Wednesday we had a more relaxed day. We did laundry and the kids played on the playground right by our cabin before heading out. They especially liked the exercise equipment on the playground and I did too. We ate lunch at Taco John’s after Torsten had a major meltdown, because he says that restaurant chain doesn’t exist. (Kids!) We drove a few hours to Missoula to stay at another camping cabin. The campgrounds there were enormous. We swam in the pool before making pizza and corn on the cob for dinner. Then we went for a walk around the campgrounds and found a playground before bed.
Thursday we found a cool playground in downtown Missoula called Dragon Hollow where the kids played. Then they rode the historic carousel that was one of the first built by hand after the Great Depression. Next we drove through the Bitterroot Mountains to Lewiston, Idaho. We were finally back on the Lewis and Clark Trail after our detour through South Dakota. This is where the Expedition struggled through the mountains and almost starved to death. Our journey was much easier than theirs, but it was easy to imagine the struggle they must have had without the convenience of paved roads. The road twisted and turned along a picturesque mountain creek. At one point, we saw a beautiful rainbow in the sky. At Lewiston, we stayed at Hell’s Gate State Park in a camping cabin. Hell’s Canyon is the deepest gorge in North America (even deeper than the Grand Canyon). The kids swam in the Snake River and then we cheated and went to a local restaurant instead of cooking dinner over a fire again. The beds were terribly uncomfortable but better than sleeping on the ground like Lewis and Clark’s men had to do!