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Aug 3, 2013 - Missoula MT

Well, today started out with a trip to Cracker Barrel so that’s usually a good sign. From there we headed to downtown Missoula and hit 2 farmer’s markets and a craft show. We bought a bunch of stuff at the farmer’s markets – including some really good salsa, but the only thing we got at the craft show was a ceramic mug for the little woman. We were done with all that and back home just after noon. OK, while we’re on the subject of Missoula, here is our take on it so far. The city itself has about 68,000 people and there are 110,000 in what...

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Aug 2, 2013 - Missoula MT

Well, we had a plan. We just didn’t stick to it completely. And it was worth it. Our plan was to head NW on I-90 for just over 2 hours to Missoula but the navigator of this great adventure had read about another scenic drive that just happened to be doable on our schedule so, we did it. We did head NW on I-90 but veered off onto Montana Highway 1 at the mining town of Anaconda and detoured past Georgetown Lake, Philipsburg and back onto the interstate at the town of Drummond. The trip was – as described – very scenic and a really pleasant...

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Jul 30, 2013 - Missoula, MT (Part 3)

We passed through Lookout Pass and into Montana, and also into the Mountain Time Zone. The Continental Divide is a little bit east of Missoula, however. Lewis and Clark also passed through this area on their return east. They left their winter quarters in Oregon near the Pacific Ocean and it took them only 7 months to get back to St Louis. The speed of their return can be attributed to the use of 58 horses to start the trip and being able to use the current of the Missouri to propel them downstream. They had plenty of time to plan the trip...

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The Great Escape

Jul 10, 2013 - Jellystone Campground HOT HOT

Completed our last long drive of the journey today. Clear skies and light winds again so it passed quickly. Scenery continues to change as we head west, saw snow on mountains today landscape more mountain like and trees have some more size to them. Passed thru a couple of towns with open pit mines and remnants of old gold silver and other mineral mining sites. Pool enjoyed a lot of course today cripe its 7PM and its still over 90F. Onto to Washington tomorrow after we do the IDAHO no ur DAHO joke, will sign off for now folks and see you all...

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Away we go 2013

Jul 10, 2013 - Sleepover where?!

On our way to western Montana, we stayed the night at a Flying J truck fuel stop. We walked across the street to have dinner at a diner which served a variety of foods prepared with the locally farm red wheat. When the evening coolness arrived, we bedded down with the sounds of trucker's diesel trucks running. When we do these types of over night stays, at Flying J or Love's or Shell's America's best truck travel centers, or at Walmart, we do not unhook the truck, do not hook up to any power or water, and do not put out the slide rooms. We...

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Rambling Rodericks

Jul 10, 2013 - Lauren and Nick in Missoula

Debbie and I departed Glacier National Park this morning and set our heading for Missoula to visit a niece who was close to our family in her younger days, but whom we have not seen since her college graduation five years ago. Along the way I wanted to enter Glacier at the Two Medicine entrance on the southeast side of the park hoping to find something interesting enough that it would draw me back for another visit in the future. We did take time for a .3 mile walk to Running Eagle Falls just inside the park at Two Medicine. Running Eagle...

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Jul 3, 2013 - Missoula, MT (Part 2)

We have returned to Missoula as a one night stopover after visiting Glacier National Park. We are in a heat wave with high temperatures of about 100 degrees. We took the cats outdoors and sat in the shade for most of the late afternoon and evening. We are back on the Lewis & Clark Trail. President Jefferson had commissioned the expedition to explore the Missouri to it's headwaters and find a practical water route to the Pacific for commerce, ideally with just a short portage over the continental divide. In July and August, 1804, the Core of...

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The Great Escape

Jun 27, 2013 - Missoula, MT (Part 1)

Today we paralleled the mountainous route of Lewis and Clark. This was a critical part of the trip, and they knew for a long time that crossing the mountains would be the hardest part. L&C and party traded for horses from the Shoshone, went up through the Lemhi pass, and scouted for a westward route down out of the mountains. They scouted the Salmon River and it was NOT navigable, just as the Shoshone told them. Too many rapids, and it gets worse 40 miles downriver. So they followed the Indian trail northward for about 100 miles along a...

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The Great Escape

Jun 27, 2013 - Travel day - Post Falls, ID to Missoula, MT

We was up and left early today because we knew we would be losing an hour, going from Pacific Time to Mountain Time. The roads were dry thanks to God - that is good considering the curves and ups and downs. We went thru two mountain passes today - Fourth of July, which is just east of Coeur d'Alene and then Lookout Pass, which peaks at the Montana stateline. So leaving Idaho we climbed and climbed and climbed and once we reached Montana we went down and down and down. It was so steep and curvy the speed limit was 25 MPH for many miles. And...

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2013 - Here we come

Jun 16, 2013 - An old Grizzly re-visits the U of Montana Grizzlies

Today, we spent the day walking the campus where Dan went to college It is a beautiful campus with huge pine trees that were smaller when he was there 40 years ago. We saw Old Main, or the administration building, the Forestry Building, gym, library, new and old student center, among other things. I felt like a parent doing the college visit tour thing again, and there were families doing just that...and on a Sunday, too. We visited the dorm where Dan stayed his freshman year. He still remembered the windows where the boys used to sneak in...

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Camping USA 2013

Jun 15, 2013 - Missoula, or Moo U

Today, we arrived back in time forty some years for Dan. We made it to Missoula! Leaving Livingston, we went from lush green to dry brown and back to green again. Missoula sits at the juncture of five mountain ranges and it feels like it driving here. I now know what the TOW HAUL feature is for on the Expedition. It's when the engine says you've got to be kidding as we go up and down the mountainsides. The drive itself was not too very long. We seem to average about 4-5 hours a day driving and about the same miles per gallon! No, not that...

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Camping USA 2013

May 8, 2013 - day 14 missoula MT

day 14 leaving pullman without seeing paul ritenour. we took rt12 a beautiful road but long, slow and curves throughout... it took us all day losing a hour into mountain time... the road goes along the lochsa river... our photos/video: https://picasaweb.google.com/110438477258823146205/Day14ToMissoulaMT?authkey=Gv1sRgCIed8_TxiNm9Yg# our...

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our 2013 spring trip

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