Back roads to Idaho
Trip Start May 02, 2012
64Trip End Jul 31, 2014
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We decided to leave Yellowstone through the North Entrance into Montana, and very pleased that we did. The vistas were fantastic through the Yellowstone Valley. And then into Montana. Montana is overwhelmingly beautiful - cattle and horse country. Now that the Indians have gone am not too sure why there are so many horses... Andy looked with longing at all the farms - lush with water everywhere. Cattle are mostly Black Angus type and they are calving and looking so healthy. The barns are what I always imagine as typically American - red with white trim. Went all along the Yellowstone River (the longest un-dammed river in the US).
Today we decided to take the back roads from Butte, heading for Lewistown in Idaho - searching for Wisdom! Can always use some of that! We did find it! It's a small town on the Wise River! Stopped at Big Hole on the way and saw the Big Hole Battlefield. The visitor's centre was very good - a wonderful video that really gave us an understanding of the Nez Perce Indian tribe from this area, and everything they went through. From there we were in the Bitterroot area - Mountain, Valley and River. This is the land of creeks and gulches e.g Tin Cup Creek....
We are now camped along yet another river, in the Lolo area, with a hot spring. This evening we will go to the local pub for a drink where we will get wifi and then swim in the hot water. We seem to be in the right spot because we are told that tomorrow night there will be a country and western live band with square dancing etc... Andy doesn't think he will make that party!