As soon as the weather clears up (even briefly) I get the itch to travel. Not that the itch ever goes away entirely, but something about springtime, sunshine, and warm weather makes me want to hit the road. This spring I added a new car to the mix, making it all the more enjoyable on the highway. 

I have to visit my kids on the west coast in the springtime, and my mom. So off we went to LA to see myImage older son, his wife, and adorable baby. The weather in LA was almost the same as in Montana, but we persevered. Besides the usual grinning baby photos I took this one of a barking baby elephant seal on the beach in Santa Monica. I call this one “Talk to the hand.”


On another beach, thousands of miles north, another barking animal. Bentley Montana the blue heeler is learning to behave at the dog park and the beach and all over Seattle. Here he is with my younger son. Having a puppy is a lot of work, responsibility, and training time but Bentley is a smartie and lots of fun. 

So I got a new car. A very nice one. I was itching for a new one after ten years in the old (but still very serviceable one) but fate conspired to make it imperative. This happened to my husband’s beloved VW Vanagon Westfalia about a month ago, on the side of I-90 near Butte. He’d just had a new exhaust system and muffler installed. We’re pretty bummed about the Vanagon which we bought new in 1990 and had tons of family adventures in before it morphed into a winter project vehicle/ski locker. My husband however is happy to find a new hobby!