The clouds were low over Montana this morning and it gave the first part of the drive an eerie feel. We passed an Allied International truck on our way out of the state and it crossed my mind that perhaps our shipped boxes were in there and the driver had just gotten lost – it would explain why they’re taking so long to arrive!
While there we checked out the various antique stores where Joe & I argued over a cool painting of a seagull - another great purchase that passed us by - then we headed into the most bizarre museum of our trip: the Oasis Bordello. Due to the quiet nature of the town we were the only patrons and got a personal guided tour around this ex-brothel.
The Oasis Bordello was originally run by the infamous Ginger. Once a prostitute herself, she later decided the career of a madam was much more lucrative with less work involved. The bordello was still open right up until 1988 and the way it looks today is exactly how it was left the day the girls ran out of town...right down to the cigarette butts in the ashtray. Despite the subject matter it was a quirky and interesting visit. Sadly they didn’t allow pictures inside, which is a shame because I’d love to show everyone the crazy 80’s décor and how cramped these girls lived despite sometimes being able to pull in $100,000 a year.
One thing we certainly have not been accustomed to of late is traffic! Damn, we’d forgotten how annoying that can be. Days with freedom on the roads has spoilt us and now we’re back in civilisation it’s going to take time to adjust…Do I miss the open plains already? Well, maybe I would have if our hotel hadn’t upgraded us to a Jacuzzi suite looking out on the Space Needle! Maybe metro life isn’t going to be that bad after all…
So, until tomorrow…
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