By Anna & Elisabeth
After leaving the coast, we headed inland through scenic Idaho,
beautiful Montana, and open Wyoming.
A rather large dust devil in the distance was a unique sight!
When you're in the middle of "who-knows-where"
it's always nice to stop for a tasty treat!
A view from the car window
~ Stopping to Camp ~
We had the joy of staying at the world's first KOA located in Billings, Montana!
There was a nice pond across from where we camped. Several of the children enjoyed
watching the ducks and throwing a few pebbles into the water, and Caleb caught a tiny catfish!
He did let it go after watching his little pet swim around in his bowl-aquarium.
Josiah and Elisabeth pack up once more. By now they got their system down pretty good!
I think the picture speaks for itself... This type of stop is our good acquaintance!
This station was particularly a favorite as it had both a meadow to play in and rock-climbing walls!
(Okay, maybe it was a little boys creativity, but it sufficed!)
One more good shot of our "star stop"
We saw several rain storms along the road, but we were not able to actually drive through them...
...Until we got to the airport. Then we hit a storm of cotton, followed by some rain!
In Denver, we bid farewell to our dear travel companion and valuable driving partner so he could get home in time to go to Senior Camp with a group from Church.
Josiah was such a delight to be with on this trip.
We missed him, but we planned to reunite with him at home a few days later.
Last interactions before sending him off
"Goodbye, Josiah! We look forward to reuniting and sharing what
the Lord does in the remainder of our journey!"
After leaving the airport, our insides began talking to each one about the fact that it was well past dinner time! So we all began looking for just the place for a big crew to fill up.
But this was not just any day; on this particular evening, we children were finally able to do what we have always wished...go out for dinner with Papa and Mama on their anniversary!! I'm sure we were all good, quiet, little "flies on the wall"...although Papa kept saying something about needing a fly-swater! :)
Our parents celebrated being married for 23 beautiful years!!! They were so gracious to allow us to be a part of their date-night, though it seems I hear rumor that another one is in the plans for a time when they can go away without extra "guests" along!
Golden Coral is a great place to eat and one of our favorites...because it's one, decent price and you do not have to hassle with menus! It's always fun to see what each one chooses to make dinner with.
Daniel isn't quite up for a varied menu yet. He still takes pleasure in his
custom made meal that is suited to his taste :)
Mama and Papa enjoy their foods of choice as well.
"For the Lord thy God bringeth thee into a
good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills;"
~ Deuteronomy 8:7 ~