Start mileage: 40,030 End mileage: 40,232
We covered 202 miles today.
A note on the 7th Ranch Campground - it’s lovely, the view from the top of the hill was delightful but the water from their sprinkler system, which they ran every night, created puddles (and lots of mud) under our trailer hitch so it was a bit messy hooking up to leave. On the positive side, they gave each camper free ice cream for their visit. Yum...
We left Garryowen, MT at 9:20 am. We’re a day ahead of schedule but luckily the Paradise Valley KOA near Livingston, MT was able to accommodate us without any additional charges. Also, the bus company doing the tours of Yellowstone was able to move our reservation up two days. No need to hurry today; we have no need to push to cover miles.
We have a headwind again on I-90 but nothing like the winds in South Dakota.
T noticed that the hay bales in WY and parts of MT are square rather than the big round bundles we’ve been seeing since PA. There are lots and lots of horses grazing through this area. Maybe that’s why the hay bails are square?
We were amazed to see that Billings, MT has 3 skyscrapers. These were the tallest buildings we’ve seen in days... We passed two oil refineries in the Billings areea: Conoco Phillips and CENEX.
At a rest stop we read about the Crazy (Woman) Mountains. Legend has it that a pioneer woman went crazy and ran off into those hills. I can understand her sentiment. It’s a harsh land to homestead. The Absarooka Crow used to evade their enemies by heading up into the Crazy Mountains. Because of the bad spirits there, members of other tribes wouldn’t follow them.
Tonight and the next two, we’ll be staying at the Paradise Valley KOA. I guess we’ve been spoiled to date. These campsites seemed so cramped and we’re paying so much more for them. Granted, the KOA does have a heated enclosed pool and a menu you can order meals from (except on Sunday).
T found the wonderful Huckleberry products she’s grown to love from previous visits to Washington and Montana.
After dinner, A took his walk and watched two mule deer run back and forth across a meadow. One came face to face with him before it turned and took off.
Tomorrow is our bus trip through Yellowstone so we need to hit the hay early.