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Sep 29, 2012 - Pig Roast in the Pen

This will be out last update from Montana, unless we decide to boondock along the way to Wyoming. ;-) We have enjoyed our stay in Deer Lodge. Today we are back in the Old Montana Prison yard, this time for the Pig Roast in the Pen. What a great title for a pig roast in a prison yard. We attended the 4th of July event in the same yard last year and had a blast. The Watershed Restoration Coalition in conjunction with other sponsoring organizations are hosting the 1st Annual Pig Roast In The Pen at the Old Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge,...

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Sep 23, 2012 - Deer Lodge, MT

Today was another driving day. As much as we hated leaving the beautiful Lolo area, we had to drive to Deer Lodge for our medical appointments. Boy is it hard to be tied down to an appointment again. It felt too much like work having to be somewhere at a set time. :-) We don't like to have set appointments for anywhere in advance. We might see a place on our way that we want to stop and explore, so we never make reservations, unless it's for a few months during the winter. We are very spoiled and blessed with this awesome travel life. Our...

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Sep 1, 2012 - Into Big Sky Country

OK. I left Colville Washington around mid-morning and headed south and eventually east. My plan was to go to Spokane and then pick up Interstate 90 east. On the map it looks simple. In reality, I spent 45 minutes booting around Spokane trying to find I90 because the sign on the highway was vague to say the least, and then it required a ride all the way from the north of the city to the southern part just to get to the freeway. It was like rush hour the whole time! I was not impressed. Anyway, from there on it got better and I managed to...

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Aug 9, 2012 - Old Montana Prison

We decided to stay over at Deer Lodge MT an extra day to go and see the old Montana prison. They closed it about 1960. The prison held a lot of bad cowboys during the late 1800s. The gold rush at Virginia City brought in a lot of bad guys so they filled up the prison quickly to the point of overcrowding. The cells were thick concrete and very small with two bunks. We saw the hole where the prisons who would not behave were kept up to 10 days in total darkness with only bread and water. There were a couple of riots where in one a prison...

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Go West Trip 2012

May 14, 2012 - Travel to Missoula with a stop in Deer Lodge

We were sorry to leave Gardiner and Yellowstone as this was such a great visit with ideal weather. Back down the hill to Livingston with clear weather and great views along the Yellowstone River with the snow capped mountains. Judie had seen information about the Rocky Mountain Museum in Bozeman. We got off the Interstate near a Walmart and unhooked the ‘Toad’ to find the Museum. As we pulled into Walmart to disconnect the car, a fella wandered over to ask a question about our Ford SUV. He had just bought an Edge in the past week and was...

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May 7, 2012 - Deer Lodge MT

We got up early and Michele went to run a couple quick errands while I took the bus to the local car wash for a bath. Between the rain, snow, mud and dust, it was looking pretty bad. After the bath, it looked better but not good. All of which is moot, but more on that a little later. We left Cody on Hwy 120 toward Billings MT right at 9:00 and headed through some small towns and some construction on our way onto I-90, then back east for a 90 minute detour to Billings to look for a couple RV parts that we need. We figured that Billings was...

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Westbound Again

Oct 3, 2011 - Grant-Kohrs NHS

We then head north to Deer Lodge and the Grant-Kohrs NHS. John Grant started the ranch in the 1850’s. The main ranch house was built in 1862 and added to in 1890. The ranch became part of the National Park system in 1972 as a working cattle ranch to preserve the symbols of the American cowboy, his spirited cow pony and vast herds of cattle and to commemorate the role of cattlemen in American history. At one time cattle belonging to the Grant-Kohrs ranch roamed over 10 million acres of western rangeland. Both Grant and Kohrs were immigrants...

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Sep 11, 2011 - Passing Time in Deer Lodge MT

Tuesday we put things together and headed down the hill to Livingston and I-90. Our travel was then all on the Interstate through Bozeman and Butte to Deer Lodge. Deer Lodge has a Coast 2 Coast RV Park so we can stay here for 6 days at a $15 rate. This was to be a relaxing stay to catch up on photos from Yellowstone. Wednesday was a quiet day around the coach with Judie making one trip to town to check out the quilt shop for material to go with the jacket pattern she purchased recently. No purchase this day but some good ideas. Thursday...

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Aug 13, 2011 - Grant-Kohrs National Historic Site

Today we visited the Grant-Kohrs National Historic Site. Conrad Kohrs was the Cattle King of Montana, but it was a kingdom without borders and his subjects were the cattle that ranged freely across millions of acres of public land. He was born in Germany in 1835 and arrived in the territory with only the clothes on his back and what he could carry in his bedroll. He began building his empire in Deer Lodge Valley. His heirs managed to keep all the records of the business and furnishings of the ranch houses intact. In 1977 it opened to the...

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Aug 12, 2011 - August 11 & 12

Still at Deer Lodge Montana. Tomorrow we leave for Bousma MT. Yesterday we went to a Sapphire Mine in Phillipsburg MT and purchased a bucket to sift through for Sapphires. Needless to say, we did find some but nothing of tremendous size. Today, John and I, toured several museums in Deer Lodge. A vintage car museum, prison museum, toy museum and a frontier museum. There were a couple of old trucks that were pretty sweet. They would be nice for cruisin' on Saturday Night. I think Hugh, John and I are healed enough to start hiking again once...

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Aug 10, 2011 - August 10 Leaving Glacier and heading to Deer Lodge MT

Sorry for the lapse in updating this journal. We haven't had any electric or any other type of convenience in a few days. We did however purchase an internet card so I have easier access to the internet without inconveniencing Hugh and Diane. John and I took one last hike on the St Mary's side of Glacier Park before we left for Apgar on the West Side. It turned out to be the day from hell. I'm not sure how they measure a mile in Montana but it seems twice as far as Michigan. Maybe it's because you are walking on narrow ledges on the...

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Aug 10, 2011 - Deer Lodge Montana

Well we have finally left Glacier. We are now heading towards Yellowstone for our next National Park visit. We are fine and dandy, but can not say the same for John and Linda Taylor. They have injured their toes during their hike from hell talked about earlier. This required another trip to Kalispell to the doctor. Tomorrow we drive to Gem Mountain and see if we can find some sapphires. Miss you all!! August 11th.2011 Hi All,We drove to Philipsburg Mt.today to go to the Gem Mtn.sapphire mine.I had watched an episode of "The Best Places...

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