We just got home from a whirlwind less than 24 hour trip to Missoula, Montana.
This wasn’t a planned trip. If you would have asked me yesterday morning if I had plans to head to Montana for the night I would have shook my head and said…uh no.
And that is what made this trip so much fun. It was completely spontaneous, no planning, no thinking about it just hopping in the Jeep and taking off for the night.
We sent a text message to a good friend who lives in Missoula and asked if they wanted to get dinner together and we were off.
The drive between Spokane and Missoula, Montana is gorgeous. It is a beautiful reminder that we live in an amazing place in the world.
As much as we travel I still love exploring our neck of the woods.
We headed east from Spokane and quickly crossed into Idaho.
I took this pic with my hand out the top of the Jeep holding tightly onto my cell phone. Lake Couer d’Alene is absolutely gorgeous!
I am hoping we have time this summer to explore the back roads around the lake.
Once we passed Lake Coeur d’Alene we were off into the wild blue yonder….ok not really but some times it feels like that.
The drive to Missoula is gorgeous! Full of trees, mountains and amazing views.
At the top of Lookout Pass you pass into Montana and the scenery is still absolutely amazing.
I hate to admit how many pictures I took out of the top of the Jeep just praying that they would be of the scenery and not just a passing electrical pole.
Thankfully I lucked out with some pics that show off how gorgeous this area is.
If you ever have the chance to visit Missoula you simply have to visit The Big Dipper.
This ice cream shop is an institution in Missoula! We were there at 9:15pm and the line was down the block. Don’t worry the line goes quickly and it is SOOOOO worth the wait!
I don’t know what it is about their ice cream but it is beyond delicious!
I have to say over 3 hours of driving was more than worth it just for this photo!
I love seeing John and his great friend Scott having fun and goofing off. We don’t get to see Scott as often as we like so it is great seeing them together.
I was reminded last night of how crazy social media is. I posted this pic of us at The Big Dipper on our personal facebook page and my cousin saw the pic and instantly sent me a message. She was just down the street from us and came to visit while we were there. It was so much fun being able to catch up and just relax on a gorgeous summer night.
We realized at about 11pm that we still had not had dinner and ice cream was not going to work for dinner. We ended up visiting a brewery downtown Missoula where I learned a few things.
1. It is seriously nice to be asked for your ID when you are only a few years away from 40. I whipped my drivers license out so fast and thanked the doorman for asking. He was about 22 and I don’t think he understood my happiness.
2. It is possible to feel incredibly, oh my goodness where did this come from old while sitting in a bar at midnight in a college town. Yeah, I am pretty sure we were the oldest people in the building by at least 1o years.
3. When you order pizzas that ends up being bigger than you ever imagined there will be college students drooling over your table and trying to get an invite for a slice…or so it seemed last night.
4. It is a really comforting feeling knowing that you did not have to flip a coin and decide if you would order beer or food while at the bar.
5. We really are old and would have preferred a nice quiet restaurant where we could hear each other speak instead of a loud bar that we had to yell at each other to be heard…..ouch that kind of hurt to write but it was oh so true.
I also learned when the alarm went off at 5am this morning that I am no longer in college and staying up until the wee hours of the morning and sleeping a couple of hours is not as easy on the body as it once was.
All that being said I would hop in the Jeep and do it all over again tonight if we could.
There is just something amazing about being able to take off on a whim, visit great friends and spend time together that makes summer one of my favorite times of the year.