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Fording the Headwaters of the Mississippi

Posted on November 13, 2014 by Holly Hayes
On Day 8 of my road trip, I enjoyed the lovely lakes and forests of northern Minnesota and walked across the Mississippi River. Heading out from Grand Forks under stormy skies. Misbehaving cows near Shevlin, Minnesota. Mostly hidden by the far-left cow is their no-nonsense owner on a four-wheeler. She instructed them in no uncertain terms to stop playing in traffic and get back in their pen...

Minot to Grand Forks, North Dakota

Posted on November 3, 2014 by Holly Hayes
About an hour east of Minot, I arrived in Rugby. It is a small town of less than 3,000 people and isn't exactly famous, but it ended up being one of my most interesting stops in North Dakota. First of all, Rugby apparently at the geographic center of North America. This monument was constructed by the town in 1931. But much more interesting was the Prairie Village Museum, located near the above monument...

Montana to North Dakota

Posted on November 3, 2014 by Holly Hayes
Morning view from my hotel room in Shelby, Montana. Part of the usual morning routine: stop at a gas station to fill up the tank, scrub bugs from the windshield, fill cooler with ice, and get snacks for the road. See ya next time, Montana! Not much changed across the state line, but the two-lane highway became a four-lane divided highway. Well done, North Dakota! Williston is proud to be the home of Phil Jackson...

Driving Across Northern Montana

Posted on October 19, 2014 by Holly Hayes
Day 5 was mostly about making good eastward progress, so I spent most of the time behind the wheel. As usual, I had rejected the usual freeway route (I-90 in this case) in favor of a smaller highway (Highway 2), and was glad I did. Day 5 route: 260 miles across Montana from Shelby to Glasgow on Highway 2. Highway 2 was mostly a two-lane highway, but so straight and empty that it was easy to pass when occasionally needed...

A Sunny Autumn Day in Kalispell, Montana

Posted on October 7, 2014 by Holly Hayes
Main Street in historic downtown Kalispell, Montana. Map of photos taken in Kalispell. I spent two nights in the small town of Kalispell, Montana, and had a great time. The sun was shining, the leaves were turning colors, the downtown was quiet and walkable, there were many good lodging options and interesting things to check out, and it's right next to Glacier National Park...

History and Hiking in Glacier National Park

Posted on October 13, 2014 by Holly Hayes
104 years ago, President Taft signed a bill designating Glacier National Park as the 10th national park. Today there are over 50 national parks, but Glacier is still one of the largest and most notable. Called the "Crown of the Continent," it contains over 1 million acres of mountains, lakes, hiking trails, historic sites, and wildlife. It was designated a World Heritage Site in 1995...

Road Trip: Spokane to Kalispell

Posted on September 28, 2014 by Holly Hayes
Day 2 (Spokane, WA, to Kalispell, MT) represented by geotagged photos taken along the way. Davenport Hotel, Spokane The first night of my road trip was spent at Spokane's historic Davenport Hotel, built in 1914. It's an impressive place with impressive history: "The Davenport Hotel was the first hotel in the United States with air conditioning, a central vacuum system, pipe organ and dividing doors in the ballrooms...

Road Trip: Portland to Spokane

Posted on September 24, 2014 by Holly Hayes
This is the first post in a series on a roadtrip from Oregon to Minnesota - and possibly beyond! As usual, I'm avoiding freeways, visiting historic places, staying in historic hotels, and eating in historic restaurants. The first day I drove from Portland, OR to Spokane, WA, with many stops along the way. Day 1 as represented by geotagged photos...