Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Montana Vacation Day 8

Day 8

It was a cold, windy night, but dry and we slept fairly well in the tent.  The kids reported sleeping well in the car also.  We were up and packed up and ready to hit the road by 8:30.  We were a bit sad to the leave the beautiful Glacier National Park, but it was time to go.  We packed in and waved good by.  Hubby's friend was leaving to go back to his home and we were, again, on our own.  We decided to take the more rural route 2 all the way from the park so we could follow the Dinosaur Trail.  It was a beautiful, rural road with idyllic, pastoral landscapes and infrequent traffic.  We stopped at The Depot Museum in Rudyard.  Many dinosaurs on display at the Museum of the Rockies have been found near this small community.  The museum has a fully articulated Gryposaurus found near by. 
Depot Museum in Rudyard, MT

In addition to the dinosaur display, the museum was a really cool time capsule of the town's history, with lots of donated memorabilia including farm implements, a school house, a settler's cottage, and an intact blacksmith shop found abandoned on a farm. 

Our second stop on the Dinosaur trail was at the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum and Field Station in Malta.  There we saw several dinosaurs found near by and an active lab.  We were the only ones in the small museum and the worker spent a lot of time showing Trevor things at the museum and in the lab.  It was a really worthwhile stop.

Our beautiful day started to go south as we got into eastern Montana.  There we got considerably delayed behind a wide load so big and long it took TWO semitrailer trucks to pull it at the average of 35 mph it went.  After probably an hour of driving behind it at 35 mph, it finally stopped and let us and the other 15 cars go around it.  Then the campground we planned to stay at was full and so was our back-up campground.  After that, we decided to just keep on trucking east.  We drove most of the night stopping for breaks and to switch drivers briefly (Hubby is really great about doing most of the driving!).  We felt a bit like homeless people as we took our toothbrushes into the rest stop bathroom to brush our teeth, but we made the best of it, kept in good spirits, and got a lot of miles in.

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