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Jul 6, 2019 - Museum Visits

Re·pur·pose: Adapt for use in a different purpose. In our travels, we have seen different types of old real estate restored, rehabilitated or repurposed for another use. For example, in Denver, a number of old warehouses in the downtown section are being converted into apartment homes and lofts; in Tempe, Arizona, the old Hayden Flour Mill is being repurposed as a mixed-use building with shops, a hotel and entertainment center. During this summer’s trip, the most interesting repurposing of buildings we have seen is the Old Montana Prison in...

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Jul 4, 2019 - Draft Horse Expo

Way of Going. Conformation. Teamster. Wheelers. Point Team. Swing Team. Leaders. Fjords. Haflingers. Shires. Say what? We were city-slickers without a clue. These are terms that we became familiar with when we attended the 24th annual Draft Horse Expo in Deer Lodge, Montana. Luckily, we picked up a program to help us understand the language and the performances we were watching. As you might know, draft horses were used in so many ways: on farms to pull plows, in the city to pull trolleys, in the mines to pull out the ore, in the forests...

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Jul 3, 2018 - Deer Lodge MT

We couldn’t check into our new campground till after 2:00 so we parked the house at the Walmart in town and headed off to get some lunch downtown at the Backcountry Burger Bar, then to Sport Clips for a haircut for me, then back to Walmart to pick up the house for the short drive to the campground. We set up the house then took off again for some restocking at the highest rated grocery store in town. Whew… Michele whipped up some tasty chicken tacos while I may have napped, then some TV and working on this literary masterpiece rounded out...

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Jun 26, 2018 - Deer Lodge, Montana

Deer Lodge is advertised as being half way between Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Most people spend one night. We are here for two. When we checked in, we were given information about the area. It is only an hour west to Philipsburg and an hour east to Helena. What about here? Finding our way around is easy. All directions are given from the town traffic light. You can’t miss it. We start our day at the Old Montana Prison Museum. (Right at the traffic light) It is a well laid out self-guided tour. Prison tours are not...

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Jun 25, 2018 - Deer Lodge, Montana

We head north. Our next stop is Deer Lodge. It is one and a half hours north of Dillon. We start our day at Clark’s Lookout State Park here in Dillon. There is a parking lot and a trail to the top of a small cliff. Clark was here and saw the Beaverhead River. I pass on the trail. We take Old 90 for the first half hour. We follow a truck all the way to the Interstate. He is not in a hurry and neither are we. We take Interstate 15 North. The Deer Lodge Pass will take us over the Continental Divide. Deer Lodge Pass is 5902 feet. Bannack Pass...

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Sep 9, 2016 - Day 6

We left Missoula around 11 this morning and went straight for the 4th quilt store in Missoula. One we missed yesterday. We then headed for prison (the old state prison at Deer Lodge). Deer Lodge is Montana's second oldest city; established in 1862. Deer Lodge has one quilt store that we 'just had to visit,' prior to going to prison. I know most of you are anxious to find out where we've been and what we've been up to. I just want to say that originally this was my longest page and just as I was about to save it -- poof! it was gone. It's...

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Aug 31, 2015 - Sunshine At Last!

The winds and rain sprinkles last night helped to clear the smoke out of the air. Plus, traveling another 100 miles east also helped. We were very happy to see blue skies and sunshine this morning, the first in many weeks. We could actually see surrounding mountains that we did not know were there. The news says the rain, as slight as it was, also helped to calm the wildfires, at least here in Montana. -- We enjoyed our drive this morning. The scenery was mostly beautiful farm land, with lots of pastures with horses and a few cattle....

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Pretty Damn Nice!

Jul 17, 2014 - Thurs, 7/17 Yellowstone

Lost this entry last night. Paul says this campground was totally full. I think the wifi just could not handle the traffic. Here's the gist: Left Flutie at All Wags and Whiskers. I drove and we headed for Yellowstone, 50+ miles away A fast trip with 70mph limit. We stopped at the first visitor center which was the original Fort Yellowstone and gathered info. Drove to Old Faithful area, also 50 miles away. There is extensive construction going on in this area, but we had minimal waits, both going and returning. I did get some roadside pics...

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To Alaska and Back

Jul 16, 2014 - Wed, 7/16

This am, as we were preparing to leave, 2 men in a boat floated by, one at the oars steering and one fishing. Last evening Paul saw trout jumping just there. We made a leisurely drive to our present campground, Osens in Livingston. It's only 52 miles north of Yellowstone's North Gate where we will go tomorrow. However we are staying 3 nights here. Today we arrived here around 11 am and began to set up camp. We decided to join the Good Sam Club. They have many nice campgrounds in which we have stayed, so we may as well get the discount. I...

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To Alaska and Back

Jul 15, 2014 - Tues, 7/15 Deere Lodge, MT and Grant Kohrs Ranch

We arrived at the Deer Lodge KOA about 11 am. It is better than I expected - not too big, not too crazy. Nice bathrooms and a 'kamper kitchen' with gas stove, microwave and sink - very nice indeed. We got checked in and partially set up on our site beside the river - the Clark Fork, again - but smaller here. We set off immediately for the Grant-Kohrs Ranch. But Flutie was not allowed on the grounds. Being afraid that this might happen, I had searched for a place to board him for the day and had found Clark Fork Veterinary Clinic. We went...

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To Alaska and Back

Jul 1, 2013 - 100 Year Old Prison, Old Cars & Ice Cream

Off on another day trip. We headed west of Helena to Deer Lodge, MT. A small town that has the claim to fame of the Old Prison Museum and Montana Auto Museum. Yes, they are both together. The auto museum was awesome. There were about 150 fully restored autos. Very well displayed. The prison was a place I sure won't want to spend any time at. It was was built in the 1870's and housed prisoners for 110 years before a new prison was built. The wall around the outside was hand built by the prisoners. There was an article about two Wardens that...

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Jun 29, 2013 - Travel day - Missoula, MT to Deer Lodge, MT

The day we spent in Missoula we went to the historic district, this is what we like to do. Visit the town and people in the area that we are parked. The manager at the park recommended "The Iron Horse" for lunch so that is where we ate. The food was wonderful and the service was excellent, we were able to sit outside and enjoy people watching. Missoula is loaded with sidewalk cafes, who knew? We also saw a sign that we had never seen before ..... check the pictures. Have you ever seen anything like that? Our travel day came and it was a...

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2013 - Here we come

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