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Aug 16, 2012 - Pompey's Pillar

August 16, 2012 Today we mostly traveled. We stopped along the way to see Pompey’s Pillar. This is a huge limestone rock, rising from a flat plain, right next to the Yellowstone River. Clark stopped here on the return trip, in 1806 and scratched his name and the date in this rock. It’s the only tangible evidence of the trip out or the trip back. From the top of the rock, Clark said could see the Rockies—we couldn’t, but of course the air is not as clear now as it was then. Clark named the rock for Pompey, Sacagawea’s son born at Fort...

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Jun 5, 2010 - Wed. June 2

We traveled to Billings and made a short stop there. Then we drove on to Townsend, Mt and found a not so great campground to stay for the night. As Glen, my brother says, we aren't buying it and the inside of the rv looks the same. The drive from Billings to Townsend was absolutely beautiful. We try to stay off interstates and this choice of highway 12 was very rewarding. We are beginning to see snow on the mountains and it is getting much cooler. In fact, Gary always makes sure the furnace is working before going to bed. The days are...

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Jun 3, 2010 - Townsend, MT

June 2 Yellowstone National Park Bridge Bay Campground June 3 Townsend, MT Silos Townsend/Canyon Ferry Lake KOA Yellowstone proved a disappointment to us because of the weather. We were going to spend 3 nights in the park but after 1-1/2 days of rain, clouds and 40 degree temps we decided we had enough. We saw the park three years ago which was a good thing because we didn’t see a lot this time around. We did see a mother grizzly with her cub. I think the humans provide more of a show than the animals. They are tripping over each other to...

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Jun 2, 2010 - What a Beautiful Drive!

Words or pictures are inadequate for the drive today. We left the area near the Battle of Little Bighorn this morning and drove in a generally west direction to the city of Townsend, MT, just 30 miles south of Helena, the capitol of MT. Gary has an 8 o'clock appointment Friday morning at a dealership to look at the a/c and the slide out room. He is going to call in the morning to see if there is a chance that the appointment could be moved to sometime Thursday. If not, we will do some sightseeing in the Helena area. Today's drive was along...

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Apr 2, 2010 - Our Winnebago Project

HI all, Well I am starting work on our 1977 Winnebago Elandan 2. Tomorrow I am fabricating a ladder for the front drop down bunk. I am constructing it out of angle iron and emt tubing and will weld it up in the shop. My wife will be washing and waxing walls. We werre going to walpaper the inside with that sculpted, textured paper like the newer ones have but the paneling is in such good shape we decided to just wash and Johnson paste wax it. Take care and I'll keep you updated. Deputy Festus

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Jun 4, 2009 - Townsend, MT

Three Forks, MT is where the Missouri River is formed by the Gallatin, Madison and Jefferson Rivers and also the birthplace of my father and the final resting place of his parents and other relatives. We try to stop when we are in the area and on this occasion we drove out to the Headwaters State Park and had to run the truck into the Missouri just enough to get the tires a little damp. Yeah, we got a few of those "tourists" looks from others. Townsend, MT is the home of my cousin David Clouse and his wife, Ingrid, and my aunt and uncle,...

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Jun 24, 2008 - Heading to Yellowstone

Happy Birthday, Ian Dewar! Rain last night but a bright, sunny morning as we left Glacier. We followed a two lane scenic route south and it was beautiful. Lots of National Forests with campgrounds. After about 2 hours we headed southeast into beautiful, rolling ranch country. No trees, just grasslands and sagebrush. Huge, good looking ranches with large herds of cattle. Surrounded by mountains. Passed through the capital of Montana, Helena (pronounced-HELL-un-a). Stopped for the night at a campground south of Helena beside Canyon Ferry...

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Jul 6, 2007 - Day 11, Townsend, MT

Today was a big day as we assault the Continental Divide - highest point of our ride 6,356 feet. Because of the climb and the length of the ride day we started this day at 0730 hours - most slept in an extra hour. I made the climb in about 40 minutes. We started the climb from our camp site some 11 miles from the summit, with last 4 miles being the hardest with steepest grade. Upon arrival at the top of McDonald's Pass we all celebrated and took photo's before departing for the next stop Helena the Capital of Montana. The decent from...

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