Day 22 - North Bonneville to Lowman
Trip Start Aug 20, 2008
34Trip End Sep 23, 2008
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Southfork Hotel Front Car Park
Today we planned a long journey bashing on down the Interstate Highway I84 and got off to a bad start by going the wrong way down the road! We wanted to get on as our next planned stop was at least two days driving at Yellowstone National Park. Again, we experienced a great variety of scenery along the way. We began following the Columbia River for nearly a hundred miles, passing several hydro electric dams maintained by the US Army Corp of Engineers - we both remarked that nice though the place was, we did not fancy a 2 year posting there. Strangely, whilst the bottom of the valley was marked by Dams, the tops of them were marked by several huge wind farms - given the lack of people, we were not sure what they did with all the power
We soon started to get into open country, fist of all passing through almost prairie like landscape, dominated with huge irrigation systems, then moving into cowboy country with great herds of beef cattle roaming across the grasslands. You almost expected John Wayne to pop up and some bandit to start firing from the rocky outcrop above! Sadly the cowboys were to prove to be as elusive as the moose earlier in the journey.
To add to the effect we tuned the radio to a country music channel and were quite taken by one lyric we heard .... "a little chicken fried, cold bert on a Saturday night and a pair of jeans that fit just right ...." Oh for the simple pleasures in life!
After a quick lunchtime break for a Taco snack, we pressed on again with Chrissy at the wheel, only to be slowed by a range fire sweeping across the grasslands close to the highway. Smoke was everywhere and a few brave fire-fighters tried to control it as best they could, supported by a helicopter dumping loads of water on the blaze