Your pal Girl Camping Girl has been away from home the last several days, doing the Idaho-to-North-Dakota drive to visit family.
This, of course, involves crossing Montana, and there are certain places where we MUST stop--the bakery at Wheat, Montana, being one of them.
It takes all day to drive the breadth of Montana, but since it's one of the best states ever for roadside trailer-trolling, we have no trouble passing the time. Old trailers are EVERYWHERE in the Big Sky State, tucked into alleys, pastures, and backyards easily visible from the freeway. Probably a good thing that we hitched a ride in a vehicle that's not set up for towing, or we'd still be haggling with some hapless trailer owner or another, between Missoula and Miles City.
Montana serves as the seasonal home for one of our favorite queens of the vintage trailer phenomenon--none other than Miss Debra Bolnik, owner of Montana Camps and Cabins. Located near Bozeman, this enterprise finds, repairs, and restores vintage travel trailers. If we'd had to means to snap up an old trailer while on this trip, we could have dropped it off with Debra's crew for a re-do.
Here is Debra at the steps of Annie Lee Rose, her most amazingly restored Kencraft. This photo is from one of our 2010 road trips.
We can't make mention of any Montana road trip without showing you the 'Woodstock Or Bust' rig that we spied a couple of years ago just outside of Glendive. Love that vintage bus!
Eventually, we made it to North Dakota, where our first stop was the Hobby Lobby store in Bismarck. Had to snap up one of the vintage trailer Christmas cookie jars in this year's lineup of holiday items!
From Bismarck, we went a few hours north--almost to Canada--for a little time at Mom's house. Had to make sure she has next year's dates for Girl Camp on her calendar, as she hasn't missed Camp yet! Here's her little house on the northern prairie.
Now, we are waiting for the sun to come up for a day of playtime with One and Only Grandson.
'What's that, Grandma? Did you say we can go CAMPING?? I'll bring the cookies!'