Riled up Rattler

Trip Start Jul 01, 2010
Trip End Mar 31, 2011

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Grants Marsh

Flag of United States  , Montana
Saturday, July 10, 2010

Travelling via the back roads certainly provides weird and wonderful scenery, wildlife and people. We are amazed by the varieties of cattle that Montana and Wyoming have to offer and they seem much more dignified than our cows at home. At home when we travel via Douglas Lk. Road or other backroads, the cattle walk down the middle of the road and poop all over it. Here they walk along the edge and do their business there. They must be Edge-u-cated! We have seen black, brown, white, and red cows but the most interesting was an all black cow with a white band around its belly from front shoulders to hip…no white anywhere else and they all look the same, weird. Driving through the Snowy Mtns. on this gravel road was so scenic, ranging from open range with sagebrush and wild rabbit, antelope and deer to rock cliffs with most unusual formations and colours and we encountered our first rattle snake. It was on the road sunning itself and Aime stopped the truck and got out and took pictures. After having its picture taken from all sides, he had had enough and coiled up and hissed and rattled. One last picture before retreating to the truck (where Susan stayed)! We drove to the Picto-caves National Landmark and toured the caves there. We were not that impressed as archaeologists had dug out about 30’ of the floors to recover artifacts and the pictographs were either gone or barely visible they were so high up. It was 97F so glad it wasn’t a long hike around the area. We camped for FREE again, this time at Grants Marsh, a fishing acess site. It was right on the river and once again we were the only ones there. The evening entertainment was a distant storm with sheet lightning that lit up the sky for our own fireworks show. Great sleep.
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