Friday, July 16, 2010

leg #8 Bozeman, MT to Spokane, WA

Bozeman is one awesome town! We woke up and Ethan took Hannah Gray swimming as that has been one of her favorite activities. We went swimming with cousins and we were lucky that most of our hotels have had pools as well. That's what she asks for all the time now, "poo, poo". So Ethan took HG to the pool and we got ready to see the town. Bozeman is a great mix of new and chic with laid back cowboy style. We will definitely be back.

We headed to Spokane after a picnic at some gas station in podunk MT. Hannah Gray enjoyed a chance to get out and run around a bit. We have been looking forward to seeing Cor D' Alene, ID as it is a beautiful town on a huge lake. We could tell we were heading into Cor D' Alene and then it happened. The meltdown that we've been waiting for. It's bound to happen with a 2 yr old and a 2 month old after being in the car for 2 1/2 weeks staying in a different place every other night, then every night. Hannah Gray was sleeping and woke up with that cry that you know means they are still tired, and cranky. I tried to give her her binkie and that didn't work. That's when you know it's trouble. I think I even said, "uh oh". Hannah Gray's crying, I mean screaming woke the sleeping Tenley. Not just woke her, but scared her. So she began to scream which in turn scared HG. It was crazy. I just had to turn back around in my seat, look at Ethan and laugh. Then grab the video camera. We knew at some point this would happen. But I don't think that either one of us expected to miss seeing the long awaited "welcome to Washington" sign. We had been taking pictures of the welcome signs in each state when we could and were looking forward to the final one. Gone, missed, just like that. I seriuosly almost made Ethan turn around to go back. Oh well.

We headed into Spokane to see Ryan and Loran Kerrigan. Ryan is the executive director of Peak 7 and Loran is my friend that I played club soccer with back in the day. They have two kids that are just a bit older than our two. The kids had a great time playing and we had a great time catching up with Ryan and Loran. They were so generous and hospitable.

In the morning, we got a tour of the office and warehouse where all the gear is stored and met some of the staff from Peak7 Spokane. What an incredible ministry and we are so thrilled to be a part of it!!

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