Day 29

Trip Start Jun 19, 2010
Trip End Aug 02, 2010

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

2010 U.S. Road Trip – Day 29 -
7/17/2010 – Dillon, MT

This morning my wife made an educated
observation about the town that we stayed in last night. As we were
driving down route 12, the Lewis & Clark trail, she noticed that
the next town was Lewiston, ID. We had stayed in Clarkston, WA last
night. She noted the significance of the town names, Clarkston and
Lewiston, which must have drawn their names from the explorers Lewis
& Clark.

Route 12 took us through the Clearwater
National Forest. The route ran parallel with the Lochsa River. The
views of the river and the mountains that surrounded them were
spectacular. These views lasted for over 150 miles. We were also
treated with a view of a herd of Elk. The kids loved it and I got
several photos. We entered Montana about 45 miles south west of
Missoula, MT and continued our trip south on route 93. But before
continuing we made a side trip to Missoula because Missoula is the
hometown of the company that a local church at home has brought in
for the last few years to put on plays for the kids. We are now on
Mountain Time, which means we lost an hour. Our trip down 93 would
take us through several national forest that had campsites available.
But the mosquitos were terrible. We would step out of the truck and
immediately we would be covered with mosquitos. After encountering
this scene at each national forest campground we decided to head for
the closest town, Dillon, MT which was just over an hours drive away.

Dillon had several hotels but they were
all booked for the night. There was also a KOA campground in the
town. The KOA had several campsites available and the mosquitos
weren't as bad as the national forest campgrounds that we passed
through. So we decided that we would camp at the KOA for the night.
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