National Parks & Headwaters 2012 travel blog





We woke up this morning to many mosquitoes, so we sprayed ourselves to keep them away from Karen. She really doesn't like getting bit by them. She has welts that stay for days when they do, and she has enough already. We stayed in the Missouri Headwaters State Park, where they have pit toilets, no dump station, and no trash pick up service. The temperature was quite pleasant with overcast skies. We made our way to the headwaters where the Missouri starts at the confluence of the Jefferson, Madison, and the Gallatin Rivers. There were a few welcome sprinkles as we were leaving the area. As we drove west we took a detour through Anaconda, MT where there is a 585 ft. tall smelting chimney from a copper mining operation that ended about 100 years ago. You could see it from miles away. We continued through the mountains and encountered beautiful lakes and steep grades that brought us back down and around to the Hwy.90 and into Missoula where we took care of refilling our propane. Then our journey took us south into Hamilton, to my Aunt Susie's log cabin. We arrived shortly after 6:00 and parked our rig and visited until bed time. Tomorrow we will spend some quality time with her and her roommate, Sue.

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