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Jul 30, 2018 - Fort Benton MT – Benton RV Park and Campground

Stopped here for one night to clean out our tanks after so many days of no electricity, sewer, etc. Also washed the camper and the truck. Got the dirt off of them, but they are now really spotty. The lady at the campground said Fort Benton has terrible water. Guess she wasn’t kidding!

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Retired at Last!

Aug 15, 2016 - Day 7 Pheasant, Coyote, Porcupine, and Antelope

This morning’s drive to Fort Benton was populated more by wildlife than vehicles. I braked in the middle of the highway for a bouquet of pheasants walking unconcernedly across the road. None of the other critters was particularly concerned with my passing either. I enjoyed this parade of Montana fauna on my way to see friend Maryann who has to miss our Bootiful Backwoods Bunkhouse Babes gathering this year due to illness. Maryann gets the first gold medal of the day for courage and positive attitude. She sent me off with a hug big enough to...

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Going for the Gold

Jul 1, 2016 - Off to Fort Benton

Leaving Missoula for Great Falls and Fort Benton. We left eastbound through the downtown business loop of Missoula. Past the 1880’s buildings mixed with modern businesses. Past the University of Montana and along the Clark Fork River. The landscape began to change to more desert plants, then hay fields and cattle. And many crossings and following along the river. We kept seeing signs for Paws Up, so I finally looked it up on my smart phone and found that it was a resort. You can click this link to read about Paws Up. We also saw signs...

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Jul 22, 2015 - Day Seven - Scamps, Scalawags and Shenanigans

We've added a B to our group's moniker, the Backwoods Bunkhouse Babes. We're now the BBBB's with the addition of another descriptor, Bootiful. The BBBB's spent the day learning more about "the Chicago of the West" as Fort Benton was known in its heyday. It is the oldest town in Montana and was a wild and wooly trading center in fur trapping days. Now, the scamps and scalawags are long gone and the kind, talented people here have created several great history and art museums. We're too pooped after our museum crawl today for many shenanigans...

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Sacagawea and Me

Jul 21, 2015 - Day Six - Whoop-Up Trail

Some of us went exploring today around Fort Benton. We found a great used bookstore where I got a book of writings by women travelers and another about Montana settlers by a Missoula author. We were our usual silly selves at the Interpretive Center after learning about the Whoop-Up Trail, the route for transporting illicit whiskey from the riverboats into Canada following the Civil War. The Interpretive Center displays continue along a river walk through town and include Sacagawea's Corps of Discovery monuments since the Journey of...

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Sacagawea and Me

Jul 20, 2015 - Day Five - Indian Drums

After a wonderful time at Chico Hot Springs with BFF Judy where we spent hours soaking in the hot springs and enjoying great meals from their award-winning chef, I packed up and headed north on Montana 85, scenic and sparsely traveled. With Blackfoot drum music on the radio Quo Vadis chugged up and down many mountains, through very green forests, past combines in vast, golden fields to Fort Benton where college friends gathered on the banks of the Missouri. Here I joined a band of treasured brave women, college friends celebrating 51 years...

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Sacagawea and Me

Jul 16, 2015 - Day 9

Through countryside..Montana is a big state!. Stopped over in Fort Benton which is on Missouri River where steamboats used to dock. Impressive historic hotel and many historic markers. Memorial statue to dog named Shep who met boats regularly looking for his master. Arrived in Bozeman and rendezvous with Daniel. To Cosco for him to resupply, pizza for dinner then on to Hot Springs next to KOA. Closed springs down!

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Jun 26, 2015 - Page, AZ to Fort Benton, MT

Days 2 – 5 (June 22nd through June 25th) Note: This journal entry covers the four days of travel from Page, AZ to Fort Benton, MT. These were travel days on the road north. We had clear, warm (81 degree) weather to start our second day of travel. Brian had a bad night and didn’t sleep well so our planned start of 7 am was delayed to 8:30. We fueled at a station near the RV Park and headed down the road toward our next stop at Springville, UT. Our route was west on US 89 from Page through Kanab, UT; then north through Panguitch, UT. A few...

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Jul 19, 2014 - Ft. Benton

Fort Benton is a city in and the county seat of Chouteau County, Montana. History of the West is a rich theme in Fort Benton. Known as the "Birthplace of Montana", Fort Benton is situated on the banks of the Missouri River, and is a haven for history buffs as well as canoeists seeking the solitude and unique beauty of the Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River. Fort Benton is also located along the Lewis & Clark National Historic trail, the Nez Perce National Historic Trail, and is the gateway to the Upper Missouri River Breaks...

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2014 RV Adventure

Aug 15, 2013 - A few days in Fort Benton

Since we didn’t do all ten days on the river we have a couple of days slack in our schedule. We hung around Fort Benton and took in some local sights. The highlight was the Museum of the High Plains. This turned out to be a real treat. Highlighted here was the Hornaday Smithsonian Buffalo exhibit. This is an exquisitely “taxidermized”small herd of bison that have been the model for stamps, coins and many other recognizable pieces of Americana. The museum traces the history of the high plains from the native Indian tribes down to modern...

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Aug 15, 2013 - Our Kayak Trip Resumes

Steve, our personal Good Samaritan who drove us back to Fort Benton, dropped us off at the Upper Missouri River Outfitters location and luckily John was there washing down canoes. He was rather surprised to see us and chuckled as we explained our predicament. This outfitter has only canoes so we couldn’t rent another kayak from him. We are just not experienced enough to continue our paddle in a canoe. We settled up with John, grabbed our resupply water and food and drove to the Canoe Camp, dropped the trailer and then drove back to Wood...

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Aug 14, 2013 - Fort Benton to Wood Bottom

We reached Fort Benton, the jumping off point for our float on August 4. We checked out the RV Park we had reserved for the night and were very disappointed. On line it looked very nice but was actually pretty bad. We visited the Upper Missouri River Breaks Interpretive Center and noticed signs for “Canoe Camp / Launch” so we decided to check it out. The Canoe Camp is a nice little place with RV hookups run by the BLM and serves outgoing and returning floaters although it is open to anyone. In addition it is next to the Chouteau County...

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