Day 6 - Second day in Three Forks, Montana
Trip Start Aug 26, 2011
18Trip End Sep 10, 2011
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Where I stayed
Missouri Headwaters State Park
What I did
We were then off to the Madison Buffalo Jump State Park just a few miles away. Most of it was an awful gravel road that shook our fillings loose. We were a bit disappointed with the trails once we got there. The map didn't measure up to what we experienced (What is it with Montana map makers?) and the hike up to the cliff looked pretty rough. That and we were warned about rattlesnakes. So.... we decided not to hike. We stayed for a bit, took some pictures, and had lunch in the RV in the parking lot. Now you might be wondering what is the deal with the Madison Buffalo Jump State Park
After lunch we headed back to our campsite at Missouri Headwaters State Park and then went hiking.
We learned some interesting things about the area and the Lewis & Clark expedition that we didn't know. The Missouri river is actually formed by 3 rivers, though officially, the headwaters begin before the 3rd river enters. The 2 rivers that form the Missouri are the Madison and Jefferson. These 2 rivers were named by Meriwether Lewis for President Thomas Jefferson, who's vision launched the expedition, and for then Secretary of State James Madison.
The name Missouri is actually a shortened/abbreviated native American name for the river. The name means "people with wooden canoes."
About a half mile to a mile downstream enters the Gallatin river, also named by Meriwether Lewis for Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin
We weren't aware until we got here that the headwaters are a National Historic Landmark. That's a pretty big deal.
We also learned more about Sacajawea and found out that she was from this area. She was kidnapped by another Indian tribe when she was younger, She became a part of the Lewis & Clark expedition and recognized the headwaters as her original home when the expedition arrived at the headwaters.
Temperature-wise, it never got above 65 degrees the whole day. It was sooooo nice. At night it got down to 47.
We had a nice quiet evening. Next.... it's on to West Yellowstone....