As you may already be aware from previous posts, with optimal road conditions it's possible to drive from Provo, Utah to Seattle, Washington in 16 hours or less. Captain Midnight and I have accomplished this all-day road trip on several occasions.
This time the trip took us four days.
No, our car didn't have a nervous breakdown. We just decided ahead of time that we wanted to make this a leisurely adventure, driving the longer route on I-15 through Montana and from thence to I-90 west across the Idaho panhandle, and stopping anywhere we came across an interesting geocache or waymark on the way.
This morning we woke up when we felt like it, puttered around Mom's house gathering up our stuff, bade Miss V goodbye for the summer, packed the car and finally headed north on the far side of noon. Somewhere around American Fork we pulled over to indulge in the grand Western American tradition of an In-N-Out Burger (nom), then motored on with full tummies.
Ehem. So after finding a geocache and generally jumping about with glee at having entered another state...
The next time we pulled off the freeway to find another cache, I noticed there were a few enticing waymarks in a little town only a few miles away. So it was that we found ourselves in Downey, Idaho, population 650.
Oh, one last delightful tidbit about Downey: despite its small size, it's one of two cities that play host to the Bannock County Fair each year. The fairgrounds are at the western edge of town, just north of the park with the pioneer cabin, with rows of livestock barns to show off prize cows and pigs and a small fenced-in rodeo arena.
We found a locally owned motel -- simple but comfortable -- and settled our things in for the night.
Good night, Idaho Falls. We'll see more of you in the morning. *zzzzzz*