Trip to Montana - March 2002
When we got word that Mom had been transported to Missoula by ambulance following her gall bladder surgery, Debbie, Kyle, Paul, Linda, and I decided we should drive up and lend our support.
We left Wednesday morning, February 27. The original plan was to drive straight through and arrive sometime Thursday morning - the weather forecast was for
sunny and clear all the way to Salmon, Idaho. The forecast for Salmon and Hamilton was for snow showers but that didn't worry us. Everything went smoothly to Wells, Nevada, the halfway point. We turned north on Highway 93 and within 20 miles ran into snow. In about 15 minutes it dumped about 4 inches of snow on the road which wasn't a problem except that the wind was blowing about 40 miles per hour and we couldn't see the road. We eventually turned around and spent the night in Wells. The next morning, the storm as over and we again headed north. The roads were snow packed, icy, and slushy until we reached Twin Falls. After that, it was clear sailing until Lookout Pass where the road was snow-packed but sanded and easily traversed.
Mom's condition rapidly improved after we arrived. Saturday, Dad said she looked 50% better than she had on Friday. On Sunday, she was much stronger than Saturday and able to get up and move around. When we started back for home Monday morning we all felt confident she would be home soon.
This time we had clear roads, except for Lost Trail Pass, and we made excellent time. We dropped Paul off around 1:00 a.m., Debbie and Kyle about 2:30 a.m. and finally arrived home about 3:00 a.m. after 19 hours on the road.
The photos were taken somewhere in Idaho on the way home.