|Sun Setting in the Badlands of Eastern Montana|
We stopped for dinner at Montana's Rib & Chop House in Miles City, MT. We lucked out and got a table before the Friday night rush began, but even at 5:30, it was busy. The tables were covered in paper the kids could color on. I lost count of how many games of tic-tac-toe we played, but just as we switched to hangman, the food arrived. My charbroiled burger was amazing, the kids menu food was great, and the prices were reasonable. One of the best roadtrip dinners I've ever had!
After dinner we headed into North Dakota. My sister laments that so many good people have left Montana (even far western Montana) to find work in North Dakota. I was curious about the changes from the recent oil boom, but we crossed the entire state in the dark of night. All I know is that when we were in Montana, gas was $2.99/gallon, but went right up to $3.29/gallon when we crossed into North Dakota. I wonder if there is a gas tax difference or if it's just that demand is high with the huge influx of workers needed for fracking.
Well, back to life in Minnesota! Happy New Year!