Snow Delay

Where's spring?

Where’s spring?

No charge from my solar panels!

No charge from my solar panels!

One day before my time expired at Blacksmith Canyon, we were hit with a snowstorm. It only dropped two inches but it was enough that it would have made packing everything a mess. I decided to push departure for a couple days to let things melt and dry out.

Thursday morning dawned bright and clear but very frigid. I didn’t get packed until well into the morning because I was too much of a sissy to brave the cold. Then it was off to town to dump, fill with water, find a place to fill both propane bottles, stock up on groceries, do laundry, and eat at Taco Bell. By then it was well into the afternoon so I rented a movie from Red Box (LaLa Land) and parked at the Logan Walmart for the night.

Next morning bright and early I got on Interstate 15 and headed north. This was the longest day Minnie and I have ever driven together. We travelled 367 miles. Minnie didn’t seem to mind the trip today near as much as she did some in the last few weeks. The roads were wide and smooth, there were no bad hills to pull, the traffic was light, and there was little wind to speak of. I just wanted to get over the Rockies and try things on the east side.

Near Continental Divide in Montana.

Near Continental Divide in Montana.

We hit the Idaho border early in the morning and crossed into Montana just after noon. Even though we went over the Continental Divide twice the elevation was only about 7000′. The interstate follows the old trail that cowboys drove cattle from Montana to Utah back in the 1800’s. The road is mostly gentle grades and follows a wide green valley for most of the way. A sign at a rest area told that it was made by tectonic plates and a fault line and some other volcanic action too complicated for me to comprehend. You have to expect lots of earth action when you get this close to Yellowstone.


I’m only about 5 miles east of Butte, Montana at a recreation area. There is still some snow here but should be gone in the next few days. I’m not sure how long I’ll be here – no more than a couple days, probably. Minnie did good but I need a rest.

5 Responses to “Snow Delay”

  1. Barbara says:

    Why do we do this to ourselves? Geez. 🙂

    Actually I love the snow photos. Since we follow the sun, it’s great to get photos that are different once in a while. I’m glad you’ve had good travels – you’re doing a lot, but it sounds like things are going well.

    So I left Utah because of the cold and tiny bit of snow, drove to Flagstaff and overnighted at Walmart. In the middle of the night I woke up to something tapping on my roof. It was snowing! Really, it was very cool, and dripped off The Palms all morning while I was shopping. Just joined Jeanne and John at Lake Mary near Flag today. It’s beautiful here, and more friends are coming. I might stay the whole 14 days. It’s supposed to warm up in a day or two, so I have my fingers crossed.

    Travel safe – hope things warm up for you soon! 🙂

  2. Daryl says:

    Still there?

  3. Dale says:

    The snow is gone and I’m ready to move tomorrow. I like to stay put over the weekend if I can.

  4. Bob says:

    Sounds too cold for me. I’m spending 5 days(the limit) at Scott Reservoir just outside of Show Low. it’s free and almost all the sites are empty during the week. My dog forced me to go out last night at 2:30. The stargazing was amazing . I’m heading over to a National Forest campground near Greer next. I was thinking of Lake Mary down the road. Stay well Bob

  5. Dale says:

    Wow! You are way over in eastern Arizona. I have several friends that are camped near Lake Mary and Mormon Lake. That’s where I would probably be if I wasn’t traveling north. Stay warm and live free!

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