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Sep 27, 2014 - Spring Creek Campground...

Talked to Mom for over an hour today while we lounged around staying out of the rain. As I mentioned in my last post, we are currently holed up in the Spring Creek Campground located right on the lovely Boulder River. It's a large, well maintained campground with full hookups, laundromat,fishing ponds, cabins & best of all, fast free internet! I've caught up with posting, pictures & general computer work in the past couple of days. Fortunately we visited the Natural Bridge & Falls on Friday afternoon after getting settled in. Wow, it was...

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Sep 27, 2014 - Glendive to Big Timber, MT...

Thursday we traveled from Glendive, MT to Billings, MT. This portion of I-94 isn't nearly as scenic as our drive yesterday traveling from ND to just inside the Montana state line. We were looking forward to one stop this afternoon & we weren't disappointed. You might remember that the interpreter at Fort Mandan recommended that we stop at Pompeys Pillar as we traveled along I-94 west. He didn't tell us much so we weren't quite sure what to expect. I actually thought it was going to be a pullout with a small monument like many others we've...

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Sep 25, 2014 - On the road again!

We broke camp here at General Sibley in Bismarck, ND on Wednesday morning & headed west on I-94, destination Montana. It was a lovely day & the scenery was very pretty for most of our trip with a few interesting things thrown in as well. Our first encounter was with Sue. Salem Sue (or The World's Largest Holstein Cow) is a large fiberglass Holstein cow sculpture located in New Salem, North Dakota. Salem Sue was built in 1974 for $40,000. Sue stands 38 feet high and is 50 feet long & we could see her for several miles before deciding to...

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Jul 21, 2014 - Butte and Billings Montana

Butte, Montana 100 years ago this was a boom mining town with over 100,000 residents; today the population is approx. 30,000. It would have been a more interesting place to visit 100 years ago as compared to visiting today. The mansions that were inhabited back then by the wealthy residents were probably beautiful as compared to how they look today. The majority of them are either vacant or so run down and in need of major repairs. There are a few that have been renovated to their former glory and it gives you the feel of what once was....

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Jul 1, 2014 - Happy Canada Day

Happy Canada Day everyone. John wants everyone to know he made the flagpole in the picture. What a handy fellow! It was nice getting up this morning and not having to travel any great distance. Finally, a pleasant day as well. Current temp is 21°C or 69°F. We back tracked down the interstate a little ways and visited the Pictograph Cave State Park. Quite an interesting and historic site. Tomorrow we are headed to St. Mary, just outside Glacier National Park.

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2014 Alaska Trip

Jun 30, 2014 - Billings, MT

I have fixed John's grammar mistakes. He was very tired after a long day. We had another tough day of driving today. The cross and head winds were 40 mph with higher gusts. We stopped at the Painted Canyon, part of Theodore Roosevelt National Park and were almost blown off our feet! Changed time zones again. Now Mountain Central Time. Arrived in Billings MT at 4:30 local time and the sun is shining again.

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2014 Alaska Trip

Jun 25, 2014 - Wall, SD to Billings, Montana

THE TRIP FROM WALL SOUTH DAKOTA TO BILLINGS MONTANA WAS VERY UNEVENTFUL. NOTHING SPECIAL TO SEE EXCEPT WE DID SEE AN INDIAN DRESSED ONLY IN A LOIN CLOTH AS WE PASSED THROUGH A SMALL TOWN ON SR212. IT WAS A GOOD IDEA WE FILLED UP THE GAS TANK BEFORE LEAVING WALL BECAUSE THERE ARE NO GAS STATIONS AND ONLY ONE REST STOP WHILE ON SR212 BEFORE GETTING BACK ON I-90. PASSED BY THE STURGIS S.D. AND WOUNDED KNEE EXITS. TALKED ABOUT GOING IN BUT IT WAS ABOUT A 20 MILE DETOUR FROM OUR PATH AND WE JUST DIDN'T FEEL IT. CROSSED FROM S.D. TO WYOMING, THEN...

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Jun 16, 2014 - Billings, Montana

This morning Ross got up around 0530 to go on his 3 mile morning walk. The sun was up and bright, the sky was clear and the temperature was in the mid 50's. Ross walked toward town and at the half-way mark he was close to the Chinese restaurant he and Marge visited for dinner last night. After returning to the motorhome Ross had his breakfast and showered. Marge had made the coffee while Ross was out walking and they spend some time checking emails and drinking their coffee. Around 0830 they began the ritual of getting the motorhome ready...

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May 14, 2014 - Mitchell to Rapid City

Left R & R Campground behind the Super 8 Motel, Mitchell, SD, at 10:00. The temperature was 56 degrees even though the sky was sunny and clear. We had about 13 or so miles of 2-way traffic due to road construction. Travelled through the Bad Lands and saw lots of signs advertising WALL Drug, Rushmore, etc., didn’t stop as we had done all that the last two times through the area. We are on a mission and it has been too cold. We arrived in Rapid City, SD and stopped at the Flying J for diesel. Then off to Ellsworth AFB FAM Camp where we spent...

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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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