Saturday, August 15, 2009

Oklahoma Bound

The big journey has come to an end and we must go our separate ways. We have traveled in excess of 6500 miles. Joan has put on more mileage as she left Florida the end of April and has been to Pennsylvania by way of Mississippi. She left Pennsylvania to meet up with Amye in Oklahoma, making stops in Ohio and Tennessee on the way. I left Brownsville, TX the middle of June to meet the other gals at Brownwood, TX, making a stop in Austin. Our official departure date was June 21, 2009. And have we ever seen a good portion of America! Starting with our first destination as Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico.

Carlsbad Caverns, N.M.

Our next stop was Silver City, N.M., then on to Benson, AZ and Old Tombstone, and then to Tucson,AZ and the Saguaro National Park which seems to be the starting place of most of our RV troubles. Joan's microwave/convention oven and then the dash air conditioning on her way to Phoenix to get the microwave replaced. Then Amye's flat tire on our way to meet up with Joan.

We thought all our troubles were over as we headed into the Joshua Tree National Park. But it was my turn. After spending a week in the hot desert town of Twentynine Palms, CA in 107 degree temperature, it was a relief to catch up with Joan and Amye who had gone ahead to keep appointments for getting the air conditioning repaired and new tires for Amye. But at least we started to enjoy ourselves. A trip to the Jelly Belly Factory and a tour of Napa Valley so graciously given by some special friends in Napa, CA. as well as the Giant Redwood Forest. Just wish one of our Rialtas would fit through the tree.

Overlooking Napa Valley

Our journey then took us into Oregon with the rocky coastline, seals, lighthouses and even a photo of two whales. It was spectacular scenery. And I must admit, more mountainous than I remembered. But Washington State is not to be outdone with mountains! And thanks to a daughter and her significant other, we didn't have to drive up the mountains! They did it for us! First Mount St. Helen's and then Mt. Rainier. We spent a day in Seattle at Pike's Market and the Locks with the fish ladder. We took the ferry to Friday Harbor for the day. And another daughter took us to Whidby Island and Deception Pass. The Hansons, the Barnhills and last, but certainly not least Sally and Karl took good care of us while visiting in their area. The trip across the North Cascade Highway took us over more mountains to Chief Joseph Dam and the Grand Coulee Dam. Heading for Idaho we met up with another lady who owned a Rialta and had lunch with her.

Mt. Rainer, Washington State

August found us in Montana in Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park with Old Faithful geyser and a chance to visit with the Caldwells (fellow Rialta owners) who were in Yellowstone at the same time. They gave us a grand tour! Next on to Cody, Wyoming where we visited one of the best museums, second only to the Smithsonian. A visit to Devil's Tower National Monument in Wyoming was also on the agenda.

Glacier National Park, Montana

The last state on our list was South Dakota. It had so much to offer! From Chief Crazy Horse Monument, Custer State Park, Mt. Rushmore, The Black Hills, Wall Drug, The Badlands National Park, and Mitchel, S.D....home of the world's only Corn Palace. And not to be forgotten was the jaunt in to Sturgis and the motorcyclists friends we met from Houston, TX!

Mt. Rushmore National Monument

Time has come to bid adieu. We are all together at Amye's until Monday morning, when I head for North Carolina for a visit with my son. Joan will stay at Amye a while before heading East for a wedding, then to Florida for the winter. Amye is at home. It has been a great two months with many memories and great photos to help us remember in our "old age".

Farewell. TTT's

PS: We will be meeting again in February in Panama City, Florida. Watch out, Florida. Here comes the The Terrific Threesome!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Casino Night

Sorry I don't have a picture to post of the Prairie Band Casino & Resort where we stayed last night. The Prairie Band has a great campground and is very reasonable. It even included wi-fi. And chauffuer service to and from the Casino.

We had eaten a big lunch at a Cracker Barrel about 2 PM, so we didn't partake of the dinner specials. We do plan on taking advantage of the breakfast buffet special in the morning.

As for the casino, I won enough to pay for camping and breakfast. I am not sure how Amye did. Seem like Joan is in a slump. She'll be out of it soon

Tomorrow the TTT's are homeward bound........ and I think we are ready for it!

The Corn Palace

We Did It Again!

Sometimes, especially without reservations, we have difficulty getting three camp sites together. Such was the case last night. We called ahead to the R&R Campground in Mitchell, South Dakota. They said to come on in and they would see what they could do for us. Yes, they could give us three sites, but they were not near each other. Since we share food, it would kind of pose a hardship. The staff was so accommodating, they said they would try to work something out. Sure enough they did! They had an 80 ft. site and the TTT's said " No Problem!" We are only 22 ft. each and we could piggy-back on electricity. Two of us were given a ride to the site prior to registering to make sure it was long enough. We would fit! We each even ended up with our own electricity as there was a 50 amp., a 30 amp. and 20 amp. Don't we look sharp?! The staff even had to come and take pictures. They said it was a "first" for them. What delightful people. They even told us about a pizza special, ordered it for us and hand-delivered it to our site. Of course we did pay for it! All you campers out there that are following our blog and ever in Mitchell, S.D, area, stop there! Nice clean place with a great staff!

Since the Corn Place, which by the way is the only one in the world, opened at 8 AM, we were almost the first visitors of the day.

The Corn Palace, Mitchell, S.D.

It is quite an amazing place. There have been three palaces. The first one was built in 1892, the second in 1905 and the current one in 1921. Photos of every Corn Palace since 1892 line the walls of the interior of the building. There are also permanent interior corn murals.

Display showing how a design comes to reality

To me the most amazing thing was how and what they used to decorate the outside of the Corn Palace yearly. Each year local artists submit their ideas and one is chosen. The outside of the Corn Palace is stripped and redecorated with new corn and grains.

The design is drawn on tar paper and the artist will note what color corn or grain goes where. In early summer the process of removing the "old" and "on with the new". After stripping away the old, the grains are first tied in bundles and attached. These grains, all 3,000 bushels, consist of milo, rye, oat heads and sour dock. The murals containing corn have to wait until late summer when the corn crop is ready. Over half million ears are sawed in half length-wise and nailed to the building following those tar paper patterns. What is the cost do to this annually? Around $130,000. This is quite a feat every year. So again, if you are near Mitchell, stop by and see the people working!

Outside Mural

And so our journey through South Dakota comes to an end. We are headed for a casino in Kansas for the night. Cheap entertainment, if we keep our money in the rigs!

Clock in a Park across from the Corn Palace.
Time to Leave.

The TTT's.....heading home.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

More of South Dakota

Tuesday, August 11

We started out early this morning, not knowing what traffic we would encounter in the Badlands.
Our first stop was at the infamous Wall Drug, home of the nickel coffee and free cold water! Really a #1 tourist trap. They have changed it since I was last here. We spent little time here.
Wall Drug, Wall, S.D.

So off we headed to the Badlands National Park. As Joan said: "How could anyone have survived living here?" But people did! Both the Lakota Indians and the homesteaders shaped this land. The Park consists of three units. The North Unit is the best known and it includes 64,000 wilderness acres of the 240,000 total acres. There really is no way to describe it. So look at some of the pictures I have taken and enjoy!

Entrance Sign to the Badlands N.P.

The Badlands

Cedar Pass, Badlands N.P.

Yellow Mounds, Badlands N.P.

So tomorrow brings us to the last scheduled stop on our journey. One may continue on East ward to visit friends and family. One has a wedding to attend in the near future. And the third is just going home.

The TTT's .......hoping the rats don't eat the Corn Palace until we have seen it.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Custer State Park & Mount Rushmore

Mule Deer

We left our campsite around 10 in the morning headed for Custer State Park. A beautiful sunny day for a wonderful drive. Joan was the chauffeur this morning. Almost immediately after paying the entrance fee, a mule deer was standing right on the side of the road. Great photo opportunity.


Talk about being near the road, this big fellow thought it was the perfect place to sit and watch the humans go by. We were almost to the Wild Animal Loop when we spotted a big herd of buffalo off to our right. So we took that road and got to watch the bison in their daily activities.

Mom and Baby Burro

Back on the Wild Animal Loop we did see several species of animals. From prairie dogs, pronghorns (aka antelope), more bison, and the really traffic stoppers......the Burros! They are not native to the Black Hills. They were first used to transport people to the lodges in the area. After the invention of the automobile, the burros were turned loose in the park. These are descendents living here today.

Great Place to have Lunch!

People would feed them, although it is illegal according to the Park Regulations. They were so tame, one could pet them. In fact they would come up to your car windows. Amye said if one left the car door open, the burro would probably get into the car. I saw one follow a man to his van, and while the man was trying to get something from the van, the burro was pulling at his T-shirt. The best photo was when a baby decided to have lunch in the middle of the road! Cars were literally at a stand-still.

We had our lunch along the roadside before heading to Mount Rushmore. Do you want to drive a mountainous road with switchbacks (10 mph warning signs), three narrow one lane tunnels, and a section called the "Pig Tail"? Then drive Rt. 16A between Custer State Park and Rt. 244 going to Mount Rushmore! Almost better than a roller coaster!

If you look closely at the picture of Mount Rushmore, you will see two tiny figures standing on President Roosevelt's head. Don't know what was going on, but there was a rope from the top of his head to the ground below. We saw one guy climb up the President's face. This is a great Memorial to four great Presidents.

Mount Rushmore

And so, another great day comes to an end. On to the Badlands tomorrow.

The TTT's ......heading East!

Sturgis, South Dakota

It was raining when we left Devil's Tower KOA this morning. We kept our speed between 60-65mph on the I-90. For the past two weeks we have seen thousands of motorcycles. No wonder! It was Rally Week in Sturgis. We heard reports that there were 400,000 in attendance. We just had to go into Sturgis and see what it was all about. Amye's brother was there, but he had already left. MacDonald's lot was so full of motorcycles, we had to park across the street at a business.

Proof We Were There!

Sitting under cover from the rain were four motorcyclists. They told us they were from Houston, TX. We had a wonderful time exchanging stories. They wanted to see the inside of our rigs, so we invited them into the Happy Turtle and The Road Runner to have a peek at motor home living. One of the guys called his wife in Houston and was telling her all about us. She told him she wanted to join us! There were also two younger couples from Colorado sitting under cover also. The TTT's having fun with our Motorcycle Friends!

Vickie, and I am sorry to say I didn't get all your names, took the above picture. Wish she were in it, too. She was so cute! We wished them a safe and happy travels on their bikes as they head to Yellowstone National Park. We are headed for the KOA at Mt. Rushmore.

I did a dumb thing today. I charged the camera battery to make sure I could get some pictures at the Crazy Horse Monument. We signed up to take the shuttle bus from the campground to the monument to see the night laser show. Guess who forgot to put the battery in the camera? So I don't have any pictures to post. It was very cool sitting out on the viewing veranda! I can tell you there have been changes at the monument, but not so much on the carving since I last saw it 6 years ago. The changes are all in the buildings, entrance and parking lot. Since it is not support be neither the federal or state governments, all funds come from public donations, admission, sales in the gift shop and food concessions. The Memorial contains an orientation center with twin theaters, the Indian Museum of North America, Education & Conference Center, Tipi-Museum, Native American Culture Center, Sculptor's Log-Studio Home and Workshop, Crazy Horse 1/34th Model and a veranda for viewing the laser lighting show. Quite a place. The future plans include an Indian University of North America and Medical Training Center and Avenues of the Chiefs. It's a remarkable place.

They are currently working on the 22-story-high horse's head. The painted outline shows the 45-foot ear and the 16-foot-wide eye, some 260 feet below the head of Crazy Horse. When finished, it will be the world's largest sculpture. Mt. Rushmore would fit in Crazy Horse's head!

Tomorrow our plans include Custer State Park and Mount Rushmore.

To our motorcycle friends...Thanks for a fun morning!

The TTT's ...we keep on going.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Devil's Tower, Wyoming

We departed from Cody at 6:30 this morning as we have a good drive ahead of us. In spite of a mountain climb from 5016 feet to 9568 ft, the scenery was beautiful. Part way up the mountain we pulled into an overlook area to give our babies a breather and to cool down. I am positive I heard the Road Runner say: " I think I can, I think I can!" Under my breathe I could hear myself say: "I'll be glad to get over the mountains!" It seems like that is all we have been in since Joshua Tree National Park. Yes, that was sometime before the 4Th of July! We have done our share of mountains and are ready for the Plains. But first we have some good hills in the Black Hills of South Dakota!

Lake View from Mountain Overpass

Coming through Buffalo, WY we had a small detour. Seems they were having a parade. We did see some fancy horse units that had already finished the route. We are now in Devil's Tower, WY in a KOA. Shortly after the Tilton Hilton and The Happy Turtle were hooked up to landlines (electricity that is), we took the Road Runner up to Devil's Tower National Monument.

For those followers who have never seen Devil's Tower, let me give you some statistics. The Tower rises 867 feet from its base and stands 1,267 feet above the Belle Fourche River and is 5,112 feet above sea level. The area of its teardrop-shaped top is 1.5 acres. The diameter of its base is 1,000 ft. It is also the first national monument, so designated by President Teddy Roosevelt in 1906. That's your history lesson for today.

Devil's Tower -West Side

Several Indian nations of the Great Plains share similar legends on the origin of this prominent butte. The Kiowa Indians say: "Eight children were there at play, seven sisters and their brother. Suddenly the lad was stuck dumb, he trembled and began to run upon his hands and feet. His fingers became claws, and his body was covered with fur. Where the boy had stood was now standing a bear. The sisters were terrified; they ran and the bear ran after them. They came to a stump of a great tree and the tree spoke to them. It told the sisters to climb upon it, and as they did so, the stump began to rise into the air. The bear came to kill them, but they were just beyond it's reach. It reared against the tree and scored the bark all around with it's claws. The seven sisters were borne into the sky and they became the stars of the Big Dipper.

If one saw the movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", directed by Steven Speilberg and starring Richard Dreyfus and Teri Carr, right away one would remember Devil's Tower played a big part in the movie.

Devil's Tower -South side

Located in the park is a Prairie Dog Town. A sign says "DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS". Well to look at them, I would say they eat very well. Chubby little fellows. If one comes too close, they start this chattering to warn other prairie dogs , and down in their burrows they go.

I'll sit and pose if you take my picture, but don't come too close.

So back to camp, Our chef made spaghetti and sausage with garlic bread for dinner and just as we were about to sit down to eat, a rain storm with hail chased us indoors. We are heading for the Black Hills of South Dakota tomorrow. I hope they are hills, and NOT mountains.

The Terrific Threesome....rolling down the roads.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Buffalo Bill Historical Center - Part 2

Friday, August 7. After showers and laundry, Joan fixed us an egg and sausage omelet for breakfast, along with strawberries. Amye toasted the bread. Me, I showed up to eat! Then it was off in the Tilton Hilton for a second day at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. We had three more museums on the schedule as well as two gardens.

Sacagawea Statute

We started in the CODY FIREARMS MUSEUM. I have never seen such a collection of firearms! I didn't know there were so many manufacturers of guns. And after walking through the museum, if one didn't have enough, they could take an elevator to the floor below were there was an additional exhibit of 1200 more!

From there we went into the WHITNEY GALLERY OF WESTERN ART. This area even had a replica of Remington's art studio. I'm sure you are familiar with the bronze statutes that Remington created of horses and cowboys. Again, the museum was very child friendly. From a drawing area to an area where they could create postcards to send to family and friends.

We saw the Cashman Greever Garden that contained several statutes including Sacagawea and the boyhood home of Buffalo Bill Cody. It had been moved to Cody from Iowa where he was born. The Braun Garden also had statutes, but it also had bird houses and a play area for children.

The last museum, PLAINS INDIAN MUSEUM, was fascinating!

Young Indian Maiden with Dog

For thousands of years, dogs served as guardians, hunters and companions to Native people of the Plains. A large dog could drag a load of about 75 pounds of family belongings on a travois. After horses came to the plains, dogs continued to carry lighter loads.

As one might expect, the Plains Indians were very crafty. The picture below addresses this with the beaded Child's Vest and Pants.

Child's beaded vest and pants.

After our tour was over, we headed to the museum restaurant for a light lunch. From there, Amye drove us out to the Old Trail Town. This area contains historic buildings and artifacts that were preserved from old Cody and moved out by the Stampede Grounds, which by the way there is a nightly rodeo from June through August.

Old Trail Town
Across the road from the Old Trail Town, we checked on another museum...Tecumseh's Miniature Village and Museum. They boasted of having the West's largest model train layout, amazing western diorama and a museum.
Bar and Dining Room - Irma Hotel, Cody, WY
And last but certainly least, we visited the Irma Hotel. It has to be oldest in Wyoming. It was from the porch that we watch the Cody Gunfighter win a street gunfight two nights ago.
And so it goes.....We leave wonderful Cody, WY in the morning for Devil's Tower, WY. We have a 9585 ft mountain pass to cross tomorrow. Not looking forward to it!
The Terrific the good life!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Cody, Wyoming

Thursday, August 6th and all is well. What a surprise Cody, Wyoming is! So much so, we are going to spend another night. After getting two of the three rigs set up and eating left overs for supper, Joan and the Happy Turtle drove us down into town last night for the 7 PM re-enactment of a "Good Guys vs Bad Guys" skit. It is performed Monday through Saturday in front of the historic Irma Hotel. All proceeds from selling seating to posters, etc. go to charities.

Joan took the Happy Turtle to an RV repair shop this morning to see if she could get the plumbing problem fixed. Amye and I spent the morning cleaning, emptying holding tanks, taking on fresh water and doing some battery maintenance. My LP gas detector went off three times last night. I finally disconnected it so I could get some sleep!

This afternoon we went into town in the Road Runner for a visit to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Let me say this.....there are five museums in one! And it is well worth it for the price. Our ticket gives us two days to see it. It takes that long!!

Title says it all

The five museums include (1) The Draper Museum of Natural History, (2) Buffalo Bill Museum, (3) The Plains Indian Museum, (4) Whitney Gallery of Western Art, and (5) The Cody Firearm Museum. There was also a special art exhibit on paintings about the Lewis & Clark Expedition and Buffalo Bill's boyhood home is also on the grounds of the museum. There is an extensive gift shop as well as restaurant. This is quite a museum!

Wells Fargo Stagecoach

The Buffalo Bill Museum contains many artifacts of W. F Cody and his family. One thing that caught my eye was a silver coin "Billie's" mother had been saving. His dad was deceased at the time. Billie took the coin and accidently dropped it into a river. He was 5 years old at the time. He engaged some older lads to search for the coin in the river's bottom. One of the boys went to Billie's mother and told her what had happend. With switch in hand and ready to give a beating, Mrs. Cody went down to the river and wanted to know just what was he thinking in taking the coin. He had a quick answer for her. He was teaching the boys how to mine for gold. I am happy to say the coin was found.

One of the most interesting museum was the Draper Museum of Natural History. It was certainly "child-friendly". The exhibits were amazing. And so many "hands-on" exhibits. Children can get a "Greater Yellowstone Adventure Passport" and the "Explorer's Guide for Families". There are 6 areas in this museum and the children can emboss a stamp on the passport for each area they visit. The Museum is filled with sights and sounds of the natural world. The Explorer's Guide allows the child to record what they see and hear. I have posted some pictures from this museum.

Black Bear


A Greater Sage Grouse
I think he is showing off or trying to impress his mate!

Tomorrow we are going back and see what we missed today! If you are ever in this area, please put this museum on your list of things to do in Cody, Wyoming! By the way, we had rain tonight. This is the first substantial rain we have left since we started out on our journey.

The Terrific Threesome...enjoying the sights.

More of Yellowstone NP

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

In order to do Yellowstone Park justice, one almost needs 4 to 5 days here. There is so much to take in. In one day (12 hours!) we only got to see the lower loop of the Park. The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is breath-taking! The falls, colors in the rocks and great photo opportunities.

Momma Buffalo with her Baby

Our timing was perfect in the earlier evening at the Sulfur Caldron! We got to see two female buffalo with their babies. Later, as we drove farther down the road, many buffalo could be seen.

Sulfur Caldron

The Sulfur Caldron is ten times more acidic than lemon juice. The Caldron sits on the edge of one of the most active areas of Yellowstone's buried volcano. Sulfur-rich gases rise furiously here, filling Sulfur Caldron with sulfuric acid. Incredibly, this muddy pool is teeming with life. Billions of termacidophiles thrive here. They convert the pool's hydrogen sulfide gas into sulfuric acid. The sulfuric acid breaks rock and soil into mud, making this spring a very muddy home.

Mud Volcano

In 1870, explorers stood in awe as Mud Volcano spewed mud into the treetops, shaking the ground with each eruption. Two years later it was a pool of bubbling, muddy water. Mud Volcano has blown itself apart.

Dragon's Mouth Spring

One of the most interesting geysers in Yellowstone NP is the Dragon's Mouth Spring. Every few seconds, this geyser will spew water from the hole along with steam, rising up in the sky. I would say someone needs to give him some mouthwash! It was fun to watch this guy.

So there you have some of our adventure in Yellowstone National Park. An absolutely beautiful place! But remember, one needs more than two days here!

The Terrific Three on our quest to see many National Parks. On to Cody, WY.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Old Faithful - Right on Time

Our day started off by having two other Rialta owners, Fay and Gene, pick us up at the KOA and treated us to a wonderful and knowledgeable tour of Yellowstone National Park. And what a day it was! We entered from West Yellowstone at about 8:30 AM and within a few miles there was a traffic jam. A female bald eagle was sitting in a tree watching over her nest and a young'un. Farther down the road was a few of the elk from the Madison Herd. Yes, I know you want animal pictures, but today I am going to focus on geysers.

Old Faithful - After showing off.

Our first geyser stop was at the Lower Geyser Basin. We walked the whole loop. Because there were so many, I will limited this to the most spectacular ones. The photos below were taken at the Excelisor Geyser. The first two are of the Grand Presmatic Spring. The colors were beautiful. There were several other ones at this The Opal and The Turquoise. I wish I could post all of the pictures.

The Grand Presmatic Spring

Another shot of the Grand Presmatic Spring

Aren't the colors remarkable? The Excelsior Geyser is also exceptional. After leaving this area, we did a couple of side-road drives where we saw more geysers and a beautiful river in the Park.

When we got to "Old Faithful" we had about a 30 minute wait before "She" erupted again. And she is always on time...every 92 minutes. We enjoyed Trout Almondine in the Yellowstone Old Faithful Lodge cafeteria. Yummy! After lunch we strolled over to the Yellowstone Inn where we took an informative tour of the Inn. We even got to see one of the original guest rooms of the Inn. This one had no bath, as many of them don't. The guest share bathrooms down the hall or around the corner. Yes, some of the rooms did have the luxury of having an adjoining bath.

The afternoon found us taking a drive around the rest of the lower loop. Yellowstone is divided into basically two loops. I was so surprised to see the enormous Yellowstone Lake. We stopped at several more geyser locations and at the last one, we got to see TWO! Not ONE! Female buffalo with young'uns. Then we saw a hugh male Elk. What a rack he was supporting! After the buffalo siting, we were taken to this stunning waterfalls. I Promise: I WILL POST MORE PICTURES tomorrow.

On to Cody, WY tomorrow...

We returned to West Yellowstone about 12 hours from when we began. We enjoyed dinner together, said our goodbyes and I believe the TTT's went to bed.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Deer Lodge, MT

Montana Territorial Prison

We rolled into the Deer Lodge KOA around 3 PM. Deer Lodge, MT is a very small town and the KOA is located just on the south side of town. Can't really say much about the town, except it is the home of the Old Montana Territorial Prison. Today there is a museum next to the prison. I can't give you any history on it, but I thought it was kind of neat!

As we were standing outside talking with other campers, this cute Model T Ford Station Wagon drove by. We went over to ask about it. The gentleman was from North Puyallup, Washington and belonged to the Carbonado, WA Antique Car Club. The man said the car really belongs to his wife and she wanted something to drive the grandchildren around. I thought it was kind of neat.

Model T Ford Station Wagon

Since we had eaten a late and big lunch at a Cracker Barrel, we won't worry about supper tonight. Laundry and planning our trip to Yellowstone are on the agenda. Heading for Old Faithful in the morning.

Do you know me?

This little critter landed on the Road Runner? Sure has long black & white tentacles! It is some sort of beetle.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

On The Road Again

Mountain Goat (courtesy of Joan)

The "Red Jammers"

Sunday: Today was a travel day from West Glacier, MT to Deer Lodge, MT. The road was good except the last 10 miles before we got on I-90. The Montana DOT is widening Rt 93 to 4 lanes. Road crews were not working today, but a lot of the time we traveled dirt road! It was like an old wash board. Joan got stuck behind a U-haul doing about 10mph in a 35 mph zone. We are settled in at a campground and doing laundry. So I thought I would just post more pictures of Glacier National Park.

Rapids in a Creek

Another mountain stream


Bishop's Hat

Tomorrow it is on to Yellowstone and "Old Faithful". I tried to buy a second battery for my camera, but WalMart was out of the one that would fit. Oh, well! I will charge it up again tonight.