Another early start got us through Salt Lake City in between heavy traffic, which I have experienced before, and off to Idaho and Montana. With tantalizing views of snow capped mountains all the way from Salt Lake to the wide expanses of Montana, we followed the highway until we arrived in Butte, a former mining town that sits on a hill with a commanding view of the surrounding countryside. A boom town in past days, it was one of the largest copper producing areas in the US and copper is still mined there today. We explored the town a bit, which was a nostalgic visit for me, as I spent time working there in the mid-90's. There are many historic buildings as well as a mining museum that is located on an old mine site. It was with some regret that we hit the road early the next morning and continued our trek north.