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Week 2 - Montana to Minnesota

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Day 8 (9/9/07) - We are at the Little Big Horn Battleground having lunch. After lunch we'll take the driving our. We took a picture of a hawk on a pole (or rather leaving a pole).

Yesterday we went from a parking lot next to the "Manlove cabin" in East Helena - near the road we saw a prong horn antelope, and drove on to Billings. We stayed in a campground on the Yellowstone River. We did our laundry and took pictures of the old farm machinery. There were plows, harrows, hay rakes, manure spreaders, etc. I have ridden some similar ones behind a tractor. I remember making a straight windrows with a hay rake and getting very dusty using a harrow - long ago. We have been across the great divide in the Rocky Mtns. It is raining here this afternoon. We went to the Wheat Montana Bakery near Bozeman, MT. We bought a nice loaf of bread, some of which we had for lunch today with some Choke Cherry jelly we bought last night. We also bought a loaf of banana bread (which I ate with some of the Bavarian Cream we got in Leavenworth. We also bought a big apple - raisen cinnamon bun which we shared. We've picked up sand for Kathy here and there. Some places are hard to get to and some have rocks and no sand. We still hope to get some on the Little Big Horn River. Sometimes I write little because I'm tired.

Day 11 - Went to the Little Big Horn and spent quite a lot of time there. We decided to take the side trip to Devil's Tower. It was worth it. I've been there before, but still enjoyed it. (We did not climb it.) We went to a nice overnight park near Mt Rushmore. When I went to Mt Rushmore 20 years ago there was very little there except the mountain. Now there are shops, café's, the row of state flags & more, quite spectacular. We went to Custer State Park and saw a big herd of Buffalo and some wild donkeys, including a little one, and some white tailed deer before we got to the Wildlife Loop Road - so we skipped that and drove on to the Badlands. We camped last night in a wilderness camp in the park, but outside the "bad" lands. We took a side road (red gravel) for miles and miles.

Day 12 - We camped last night beside the Missouri River in a nice city park in Fort Pierre. Across the river in Pierre, is the state capital. Today we will go to McLaughlin, SD where my daughter Penny lives. The last twoays we drove through the Badlands Nat'l Park. We took a back road to the upper loop road (It looked shorter on the map). It was gravel so we couldn't go more than 15-20 mph. It was a lovely drive and we saw buffalo, etc. We camped at a primative camp, no electricity, water etc., but nice covered table areas. It was lovely and we could hear the buffalo lowing and took pictures of their footprints. The Badlands were awesome and massive. There were little grassy places among the rock structures. We saw some buffalo & deer sometimes and a humungus prairie dog town.

Later we went through a homestead and a 1880's "town". The buildings were brought to the place. It was terribly windy in Fort Pierre. Howled all nite & shook the RV.

Posted by phylisej 21:15 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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