6/1 – 6/9
On the first of June we left West Yellowstone and drove 205 miles (US191, US20, SR33, I15) to Clark Canyon Reservoir near Dillon, Montana. We stayed at Horse Prairie campground, a free campground overlooking the reservoir. We have been to this location twice before: once in 2008 and then again in 2013. It is one of our favorites - quiet, beautiful views and within 15 miles of a nice town.
We visited the Beaverhead County Museum located in Dillon. Great museum with an eclectic collection of old stuff (some not too old from our point of view). They have an extensive collection of stuffed birds representing the species located within the county. They also have a collection of buildings including an old schoolhouse, the town train depot, a log cabin complete with outhouse (with plumbing) and a shepherd’s wagon.
We made a return visit to the 4 star Fiesta Mexicana (510 N Montana Street, Dillon, MT 406-660-0915). This wonderful restaurant is in a converted school bus with happy people cooking as well as happy folks eating. The spicy pork tacos are great. For Ken’s birthday we tried out Sparky’s Garage (420 E Poindexter St, Dillon, MT 406-683-2828). What a great choice, we rated it 4.5 stars. We went there on a Sunday and ordered the Feast for Two Special for $30 (including tip). The meal included 1/2 rack of ribs, 1/2 chicken, fried catfish, beef brisket, fries, coleslaw and cheesecake. Everything was delicious and we brought enough home for a couple more meals.
We had a couple of days with rain and serious wind. On one such day Ken went to open the door and the wind was so strong it pulled the door out of his hand and opened it much further than it was designed to open. The result was that the bracket that holds the door locking mechanism was completely bent out of shape (this is a bracket made out of 1/8 inch steel). Since the bracket was damaged the door could not be shut – it was great fun trying to hold the door while removing all the hardware so we could get the door closed. Ken tried to straighten the bracket but it would not happen so the parts were ordered on the Internet.