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Jun 27, 2019 - The Richest Hill

We are now in Anaconda, Montana about 30 miles southwest of Butte. Butte was one of the largest copper mining cities in the United States and, while not necessarily totally true, has been dubbed “The Richest Hill on Earth.” Mining started underground in the late 1800s and then open pit mining began in 1955 continuing through the mid-1980s. The environmental implications of all this mining is mind boggling. It is one of the largest superfund sites in the United States and cleanup is ongoing. The mining operations impacted nearly 300 square...

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Jun 24, 2019 - Six Month Relationship Review

Just about six months ago, I ended a 12 year relationship and started a new one. I actually was reluctant to start this new relationship but it was inevitable. By the end of 2019, I would have been forced to make some kind of move so I figured that the timing was right. Since early December, when I ditched my 3G dumb phone, my relationship with “Delilah” my Samsung S7 Android has gone surprisingly well. (What relationship were you thinking about?) We use a number of features on a daily basis. Every morning, I check “Delilah” for the latest...

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Aug 26, 2016 - Anaconda, MT

After Glacier we started our trek east. First stop was Anaconda, MT, a town not far from Butte. A very visible landmark in the area is the Anaconda Stack, a radial, brick smokestack that was designed to discharge gasses from various roasting and smelting furnaces of the Anaconda Company. We visited the Grant-Kohrs ranch, a national historic site in Deer Lodge. The ranch is still a working ranch, but it certainly diminished in size as it was once a 10 million acre ranch. Also in Deer Lodge is the old Montana State Prison. The prison was...

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Rocky Mountain Trip

Jul 14, 2016 - Fairmont RV Park (7/6 - 7/8/16)

This park is located near Anaconda, MT. This is a huge mining area. On Thursday we went into Butte. We took a trolley tour of downtown. Butte is an old mining town. Around the area are 10,000 miles of mines. At one time there were also approximately 10,000 mules used to pull the mining carts. According to our tour guide, once the mules were taken underground, they lived out there lives there. Above town is a very nice memorial that was built to honor 168 miners who lost their lives in hard rock mining's greatest disaster - The Granite...

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Aug 10, 2015 - August 10, 2015 - Thirteenth Stop - Anaconda/Butte, MT

Nice easy drive today although we had several long 6 percent grades to climb and 2 long drops of 6 and 7 percent. RV Park is fairly nice with large open areas. Just about dinner time 6:00pm Mountain Time, a heavy wind came up followed by some rain. So much for thunderstorms forecast. Tomorrow we will go to Butte, about 16 miles East on I 90 and the next day to Anaconda to see their copper mine sites. Should have lots of pics then. August 11, 2015 – Another beautiful day. Temps in the mid 80s with humidity about 43 percent. We drove to...

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Jun 28, 2015 - Staying Cool is Challenging

The sun is so hot here that we decided to spend the afternoon at a resort next door to the campground. It has several pools, both indoor and outdoor. The water in the pools was 92 so it wasn't that refreshing but it felt good when we came out of the water as the humidity is very low at 25%. There were a lot of people at the pool but we found some chairs to use and then we were able to move under a pergola so we had shade. We both like the books we are reading so it was a pleasant way to spend the afternoon. Each day is brutally hot from...

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Jul 16, 2014 - Butte, MT.

We are just east of Butte, MT at Fairview RV park. It's a nice park on the prairie. Our motorhome is in the back of the park. We are parked with a cattle ranch as our back neighbors. We have visitors behind us during the day. It is definitely 'Big Sky Country'. We are here for 4 nights. Tomorrow we will take a ride and see if we can find any Lewis and Clark Remnants. When we get home, we should throw a Lewis and Clark theme party. We can have a quiz with prizes to has learned the most and to who was the most bored with it.

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Sep 18, 2013 - Day 3 Fairmont

Drove to Butte to Walmart. Needed to get a few things. George and dan had to wash the Fiat as it was covered with oil from the rv. Took 3 washes to clean. Washer in rv doesnt spin so the towels that i put in to wash are soaked. No towels for shower. Boughtsome at walmart. Went to laundromat to wash. Went to Fairmont Hotel to the hot springs. Really nice. $4.75 to swim. Huge pool nice and warm. Sandy cooked gouhlash it was great.

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Journey 2013

Sep 17, 2013 - Day 2 Fairmont RV Park

Uneventful drive to Fairmont Rv park in Anaconda. Stopped at the Silver Dollar for lunch. Good food. Drizzle and cool. Had to call the RV Wizard to come fix the refrigerator. Great guy fixed slide and exhaust pioe too for $40. George gave him $100 his wife has lukemia and he did extra for us. Just relaxed nobody was hungry. Early to bed.

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Journey 2013

Sep 14, 2013 - Farthest point west

Sorry, I didn't get an update out yesterday. I am on vacation you know. Any way, yesterday was our last day in Yellowstone. We drove down to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. The weather was a bit foggy but the sights still magnificent. On the way back we stopped at Mammoth Springs, which is the official headquarters for Yellowstone and had lunch in one of the dining halls. Very Nice. The picture of our campsite was taken from the side of the road that leads in to Yellowstone. While taking the picture I was actually standing in the park....

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Aug 18, 2013 - Anaconda, Montana

You may be wondering why we would ever end up in a place called Anaconda, MT. Well as you know we are trying to stay out of the smoke and that precluded our planned trip down the Bitterroot Valley across the mountains into the Salmon River Valley of Idaho. Our only reasonable choice was to go east so we decided to stop at Gardiner, Montana and revisit Yellowstone National Park. The distance between Missoula and Gardiner is 289 miles; although we have sometimes traveled much farther in one day, we prefer to keep the distances to fit a 4 to...

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Aug 17, 2013 - Anacanda, Montana

Aug 17 - 20 We went to Whitefish, a quaint little town. We were interested in the Genesis Kitchen tasting shop specializing in Artisan Olive Oil and Balsamic vinegars and some wonderful raw house-made chocolates. Who could refuse that? We found this to be quite an enlightening experience. Pairing the flavored EVO's and dark/white Balsamics is something new to us. We really enjoyed the education and now have a new supply for the kitchen. We enjoyed a nice lunch in this quiet town and loved the old clock tower and of course all the beautiful...

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