“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” ~Robert Louis Stevenson

Wednesday was a day of driving. I wanted to go north to Glacier National Park to drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road, which bisects the park from east to west, but it was already closed by heavy snow. Today was just driving west on Highway 90, from Bozeman, Montana, to see whatever there was to see.

I detoured once onto Route 1, which is the Pintler Veterans Memorial Scenic Highway, to go through the town of Anaconda. The tower in the pictures is the Anaconda Smelter Stack. The bottom of “The Stack”, as the locals call it, is 75 feet in diameter on the inside with a wall thickness of six feet. The top of “The Stack” is 60 feet in diameter on the inside with a wall thickness of two feet. The brick smoke stack towers 585 feet above its concrete base. It was built in 1919, designed to discharge exhaust fumes from the various smelting and roasting furnaces at the smelter and was, at the time, the tallest brickwork chimney of any kind in the world. Even now, it still remains the world’s tallest, possibly largest free standing masonry structure in existence and is protected within the boundaries of a state park.

The rest of the drive was fairly unremarkable. I passed through Butte, Missoula and Lookout Pass, Montana before reaching Idaho. Route 90 through the northern Idaho panhandle is only 75 miles across, passing through Silver Valley, over Forth of July Summit, through Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls before crossing over into Spokane, Washington. The highway in Montana and Washington was smooth; in Idaho…severely neglected. I later found a decent room at the Shiloh Inn in Moses Lake, Washington.

I hope you never underestimate the power of words.

The gam continues…


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