Tif woke when we started quietly preparing for our departure. KC slept through it all.
The Quality Inn in Billings was wonderful. They provided free shuttle service for Tif and KC, a free breakfast buffet and even free chili for a late snack the night before.
After sad parting hugs with Tiffany, we were quickly out the door and on our way to Billings Airport.
The little propeller airplane was a surprise.
The flight was uneventful to Seattle and we had an early morning brunch of Ivar's clam chowder.
Once on the airplane we were shown that it was 2,677 miles between Seattle and Honolulu. It was startling to realize that our road trip according to the minivan rental company covered 2,648 miles.
It felt strange to be home in Hawaii again. Cousin Arnold was there to pick up his mom and us.
When I got up the following morning, I didn't quite know where I was and felt a little disappointment that there wasn't one more day to see even more of our country and Canada's wonders.
And then the jet lag hit!
But you know what? It was worth it! It truly was a fabulous trip and we were awfully lucky in so many ways. Everyone in Yellowstone and Glacier told us about the humungous snowfall they had the week before we arrived. When we talked to our neighbors in Hawaii they all told us about the horrendously unseasonable and violent weather Hawaii had been having while we were gone.
All I can say is... we were lucky, very lucky.