Tuesday - August 14, 2018
A Travel Day:
With a trip of just over 100 miles on our agenda today, we took our time working through our departure routine.
We finally left the Lincoln Road RV Park shortly after 10:00 a.m. Our route today would take us further along the Missouri River (upstream) to Three Forks and then north to Ennis.
The road conditions today were very good, traffic was light and the weather was warm and mild with a hazy/smokey overcast.
We drove straight through, arriving at the Ennis Village RV Park at 1:00 P.M. Check-in was friendly and efficient.
Nancy spotted an Apron that would make a good Christmas Gift and we added that to our bill. I'll be back in the office later to check out the assortment of fresh goods from a local bakery. They also have some of my favorite ice cream available.
We are set up on site #21, a pull-through. The hook-ups and all good, we have good water pressure but no TV here.
I suppose we will suffer through the next three days without TV.
Tomorrow we plan to visit Virginia City/Nevada City again. We toured these old gold town many years ago but I still would like to do it again.
Woke to an overcast of smoke filled skies. By mid-morning we drove the short distance to Virginia City. This well preserved town of historic buildings still thrives in gold country. Many of the buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. Some are still privately owned and the State of Montana has purchased many of the buildings and they are leased to private businesses.
We walked the main street and found a saloon that was open just before noon. The Bay Of Hay Saloon is reportedly the oldest watering hole in the state. I wonder about that boast but it is old and still operating.
We each enjoyed a craft beer.
After some searching I finally found a souvenir that I could display. A magnegitc decay of the state vigilante slogan.
3-7-77 is the symbol of the early vigilantes that maintained some order to the gold trail between Virginia City and Glacier NP.(Before it became a NP) The slogan stands for 3' wide, 7' deep and 77" long. The standard size of a grave. If you were to find this note posted at your door, you better think about leaving the area forthwith or else. It was later adopted as an official seal of the Montana SP and the symbol is proudly displayed the on the side of patrol vehicles.
A kickback day. We drive into town to top off with diesel fuel, browse through several shops and stores before returning to camp.
The smoke really got bad. The Forest Service now has an Incident Command Base set up in Ennis. We saw many fire fighting vehicles arriving in town and a small city of tents was set up in a local field.
Tomorrow is a travel day. A trip of approximately 200 miles over Raynolds Pass into Idaho.