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Sep 12, 2015 - Missoula, MT - Jim & Mary’s RV Park

From Coeur d’Alene, ID, we headed southeast on I-90 to Missoula, MT…170 miles about 4.5 hours. The drive on I-90 was a scenic byway with a river running alongside the highway. As we got to Montana, the saw vast expanses of green valleys and lots of mountains. Stopped at the Durango restaurant in Superior, MT, for brunch. I had the rash with 2 eggs and pancakes. Al had the dollar size pancakes with bacon. I had enough pancakes for another breakfast. We arrived at Jim & Mary’s RV Park in Missoula, MT at 1:30 pm, (Central time). We hung out at...

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Aug 27, 2015 - Disappointed

This afternoon, I am totally bummed and depressed. We drove east today for 180 miles, and it has been terribly smokey the entire way. When we left Spokane early this morning, the sun was just a red dot in the sky. There was no clearing at all and in fact, I think it is worse this afternoon. It is just so depressing. -- There was no scenery to see because of the smoke. We saw a big lake near C'oer 'd Lane, Idaho, but we couldn't make out a lot of it. -- There was a lot of construction on the way, and the highway was rough going. Our Captain...

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Pretty Damn Nice!

Aug 26, 2015 - National Bison Range

2015-08-26.National Bison Range Imagine 350 bison roaming free on the hilly grasslands of the West and you can imagine what the National Bison Range near Missoula looks like. It is about 50 miles from Missoula on a remote road in the middle of vast ranchland and rolling hills dried golden by the never-ending drought of the prairies. The wildlife refuge has a 20 mile road around its perimeter and through its range, covering not only the high points, but the low, stream filled valley, we saw most of the mammals of the prairie; deer, bison,...

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Aug 25, 2015 - Smokejumpers

2015-08-25.Montana Smokejumpers We are in Missoula Montana having traveled through the fires in Washington and Idaho. So, given that this is the home of one of the largest contingents of Smokejumpers and the first to actually parachute into a fire, we decided to visit and tour the Smokejumpers Base Camp here in Missoula. The facility is a working base for the smokejumpers and our tour guide was a female smokejumper whose muscles were so big that she could have easily and I mean easily kicked Bob’s butt! Her muscles had muscles. She had a...

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Aug 23, 2015 - Jim and Mary's RV Park

This stop was a one-nighter, so that we could reach NW Washington on time. We scheduled our stays in Washington at rv parks that are associated with our Coast to Coast club membership, which requires reservations. Many of the parks are filling up as people move away from areas where the wild fires are burning, and we need to make sure we have a place near Seattle when Kate's son, Jeff, comes to visit. The advantage of the Coast to Coast parks is that they only cost us $10 per night. The drawback is that we can only stay at each park for 7...

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Aug 22, 2015 - Missoula, Mt

Today we drove south from the Canadian Border. We drove through lots of fruit and wine farms. Lots of Apples, Cherries and grapes. The most amazing site though were the wildfires that burned all over the hills and filled the sky with haze and smoke. We had to reroute our trip twice because roads were closed because of the fire. We had to drive about 50 miles further south than we had planned to avoid the fires. This route took us down to the Grand Coulee Dam and lake and then across to Coeur d'Alene Idaho. What a beautiful lake! Then we...

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Aug 9, 2015 - The Road to the Sun also known as Highway to Hell

This was the scariest ride ever. Hair pin turns and narrow roads with drop off sides well above tree tops. We left thinking it was about a 250 mile round trip and it turned out to be 355 from start to finish. I think on the way down I spent most of the time sitting almost on Cals lap so I didn't have to look down!!! I am glad we went now that it is over because the scenery was beautiful but...I will NEVER do it again.

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Summer 2015

Aug 8, 2015 - Missoula, Montana

We spent two days in the Twin Falls area. We saw the Shoshone Falls and although there was not the same amount of water as the last time we were there, it was still a spectacular sight. We were fortunate to get to the Visitor's Center Bridge in time to see about a dozen men and women take turns parasailing off of the bridge. Our next stop was North Fork, Idaho and the Wagon Hammer RV Park. It was a stopover for us but if you are ever out this way it is a great little campground right along the Salmon River. The elk come down a dusk to get...

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Jul 27, 2015 - Missoula, MT

We made it to Montana! By now we are looking as bedraggled as we feel, and much in need of a few spa days! Wildlife count went up – a coyote ran across the highway in front of us, and we saw mountain goats and wild turkeys along the way. A bald eagle had his/her road-side lunch disturbed as we drove by. The eagle flew right in front of us, just a few feet in front of the truck. Almost became road-kill, and that probably would have been almost as bad for us as for the bird. Luckily, we got a wonderful view of it, and it probably got back to...

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Jul 26, 2015 - Day Eleven - Are Those Tears or Raindrops on Your Cheeks?

Rain, wonderful rain! It held off until the end of festivities last night but continued through into the morning. All of us from Idaho, Montana, Alaska and California were wondering how to take some of it home with us. Amid the damp and chilly breaking of camp are lots of hugs, hearty back pats and bittersweet farewells of kids, grandkids, aunts and uncles and cousins dispersing in all directions. Just a few of us are staying on until tomorrow so this will be a good day for bookkeeping and household chores. I haven’t had a full day this...

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Sacagawea and Me

Jul 25, 2015 - Day Ten -Third Cousin Twice Removed or Second Cousin Once Removed?

I missed the evening gathering of the clan last night here at Lolo Hot Springs as I nursed a headache and the road-wearies but it sure sounded festive. Pity on any campers at the park who aren’t part of the family! Today a printout of six generations of the family tree is spread along the length of four picnic tables so we can spot our niche in the fecundity. And a seventh generation is being added as more children are penciled in. What a vivid illustration of population growth. There is next to no phone service or wifi here in this narrow...

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Jul 24, 2015 - Day Nine - The Road Less Traveled

I had one of my shortest drives today but the earliest start. Since I know my way around Great Falls I chose to get some work done on the trailer there before hitting the road – new tires so I could stop fretting about blowouts and repairs on a grounding wire so I have brake lights. Just like home: something always needs fixing. I killed time at Target and found the staff amazingly friendly. I don’t know that I’ve had even one salesperson at my CA Target ask if I’m finding everything or need help. The guys at the fix-it shops were sociable...

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Sacagawea and Me

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