Day 6 -Shopping and History

Trip Start Jul 17, 2011
Trip End Jul 31, 2011

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Hardin KOA
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Friday, July 22, 2011

We left at 8 am this morning so traffic out of the park was light.  We were glad that we had chosen to return to the I-90 instead of pulling the trailer thru the scenic, winding route.  Taking the interstate allowed us to cash in on some shopping time at Billings.  It is so wonderful to shop in the States and have the exchange work in your favour!  And, Billings has absolutely no sales tax!  Doesn't get much better, so we did some back to school and anniversary shopping.  We were so busy shopping that lunch got quite late, and we realized that we still had to get some groceries.  On our way to the grocery store we realized that our trailer lights were malfunctioning.  Lucky day, as there was a hardware store in the same parking lot as the grocery store, so the men fixed the trailer--it only needed a new bulb--and the ladies got groceries.
It was less than an hour to Hardin, MT where we are camping at our first, and probably only KOA of the trip.  It has a pool, which was closed due to stormy weather, so the kids were disappointed. As we arrived a bit later than the travel agent had initially planned, we unhooked and headed right to our destination for the day--Little Bighorn National Monument-- about a 15 minute drive away.  It was just after 5:30 when we arrived so we caught the last half of the informational video, but were able to listen to a great ranger talk at 6:00--the last of the day.  This really helped the kids understand the story and gave us some great information for what we were about to explore. 
We did a walking tour first (25 minutes), followed by a tour where you drive in your car and read about events of the battle at certain stops (45 min).  The driving part sure gives you a sense of how larger the battle field was.  Through out the area, they have white stone markers where the Euro-Americans died (263) and some red markers where the Native American casualties were (between 40-80).  It is interesting to note where 'clusters' of men died, especially on Last Stand Hill. 
We spent 3 hours at the site, and probably would have stayed a bit longer, but it was closing.  So, we came home to a late but quick and excellent supper.  Dishes and to bed--no time for a campfire tonight.
Tomorrow will be one of our longest days of driving.
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The Findlay Family on

We've been enjoying your updates. Hopefully some nice weather blows your way!

Tara S. on

I second that . . . Totally enjoying the updates.

I finally booked a holiday today. We are taking the train to Wisconsin Dells in August.

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