2015 Montana, Calgary Stampede, Icefield Parkway travel blog

Great Falls, MT - Malmstrom AFB Gateway FamCamp - site 18

Great Falls, MT - Malmstrom AFB Gateway FamCamp - site 18, another...

Great Falls, MT - Malmstrom AFB Gateway FamCamp - site 18, and...

Waterton Township, AB to Great Falls, MT 0 - our route -...

Waterton Township, AB to Great Falls, MT 1 - as we start...

Great Falls, MT 2

Waterton Township, AB to Great Falls, MT 3 - stopped at the...

Waterton Township, AB to Great Falls, MT 4 - back into the...

Waterton Township, AB to Great Falls, MT 5 - still lots of...

Great Falls, MT 8

Waterton Township, AB to Great Falls, MT 7 - lots of cows...

Waterton Township, AB to Great Falls, MT 8 - as we approch...

Great Falls, MT 9

Great Falls, MT 10

Waterton Township, AB to Great Falls, MT 11 - more cows not...

Waterton Township, AB to Great Falls, MT 12 - still more color...

Waterton Township, AB to Great Falls, MT 13 - into the plains...

Great Falls 1 - the Ryan Dam a little NW of Great...

Great Falls 2 - the rocks below the dam create the "great...

Great Falls 3

- the hydroelectric plant

Great Falls 5 - the Morony Dam, a short distance downstream from...

Great Falls 6 - the other side of the Morony Dam

Great Falls 7 - the Missouri River downstream from the Morony Dam

Great Falls 8 - a Pronghorn in the meadow on the way...

Great Falls 9 - Black Eagle Dam and Falls, the only one...


It was a pleasant 214 mile drive from Waterton Lakes, AB to Great Falls, MT. We stopped at the St. Mary KOA to retrieve my guns and continued on down to Browning and then to Great Falls. The trip from Waterton Lakes to St. Mary gave us tremendous fall views of the foliage as it has all turned in the two weeks since we left St. Mary. The majority of the trip, from Browning to Great Falls, was the same route we took in June to get Doris' ID card and is just high desert plains so not really any new pictures. We did manage to give the Mothership a drink as we entered Great Falls. It was her first since August 5 in Calgary. Diesel was 2.43, six cents less expensive than regular!

We are staying at the Malmstrom AFB Gateway FamCamp just outside the main gate where they have 25 FHU 50 amp pull through sites that are easily accessible though a good bit unlevel. It's the first time I have seen concrete poured so unlevel! There are not a lot in the park this late in the year so we pretty well had our pick of sites. They are side by side but more room between the hookup side of the rigs so it isn't too bad even if the park was full. We have very strong Verizon reception and the satellite was a quick setup since the trees are still too small to interfere. The campground also has free WiFi which is very good with the park being empty - don't know how it would be if all the sites were full?

Friday, was went to the commissary and replenished our stocks after several weeks of not having a large grocery store available. We also did a little touring of the falls that give the city its name. You look at this in real life and see what a difficult time Lewis and Clark must have had portaging this area of the Missouri with its high (about 100-150 feet) banks - that was a lot of canoe carrying as the five falls cover about 15 miles of the Missouri!!

Today was football day again. It really feels good to sit back and watch one of our favorite pastimes. Tomorrow, we head to Billings, MT for a two-night stay.

Oh, almost forgot, I did get the elk movie uploaded to the Waterton Lakes entry if you would like to go back and see it. It is a 16 MB download.

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