Last weekend Andy and I took a road trip together. J was at Expedition Yellowstone and we had a few days to ourselves. All the photos posted tonight are from the first evening of our trip. Some were taken from the moving vehicle with the window rolled down, others through the windshield, and still others we actually stopped along the side of the road and I got out. Bet you can tell which are which.
As beautiful as the country we saw is, what was most impressive to me was that Andy and I were doing this trip at all. It is the first time in 14 years that we went on a trip without J that was for pure pleasure.
Sure, we’ve been to two church retreats, and to L.A. to get his hip surgery, but to just go for the fun of it and for the fun of being together? That hasn’t happened since J was born.
We spent most of this trip in the car. First, it was intended to be a car trip exploring part of Montana that I had not been to before. We went from the Gallatin Valley to Lewistown to Denton to Stanford, down the Little Belt Mountains (past Showdown) to White Sulphur Springs, over to Townsend and back to the Gallatin Valley. I don’t know how many miles that was – should probably calculate, but too lazy to do it tonight.
The other reason we spent most of the time in the car was because it was COLD! Like we never saw anything above 8 degrees the entire drive, and often it was hovering around 2, with winds blowing like crazy. Those heated seats in our car were very welcome, believe me.
Besides, time in the car is time to talk, and we did do that. And believe it or not, very little of what we talked about was work related or stressful. Just chatting about observations and general thoughts. That’s what we often did when we were dating, so it was familiar territory for us, and good.
We stayed that first night in Lewistown, and this is the court-house that was just down the road from our hotel. It was a nice hotel and I would recommend it to anyone – affordable, personality, history, clean, and nice staff.
I’ll post the photos from Saturday and Sunday later this week.