Shorty Lives

Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
Trip End May 04, 2013

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Missouri Headwaters State Park

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Friday, May 3, 2013

After a nice breakfast and coffee in the coach with Kelsie and Jackson, we reluctantly headed out to Bozeman.  I'll admit that I'm more than thrilled to hear that little guy keep saying "Uncle Ralphie, Uncle Ralphie", over and over again like some sort of mantra.  I love it!  He's a blessing for both of us and all who know him, I'm sure.

Highway 41 from Dillon is a calm, scenic and beautiful drive.  We saw little fauna and not a lot of colorful flora, but it was a good trip nonetheless.

We pulled into the Ford/RV dealer at about noon and met up with our guy Bruce.  He showed us a 2008 Four Winds Hurricane, thirty feet in length.  We closely checked it out and decided that we could live with it.  It's not overly impressive and is lacking some of the amenities we'd like, but it does have a nice spacious living area.  It's the kind of area where one doesn't have to say "excuse me" or "pardon me" as often as in our beloved Shorty.  But, it's not perfect.

The man who makes the decisions is off work today, so the Bruce Guy checked our our current ride, took some notes, took some pictures and asked me some questions.  He'll call us in the AM and let us know the "verdict."

Rather than hang out in town, we drove toward Helena to Trident, which is near the metropolis of Three Forks.  Here the Gallatin, Madison and Jefferson rivers converge near the Missouri Headwaters State Park.  We'd been here a few decades ago in our Westfalia VW Kamper, but it surely has changed!  There are twenty five dry campsites especially designed for larger RVs.

We went to the sign-up cabin and were greeted by a very congenial young woman who made us feel right at home.  We had parked in Site 15.  The cost...what with being over 62 and Montana Citizens/Residents, is was a paltry six dollars.  No water, electricity or sewer, but a beautiful, level campsite is ours until tomorrow.  Whatta deal!

I took only a couple of shots, since the flora hasn't appeared in its colorful form yet.  I did spot a verly light colored owl in flight and guess that it was a snowy owl.  Odd, but it was quite cloudy.  The silhouette was unmistakably owl-like, even to these old eyes.

I'll post the photos here, but still appreciate you checking out from time to time.  Who knows?  Perhaps we'll both see something new to us.

We may be home tomorrow, but we're both slowly adjusting to Montana.  There's still a few spots to camp between here and Helena...heh, heh, heh.
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Mike on

Hope you get the right offer Re: a newer motor home...also, welcome again and back to Montana though I had hoped to surprise you with a totally warm and sunny day....If you are home tomorrow, that is what I will have for you--ha, as if I have a say. Hopefully your batteries will keep you warm...

ferdie on

Congrats....hope you get the deal you deserve. How much longer than Shorty? Love that area near Trident with all the water....always reminds me of the many Colter runs! Those were the days! Nice slow soaker all night here....greening up just for youse guys! Hugs.

Mary C. on

Welcome home!

photodon on

Well, you seem to be turning more and more directly toward home which can be bitter-sweet, especially after four months of happy travels. Soon you will be in a home with no wheels beneath it, one that does not get buffed by the wild wind nor noisy rain and you will be stuck in one place - although the road is right down the street from where you live. It's been fun following your adventures and viewing your great photos. Almost like being there... almost...

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