Sunday, August 31, 2014

Day 17 - Home Sweet Home

After checking out of our hotel, we started our day at the Montana Bakery (located next to our hotel). I bought a delicious cinnamon bun with walnuts...yum yum!!! We drove through beautiful Montana and saw lots of deer, antelope and a herd of buffalo. The rivers here are beautiful and lots of trees in western Montana. In Kellogg, Idaho, we stopped to ride the longest Gondola ride in North America. It is 3.1 miles long (one way) and took us about 30 minutes to get to the top of Silver Mountain. The elevation is 5,700 feet. In the summer, they have mountain bike trails to ride on and we got to watch the bicyclists as we rode the gondola up and down the mountain. When we got to the top, we had lunch at the cafĂ©. They have giant nachos (we got one order of these to go)!! Nana & I got the veggie burgers with the mountain fries and Papa got a Reuben sandwich with mountain fries. Very scrumptious food!! We also got to walk around and check out the different chair lifts. I would love to go skiing here one day. When we got down the mountain, we visited the resort and gift shop. Today we drove through Montana, Idaho, & Eastern Washington and all the way home. We loved our vacation but we are very happy to be home. Home Sweet Home!! God has given us so many things on this trip and we were able to see a lot of wonderful things that He has made. Our country is surely a beautiful place. We are so grateful to have the freedom to explore it.

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