When two friends travel for an extended period of time, arguments inevitable ensue. With Dave and NOT it was no different. They had spent so much time together, that they lost track of what was whose stuff. They couldn't decide which stuff belonged to whom, they just both cried "mine" for things. So they decided to consult experts in Montana.
The Montana Tech people were experts on mines. They did however, have an appreciation of Heavy Metal - even naming a favorite in their motto "De Re Metallica." Unfortunately, they were not able to help much, so while exploring the Museum of Mining in Butte, NOT hit Dave over the head with a shovel and tried to take the Volvo. He didn't get far - ducks don't have long legs to reach the accelerator.
When the spaces are wide open, there is lots of room for raising animals. And sometimes raising brides. NOT and Ratbert discover where some cheap mail order brides are sent out from to less fortunate areas of the world.
But mile after mile begins to wear you out so the terrain can get downright boring. Sometimes it's like you're driving on another planet. Oh wait, that's just the Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho. Eh, after going to Mars, the moon is just small cheese.
The excitement gets to be too much sometime and you just want to Nuke someone. Well, NOT and Dave got beaten to it, because Arco was the first city in the world lit by atomic power, from the world's first nuclear power plant. Homer Simpson non-withstanding, there were enough disasters in the area to keep the pair busy, including a 2000 acre wildfire and a tornado (not pictured). Up and Atom!
And when they finally escaped Idaho, they find out that Utah has an unique way to keep their highways clean - instead of sending out Mormon missionaries, it has starships take care of them, beaming the trash (and possibly the litter-ers) into space. Starfleet cares. Beam me up!
Photos (and some puns) courtesy of David Backman
Prepared Fall 1999. Last updated June 2006