The Big Sky Country at Last!

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Mountain Range RV Park
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Looked around in Amazement

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

It was a sunny and remarkably blue-skied day when we got up today. How soon one forgets the beauty of the west and all.  We headed up to Billings and were amazed at how much dirty water was flowing in the creeks and rivers we crossed.  Every low spot was overflowing, but we encountered no water at all on the highway.  I'd heard that even the interstate here was closed just a few days ago.  Today it was smooth sailing all the way to Billings.  I must comment on how good the transitions are on the bridges in Montana,  When you're driving a rig like Shorty, you notice things like that.  The smoothest we've seen on our entire trip.  Kudos to the MDOT!

We stopped in Billings at the Ford dealer for an oil change and to get Shorty's running light bulb replaced.  A kine highway patrolman in Wyoming stopped us and pointed it out.  Lynnie had noticed it so i picked up a bulb, but it turned out to be the incorrect one.  The oil changer guy replaced it and now we're square with Wyoming and ready to roll on again.  While we were waiting for the coach, we went to the nearby Costco Warehouse and checked it out.  It's a big and busy place, especially during the noon hour.  We had lunch there, the usual Polish Dog.  A nice treat from the everyday lunch on the road.

We picked up Shorty and then returned to Costco and gassed him up. The fuel price there was about a dime more a gallon than we paid in Wyoming, but cheaper than most in that area.

The drive to Columbus was beautiful!  The blue skies and fluffy clouds was a  welcoming sight to us, especially after all of the rain and gray we have been experiencing.  It's only about forty miles from Billings to Columbus, so we were at our last night's campsite in no time.  

The Mountain Range Park is just off the highway.  It's green and level, with all the hook-ups we need.  The host lady was very friendly and welcoming.  In no time we were set up and ready to go for a walk and explore.

Unfortunately, the road we had chosen is covered with NO TRESSPASSING signs put up by the city of Columbus.  We found another route and lo and behold! Another turkey!  Lynnie's keen eye spotted him crossing the road just a short ways from us.  We stalked him and I got a few good photos.  Lynnie then whistled and he took off!  I got a bit of video of this, but for some reason stopped shooting before he hid.  It's pretty shaky, possibly due to my excitement, but if you pretend you're out at sea in a storm, it will work.  We tried to find out where he had gone, but he eluded us completely.  I think that he hunkered down in his usual hiding place in the grass.  Smart bird.  He should easily survive Thanksgiving...

On the way back to camp I got a couple of shots of two birds on the nearby fence.

Back at camp now, Lynnie is preparing dinner and I'm writing the penultimate posting of the blog.  I'll do the last one tomorrow in Helena.  It's been a real gas!
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