Saturday, July 4, 2009

June 26 - Spokane, WA to Butte, MT

We got up at six, showered and were ready to go by half-after. Anita went over to Perkins for a cherry muffin and a cinnamon roll. It was a clear, sunny day, but cool. Once On the bus, we headed east and then stopped at the city park at Couer d'ALene, Idaho, right on the lake.

I grabbed this shot of Anita posing with a brass moose they had in the park. The moose had a mouse on his nose; I have no idea what that's all about.

Climbing out of the valley, we were able to see the Lake for a long while.

We stopped at Wallace, Idaho, a town steeped in Silver mining history. Visited their local museum, and also the Northern Pacific RR depot which has been relocated a hundred feet or so, so that they could build I-90 through town. They had a lot of interesting architecture in town, and claim that a manhole cover in the middle of town is at "The Center of the Universe." Here's a shot of their old Northern Pacific railroad depot.

We stopped for lunch at the Huckleberry Patch restaurant, another interesting little place with a well-stocked gift shop. We're beginning to see a pattern to these tour promoters.

On the way to Butte, we drove through a town called Deer Lodge, where there is a ranch that can be visited, a prison museum, and a Milwaukee "Road Little Joe" electric locomotive. Of course we didn't have time to stop.

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