2011 Southwestern USA travel blog

St. Regis, MT - Nugget RV Park - site 50

St. Regis, MT - Nugget RV Park - site 50, another view

St. Regis, MT - Nugget RV Park - a campground visitor one...

St. Regis, MT - Nugget RV Park - she was very inquisitive

Lewiston, ID to St. Regis, MT 0 - our route - 216...

Lewiston, ID to St. Regis, MT 1 - A huge rock growing...

Lewiston, ID to St. Regis, MT 2 - climbing, climbing, climbing!!

Lewiston, ID to St. Regis, MT 3 - the view of Lewiston...

Lewiston, ID to St. Regis, MT 4 - a cropduster coming in...

Lewiston, ID to St. Regis, MT 5 - turning around for another...

Lewiston, ID to St. Regis, MT 6

Lewiston, ID to St. Regis, MT 7

Lewiston, ID to St. Regis, MT 8 - Lake Couer d'Alene very...

Lewiston, ID to St. Regis, MT 9 - a little metal art

Lewiston, ID to St. Regis, MT 10 - Lake Couer d'Alene

Lewiston, ID to St. Regis, MT 11 - climbing, climbing, climbing!!

Lewiston, ID to St. Regis, MT 12 - Chains What are chains

Lewiston, ID to St. Regis, MT 13

Lewiston, ID to St. Regis, MT 14

Lewiston, ID to St. Regis, MT 15 - climbing, climbing, climbing, keep...

Lewiston, ID to St. Regis, MT 16

Lewiston, ID to St. Regis, MT 17

Lewiston, ID to St. Regis, MT 18 - braking, braking, braking, whoa,...

Lewiston, ID to St. Regis, MT 19 - didn't put'em on -...

Bison Range Trip 0 - our route - 119 miles

Bison Range Trip 1 - the mountains around St. Regis

Bison Range Trip 2 - the Clark Fork River that runs through...

Bison Range Trip 3 - rafters on the Clark Fork

Bison Range Trip 4 - the Flathead River just before it flows...

Bison Range Trip 5

Bison Range Trip 6 - some bare mountains on the way

Bison Range Trip 7 - the Missions Mountains still have a little...

Bison Range Trip 8 - a stack of antlers about eight feet...

Bison Range Trip 9

Bison Range Trip 10 - a herd of Bison in the meadow

Bison Range Trip 11

Bison Range Trip 12 - Pronghorn Antelope

Bison Range Trip 13 - a big guy off by himself

Bison Range Trip 14 - a view of the valley as we...

Bison Range Trip 15 - part of our road on the way...

Bison Range Trip 16 - at the top

Bison Range Trip 17 - part of the Misssion Valley

Bison Range Trip 18 - more of the valley

Bison Range Trip 19 - how the valley was formed

Bison Range Trip 20

Bison Range Trip 21 - a Pronghorn along the road

Bison Range Trip 22

Bison Range Trip 23 - a whitetail deer about 50 feet from...

Bison Range Trip 24

Bison Range Trip 25 - you can see the Pronghorn approaching on...

Bison Range Trip 26 - huh oh, who is going to win...

Bison Range Trip 27 - no harm, no foul - you go...

Bison Range Trip 28 - good side shot of the Pronhorn -...

Bison Range Trip 29 - another deer on the hillside

Bison Range Trip 30 - and another

Bison Range Trip 31 - an elk with a huge rack

Bison Range Trip 32 - a better look at the rack

Bison Range Trip 33 - another laying nearby

Bison Range Trip 34 - not sure, but this looks like a...

Bison Range Trip 35

Bison Range Trip 36 - the ever present cyclists on the road

Bison Range Trip 37 - a Montana Starbucks!

Bison Range Trip 38 - evidence of an avalanche

Bison Range Trip 39 - first time we have seen 70 MPH...

Bison Range Trip 40 - an Osprey and its nest atop a...


It was a not so nice 216 mile trip from Lewiston, ID up Idaho, across, and then down Montana to St. Regis, MT. The Idaho portion was good with some very pleasant views as we passed by Coeur d'Alene and headed up to Lookout Pass where you not only pass over the mountains but into Montana. That's where the fun ended. The road was concrete and probably the worst we have seen on this trip. I am not sure it isn't worse than I-40 through Oklahoma. About 20 miles later it finally got a little better. One thing I don't understand though: why is it we can send men to the moon but can't make a smoother junction between the highway and bridges? These on I-90 are worse than most but I have been on highways where they do it right and then the most here and elsewhere that they don't.

We are staying at Nugget RV Park just South of St. Regis. It is a very nice park with great owners and their attention to detail at the park is evident. We have a 50 amp full hookup pull-through site. They are narrow but still nice. Satellite acquisition was quick and easy on the roof Winegard and the park has good free WiFi. Verizon service is right at the edge of reception. We cannot get it inside the Mothership but sometimes can by going outside and hunting around for a better signal. We are staying here for a week just to slow down and relax a little before starting the second half of our trip.

We didn't do much for most of the week in St. Regis but just relax and recharge our energy after a pretty full three and a half months on the road. We ate out once and managed to find a cherry stand so Doris could get her unexpected fix of fresh cherries. We had no idea they would be in season here. We did get enough to last her a couple of weeks. Now all we have to do is find some unexpected lobster!

We did take a trip on Wednesday to the National Bison Range about 50 miles from here. The range was created in 1908 as one of the first wildlife refuges and was the first time the USA purchased land for a refuge. We did get to see a variety of wildlife as well as a great view of the surrounding area from atop the highest mountain in the park. We got our first closeup, relatively speaking, of an elk with full blown antlers. He was magnificent! We had seen them in the Dakotas but they were at least a mile away.

Tomorrow we head for Deer Lodge, MT, about 150 miles from here, for a three or four night visit where we will get some badly needed repairs done on Libby's brakes. There was one shade tree mechanic in St. Regis so we waited until we could get to a little bit bigger metropolis. Population of St. Regis in 2000 was 313 so Deer Lodge qualifies at ten times larger with a population of 3,421. :)

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