Our hotel that night was a LaQuinta, and it was very inexpensive, but it was in a suburb of Minneapolis and let's just say, as the girls did, it was sketchy. We weren't there very long - probably our shortest hotel stay of the entire trip.
The next day we drove to the small town of Glendive, Montana. On the way through North Dakota, we encountered a rest area that happened to be inside of Theodore Roosevelt National Park! It was a beautiful overlook, and had it not been so cold and windy, we might have ventured on a little hike out from that location.
We stayed in a cute Comfort Inn in Glendive, had dinner at a 50's diner, the girls swam, and it was probably one of our favorite hotels the entire trip! We tried to go to the Albertson's in that small town, but they had no power...so no fresh food...so that had to wait until the next small Montana town the following morning.
When we got home and back to school, I found out that our school secretary had actually grown up in Glendive, Montana! She was tickled that we had stayed there because she said no one has ever heard of Glendive when she says that's where she is from. I highly recommend it if you need a place to stay in Eastern Montana along I-94.
We left Glendive, Montana that morning and arrived in Missoula, Montana that evening...#bigsky #bigstate. We treated the girls to a night at "C'mon Inn", which is a western-themed hotel chain in Montana. Since we just had the little girls with us, we thought it would be fun for them to have something special. We had a lot of fun there and we have decided we really like the state of Montana!
Dinner at Cracker Barrel, which wasn't all it's cracked up to be. ;)
We arrived home the next day before dinner,
with that many more miles on our new van. Thankful for safety in so many miles and different experiences, tired of driving and of good-byes, sad that these moments had actually come and gone, and ready to be home and to start our #newnormal.