We have had varied temps each day. Yesterday the temperature rose to the high 80's, but by this morning it was in the high 40's and we turned on the heat in the trailer. Today, it was 90 something as we arrived in Shelby, and we still have the air conditioning on after 9 pm. Puzzeling.
We saw some lovely country today. A canyon south of Butte, MT with sheer cliffs of Spokane Shale. Colors of rock in red, beige, green and mauve. It was laid down when an inland sea covered Idaho, Montana, Washington, and Oregon. It was so lovely that I wanted to go back and drive through the canyon again. We saw spacious fields of hay, with threshers slowly moving across them. Many ranchers already had their hay baled and stacked for winter. And we saw antelope, herds of them, grazing in the fields.
We saw many references to Lewis and Clark. It spawned long discussions of just where they went, and why. We passed Great Falls, where we visited the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and the Charles Russell Museum last fall. We crossed the Missouri River several times. In Craig, it looked like good canoeing water. We saw some float boats with fisherman trying their lures.
The topography changed dramatically as we wound our way north. Shelby is a small town, not far from the Canadian border. Tomorrow we will cross, and head for Edmonton. We are looking forward to settling in once we all reach Hinton, where we will stay for 3 nights in the same campground. And when we reach Canmoor, we will be settled for 7 nights. That will be nice.
Several people have mentioned that they are beginning to think of fall- cooler weather, and fall favorites like pumpkin, fresh apples, and turning leaves. I admit that I have thought of those things lately.
Perhaps fall will be closer in the Canadian Rockies. We will let you know.