*Provided with enough M&M's, fruit snacks, and Cheetohs, any child can be convinced to sit confined and strapped into a moving vehicle for twelve hours at a time without too much complaint. "Oh, are you getting tired, honey? Here, have more fruit snacks."
*Disposable diapers don't hold up very well during long car trips, resulting in a need to pack three times as many baby outfits as there are days in the trip.
*Even the happiest and most optimistic of campers can turn cranky instantaneously when mosquitoes are involved.
*Montana is not cooler since it's so far north, as I had been expecting. Montana produces 100-degree days just like Colorado does.
*Days are 18 hours long in Montana. The sun is relentless and adamantly refuses to let you sleep in. It rises at 4:30 am and tries to trick you into thinking it's actually morning.
*Setting up a tent in hurricane-force wind is futile. Just give it up.
*There really are decent people in the world still, the kind and generous ones who simply want the best for all humanity. And at least a few of those people can be found in Glasgow, MT, where Noelle and Joel had car trouble and a perfect stranger offered them a place to stay until their vehicle was repaired, and a group of others did all they could to get them on the road again.
*The truck stop in Sinclair, WY is a pretty creepy place at 10:00 at night. Did you know that there is a place called Sinclair, WY, where the Sinclair oil refinery is? I learned that just because they live in a refinery town, people are not necessarily more refined.
*Babies get amazingly stinky when baths are not available for days on end.
*Little girls WILL find dirt, water or mud (or any combination of the three) if they can be found within walking distance.
*The Beartooth Scenic Byway really is one of the prettiest drives I've ever seen.
*Trying to see Yellowstone in one day is horribly difficult. It can be equated with severe teasing. I love it there too much to not stay for a week.
*Eastern Montana is dry, hot, flat, windy and rather unpleasant. Fort Peck Lake is all of that, except that there's water. I have no desire to go back.
*If my husband really wants to, he can sit behind the wheel of a mini-van for seventeen hours without so much as a teeny complaint. He's amazing.
*Built-in DVD players have their place. Chloe rarely spoke the entire time we were in the car thanks to the constantly-playing videos.
*My husband is not afraid to camp in grizzly bear country, but he will NOT chase a skunk out of the garbage.
*The speed limit in Montana is 70 mph on pretty much every highway. This includes the Beartooth, with it's steep climbs and twists and turns. The speed limit sign says 70 mph. We were discussing how crazy that was when we saw the next sign: "White roadside markers (in the shape of a cross) represent fatalities."
*We killed 5 birds, one rabbit, one pika and one snake on our trip. Birds in Montana fly slowly (or they are suicidal.) Andrew even had to dig one bird out of the radiator with pliers.
*Road trips are good. :o) Pictures are posted on my Facebook with more trip details for those interested!