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Aug 16, 2013 - Missoula, Montana

Leaving West Glacier we went west on US 2 back to Kalispell and turned south on US 93. The route south to our next destination, Missoula, Montana, traveled over the bed of what was once the mighty Lake Missoula – now the valley of the Flathead River. Lake Missoula was a large prehistoric lake formed by a glacial ice dam on the Clark Fork River. The ice dam reached some 2000 ft high and the lake covered about 3,000 square miles and held about 500 cubic miles of water, about half of the volume of Lake Michigan. The ice dam ruptured...

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Aug 13, 2013 - Travel into Montana - Day 74

August 13, 2013..Travel day. We left the Granite Lake RV Park about 9:00 am and crossed the bridge over the Clearwater River into Lewiston, Idaho. We rode around the town to take a few photos. We headed east on US Hwy. 12, known as the Lewis and Clark Trail, the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway, and the Nez Perce Trail. We are in Indian country here. The road followed the Clearwater River for many miles. The byway is beautiful and we enjoyed the trees and river. We were surprised to see sand bars in many areas along the river. Where does the...

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North to Alaska 2013

Aug 10, 2013 - Missoula MT

Well, for those of you that have been overwhelmed with trip-drivel over the last couple days, today will be a welcome relief. We got on the road about 10:30 from West Glacier and other than a couple red lights, we did the non-stop run to the Missoula KOA – where we lived last weekend – in almost exactly 3 hours. We got all hooked up, took a little break and then hit the road to do some shopping to boost the economy of Missoula – and boost we did. A new backpack for hiking, some food for the fridge, a baby gift to ship out, some toiletries...

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Aug 4, 2013 - Missoula MT

We headed about an hour NW of Missoula to the National Bison Range, well, mainly because there wasn’t much else that seemed all that interesting. And it turns out that it was a pretty good trip. We went into the Visitor Center and looked at the displays then got some info on where to see the animals that they professed to have. We decided to do the 19 mile loop drive that is supposed to take about 2 hours but we ended up taking about 3 mainly because there was plenty to see and we did a 1 mile hike. All told we saw Pronghorn Antelope, a big...

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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

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