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Mar 13, 2014 - Planning in Progress

Plans are coming along nicely. Tom is planning his route to Billings, Montana where I will meet him at the airport. Ticket has been purchased and seats selected. Seems early to be planning for a late summer trip, however, we know that lodging near or in Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Glacier-Waterton can be difficult to secure if not booked 6 months in advance.

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Oct 20, 2013 - The Journey Begins

The Journey Begins: The wait is finally over and we left Bridgeview Resort in Lethbridge, Ab this morning. We hit the road at 8:00 am. We definitely didn't have any trouble getting up and going this morning. After spending the last 11 nights in Lethbridge waiting for this moment. The weather was a nice fall day without to much wind and we made the border by 9:00am. This was the easiest border crossing we have ever had, with 3 simple questions and a have a great winter from the border guard. We had to stop in Shelby to get fuel at the...

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Al & Jan on the Road

Sep 24, 2013 - Day 15 - Yellowstone National Park to Billings, MT

We said good-bye to Yellowstone today with the threat of bad weather looming over our heads. We exited through the North Entrance of the park. I have to say there were some pretty scary areas of the road. In fact, I was in the fetal position some of the time. Thanks, Mike for dealing with me AND the road. However, we made it safe and sound to Mammoth Hot Springs. The incoming bad weather was all everyone seemed to be talking about so I am glad we were leaving. I have attached a few pictures of our campground at Madison. It was a lovely...

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Sep 21, 2013 - Missoula to Billings, MT

Date: September 21, 2013 Tonight’s Location: Billings, MT Mileage: End - 25972 Start - 25592 Total Miles for the day: 380 Weather: sunny Temperature: start 42º High 89º Wildlife count: White-tailed Deer, Pronghorn Antelope, Prairie Dogs Year List: 274, Life List: 377 Birds: Eurasian Starling, American Crow, Common Raven, Great Blue Heron, Black-billed Magpie, Golden Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Rock Dove, Redhead Ducks, Bald Eagle, Osprey, Northern Harrier, Rough-legged Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Western Meadowlark, Canada Geese, Sandhill Cranes,...

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Sep 15, 2013 - Last day in Montana

Last night we visited our friends Lon and Maryann Rodemacher's place in Anaconda Montana. It is 75 acres of heaven, that is two and a half miles off the main road. Our gracious hosts provided dinner and great company. My favorite view was out the kitchen window. It almost makes you WANT to do the dishes! Thanks Lon and Maryann for a wonderful time. This morning we were on the road, headed east for the first time in over a week. Actually a little sad that our adventure is coming to a close. But, not for a few more days anyway. This...

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Aug 11, 2013 - Montana

From The World’s First KOA Billings, MT Another early start this morning.. Once we passed Sturgis, we had RV’s and motorcycles going west with us. After lunch we decided that we would stay in Billings, MT so I looked at the app on my phone and found a KOA. When I called, they said they only had one site left and it was a 30 amp with no sewer. Bill had just dumped this morning so we took the site. A lot of motorcycles in campground but it was very quiet. A lot of kids and dogs that weren’t quiet! We have a pull-through so we didn’t unhook as...

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Aug 8, 2013 - Caring and Sharing Montana Style

Day 8 OMG! I’m in love. My new friend, Kurt, at Metra RV in Billings fixed my trailer taillight and electrical problems in a few minutes flat FOR FREE and then hooked me up with the tire and alignment people who would fix my worn tire. Now I can stop chewing my nails for the rest of the trip. I wonder if Kurt would come back to CA with Quo Vadis and me??? I had brief but wonderful visits with Kaye, a college classmate, and Faye, a cousin, who live in Billings. I ended my last day here with Judy over vodka lemonades and brauts at the cowboy...

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Aug 7, 2013 - Bargains and Big Blue Skies

Days 6/7 One word: shopping. On Tuesday, Judy and I exhausted ourselves and our mad money funds hitting the sales around town and then exhausted a bottle of Carneros Vin Gris over Hallmark movies and gossip that evening. On Wednesday, we took the bucolic drive to Red Lodge along with Judy’s granddaughter Bayley. The freshly mown alfalfa smelled like heavenly summer along the way and Flathead cherries were being sold at stands at all the crossroads. Two favorites of the day: learning that Belfry MT High School is the Home of the Bats and...

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Jul 18, 2013 - Billings, MT

/// Billings, MT Thursday - July 18, 2013 Low Temperature: 65 degrees High Temperature: 90 degrees Humidity: 30% // We departed Sheridan, WY by 9:00 A.M. and headed north on I-90. The northern parts of Wyoming are scenic but once you cross into Big Sky Country the landscape becomes very bland. The traveling weather today was very nice, no wind. The road conditions were good and the traffic was very light. We made good time, stopping just once for a rest break. We pulled into Billings, MT by 11:30 A.M. after covering a distance of just 130...

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Jul 7, 2013 - KOA Billings, Montana

We drove over four hundred miles today. There were few campgounds, and vast times of little or no roadside services. It was a beautiful drive as we passed from farmland to grassland to the scub grass of the old western movies. Most of the agriculture we passed today was under some level of irrigation. We arrived in Billings, Montana at about 3 PM and settled into our campsite at the first and original KOA Campground. It is a nice park, with a wide variety of sites. Glenna found us a nice site, with swing, patio, picnic table and cooking...

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Jul 1, 2013 - Travel day - Bozeman, MT to Billings, MT

We had another pleasant surprise - while in Bozeman, some of our friends from Retama was parked right behind us. We was able to visit with them for awhile, it is always nice to see people you know. This is the third time on this trip we have been pleasantly surprised to find friends parked at the same RV park. The travel day was good - no rain, dry roads, no winds and not too many ups and downs and curves. We arrived in Billings and the KOA. It is nice but it should be for $85.00 per night, the most we have every spent for one night. Enjoy...

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2013 - Here we come

Jun 26, 2013 - Hardin, Montana

Wednesday June 26. Murray and Phil found out about another museum just outside of Cody (11 miles) from one of the museum docents. They toured the Heart Mountain internment center. One of the lowpoints in US history is how the US government reacted to Pearl Harbor attack. Over 100,000 Japanese Americans were rounded up and imprisoned in "internment camps". One of these was in Wyoming.. Heart Mt. The camp held almost 11,000 Americans.. making it the 5th largest "city" in Wyoming during WWII. The museum was very moving and well done 15 minute...

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