Billings, Montana, United States
Trip Start Jun 25, 2009
73Trip End Sep 10, 2009
We left Valley City, North Dakota early this morning around 7:30. Our first order of business was to head to Wal-Mart to buy some heavy duty zip ties to batten down the awning. The "24 hour" Wally World didn't open until 10 a.m. on Sunday. We found a little convenience store that had one bag of ties and we were off to Billings, Montana.
On the way we saw signs advertising the Enchanted Highway, but didn't pay much attention to them since we figured it was another "Visit Rock City"-type of come-on. Then we saw the “Geese in Flight” sculpture. It looked really cool. I got on the internet right away and looked up “Enchanted Highway” and really wish that we would have stopped to see the other creations
We saw lots of cattle country until we reached the Badlands. There was an instant transition from grassy plains to rugged, rocky spikes and cliffs. We stopped at Painted Canyon, a section of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park to take some pictures and have lunch. It was beautiful!
The only other stop we made was for fuel about an hour before today’s final destination, the world’s first KOA (Kampground of America) in Billings, Montana.
We pulled into the campground at about 5 p.m., checked in, set up camp, made our very first cocktail since we left home on Thursday, and headed over to the campground’s outdoor BBQ, “Pistol Pete’s.” We both had a filling meal of rib steak, baked beans, potato salad, corn on the cob, and Texas toast.
When we returned to our site, we both took showers and I started laundry. Sometimes uneventful days of driving, drinking, and dirty clothes can be darned divine!