no defined plans, we at least had a goal. Glacier was that goal. Now the world is our oyster. Or at least the West is for another week.

So we headed off… the first part of the day was on two-lane road. No interstate until this afternoon. Some of the best drives are on these two-lane roads.

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The Swan Lake to Seeley Lake area reminds me of the movie “On Golden Pond”. Looks like the kind of place you’d like to spend every summer.

It’s amazing what people will put outside their business to attract customers. Could this be the bull that disappeared from Jake’s in Orange Beach, Alabama during a recent hurricane? Hmmm…

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This entire area we are driving through is The Bob Marshall Wilderness Country, the second largest wilderness in the lower 48 states. This area, which is made up of several areas and ends with Glacier National Park, creates a continuous area of unspoiled mountains and valleys that are home to grizzly bears, mountain goats, wolverines, elk, moose, deer, and wolves. Someone once asked Bob Marshall how much wilderness America really needs. He responded, “How many Brahms symphonies do we need?” Pretty cool…

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We were passing through Helena and wanted to stop and take a picture of the state capital.

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It’s kind of a “thing” for me to see all the state capitals. Those of you who think I missed Denver and Cheyenne, have no fear. I saw those on previous adventures. 😉

While in Helena this beautiful church caught our eye and we stopped to take a photo.

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Cathedral of Saint Helena

Construction of this cathedral began in 1908. The stained glass windows were made in Munich, Bavaria. I think we should take a minute and think about their journey… they must have been packed very carefully to survive the trip. (I have a hard time getting bread home from the store not squished.)

On the road again… thought I would share these pics with you as this is how we spent most of the day.

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Paul driving (He has let me drive once. Granted it was around a full parking lot looking for a parking space while he stood in line for the restroom but I did drive. 😜)

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Deborah updating the blog

And note that we are both wearing LSU colors today…

We are snug in our hotel room with pizza enjoying the LSU football game on ESPN. And much drier than those in Tiger Stadium. We are looking forward to another wonderful day tomorrow. Geaux Tigers!