This Memorial Day weekend we decided to go on a trip with my parents, my brother Doug and his family and my sister Heidi and her family and road trip to Montana and Canada! We left Friday night at 6 pm and made it to Burley, ID at midnight where we spent the night at my Uncle Harley's house (one of my dad's older brothers and also the town where my dad grew up) . At 5:15 am Saturday morning we were on the road again, this time on our way to Missoula, MT.
We arrived about noon in Missoula, had lunch and headed a little ways out of town so we could stop at my Uncle Russ' house (Andrew and I have been married almost 10 years in July and he had yet to meet my dad's youngest brother!). There we visited a bit and also changed our clothes so we could attend one of my cousins weddings about an hour north in Plains, MT. After the wedding was over, we headed further north to Kalispell, MT where we had hotel rooms waiting and could be done driving for the day! We swam and went to dinner and caught up a little on our sleep from the night before! Sunday morning we left Kalispell and headed even further north to Glacier National Park.
They have a road there called the Going To The Sun Road, which doesn't open until mid June we found out because it's buried by 20' snow drifts until then, but we were able to drive about 14 miles into the park before we had to turn around. There is so much water running through the park. We also could see it way up on the mountains just running down the sides of the mountains and into these beautiful waterfalls. Andrew loved that everything was green and that the trees were so thick.
All national parks have stamps that people can stamp on a piece of paper and collect.
We also saw mountain sheep and deer just roaming around not afraid of people at all.
From the park we drove east to Cardston where we stopped and saw the Cardston, Alberta temple. The town of Cardston is so small, but yet they have this beautiful temple there.
On from Cardston we made our way back down into the United States and back into Montana.
We made it as far as Helena, MT where we again had hotel rooms waiting. It was 11 pm and we were tired! Monday morning we left Helena about 8:30 am and headed home back through Idaho, where we stopped in Spencer, which is the opal capital of America. We bought some tumbled opal that is white in color. It was pretty interesting to check out this small town. Then we headed on into Utah and got home about 8 pm that night. We traveled a little over 2000 miles on this trip (with Andrew driving almost the whole way, which he enjoyed!), but we had a great time and it was fun to spend time with the family.
Here are some pictures of our souvenirs.