On June 10, 2006, we packed our car, filled our tank, and headed West. All told, we drove almost 1900 miles from Austin, MN to Astoria, OR. Going 85 miles an hour on the "American Autobahn" of I-90, we basked in the vast and barren country of the Great Plains. We faced the setting sun as we drove through the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota, the cattle ranches of Wyoming, the endless skies of Montana and Idaho, and the fog and rain of Washington.
On June 12, we arrived in Astoria, where we will be spending the next four months of our lives . . .
The Montana mountains.
Our first view of the Columbia River.