Day 55- Driving from Bozeman to Butte, MT

Trip Start May 01, 2013
Trip End May 01, 2014

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Day 55 - June 23 - Bozeman - When we start out from Sheridan, WY, (yesterday we had rain) and today we wake up to beautiful skies, and to our amazement we see snow-capped mountains from our campsite (remember we now live in Hilton Head, SC where a rock is a novelty)!  Although we would love to stay a bit and explore this town, we need to keep moving so that we make Kalispell, MT at the West Entrance to Glacier National Park by the 27th, so we head along to Bozeman.

We don't have a campsite, so we decide to "dry camp" for the night and then make our way to Butte.  We are surprised to see so many other RV'ers doing the same thing...there have to be at least 15 and even a young couple has pitched a tent in the grass!!

As we begin our drive westward we leave the rolling hills of Wyoming, which is pretty much treeless in many area, to Montana where we find those missing trees.  We have seen deer, cows, horses, a hawk, and a buffalo farm with about 20 or so grazing and laying in the grass.  Not all that exciting, and the road kill has just about dried up.  We have seen 2 nice size deer that didn't make it across the road, but they just don't fit in the freezer no matter how hard I push!  

We pass the site of Little Big Horn's Battle (a National Monument) and today of all days they are having a re-enactment, so we roll on by ( ya, I know), but on we go.  A little further down the road I spot two very old cemeteries off the side of the road.  I can't help but wonder how old they really are and what was their story.  It's very primitive as you will see.  Homesteaders, pioneers, farmers, soldiers, babies, families - I am left to wonder.

We stopped along the way at the Montana's Visitor Center/Museum -  both WY and MT go the distance in their presentation.  Not just maps for them.  Here was a walking museum outside with about 15 buildings filled with period items that were assembled on this spot...kind of a little Old Sturbridge Village in Western Massachusetts that all of us school kids had to go to on field trips.

We continue our journey through Billings, which we find to be very industrial and not that big. There are also snowcapped mountains around the city.  We pass the Pioneer Mountains and then come up to the Absoroka Mountains Range just past Billings.  

There was a great rest area on the top of a hill and you could look over the area and see for miles.  It explained the Bozeman Pass and the collection of fossils that have been found in the area. 

Day 56 - June 24th - We wake up in the Walmart Parking lot (all intact) and head off for Breakfast and a short look at the city of Butte, MT.  This is a college town and the downtown area is very nice with lots of coffee shops, art and craft stores, lots of Outdoor Companies selling clothing, bikes, kayaks, hiking equipment, selling trips to white water rafting, fishing, skiing and snowboarding is big here with all the mountains, etc.  Definitely has a college feel, but also some wonderful old buildings that have been repurposed which is always nice.

On our ride into Butte today we see the Tobacco Root Mountains just outside the city, we pass a rocky area and we see "Trophy Rock" and the Continental Divide - we are at 6323 feet (nose bleed time for us low country folk) !!  Nick is doing a little "white knuckle driving going up these mountains and then oh no...down!  But he did very well, and just as we started the decline, it started to drizzle and rain lightly.  As we make a turn coming down, the whole valley of Butte opens up and it quite beautiful.  Then you see the strip mining that is and was big business here and it is something to see.

As soon as we check into our campground, we look back to the mountain and it is totally engulfed in rain clouds.  We made that just in the nick of time!  

Enjoy the drive with us, once again.  This time lots of barns along the way... 

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Pamela on

Hey Sandy, Great pictorial journal. The sky is just so much clearer and bluer at the higher elevations. Too bad about the road kill. Next time just hack off a hindquarter. That'll do 'ya for a few!!! xoxo

jerrygolfboyer on

I guess you know by now that I don't miss a single episode of your blog. Almost like I am the RV right behind you.

I do remember Old Sturbridge Village. And my father (who lost a lot of his short-term memory) always recalled my desert there. I was not hungry, so I just got the "Joe Fogger Cookie." It was as big as the plate. We all had quite a laugh over that giant cookie. It was a memory that lasted for years.

I am anxiously awaiting your pictures from Glacier National Park. I have been told by many that it is the most beautiful place in this country and into Canada. Just make sure you have good batteries, etc. Remember, you are saving me a lot of time and travel by taking these fantastic pictures.

But we sure do miss you around here!

jerrygolfboyer on

And I went back and added comments to the last entry photos.

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