Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Road Trip to Montana - Day 3

Got up early once again, had breakfast at Denny's next to our hotel before hitting the road. This would be our final roadtrip leg... Salt Lake City, Utah to Great Falls, Montana. Today's scenery was vastly different from the previous two days. Before it was deserts and rocky hills. The next leg took us through green snowy hills and forests. Salt Lake City is in the northern part of Utah so it only took us a little over an hour to get to the border with Idaho.
Idaho was lots and lots of flat brown farm lands. We could see mountain in the distance all around us but it was pretty much a flat straight drive. Towards the top of Idaho and before we entered Montana we started to see hills and greenery again.

Just pass the Idaho/Montana border we stopped from lunch as this little cafe called Jan's Cafe. Here I manage to get another picture of the scenery. Montana was hills, forests and snow, it was cold.

Great Falls is in the middle of Montana so it took us another few hours to get to Malmstrom Air Force Base. As we enter the city we start checking out everything.. the stores, fast foods, restaurants and such. The city is fairly small but has a decent amount of places. One thing that surprised Chris and I were the casinos. Driving down the main strip there were two to three casinos on each corner, were not talking huge building like Vegas.. but small bars, fast food looking places... it was pretty crazy. The actual airbase is on east side of the city. Once we got there we had to go the visitor center because Chris had to check in and give them his new orders and if I was going to stay on base with him they needed to check up on me. That only took a few minutes and we were on our way to the base lodging. It's a pretty cool hotel on base for those who transfer and need a place to stay for a bit.

We had to park the truck and trailer in a special parking lot and then drive over to the hotel room. The hotel room was really nice. It had a full kitchenette which makes sense since you can stay there up to a month while looking for a place to live.  We settled into the hotel room, watched some TV before calling it a night.

The road trip part of this adventure has come to an end, but this trip is far from over. It's now time to get Chris settled in to his new "home". He's going to be here for at least 3 years. :(

This wasn't the road trip I was expecting. Chris has four days to get from CA to MT so I figured we would stop here and there while traveling to take pixs or to see certain things but instead we drove for 8 to 10 hours a day and really didn't stop.. only to eat and sleep. I'm not saying it wasn't a fun road trip.. I had a blast hanging with my bestie but I didn't get to take as many videos as I would have liked to. :)

We have a big day tomorrow.. apartment hunting is next.

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