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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Idaho Trip - Tuesday

Sarah has been enjoying journaling, almost in a Lewis and Clark way, with drawings of different things. And we had a lot of different sights to record on Tuesday.

She's also been recording some of the goofy things we've been saying, like when I remarked that there were some "unsavories" in the last gas station/McDonald's/casino at which we'd gotten lunch. Faith asked, "What is an 'unsavorable?'"

She also recorded Grace's comment to Ruth's Batman Pez candy holder. "I love Montana, Batman," because of the higher speed limit. 

Here's more from her journal (printed with permission):
We were held up by an accident of a semi and a minivan. The semi was on the left side with its wheels ripped off and the van was all smashed up on the right. Both were in ditches.
Photo courtesy of Grace

Aunt Barb will be happy to know that Faith is still practicing her reading.

At one point Phil got an email from a former co-worker about a job possibility, so we pulled into a parking lot for 15-20 minutes while he sent a resume off. Oh the wonders of modern technology!

Then we got into more interesting country.
The Pez containers provided little dolls/toys with which to occupy restless youngsters.

We discovered the huge Montana forest.

And we came into view of the gorgeous mountains. This isn't even the big ones which we saw later.

Then we came to a beautiful, but sobering place - Little Bighorn, the place where George Custer's command and Sitting Bull's people fought a terrible battle.

We had read a book by the daughter of one of the ladies who came west for her health and married a soldier in Company H, which was attached to Custer's unit. She had introduced us to the soldiers and their wives as real and fun-loving and serious and sacrificing people. It made it all the more touching to us to "know" some of the men who died here and to know how their families were affected. We got to see Custer more as a person, though we also knew of some of his prowess as a soldier, both in the War Between the States and in the Indian Wars. We also read some other books which showed more of the military movements throughout the hills here and were amazed at seeing how much ground was actually covered and how vast the battlefield was. 
Monument to the Native American warriors who were fighting to keep their land and way of life.

This is where two of the Indians' bodies were found.

The especially sad thing to me is that only a few years later, these Indians were corralled and sent to reservations and prisons, or fled to Canada where they faced starvation before they decided to give up. Looking at how barren and unsettled this land is now, I wonder if the fight was worth it. I do admire those who did what they believed was their duty and followed orders though it seems they knew they were going to be massacred.

 Hannah's and Sarah's memories and the signs were good guides for us to figure out which Company came from where and where they went. We also saw where the large encampment of Indians had been.

We spent more time there than we had expected, but got a good feel for how it probably went.
Then we were off toward the mountains.
We've seen quite a few ranches and Faith is  planning the locations for the Western movie she'll  undoubtedly make.

This was a harder day's drive and by the end of the day, certain unnamed individuals were becoming a little emotionally distraught. Getting to talk to Daniel on the phone helped some, but Phil kindly decided we should get a hotel with a pool for the night so as to work of a little tension. So we stopped a little earlier than planned, in Butte (pronounce that correctly, please) instead of Missoula and swam for awhile before sleeping.

Though I'm not in the pictures, I even braved the coldness and goofed off with the girls awhile. Unfortunately, the hot tub was out of order.

Zonked out


  1. I've been enjoying reading about and looking through the pictures of your trip. It is on my "list of things to do someday" to drive the route Laura Ingalls family took -- after reading the books with my girls when they are older. :) I hope they like her story as much as I did as a little girl.
    Keep on having fun!

    1. Thanks, Jenni. I hope you do get that chance to at least see some of the places she lived. It gives me a whole new perspective on being content in our "small" house.


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