The Real Windy City

Trip Start Jun 19, 2012
Trip End Aug 03, 2012

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Word of the day: WINDY!! Chicago has nothing on Montana wind!

We cannot get used to the fact that it does not get dark in the west until around 10pm and the sun comes up before 5am. How do these people sleep?

We awoke to a beautiful scene at the base of a mountain and on a river where we planned to spend the day so Clay could fly fish. However, with 50 MPH gusts of wind, the river was moving so fast we would have been lucky to find him in the next state!

Our journey across Montana took forever since Tommy had to drive about 50 due to winds that nearly blew us off the road. Thank heavens for a sway bar that he added to the RV. Otherwise, we may be in a ditch somewhere!

We stopped in Bozeman, MT and went to the SIMMS factory. They make fly fishing gear and apparel. The factory does not conduct a tour, but the girl at the front took us back to the area where they make the waders. Afterward, she gave Clay three hats and bunches of stickers. Clay was in heaven since he collects stickers for his hamper at home. It is nearly covered with stickers from places he goes.  The girl at SIMMS told us about a burger restaurant on the Montana State University campus for lunch. Though the burgers were okay, they were not Ike's.

The next several hours of our journey took a LONG time because we traveled so slowly around the mountain. It took us until 6:30 to reach Missoula, MT. We decided to forego the idea of driving to Glacier National Park on the advice of several locals. They all said it would be too difficult to drive the route in a 38 foot camper, so that is another trip we will make some day.

In Missoula we decided to get out and do something fun by watching a movie, but to our surprise it was so cool we all had to change into jeans and a sweatshirt first. The weather is crazy! Two days ago it was 102 degrees in Cody, WY. We saw a movie and came out just before 10pm and it was still light outside. This is so hard to get used to.

Across from the theater was a Walmart that allows overnight parking for RVs. We laughed when we pulled in at the sight of fourteen other RVs that arrived before us. We have never seen so many RVs overnight at Walmart before. The most we have seen has been three. After our near daily run into Walmart for a stepladder, squeegee, and other must-haves, we retired for the day with our friends in the parking lot.

Depending on the weather tomorrow, there is an amusement park in Coure d’Alene, Idaho called Silverwood that we try out. If it is as cool as tonight, that may not happen. We’ll see what Mother Nature says in the morning.
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Annie on

The first thing I do every morning is turn on my iPad to read your blogs! We are really enjoying reading about your adventures. Have a great day!

Gram and She on

We too enjoy reading the blogs with our cereal. It's good you are all getting used to the many hours of daylight. In Alaska there are nineteen hours of daylight. Could we borrow the motor coach one weekend when you get back? We would like to stay at the Dorman Center Walmart!

Wanda on

I think that no longer will I be known as the "Walmart Queen"....Glad all is going well. Miss you.

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