The road is long, the stops are far between, but the destinations are rewarding.
I began my “reality” book tour of Montana May 29 with a trip to Spokane, where my sister-in-law (hereafter known as “Louise”) gave me a lovely book party. Auntie’s Books in Spokane was the next stop and then Thelma and Louise were off to “Big Sky Country.”
First came the mountains of western Montana, Flathead Lake, and the spectacular lakes and sights of Glacier Park. The Going to the Sun Highway is still snowbound, so we drove up to Apgar and then back around the outside of the park, where mountains gave way to prairie and grain fields. Small towns sprouted with grain elevators every 20 or so miles as we followed Highway 2 or “The Hi-Line” as Montanans know it, named for the northernmost railroad line in the region. At Havre, “Louise” abandoned Thelma, boarded the train and headed back to Spokane.
I continued on to Wolf Point and Circle, where I stayed with fellow Women Writing the West member, Wanda Rosseland, and was royally treated to that wonderful old-fashioned western farm hospitality. A pot roast, fresh wild asparagus, made-from-scratch biscuits, and two pies made this weary traveler very satisfied.
Next stop was Jordan, my “hometown”where I graduated from high school. What a wonderful reception and enthusiastic “reunion” with classmates and people I hadn’t seen for about 30 years. I was afraid I wouldn’t recognize anybody, but it’s surprising how the memories come flooding back. I had a great time seeing my old “stomping grounds.” The high school, which educated about 150 students when I graduated in a class of 38, now has 42 students, and the dormitory where I lived for four years has been closed for 20+ years.
I discovered before posting this, that I can’t download photos from my camera card to this laptop, so I’ll have to share them with you at a later time.
Tonight I’m in Miles City, Cowboy Capital of Montana and home of the famous Bucking Horse Sale and rodeo, and I turn the corner, headed back west on I90 to Billings, Bozeman, Helena, Deer Lodge and Missoula.
Stay tuned for more from the life of a traveling author–on the road from Montana.