Day 55- Driving from Bozeman to Butte, MT
Trip Start May 01, 2013
147Trip End May 01, 2014
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Walmart Parking Lot!!!
We don't have a campsite, so we decide to "dry camp" for the night and then make our way to Butte. We are surprised to see so many other RV'ers doing the same thing...there have to be at least 15 and even a young couple has pitched a tent in the grass!!
As we begin our drive westward we leave the rolling hills of Wyoming, which is pretty much treeless in many area, to Montana where we find those missing trees
We pass the site of Little Big Horn's Battle (a National Monument) and today of all days they are having a re-enactment, so we roll on by ( ya, I know), but on we go. A little further down the road I spot two very old cemeteries off the side of the road. I can't help but wonder how old they really are and what was their story. It's very primitive as you will see. Homesteaders, pioneers, farmers, soldiers, babies, families - I am left to wonder.
We stopped along the way at the Montana's Visitor Center/Museum - both WY and MT go the distance in their presentation. Not just maps for them. Here was a walking museum outside with about 15 buildings filled with period items that were assembled on this spot...kind of a little Old Sturbridge Village in Western Massachusetts that all of us school kids had to go to on field trips.
We continue our journey through Billings, which we find to be very industrial and not that big
There was a great rest area on the top of a hill and you could look over the area and see for miles. It explained the Bozeman Pass and the collection of fossils that have been found in the area.
Day 56 - June 24th - We wake up in the Walmart Parking lot (all intact) and head off for Breakfast and a short look at the city of Butte, MT. This is a college town and the downtown area is very nice with lots of coffee shops, art and craft stores, lots of Outdoor Companies selling clothing, bikes, kayaks, hiking equipment, selling trips to white water rafting, fishing, skiing and snowboarding is big here with all the mountains, etc. Definitely has a college feel, but also some wonderful old buildings that have been repurposed which is always nice.
On our ride into Butte today we see the Tobacco Root Mountains just outside the city, we pass a rocky area and we see "Trophy Rock" and the Continental Divide - we are at 6323 feet (nose bleed time for us low country folk) !
As soon as we check into our campground, we look back to the mountain and it is totally engulfed in rain clouds. We made that just in the nick of time!
Enjoy the drive with us, once again. This time lots of barns along the way...