Big Spring in Palm Book State Park

Kitch-iti-kipi, as the Big Spring is named, is a great little state park located a mile or so from Gerometta’s. Peg and I put off going until lesser crowds would expected and Thursday turned out to be the perfect day.

Crystal clear 40 degree water 45 feet deep. The big fish are lake trout and I don’t know the dog’s name; however, he is as cute as can be. The Spring is down a short trail to the raft pier. The raft has limited space so the wait can be hours we have been told. Thursday we got right on for the slow trip to the other side of the spring and back. The water could be seen bubbling up in several spots and the fish were fascinating.

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Still Catching Up

Leaving Half Moon Bay and heading East found us in Fernley, NV at the Desert Rose Campground. It is a very nice campground that I recommend to anyone traveling through. Out in the desert with new clean laundry and bathrooms, asphalt pull through sites with nice shade trees, and excellent wifi. This is where Scout’s incision started leaking out from under his bandage. It was a mess and we were lucky that Laura had gifted us with a doggy first aid kit before we left California as we used all the gauze wraps and pads to begin to soak up the fluid running out of his incision. Peg and I were pretty panic stricken until we realized that the hole in the bottom of the wound was likely in place to drain any infection or fluids.

Our journey continued across Nevada to Wendover on the border of Utah. It was a windy day with sustained 20 to 30 mph cross winds for the entire 366 miles. The Wendover KOA was a fairly typical Journey and the overnight stay was uneventful. Out of Wendover through Salt Lake City and north to Rigby, ID. Another tough day fighting the wind and a virtual white out. The Winnebago is handling all this as well as possible. I am glad that we had the springs and shocks updated because it sure makes a difference. Rigby is a nice town and we took in some well deserved relaxation before moving on east. Scout’s incision was almost dried up by now; however, we continued to worry.

The drive to Dick’s RV in Great Falls, Montana was calm and pretty. On east to Glasgow, Montana we picked up US 2 which is my preferred route across the far north. Much less traffic and fairly good road, a lot of it is interstate grade. In Glasgow we stayed at the Cottonwood Inn and Casino. Scout had been doing well in his healing; however, the stitches at the top of his incision came unwound. This occurred where the original abscess hole was and even though it was about time for the dissolving stitches to begin to disappear a large hole opened up. We had another night of hunting down gauze and tape to try to keep the rest of the incision closed.

Monday morning rather than leaving as planned, Scout and I found ourselves at Valley Veterinary Clinic just before 8am. The folks there were wonderful. Scout got two new stitches, a laser treatment and more antibiotics. We were back on the road by 10 am and prom ptly ran into about 10 miles of construction with nothing but gravel mud and one lane road. Gracie and L’il Red got a real good coating of Montana clay. The trip going on to Rough Rider Campground in Minot, North Dakota for 3 nights was uneventful. This is a great place to rest and relax. Lots of big trees and grassy areas.

We pushed on to the KOA in Bemidji, Minnesota. This is a laid back campground on sand for the most part with a big dog park. I had found the Trek store in Bemidji online a few days earlier and made an appointment to have the Allant finished up, reset and made safe for the road. Northern Cycle in downtown is a great place. Alex and the crew there are excellent professional bicycle mechanics and fixed me up in two days under the quote price. Love these guys and if you are ever in the area check them out.

As things would be, Scout started to vomit. Basically, he would eat a little then several hours later he would throw up. My first thought was that all the antibiotics he was on was making him sick. Even though the original course of drugs was just about done there was still a few days to go on his Glasgow prescription (poor guy was taking 18 pills a day) so I bough him some canned food that was good for sensitive stomachs and determined to soldier on as everything else was good with him. With Gracie and L’il Red cleaned up, the Trek back to normal and Scout soldiering on we moved on to Klint Stafford Memorial Park in downtown Iron River, MI.

This City run park is a great place. Walking distance to the 2nd best pizza in all of Michigan, the Subway, McDonalds and the bars downtown. The park sits on the Apple Blossom Trail next to the Iron River. From here we took in Bond Falls and other sites and generally had a good time. Scout though continued to vomit then quit eating altogether, necessitating another 8am visit to the vet. Apple Blossom Pet Clinic is downtown and took Scout in right away. His vitals were good; however, his abdominal x-ray showed an area of concern in his small intestine. Barium and multiple x-rays were the recommended course of treatment so Scout got to spend the day. Thankfully nothing was found and it was thought that all the meds he had been on probably upset his system. Pills to stop the vomiting and Omeprazole (my personal favorite) got him started on the path to recovery.

This brings us to where we sit today, Gerometta’s Resort Manistique, Michigan. Frankly, we have just become squatters here. I know that I was looking for a place to sit and regenerate mind and body. We were fairly exhausted mentally from the travails of this journey and were very lucky to have found this oasis. The Gerometta’s are great hosts and have a very good campground and resort on Indian Lake next the State Park about 11 miles from Manistique. Peg and I have a large flat grass campsite with picnic table, fire ring, large amounts of fire wood delivered for $5, pool and wild life. Scout loves Indian Lake. We have taken in Tahquamenon Falls State Park, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Whitefish Point Lighthouse and Museum, Fayette Historical State Park and Mackinaw and Manistique. We are staying here through Labor Day.

The link below is to an album that has all images taken in the UP. It is a big album and some of you might find looking through my Flickr images and albums is easier, this is the bottom link. There are over 36000 images in this account all of them are public except the ones that aren’t. If you find one you like please fave it. If you see something you want prints of, a book, etc., please contact me at harshy@mac.com and I will try to accommodate you.

As always enjoy!

Sjh

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It’s Been Awhile

Blame it on Covid. Why not? Frankly, the journal/diary program never was a strong suit. Daily, even weekly, writing has been a struggle despite good intentions. And this has been a Covid 18 months. Yes excuses all of it so let us pick up with June 2021.

This summer started out the same as last summer with the wait on medical clearance to travel for me, Peg or Scout. For Peg and I it was the lingering after effects of our January Covid hospitalization and recovery. We are both doing well now; although, I have lingering mental and physical issues that are abating slowly. Scout has had a hard Spring and Summer. His right knee failed and had to be rebuilt. This resulted in the usual 8 week healing process and final surgical clearance. Scout’s medical journey continued on through the end of July with an abscess, broken stitches and stomach illness. Even he seems to be good now (I know there are 3 Vets scattered across the West and upper Midwest who are doing well!!).

Our trip began with a journey to Half Moon Bay, CA. Half Moon RV Park and Campground is where we stayed while visiting my daughter Laura, Nathan and grand daughter Nikki. Escaping the 110 degree heat was a bonus as on the Pacific Coast the temps were from the low 50’s to the upper 60’s. I took Scout on the trail out to the Half Moon Bay Beach so he could swim in his “Specific” ocean again. As you can see, he had a good time.

Scout at Half Moon Bay Beach Pacific Ocean Coast

We took a trip down Highway 1 stopping at Pidgin Point Lighthouse on the way to the boardwalk at Santa Cruz. It was super and a great time. Nice to see laid back California living at its best. While there Ethan helped find a couple of bike stores there where I was able to get the rest of the parts needed to rebuild my Trek Allant 7+. Another story for another time; however this is why I needed parts.

We had a wonderful time. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the wonderful English Pub at the campground. Great food and atmosphere. Laura, Ethan and Nikki were excellent hosts and made for a great experience.

Our fun got caught up short with the emergence of Scout’s left hind leg abscess. It was apparent by the evening of July 6 that he needed veterinarian attention. We found Lenity Vets in San Mateo and spent most of the evening there in the parking lot waiting to see what was to be done. Honestly, I thought it would be a flush and clean with meds to go. The emergency vet said she could see his TPLO plate through the abscess and that he needed to see the surgeon in the morning. He remained for the night on intravenous antibiotics, etc. The surgeon was firm that the plate had to come out so we said to go ahead. This laid the groundwork for our traveling Vet experience with Scout. And bonus, we now have a very expensive metal paper weight.

Scout Left Hind Leg Post Surgery.

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Sitting Bull Falls New Mexico

Saturday Laura, Peg, Scout and I took the trip out into the Chihuahuan Desert to Sitting Bull Falls. This is a great spot with good parking, restroom facilities and picnic pavillions. There were very nice park hosts on site to collect the $5 fee and share advice and guidance. After a short paved walk we arrived at the falls, which at this time of year are diminished some. Deep pools have been formed at the base that hold crystal clear water.

Scout saw the people in the water and was off to enjoy a splash or two for himself. Scout always has such a wonderful time. You can see him swimming with an unknown friend while cooling in the spring fed waters. He and I had to take a small trail to another part of the falls because, he saw a trail. Scout loves trails and thinks all of them were made for him.

It was a wonderful day out and all had a good time. Laura was a wonderful host and played Mom to us old farts, spoiling us with hot breakfasts and well cooked evening meals. Laura took us to a couple of wonderful local cafe’s with great food. It was a wonderful visit with Laura. Lots of old times and catching up in general. I hope we can do this again soon.

As always, enjoy the images.

Sjh

 

Sitting Bull Falls

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Peg and I are currently visiting our daughter, Laura in Carlsbad. It is nice to be out of the smoke and in warmer weather. Thursday, Laura took the day off and we went to Carlsbad Caverns. This is a wonderful place and the Park Service is doing a great job keeping the cavern open during the pandemic.

We got there early to be sure we got tickets to tour the cave. We were on the 9:15 group of about 20 people. A park ranger grouped everyone together and gave a briefing on what to expect, what not to do and to encourage everyone to have a good time. Frankly, I was surprised at how steep the trail down was and that it kept going down. Down close to 800 feet. There were seemingly unending switchbacks spotted with the occasional sitting area. Once we were out of the entrance area we were in a very low light area where people used their phones or small flashlights to see the path.

It is approximately 1.5 miles to the bottom of the trail which ends at the entrance to the Big Room. There is a nice facility here with food, tables and much needed restrooms. The Big Room trail takes off from here and runs for another 1.2 miles of mostly level path through this large cavern. This is an amazing place. Gladly after walking down 800 feet there is an elevator that whisked us up to the visitor center.

Now that I have seen this impressive cave, I am putting Wind Cave on my list of must see places. We have been to the visitor center there but never taken the elevator down to tour the cave. Now I am thinking it is a must do in the future. What other caves should be on my list?

Enjoy the images. There are 250 or so in this album. This was an extremely low light experience and the Nikon D780 without flash did a great job. I think there is only one blurry image. Hope you get the sense of the cavern and what it looks like.

Best regards,

Sjh

 

 

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Rapid City, Colorado, and Eagle Nest

Peg, Scout and I are off again. Yes the awning was replaced and works fine. There is a lot to discuss around the warranty repairs to Gracie; however, I think I will let some time pass before I vent on the disgraceful way Winnebago and Carefree treated us. Anyway another time.

In Rapid City, we were well taken care off at the Hampton Inn. Great staff that after just a day or so knew Scout and said hello to him. He enjoyed it a lot. Peg and I took the opportunity to tour the Black Hills and take in Deadwood. Our second excursion into Custer State Park was much more fruitful this trip than the last with observations of Buffalo, Antelope, Big Horn Sheep and other animals. Please note that in some of the images below I was playing stupid tourist by getting way to close to the animals and this is not recommended to anyone. Like so many tourists who are maimed, injured and killed each year by wildlife contacts, I just couldn’t hold back getting that picture of a buffalo pooping in the woods or those big horns blocking the road. Luckily all is well that ends well.

The images through the tunnel of Mt. Rushmore are classic. Driving around the Black Hills is filled with such opportunities. Having been to Deadwood several times over the decades, it never fails to entertain and I highly recommend it to anyone in the area. Of course, take the short journey to Lead and visit the old Homestake Mine and museum. This is where the Sandia Labs Neutrino measuring site is and well worth the visit. The Deadwood damages weren’t too bad, I think Peg made $10 or so and I, as always did not quit while up and left a $60 contribution. Good times were had by all as Scout was welcomed just about everywhere. I swear he thinks he is a rock star.

We beat a path down to Longmont Colorado to the St. Vrain State Park. Nice park with great RV sites, concrete pads, shelter and firepit. Of course, there was a wonderful view of the Rocky Mountains. Scout found the swimming here exceptional. We used this spot as a staging point to visit the Rockies. I had planned on at least one day in the Rocky Mountain National Park; however, my planning was flawed as it is on a reservation only system. I did not look up the park until we were already in Longmont so I was disappointed to learn that it would be the next week before there was an opening.

We took a day trip up to Estes Park and the Visitors Center anyway. It was a fine time with plenty of mountain road driving and views to die for. I love the mountains. Out of the west side of Estes we took the road to Devils Gulch. It is a great trip through farm and ranch land then a drop down the side of the mountains that had switchbacks galore where, I swear, Lil Red just fell down to the next level and at the bottom we followed a river with lots of rapids and waterfalls. As throughout the west now the fires in the region are an issue. While the smoke was less intense than Rapid City it was still remarkable and it seems that it has gotten worse after we left for Eagle Nest, NM.

Eagle Nest rests at 8400 feet give or take in the mountains and generally is in the Taos area. Lots of ski runs here for sure. We took a cruise around Taos, Mora, Mora County, Angle Fire and surroundings. This is great country. Eagle Nest is in a beautiful valley with the lake and surrounding peaks rising above the tree line. We are here at the end of the summer season and well before the winter ski season. You will see in the images that the colors have changed. Thankfully, the smoke has finally cleared. Peg and I are both very tired of smoke in the air. In the clear air, Scout and I took a walk in the state park and into town. We found ground hogs that are half the size of a full grown beaver. I swear they were sizing me up for dinner. At least Scout was there to protect me (lol).

Tomorrow we head south to Carlsbad to see my daughter, Laura. I am looking forward to the visit. It will be an interesting trip. The morning brings us 32 degree temps and a “wintery mix”. This is on mountain roads with switchbacks and cliffs sure to raise Peg’s white knuckles response!

Enjoy the images, they are mixed up so you will have to figure out which is which place. It is kind of a Covid thing.

Best regards,

Sjh

 

Black Hills Estes Park Eagle Nest

Black Hills

 

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Deer Lodge Montana

Meandering around the West found Peg and I in Garrison, Montana at a lovely old RV park close by the Little Blackfoot River. Yes Scout got to swim in the Little Blackfoot, or more precisely wade in the stream of crystal clear cold water. Garrison consists of about 80 year around residents who drive the 10 miles east to Deer Lodge for groceries, etc. This is what we did on our first day in the area.

Deer Lodge was quite a pleasant surprise. Garrison was just the place to stop for a weekend on the way West and I hadn’t researched the area for things to so I didn’t know about the prison, museums and Grant Kohrs National Historic Site. The Kohrs site is maintained by the National Park Service as a working ranch that consists of 1618 acres that is accessed from Deer Lodge. We did not visit the ranch, maybe next time.

The Old Montana Prison Museum complex is a great place to visit and well worth the trip. The site contains the prison with a total of 5 museums. Built in the 1880’s by prison labor it is a stark reminder of the work that went into the making of the Old West. The exhibits of prison life and the stories of riots and killings bring the history of the folks kept here. On the bright side for the prisoners is the view.

The big surprise for me was the automobile museum. Holy Cow! Totally unexpected to find hundreds of vehicles from the very beginning of automobiles up to today. I sort of went overboard on the pictures; however, these are really well done vehicles and worthy of every picture. If you are a car buff this place has got to be on your bucket list. After our tour we stopped for some delicious ice cream and took a gander at the Old Milwaukee Railroad display. There are also images of Old Deer Lodge and the town.

We moved on to Colbert, Washington through the first rainy day of driving in almost a year. We started out in a cold drizzle and low 40’s F and drove into sunshine and 80’s. Quite a change and reflects on the changing seasons. If you are at altitude, it is time to prepare for snow and cold weather but if you are in the valleys, summer will linger on a few more weeks. Enjoy the images.

Best regards,

Sjh

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Valar Horse Facility Hoback Junction Wyoming

These two weeks find us with Pia Valar at the Valar Horse Facility, one of our favorite stops. We have met a lot of people and made new friends this visit. Scout and I visited the Hoback and Snake rivers plus Slide lake where Scout got to swim until he couldn’t swim anymore. As usual Pia is a perfect host and I encourage anyone thinking of bringing their horses to this area to stay here. Pia has the best and latest information on trails to ride and plenty of ready facilities to see to it you have a good time. The views and scenery are exceptional and you are an easy walk to the Snake and Hoback rivers.

The Grand Tetons are a special place. Peg and I love coming here to visit. Driving in from the northeast the mountains rise as if someone painted them onto the landscape towering above the valley. The vista is beautiful. Jackson is still a crowd driven crazy place to drive thru or in. Masks are required and compliance is good. Making our way south toward Hoback Junction the ongoing construction on US 189 added to the travel time. The first time we came here, five years ago, Wyoming was finishing up the new bridge over the Snake at Hoback that included a round about at the junction of 189, 89, 191 and 26. Two years ago the reconstruction making upgrading the hiway from two lanes to 4 lanes with a middle turn lane was in full swing south out of Jackson. Today the construction continues on the stretch that will end at the north end of Hoback tying into the roundabout completed four years ago. This is massive mountain and river construction and fascinating to watch. Hopefully the next visit will find it all done.

For the first time, I floated down the Snake. First with Kathy, Pia’s summer help, and a second trip with her and Mike, a visitor from Texas. Floating the Snake on an inner tube is a lot crazy. There is really little you have control over and you just go with the flow. What a super experience and great time. Videos of some of the second trip are posted below. Please note how smokey the air is. This is smoke from the California fires making the air quality fairly bad.

Floating down the Snake is a great experience. Pia took Kathy and I across the highway to where we rented inner tube style floats and dropped us off at the junction of the Hoback and Snake rivers. Our float took us down to the Fall Creek Road take out, about an hour and a half on the river. The Snake is running about three feet down from the normal water marks and is fast (the river gauges report 1453 cubic feet per second of water flow).

Floating on a tube is quite a different experience from being in a raft. Even though Pia supplied me a paddle, I found it very difficult to do much other than go with the current. On this stretch of the river the bottom and banks consist of round river rocks of all sizes. These rocks are slick and loose which presents some degree of difficulty getting into and out of a tube in a very fast current, although being slick is an advantage when scooting over the big ones in the middle of the river. On this trip I stayed out of trouble and took in the sites and wonderful weather.

A week later Mike joined us and we started out up the river a ways launching from the Snake River Boat Ramp. We floated to the Johnny Counts Bridge boat ramp about three hours on the river. We got to see the highway construction from the river point of view. Very impressive. Floating toward Hoback there is a very distinct geological feature in the river that makes you feel like the walls are closing in on you. The river picks up pace and is compressed with a lot of exposed rocks in the water. This is where I found some big rocks off to the west side of the river. I bounced off of several in a worrisome fashion, trying to beat them into submission with my paddle. There were a lot of young people around who found me funny even laughable. It was my pleasure to have provided them with a highlight to their trip.

This would not be the end of the rocks I found. About half way down our trip there was a ridge of rock that made a small dam. Floating at inner tube level it is hard to see features like this making them hard to avoid. I would have never imagined that one could see the river seem to end along a line of smooth water then crash only to take up some distance down. Of course the smooth water is just playing with your mind. That line is where the river drops over an outcropping of rocks. Floating from calm beauty to rapid water filled with rocks is a trip to be experienced. I learned to follow the rafts because the pilots sit high and get a totally different perspective of the river. The wind was blowing fairly hard toward the northeast against the current but towards the shore and the rocky outcropping that hung me up. There is not a lot to said for floating along at 10 mph (my guess) and suddenly stopping on a rock. The river doesn’t stop, it just keeps beating up on the tube trying to sink it. The power of flowing water is immense. I scooted along about ten feet of this slick rock wall until the river took me over and safely on.

It was around here that a few rafts of young folks caught up to us. They were kind enough to provide Mike and me with a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon each. I took several Iphone videos to give you idea of what the experience is like. There are no videos of rapids because I used the paddle a lot in the fast water meaning the iphone had to be stowed. Another interesting observation not on video is with the clear water and low river from time to time you see the bottom rocks that look like they are flying up river. An optical delusion that is something to see.

On the Winnebago front. The replacement awning is at Dakota RV. Shipped in a wooden crate this time. The entrance door strut ripped off from the plastic part of the door. This was expected as Winnebago has a service campaign in place to upgrade the door connection. Since ours is ripped off the whole door has to be replaced and with full body paint the replacement door has to be painted. Dakota RV got on it right away and the new door is at their place already. The replacement bathroom door though is a different story not arriving for another 4 weeks. I am trying to get this all set up to be done at one time the week of Sept. 14th. Stay tuned.  Enjoy the images and videos below.

Thursday we are headed to Garrison, Montana and then to Colbert, Washington before turning east back to Rapid City. Stay Covid safe.

 

Sjh

 

Pia’s and surroundings

Scout meets the Snake

Scout meets the Hoback

Slide Lake

Snake River videos

 

 

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The Rolling Hills of Northeastern Wyoming and Other Wonderings

Back at Mountain View RV Park in Sandance, Wyoming for a while because it is a great place to stay and close to where the View’s new awning will show up, eventually. The awning was supposed to be replaced 2 weeks ago; however, it was crushed in transit by an uncaring freight company worker. This resulted in another one being built and shipped which is due to arrive today. With any we will have the new awning installed Thursday. We shall see.

Close by us is a little BLM campground that I took a bike trip to see. It is about two and a half miles north on gravel roads sitting on the Sundance trail head at the entrance to the open range. To my discredit, I have not ridden the bike much this summer and it showed. There is some way that all my bike trips start out the same, down hill and down wind. As I was coasting down the hill at the start of my trip, my thoughts turned to my previous biking experiences, down hill with the wind at my back seems to be a recurrent theme. The wind at my back made the first climb easier and the miles pass by swiftly as I cruised on by the Sundance BLM campground into the open range. It was on this long downhill that it occurred to me that it would be a long uphill into the (not inconsequential) wind. Already huffing and puffing, I turned around about half way down and began the arduous trip back up the hill to the BLM campground. The starting out is good and the returning is sometimes challenging.

This part of Wyoming consists of large rolling hills. The elevation of Sundance is around 4700 feet with the tops of the hills ranging up to over 6000 feet. It is wonderful country with wide open expanses of grass land in the valleys and pine trees on the side of the hills. The Sundance BLM campground is a good example of all this. It has campsites with picnic tables and fire pits with lots of horse pens. I imagine it gets a lot of use at points in time where horses are used on the adjacent open range. The view is super.

Other odds and ends.

The Global Supply Chain and parts inventory. A lot of you will sympathize with me on the fact that there are never the parts you need on the day you need them. Having been a worker in supply chains for decades, I know all the value propositions that are made regarding inventory, delivery and supply. Financially, no business gets paid for keeping inventory, in particular at the retail level. Next day delivery by robust freight delivery systems facilitates operating with little or no inventory. I understand all this, but still it is a pain in the ass when you are stuck someplace for a day or two because a business doesn’t inventory a $20 part. Now it appears the US Air Force is forging ahead with a solution to this problem. It was announced yesterday that a contract has been awarded to produce B 52 engine parts by 3D printing on site. Hopefully this technology will come to a local NAPA near you. Something to watch.

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally proceeds on and it has been fun to see all the riders in this park. They come from all over the country and it is interesting to talk with them about their journey and see their rides. Traffic is down a little bit and arrests are running at the same rate as last year. No fatal crashes so far this year. Of note, no face masks for these folks which is disappointing. Just from observation this is an older crowd, 50’s and up, who at risk for Covid. Here in the Rapid City area Covid is running at over 8% positive which means a lot of these folks are going to get sick starting next week when they are home.

A note from the Missouri River a couple of weeks ago. I am guessing that those of you who viewed the images missed the woman, dog and Osprey. When I was taking these images starting at the north end of the canyon, someone up river was shouting and gesturing toward the shore. I thought maybe someone was in trouble and trained my camera in the direction of the noise. As it turned out, the lady was on a paddle board with a dog making an effort to get her floating friends to paddle over to her location to look at the biggest Osprey I have ever seen. This Osprey was feeding on something and clearly not impressed with this lady or her dog.

Undaunted by common sense, she edged the paddle board closer to the bird. The dog was nervous and I was waiting for it to abandon ship for safer waters. Her friends were of the same mind as her dog and ignored her entreaties. I think because the Osprey considered himself the King of the River and felt comfortable that the dog, woman and paddle board could be handled in due course, all ended well as the paddle boarder yielded to the current and continued downstream. I continue to marvel at how much danger people themselves in regarding wild life.

Thursday we return to Dakota RV for the awning installation in the morning with the afternoon being half the trip to Jackson. Friday will find us visiting Pia for a while. It will be good to see the Jackson crew. After that we have no plans. Suggestions are welcome. Take care,

Sjh

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Missouri River Canyon in the Adel Mountains (Big Belt) Volcanic Field & Prewett Creek RV Park

The RV lifestyle often finds Peg and I in unique places. We have boondocked, stayed in campgrounds that had met decay many years ago and lost, stopped in exquisite top of the line RV resorts and everything in between. Some campgrounds are special. There are many reasons for me to call a camping experience special. The people you meet, the places you visit or simply the location. Prewett falls into the latter. The location is very special and quite unexpected.

Driving out of Great Falls the land along the Missouri River is flat, as Lewis & Clark called, buffalo country. Ahead the Big Belt Mountains rise like a wall that the river cuts through. Just at the entrance to the canyon is the Recreational Canyon exit onto Old US91. This is where Tower Rock State Park is found with all its Lewis & Clark history and a short distance down the road is Prewett Creek and the campground. Sitting at the base towering volcanic mountains and just across the highway from the Missouri River is the campground. Frankly, the rv park is nothing special; however, the location is wonderful.

Floating and fishing the river is a big deal. I did not know how much this part of the river was used this way. The park was filled with people who spend the summer here fishing and doing float trips. Wild life is plentiful in the canyon with deer in the park in the mornings and long horn sheep in the evening. I took Scout over to meet the river and he had a blast playing in the crystal clear cool water. I really wish I had planned out a float trip.

Sunday afternoon I took a trip through the canyon on Old US 91, across Hardy Bridge to the other end of the canyon. I took pictures on the way back and talked with several people along the way who were enjoying the river and the wonderful weather. I definitely plan to come back here and spend some time. In the images linked below are also photos of some of the Great Falls of the Missouri.

From here we go to Billings to begin our Winnebago repair swing. First to the Billings MB Sprinter dealer to have the programming changed to recognize LED lights an unnecessarily aggravating process to have to perform. From there to the Winnebego Repair Center in Rapid City to have the Carefree awning replaced and fix a couple of minor warranty issues while we are there.

Cheers and enjoy the photos.

Sjh

Recreation Canyon Montana

Great Falls

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