The drive from Lewiston to Glacier had a lot of the great roadside attraction weirdness, which I like, but all the smoke in the area hampered the views. We headed north to Coeur d’Alene for brunch then northeast into Montana. Brunch was at a small chain bistro called Le Peep on the water. It was a beautiful area! I tried my first Dutch Brothers Coffee where the coffee was good and the customer service was as quirky as it was stellar!
The best parts of this road trip (like most I take) are found when you see a small sign with vague wording that requires you to say, “What the fuck is that”. This is when the passenger needs to Google (if you have service) or write it down for later Googling and the driver has to make quick determinations as to when a pull off is required. Idaho didn’t disappoint in its last stretches with this type of opportunity. The first was the town of Kellogg. This one we didn’t stop at but wish we did once we googled it. Per Wikipedia Kellogg was a town that was founded when a man lost a donkey and when he found it, it was in a large outcropping of Galena and it became a mining town. The town sign reads, “This is a town founded by a Jackass”. Just a town or two over is the town of Wallace. Wallace is the “center of the universe”! In 2004 the Mayor declared this and then stated the often-held belief that if something cannot be disproven it is in fact proven. So there you have it. Wallace now has a nice little alien ship you can take pictures with and a man cover and sign to signify the “center of the universe”. Also the woman who is manning the desk at the visitor center is about as nice and good-natured as they come!
Once we entered Montana the smoke cleared but then picked up thicker than ever once we got near Glacier. I did get to see a weird coffee shop with metal critters to include a big foot. I have a niece that is obsessed with big foot so pictures were required. Honestly if I could have figured out how to get him back to her in Maryland I would have paid the $139.00 for him. Just putting him outside their house with no warning would have been worth it!
So in a blaze of car singing to the Dixie Chicks we left Idaho behind and we are now taking on Big Sky country. I am more and more impressed daily with my little rental car, a Kia Rio. She seems to have gotten use to the mountain passes and extreme bug guts. She is a zippy hard worker that’s easy on the wallet when it comes to gas. Best part of renting this little economy car was when the Alamo representative, very seriously, warned me about not taking her off-roading. Is this really an issue? Do people take Kia Rio’s off road?