A big thanks to all of you who joined in for the Alphabet in August. You may wonder why I did this during the height of gardening season. I needed a way to be able to blog every day while we were gone on our trip across the country. Mr Chiots and I hitched up our tiny camper that we built, packed up the car, and set out across the country. We had planned to leave on Monday, but postponed our trip for a variety of reasons. After packing and finishing a few things on the camper, we were on the road at 2:30 pm on Tuesday, August 9th.
We drove for many hours, passing through Chicago at dusk. We kept driving until around midnight and stopped for a few hours sleep somewhere in Wisconsin.
The next morning we were up early and on the road again making our way to our first official stop, Theodore Roosevelt National Park. We arrived late that night and were lucky enough to get the last camp sight left in the park. We woke up in the morning to a lovely view.
We met a family from Canada who had restored this lovely camper many years ago. She came over to chat with us about our little camper. This would be a theme throughout our travels, people were constantly asking us about our camper.
We left our trailer at the campground and set off to the drive the loop around the park. Since it was early, we spotted tons of wildlife including buffalo, wild horses, prairie dogs, birds and a huge elk standing majestically on a hillside.
After picking up our camper on the way out of the park, we headed off toward Glacier National Park. It was LONG drive across Montana, there was construction on every road we traveled making our progress very slow. Many sections of the highway we were traveling were stripped down to gravel and dirt, our car and camper were encrusted with dirt after the many miles we drove that day.
When we finally reached Glacier National Park it was after midnight. The moon was bright that night, so we were lucky to see the outlines of the mountains as we drove to our campground on the outskirts of the park. The next morning, we woke up early, crawled out of the camper and were greeted with the mountains looming overhead.
We spent the morning driving through Glacier National Park, which took quite a while because of construction on the roadway. Since there was construction and lots of traffic, we didn’t stop much. Most of the road was one lane and getting out of your car was not allowed. I snapped most of the photos of the park from the car as we traveled along. We’ll be scheduling a return trip someday when the construction is finished so we can spend a little more time viewing the sights.
Then we headed off into the sunset once again with goals of reaching Seattle the next day before noon.
Check back tomorrow for part II of the Tiny Trailer Travels. I’ll be uploaded more images from our travels over the next week or so, so check my Flickr Photostream for more photos of each part of the trip.
Are you a road trip person or do you prefer flying & staying in one place?
Other posts from this trip:
Tiny Trailer Travels Part I
Tiny Trailer Travels Part II
Tiny Trailer Travels Part III
Tiny Trailer Travels Part IV
Tiny Trailer Travels Part V
Tiny Trailer Travels Part VI