Scene Through the WindshieldWestward Ho, Day 21: Bozeman, MT, to Missoula, MT
After Brutus dealt his final blow to Bozeman last night, sending the temperature plummeting to -9° around 11 p.m., he moved on east. Snow stopped falling and the mercury was on the rise. By the time we departed from Bozeman this morning, we were enjoying a balmy 13°. Time to pull out the sandals!
On the way to the local post office to mail some birthday cards, we were a little concerned about a rhythmic thumping noise we were hearing from the car. While we were stopped at the PO, we knocked the considerable build-up of ice and snow out of the wheel wells in preparation for hitting the highway. Sure enough, when we started back up, the noise had disappeared and the ride was a little smoother, too. Oh, the many things we're learning about real winter.
|I-90 near Three Forks, MT|
The folly of that kind of speed was evident when we passed a one-car accident near Whitehall. The car had spun into a guardrail and flipped over onto the median. We don't know that excess speed was involved, but it seemed likely.
|Tobacco Root Mountains|
|Near Homestake Pass|
|Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest|
|Cold and lonely|
Forty miles past Butte, we stopped briefly in Deer Lodge to locate a letterbox in a cemetery there. Like yesterday in Bozeman, we were wading in snow to mid-calf level. After finding the box and getting back onto I-90, we seemed to hit the sweet spot. For the first time, both westbound lanes were clear and dry. Even better, they remained that way for the rest of the 85 miles to Missoula, our destination for the evening.
Since we were able to make better time on that last stretch, we arrived in Missoula around 3:45, giving us time to locate a couple of local letterboxes before the sun fell past the horizon just after 5:00. Tomorrow we'll head into the Idaho panhandle, spending one night in Coeur d'Alene, before continuing on to Washington.
- Miles driven: 224
- Letterboxes: F 3, P 0
- Weather: 0° to 27°, sunny to cloudy
- States: 1 (MT)
- Cattle in snowy fields: 3,458
- Ice covered streams: 21
- Snow-coated evergreens: 186,320
More Photos from Today
|Lots of windshield views today|
|More from the windshield|
|More boulders and evergreens|
|Can these deer swim off the island if they need to?|
|One of many stunning stream scenes|