Montana>Wyoming>South Dakota--Found Prairie Dogs!
Trip Start Apr 16, 2009
32Trip End Jul 12, 2009
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Heading back east across the huge state of Montana, we stayed outside of Helena, MT, an original gold camp, in a mosquito-infested primitive campground in Alhambra, the pits for $30. We ventured into town and ate at a great Thai Restaurant recommended in the AAA book. Toi's Thai Cuisine, on Last Chance Gulch, was on one of the main streets in the historic area. With only about 24 seats, we were lucky to get in. Yum, what bold spices and authentic ingredients! They fill up with reservations, but they squeezed us in because the parties had not yet arrived. Bring your own wine, how strange!
We marveled at the Victorian Gothic St. Helena Cathedral (1914) with its two dramatic 230-foot (20-story) spires with ravens nesting above the head of St. Helena.
Saturday we traveled to Livingston, MT about 50-60 miles north of Yellowstone and stayed in Osen's RV Park. We made a mini-tour of the historic district, not much to see, some restored storefronts, not as nice as Helena.
Sunday we visited the historic (1897) Chico Hot Springs (MT) for the hot water pools and the Day Spa Massage John gave Linda for Mothers' Day.
Monday, going east across the Great Plains toward Rapid City, South Dakota, we stopped at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, site of Major General George Custer’s "Last Stand" June 25, 1876.
Tuesday we visited Devils Tower, America's First National Monument (Teddy Roosevelt 1906).
The columns that create Devils Tower can be 4, 5, 6, or 7 sided. Some geologists believe the last column fell 10,000 years ago. Over 20 tribes have a cultural affiliation with Devils Tower. The Indians leave prayer offerings on the trail circling the Tower. Many tribes have stories about how the Tower was created. Most of the stories talk about a bear using its claws to score the Tower's sides.
In South Dakota, we are planning on seeing the Badlands, Wind Cave, Crazy Horse Monument, and on 7/4 Mount Rushmore with its fireworks extravaganza.
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