A Surprising Day
Trip Start May 29, 2009
114Trip End Oct 03, 2009
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We managed to leave Hardin before 8:00. The drive was long, but not too difficult. We spotted our first antelope of this trip in the fields along the way. We followed the Yellowstone River until it turned south at the town of Livingston (what a great name!). Suddenly, we were back along the Missouri River near Three Forks where the Madison, Jefferson, and Gallatin Rivers join to form the Missouri River. We visited the Missouri headwaters the last time we passed through this area.
We made it to the RV park 8 miles north of Helena about 1:00. Originally, we thought we would get into town for the 3:00 capitol tour, but decided we should try to make the 2:00
The building was very interesting. It was almost the identical design as the capitol in Pierre, SD. This is not surprising as South Dakota bought the plans from Montana to build their building. The most impressive thing in the Montana capitol is a mural in the House chambers.. It is a 12' by 24' mural by Charles M. Russell, the famous cowboy artist. He lived in Great Falls, MT, and painted this huge mural for $5,000--before he became so famous. The picture depicts Lewis and Clark meeting Native Americans in Montana.
From the capitol, we visited the Cathedral of St. Helena a few blocks away. This was our second surprise of the day. It was more beautiful than we had ever expected. We thought it compared to the most beautiful cathedrals that we saw in England and France. There were dozens of huge stained glass windows manufactured in Germany. 37 of them told Biblical history.
We came back to the motor home to crash, have dinner, and plan the days ahead.