First trip out of Helena
Trip Start Jun 11, 2012
15Trip End Sep 24, 2012
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Where I stayed
Moose Creek Campground
We got Shorty loaded in no time and were off. The drive is probably the shortest we've made to a campground. It's about fifteen miles to the Rimini turnoff and then five miles or so to the campground. The road from the highway is gravel. Need I say more? It was a rough and washboard drive, for sure. Several item in Shorty found new locations, but nothing was broken. The campground is located in a canyon right off of the Rimini Road. There are only nine sites here and most of them are actually set up for tents. We made a pass around the turnaround, and chose site seven. For luck? Who knows. In order to keep Shorty's nose out of the road, I had to park him at an angle, sort of in a hypotenuse fashion. His right, rear side is a bit lower than the other three corners, but that helps keep the cabinet doors closed...mebbe.
There were three teenaged boys camping in site eight, but they moved out just after lunchtime. Since we're middle-aged folks, they ignored us anyway. Not a bad thing. We had lunch and then settled in. The wind came up and plagued us all day. It was hot when we got here, in the eighties, so it keep us cool... With the smoke from the Corral Wildfire north of Helena, we truly appreciated the clean, clear air of the forest. Due to the Pine Beetle damage here, a goodly number of trees had been removed a few years ago. It's nothing like I remember back twenty-five years ago, but what is??
The day passed quietly and we spent most of the reading and hanging out. Lynnie took a short walk and I took a nap. Both of us were contented.
Lynnie fixed Fajitas from Sus' recipe for dinner. Delicioso! We have enough for "leftys" tomorrow. Good planning that!
After dinner, Lynnie was a bit bored, so we took a hike around the area. Due to the steepness of both sides of the canyon, we couldn't find any designated trails. We did see lots of wildflowers and heard lots of songbirds. No big game yet, however.
The "breeze", as they call it in Wyoming, settled down as the sun quickly disappeared over the east ridge. That was at about six-twenty. Early, for sure, I reckon.
Lynnie played a bit of solitaire and I read and did some email and such. I've been trying to keep up on the Helena fire, but haven't had much luck yet. Mel, our daughter-in-law, had texted Lynn earlier. She had helped her sister evacuate their shop near the path of the fire. Lots of scary stuff going on there, but no real problems for them, yet.
That's about it for now. I hope to have a few pictures tomorrow, so stop on back.