I'm headed back to Portland today. Getting everything all packed up (which takes about 10 minutes), grabbing some coffee, saying bye to Dad and hitting the road. I've got a good amount of driving to do today (550 miles to be exact) but I know I am equal to the task. Besides, I can always stop if I get too tired. Or get a Rockstar.
Roadtrip. This trip has been one of the best things I've done in awhile. Spending time with Chris and her family, visiting parts of Idaho I have never been to, seeing my Dad and Montana after nine years, and making new memories. Yesterday Dad told me I spent my first birthday in Montana, in Libby. Maybe that's why I feel so at home here.
Blue Mountain Recreation Area. Montana is known for its' outdoors, if nothing else. We took a little trip yesterday afternoon up here, found tons of hiking trails and a really cool access point to the Bitterroot River Dad can visit anytime he wants. And it is only about 15-20 minutes from his house.
Montana Antique Mall. Four floors of amazing antiques! Dad and I kicked around here yesterday morning and I did not buy one single thing. Not one. I'm pretty proud of myself. Dad found some cool things he wants to start getting for his place, so that's awesome.
Uptown Diner. This place was such a great lunch spot. I had a grilled cheese (they had gluten-free bread!) and their homemade tomato soup. Oh, and a huckleberry milkshake. Delicious. Total old diner feel, all decorated in greens and pinks. Delicious lunch!
Dad. We were supposed to go to a baseball game last night, but it got postponed due to thunderstorms and rained. So Dad and I hung out at his place, binge watching this show I like and eating ice cream. I cannot tell you how fun it has been to hang out with my Dad. It feels like things are a little more right in my world now. We've gone out and done some fun things too, found some new things, made some new memories. It has been awesome.
I will miss Montana and Idaho. The awesome thing is I can come back anytime I want. And, for me, I hope it is sooner than later. This has been an amazing and extraordinary trip, and as always, I am opened up a little bit more to the world, usually in ways I did not foresee. Time to hit the road.