Regardless we struck out on the Ponderosa Scenic Byway that runs North of Boise for 3.5 hours through some beautiful forested mountains and ends in Stanley, ID. We were on the road by noon. We made our first stop just outside of Boise at Lucky Peak Reservoir:
We finally spotted a Day's Inn in Lola, which is just outside of Missoula and decided to stop there and inquire about vacancies and rates. It was almost 11 when we walked into the lobby, and were greeted by the Indian (dot, not feather) Ashish at the front desk. He said that there were vacancies and told us it would be $90 for the night. We told Ashish that we might be back, but that we were going to keep going and check out some other places, and to our surprise Ashish asked us to wait for a moment and then asked us how much we were hoping to pay. We said $75, he offered $78. We settled on that, and requested a complimentary toothbrush, I made some lame little excuse about forgetting mine. Ashish seemed so thrown off by my request that I didn't have the guts to ask for toothpaste. So we left with one toothbrush and returned to our car to pretend to get our gear, which consisted of one of our many water bottles and the 9mm. I have no explanation for why we didn't just buy toothbrushes and toothpaste at the gas station on the way there, but I also have no explanation for why we didn't just pack some in the first place. Regardless we shared our lone toothbrush, with water and then went to bed. We woke up for our early morning complimentary breakfast the next morning and were back on the road shortly after 7am. This is a picture taken out the front window of the car the next morning. It's not raining, those marks are dead bugs all over the windshield. The car is still coated in a layer of dead bugs.
Next we continued on until we saw a sign for Bayhorse Ghost town which sounded intriguing. We took a dirt road for miles into the mountains until we arrived at what I must say was the most interesting, well-preserved old mining ghost town I've ever been too. This is us in front of the hotel:
After that Justin said that we had to continue on our way and not make so many stops or we'd never make it home before dark, and in time for my birthday dinner at Outback. So we started driving again. I would have liked to stop in and look this one road town over a little more closely, but Justin said there was no time: