Friday, May 31, 2019
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Monday, May 27, 2019
We continued to the east and went through Alva - couldn’t get through quick enough - it was nasty with decrepit old trailers and junk everywhere and then on to the Aladdin General Store. It has been in operation for 125 years, had a small amount of groceries and sundries, some clothing, and antiques.
Sunday, May 26, 2019
Friday, May 24, 2019
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Monday, May 20, 2019
Sunday, May 19, 2019
We were in need of some groceries, so headed into town for some shopping. A stop at O’Reilly Auto was also in the plan, as my wipers were torn and wearing out, and I walked out of there with $45 worth of new wiper blades. I just didn’t feel like cooking dinner, so we stopped at McDonalds for a bite.
Friday, May 17, 2019
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
After a leisurely morning, we decided to head for the Little Bighorn Battlefield, formerly known as Custer’s Last Stand. The first stop was to see a recent monument dedicated to the American Indians who stood up for what they believed in and won the battle on June 25-26, 1876. 260 American soldiers and attaches personnel met their death that day including the famed George Armstrong Custer. His troops were met by some 7,000 (a gross mis-calculated number by Custer) Lakota, Cheyenne, and Arapaho warriors, led by Sitting Bull. About 5 miles away, another battle took place with Major Reno and Captain Benteen’s troops where 53 were injured and 52 lost their lives. The Indians lost no more than 100 warriors.
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Saturday, May 11, 2019
What a lovely day it was today, visiting Yellowstone National Park for the third time in my life and seeing it from a different perspective with Tom (his first) this time. We hit some of the big attractions: Mammoth Hot Springs and the Travertine Terraces near there, the Norris Geyser Basin, Gibbon Falls, the Midway Geyser Basin, and the biggie - Old Faithful. It went off about 10 minutes later than the predicted time and was spectacular.
On the 210 mile round trip, we saw a lot of wildlife too: lots of elk, deer, and bison and a diamondback rattlesnake. We had a 10-minute slowdown on the road because of bison thinking it was their road and then, on the return trip it may have been the same two that were slowing things down. We did not see any bear on this trip.
As we were leaving the park, we drove through the Teddy Roosevelt Arch and drove the gravel Old Yellowstone Trail road that paralleled Hwy-89 and we saw hundreds of elk and deer and several bison too. So glad we took the back road home. After intersecting with 89 again, we picked up so many mayflies along the road that they practically covered the windshield (it was getting a bit hard to see) and when we got home, the grill and front of the truck was just loaded with them. I guess it is the season of the mayflies hatching. I learned that the fly fishermen use them for bait. It was a long day but a very enjoyable one.
It’s a good thing I put a stew in the crockpot this morning before we took off - it was a very nice welcome home as was the little Frisco who was on guard duty today (too many restrictions in the park).
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
What an adventure we had today! It was almost noon by the time we got started, we then stopped at Costco for gas, then took a wrong turn and spent 10 minutes getting on to the right road. We were heading for Garnet Ghost Town, Montana’s best preserved ghost town, about 30 miles to the east to the forest road turnoff and then 11 miles south on that road. We climbed in elevation and as we got to the 8-mile mark, there was quite a bit of snow on the road, so we drove through the ruts made by vehicles that passed through before us.
Up ahead, there was a car that had been stuck and a guy named Josh rushed down to tell us that he had gotten stuck, had to do quite a bit of pushing but finally got unstuck. His car was an all wheel drive RAV4. We talked a bit and since mine is a 4-wheel drive, we decided that we would go through and then they could follow in our tracks, as he was able to get far enough that he could see gravel road beyond the snow. Nope. Not to be. We got stuck in the soft, wet, icy stuff too, not even getting as far as he had, and then it took the 4 of us (including his friend Ashley) to get ours unstuck - a real pain in the butt. Pushing, placing the floor mats and wet, soggy gravel from the side of the road, under the tires, and even hooking up tow ropes and trying to get it to move that way. The pushing seemed to work best, getting a few feet at a time, cleaning up the slippery wet snow that built up under the wheels and then trying again. FINALLY, we made it through. We loaded all of our wet, muddy stuff into the car, thanked our new friends and headed down the hill - probably never to see Garnet Ghost Town. It sure did feel good that some complete strangers were willing to help us out and we all worked together to make it happen. Many thanks to Josh and Ashley for sticking around until we got unstuck. They even waited at the bottom of the hill to make sure we made it - we waved and went in opposite directions. This was truly another reminder that this world is full of good people.
I really wanted to see bison, so we drove toward LoLo where our server at Famous Dave’s last night suggested that was a good place to see them. She was right, because just past LoLo there was a huge herd, but they were pretty far away from us and we couldn’t get closer to get a good look. We drove a little farther out of town but they were the only ones that we saw.
Our next stop was at Maclay Flat where we took a very nice 2-mile hike along the Bitterroot River. On that interpretive hike, we learned that the Bitterroot River flows into the Clark Fork River, then into the Pend Oreille Lake and River and finally to the Columbia River where it all flows into the Pacific Ocean. Cool!