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Travel Blogs from Billings
The weather held beautiful for our visit with the grand kids and was absolutely perfect for our walk along Rock Creek with John and Kari, but with snow forecasted for that night we headed back to Billings thinking we'd be safe.
Wrong. We woke to a couple inches of the nasty stuff and it trailed us doggedly all the way through Wyoming till we got to Denver, where we finally found the sun again.
Billings, Montana - Big Sky Country; the Treasure State; the Last Best Place. The US State of Montana has a lot of nicknames, but it was this last one which resonated with me as I rode south through the Missouri Breaks. There is something mythological about this state - and I'm not just talking about the fact grocery stores sell beer. While the roadhouses and small ...
... the Rimrocks. The "Rims" are about 460 feet from the valley floor of the Yellowstone River and these sandstone cliffs are the city's landmark. There is a park on top for running, walking, biking, hiking and even mountain climbing. Driving to the top of the Rims provides a spectacular view of the city.
Of course we explored the historic downtown area. It just happened that "Alive after 5" or "Music on Man" ...
... the entire wall of the hotel. The soup and salad lunch was all home made and delicious. We then headed to Billings which is a large town that is really very industrial and not terribly pretty, so it was lucky that we were booked into the Happy Pappy Cowboy Cookout for dinner. That was actually a bit of fun. We drove out of town and when we turned off the main road, a couple of gun toting cowboys held up our bus and took us to the campsite ...
... scenery changed. Much
of the terrain was barren, rugged, but yet, there was a beauty to it.
Occasionally we would pass a ranch house -- mostly they sat way back from the
road. Of course, we saw lots of cattle grazing and lots of horses as well as
many sheep. This was true 'cowboy country.
began to wonder what it would be like living so isolated such as this. Mundane
questions like -- how did you get groceries, or ...