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Trip Start Jun 04, 2011
44Trip End Oct 21, 2011
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Where I stayed
Upper Red Rock Lake Campground
What I did
Relaxed a bit..
We had hoped to stay at the lower lake, at River Marsh CG, but on checking in at the HQ building in "Lakeview" found that the road was impossible for an RV with the overhang that Shorty has
We got settled in without any problem. The site is primitive, that is, no water, electricity or sewer. No problem, as we have onboard battery power. So I thought. More later on this.
After dinner, we drove a bit along the lake to try to find access to the lake. No go. It truly is a secluded and safe place for the birds to breed and raise their young. The refuge was begun in 1935. At that time there were only about a hundred swans left and very few additional anywhere in North America. Today, there are over 500 birds plus numerous other species. I did get a long telephoto shot of one pair, otherwise we struck out. We did see numerous bluebirds, swallows, hawks etcetera. We decided to try again tomorrow.
Then the fun began. At shortly after five AM, we were awoken by the Carbon Monoxide Detector's "beep". I opened a few vents and windows and finally discovered that the coach battery had dropped in power enough that the detector warned us of the situation.
I ran a set of jumper cables from the chassis battery to the coach battery and that got us going
We left fairly early and drove back to the Lower Lake to see what we could spy. We never did see the pair of swans that are nesting in the area. We did see a number of white-faced ibises though. We had seen the white variety when we were down in Texas and a couple of other spots. There was a large hawk of some sort sitting close to the road. I got a decent shot of him. And then there were several yellow-headed blackbirds directly by the roadside. I'm glad we didn't try to drive Shorty into the CG there. The "dips" in the roadway were about 3-4 feet deep and nearly twenty feet long. Not enough tail room for the coach, for sure.
We had lunch on the roadside and headed back to camp. Ol' eagle eye, Lynnie, spotted a good sized bull moose about two hundred yards from the main road. He was grazing, but moving at a good pace into the trees. i got one decent shot of him. After he disappeared, a smaller bull showed up nearby. I only got a glimpse of the two of them at one time, though. It's always a thrill for both of us to see moose. I reckon that they're our favorites
We got to Ennis at about three PM and settled into the Riverside RV Park. With a bit of persuasion and talk, I got a discount from the owner since I'm a Native Montanan. As my dear, departed mother, Bernice always said, "It never hurts to ask. All that they can say is no."
We had brats and some of Lynn's famous potato salad for dinner and here I sit. I did drop off for an hour or so to get enough energy to finish this and the rest of the day. Thanks, as always, for checking in.