Tuesday, September 4, 2012

introduction to Montana

At first, Montana looked a lot like South Dakota and Wyoming, rolling hills, grasslands, no trees. We drove all day and by the end of the day it was starting to look better, with mountains and trees and rivers.

Our only stop was at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument - it seems everyone else had the same idea - we got the only parking space left big enough for a camper. It is Tuesday noon, what are all these people doing out on the road?

A somber place, with a tragic history, but as usual the NPS has done a great job to preserve the site and history and pass it on to us travelers. I love this Spirit Warriors Sculpture:

We are camping tonight by the Yellowstone River in Livingston, MT, just 52 miles north of Yellowstone National Park - but no, we are not going there just yet. We will head out in the morning for Glacier National Park, the order of our travel is because the facilities in Glacier close earlier due to snow/cold weather - neither of which we hope to see.

We ate next door to the campground at a little local place and were surprised to see Atlanta Falcons stuff on the walls - when asked, the waitress said the owner of the Falcons also owns this place and has a ranch nearby - small world!

Heading out in the a.m. and traveling North all day - not on the interstate but on US Hwy 89 - the real Montana - and ending up about 10 miles south of the border - Canadian border that is - bringing out the jeans and sweatshirts!

picture album HERE

Wild West Road Trip - day 10
miles today 414/total miles 2486
Rock Canyon CG
Livingston, MT
temp lo 40/hi 81
elevation 4501

1 comment:

Gypsy Quilter said...

We're supposed to hit 91 degrees tomorrow. But I won't need to worry about outdoor attire. I'll be inside working, working, working. You are missed, but I'm glad you're having a good time.