We got off to an early start this morning. We hit the border just before 10 a.m. however it was 1035 before we got to the main gate. We were then told to pull over for an “Agricultural” Inspection. I had suggested to Brian we pack Molly’s dog food in the back seat, but he put it in the back, on the bottom. The Inspector wanted to know what kind of dog food we were bringing in and wanted to see the ingredients on the bag. I don’t know whether Brian was nervous or what, but a bunch of stuff fell out on the ground before he could fnally get to the box and get the bag out. Apparently the banned ingredient is “Lamb.” They had no interest in Molly or if she was vaccinated. Go figure!
The drive today was quiet pleasant with a low temp of 1C up to 8 C. At times we head into the low sun, so visibility was a challenge, but mostly it was partly cloudy skies and a brisk ( I’m being generous here) wind. Felt sorry for the snow birds in their big units. We grabbed a bite at the Drive Thru in Great Falls and stopped for gas as well. Molly loved all the new sniffs and left her mark in several locations. We gave her an anti anxiety natural hormone with hopes of calming her for the trip, without sedating her. I don’t know what affect it had, but she did well with out getting anxious, but would not sleep in the car. She was happy to get into the hotel and made herself right at home and is curently catching up on all the naps she missed today.
I had forgotten how pretty the landscape is once you head south of Great Falls on Interstate15. We passed through or near, Montana’s newest state park called Tower Rock. During the Lewis and Clark expediation, Merriweather Lewis wrote on July 16 1805,
” At this place there is a large rock of 400′ which stands immediately in the gap which the Missouri makes it’s passage from the mountains. This rock I called The Tower. It may be ascended with some difficulty ..nearly to it’s summit and from there is a most pleasing view of the country we are now about to leave.”
I have to agree with his statement.