Last night we parked on the side of a riverbank in Missoula Montana, a friend of Kembers we met up with at this very cool brewery, recommended the spot. I’ll go back a few hours to our first few experiences of Montana. We sat on the back patio of this bar and we were face to face with the train tracks that basically split the city in half. It was a pretty crazy sight to see, being in a big city with a mountain landscape in the background. I soon found out after sitting there that the whole city of Missoula was under water millions of years ago. (I don’t like that I used city 3 times in the last 3 sentences but I am too tired to change that, maybe I will send this to my editor or just publish it and she can comment on my mistakes later). Anyway it has been great to meet up friends along the way to learn about the history of where we are as well as the top places to check out.
We woke up early and we off to find a ghost town, basically just an abandoned town. It was definitely a sight to see, yet very creepy in its own way. Everything has upheld nicely yet there were definitely some weird vibes. I guess I don’t have much to say about it, just that it was pretty cool. It wasn’t really what we expected, we have been on the hunt for ghost towns that are truly abandoned but this one seemed like they just turned it into a way to make money. It kinda felt like that field trip you take when you are in elementary school to Sturbridge village. Minus the people dressed up. The real interesting part was our 10 mile trek up a dirt road, Montana sure does love their dirt roads. We were very low on gas at this point which is never fun. Driving around in the middle of nowhere with no service (mom feel free to not worry).
Another thing Montana seems to love is shooting street signs… I have honestly lost count of the number of bullet holes I have seen since I entered this state. So far I have seen, no passing zones, road narrows, no trespassing and stop signs all shot up. They seem to have no specific sign they enjoy shooting but I would love to find out which ones are their favorites. What sign is the most satisfying to bullet holes in? I never fail to sing “bullet holes, bullet holes” every time I see them though, my sister doesn’t seem amused with my singing skills. Or that I just made a song with 2 words, truly a song that never needed to be created. It should be on iTunes shortly… the Christmas album is also coming out this year, it’s a great stocking stuffer. I apologize for going on this long tangent of words that just never had to be written.
As much as I love sharing about what we have been up to or my weird songs I create, as I drove through Montana heading to Yellowstone national park I thought about what I wanted to write in my next post. So many people have been commenting on my blog saying they love to read it or that they love my writing. Which I do love to hear, it is nice to know my friends and family are supporting me throughout my journey.
It’s funny because growing up I hated to read and write but somewhere along the way I fell in love with it. I mean I know the exact year, it was 7th grade. I am talking about this because my grandparents never fail to mention that I “didn’t know how to read growing up” or that they “worried about me” but look how far I've come. I graduated high school and have read hundreds of books. Stuff like that makes me laugh, because of course I knew how to read… I just didn’t want to. I mean for god sakes what kid likes to read? Over the years I can imagine it has gotten 10x worse, now that every kid has an iPhone by the age 5. Anyway I am very glad I know how to read let's put it that way. I hope my future kids know how to as well. Otherwise how could I show them this amazing blog I created when I was traveling the states?
So here I am writing another blog not really sure what else to put in it. I miss a lot of my friends no doubt about that but this trip has been so exciting. Another side note, if anyone knows a good dentist anywhere around Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Wyoming… okay honestly anywhere. I need my wisdom teeth out pretty badly. Which I never wanted to happen, I don’t want to lose all my wisdom and be average like everyone else.
Greta Ann Vanderblue.