Montana – Part II – Vanishing Glaciers & Wide Open Spaces

Glacier National Park, Montana

(Late July – mid August) From Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, we wound our way east and north to Coram, Montana, for a two-week stay near Glacier National Park. Our route took us through lovely mountain country and past scenic Flathead Lake – an otherwise gorgeous drive marred at times by heavy smoke from forest fires burning somewhere to the south and west. While in Coram we stayed at the North American RV Park, a nice private park within just a short drive to the west entrance of Glacier National Park. The park made a great base for exploring the area and we enjoyed our stay there, although this was not the quietest campground – the park receives a lot of road noise from busy highway US-2 and a nearby railroad. Continue reading

Montana – Part I – Big Skies and Ghost Towns

Bannack Saloon and Hotel, Bannack State Park, Montana

On to Dillon, Montana – Big Skies & a Ghost Town

From Arco , Idaho, (See post: Atomic Dreams in Arco, Idaho) we moved on to Dillon, Montana, for a five-night stay at the Countryside RV Park. Our route was now taking us through gorgeous, scenic lands – following winding river valleys, passing through rolling farmland with pastoral hay and wheat fields, and in the distance, vistas of sage and forest-covered foothills and snow speckled mountains, all under a dramatic summertime sky of scattered cumulus. It is easy to see why Montana is known as Big Sky Country.

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Atomic Dreams in Arco, Idaho

Arco, Idaho - First City Lit by Atomic Power

Riding Out the July 4th Holiday in Arco, Idaho

(July 1-6, 2017) From the Salt Lake City area, we moved on to Arco, Idaho, a small town with a rich history, including the proud distinction of being the “First City in the World to be Lit by Atomic Power”. While in Arco we stayed at the Mountain View RV Park, a small, privately owned, well shaded and very nicely maintained campground. We had planned for a week-long stay at Arco but were delayed for two days due to truck repairs in Utah. We contacted the RV park about the delay and the park owner/manager very graciously held our site reservation without charging for the extra days, despite the short notice. We liked having a quiet place to ride out the busy Independence Day holiday weekend and enjoyed watching the town’s and other independent firework displays right from our campground.  

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Utah Ramblings – Part II

Pepper at Dutchman Arch

Blowout on the way to Moab, Utah

From Bluff, we headed on up the road to Moab, Utah, for a one week stay at the Moab KOA. The trip went well and we were enjoying this very scenic route until just past Monticello when we had another blowout on a trailer tire. We were heading down a very long downgrade on US-191 when the blowout happened. There was no warning on the tire pressure monitor before the tire failed. I heard a muffled bang, and saw chunks of tire flying away in my side mirror as the TPMS alarm started sounding. I turned my emergency flashers on and slowed down until I could find a safe turnout – nearly one half mile further down the road. By then, the trailer tire was thoroughly shredded.

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Utah Ramblings – Part I

Valley of the Gods

Bluff, Utah

From Holbrook, Arizona, we moved on to one of our favorite places in Utah, Bluff, for a two-week stay (May 17-31). We looked forward to visiting with long time friends, Joyce & Paul M. (and their dog, Bart), as well as spending time sight-seeing and photographing in the area with Paul. We stayed at our preferred campground in Bluff, the Cottonwood RV Park, a small, nicely maintained campground with lovely views of the namesake sandstone bluffs across the San Juan River.

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Start of a New Travel Season – Arizona

Wigwam Motel at Sunset, Holbrook, AZ

Needles, California

We kicked off our third travel season in late April, heading east for Arizona. We stopped for a short two night stay at the Needles KOA in Needles, California, before crossing into Arizona. Temperatures in Needles were much more bearable this early in the season, upper 80’s and low 90’s, as opposed to the triple-digit heat we endured here two years ago. We felt this was a nice short shake-down trip for the trucks & trailer after a winter with little travel.  Continue reading