Our Lazy Daze Motorhome

Our Lazy Daze Motorhome
2009 Lake Louise

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

2014 September Maryland to Home

September 24, 2014. Wednesday:  Today we both got haircuts, Jeanne had her nails done and we replenished our groceries.  Midway through the afternoon we visited with Butch and Colleen to see our new granddaughter, Brynn, and have dinner.  Brody (2yrs) needed lots of attention from granddad and Gigi tonight.

September 25, 2014. Thursday: Spent late afternoon and evening at Ann’s and Ric’s.  Had a great visit with the kids who were so happy to see us again. We stayed late to watch the season premier of Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder.  Once back at the campsite we stayed up for another hour then off to bed.

September 26, 2014. Friday:  Daughter, Katie, wanted to get together since Dylan and Alex were out of school.  We went to lunch at the boathouse with Kate, Rob, Dylan and Alex and were joined by Colleen and Brynn.  Later we sat in Patterson Park, watched the kids play and had one of Katie’s wonderful salads.  Butch, Colleen and the kids joined us for "dinner and a kids movie" in the park.

September 27, 2014. Saturday: All the kids and grandkids congregated at Butch and Colleen’s for the game between Penn State and Northwestern.  A terrible loss for Penn State on Homecoming day.  Dylan had a soccer game so some of us went over to the field to watch him play.   

September 28, 2014. Sunday:  We drove to Gaithersburg to see Megan’s and Ivan’s new home.  It seemed so big and most rooms contained unopened boxes.  The rooms were in the process of being painted and the new carpet was not installed yet.  But the house is huge and has lots of potential.  We then drove up to Ann’s in Reisterstown.  We wanted to spend more time with them since they didn't make it to Butch's yesterday.   

September 29, 2014. Monday:  Time to start home. We left the CG at 10:30 am.  The Garmin routed us around Washington, DC by going NW on I-70, then west and south on US340 and finally a short distance on Virginia 7 to link up with I-81 south.  The distance going this direction versus going the Beltway around DC was a about the same without the traffic hassle.  We got gas at Verona, VA for $3.059/gal.  We arrived at Fort Chiswell RV Park at 4:30pm.  Stayed in site 25 for one night @ $33.09. We've stayed at this park before and it was a good location not too far off the interstate.  Mileage today = 330.5.

September 30, 2014. Tuesday: We were up early and left about 9:50am.  Got gas at an Exxon in Kodak, TN for $3.119/gal. We arrived at Cloudland Canyon State Park outside of Trenton, GA about 4 pm. We had pull-through site 14 for $22.40 and a $5 park pass fee. We drove 329.1 miles today.  This is the same park where we will have our fall SELD get together.  Christine Logan joined us to talk about the event and to show us where she hoped we could all camp together.  For future reference, we camped in the western rim campground which was pretty rustic and surrounded by woods.  We have Wi-Fi and cell phone service and TV.  The area planned for the SELD group is in the east rim campground and this one is much nicer with good level sites, pavilions and large well kept grassy areas.

October 1, 2014. Wednesday:  Heading home today.  We drove through the park again to look at the East Rim CG in Cloudland Canyon SP, GA. This is where the SELD group will meet from October 6th through 10th.  Stopped at the office to reserve for October 5th. Left at 12:30pm ET or 11:30am CT and crossed into Alabama and the Central Time Zone at 11:55 CT.  Along I-59S, we blew the outside dually on the curb side of the LD about 1 mile south of the Fort Payne exit, number 218.  Called Good Sam Emergency Road Service.  Took about 90 minutes for anyone to get there.  We took the spare tire off the bent rim and put it on the good rim.  Also, the tire pressure on the inside dually was 10 lbs lower than recommended. Cost for the repair was $170+.  We finally arrived home at 4:45pm and we went to pick up Kaeden at his dad’s.  It was a great trip.

Total cost of Campgrounds = $2063.11  
Total miles driven = 6711     Total gas costs = $2567.23
Average miles/gal = 8.19
October 5-10, 2014. Sunday through Friday.  After a three day turnaround we returned to Cloudland Canyon State Park for our fall get together.  13 rigs, a couple of new members and a great time was had by all.  We returned to Hoover on Friday the 10th pretty tired from two months travel.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

2014 September Basalt, CO to Baltimore, MD

We are staying in site 8 at the Aspen Basalt Campground initially for 2 nights.  The campground needs work but does have full hookups.  The Wi-Fi was very poor and we could not access.  The cable TV had 5 stations.  However, the bathrooms were very clean.  Not a great place to stay but seems to be the only one in the area. The price of the CG like everything else in the Aspen valley is high.
September 7, 2014. Sunday:  We decided we did not want the Scotty.  Therefore, we spent a couple of hours on a list of what we wanted in a camper.  Finally with list in hand we met with John and Dennis at 1:00 pm to discuss renovation of the 1957 Aljo. The list included several modern modifications including a low profile roof air conditioner with heat strip, stainless steel sink, new stainless steel cook top, several 110v outlets, two TV cable outlets in case we wanted a TV later, a 10 gallon fresh water tank and a 10 gallon grey tank.  We decided on several other design modifications and colors.  We spent 6 hours with these guys talking about our wants, their suggestions and small campers in general.  We agreed on a price of $16,000 and gave them a deposit of $8000. We parted company about 6:20 pm.  Tonight we ate at another of the nice restaurants in Basalt called Smoke Modern BBQ.  Very good.

September 8, 2014. Monday:  We awakened at 8:00 am and decided to stay another night in the same site.  Later in the morning we met again with John and Dennis and spent another 3 hours reviewing specifics on renovations of the Aljo.  We have growing confidence in these guys and wished we could do something to help them become successful.  We thought that if we could take our final product to a couple of get togethers and perhaps help them advertise the Scotty Hylander their cash flow would increase.  We then met with John’s daughter, Lindsey, at Carpet One in Glenwood Springs about 20 miles away to select flooring colors.  We chose a very pleasant blue and white.  Then off to the local grocery store to restock.  I had checked out the river with a fisherman camped next to us, but it was running high and muddy with all of the rain.

September 9, 2014. Tuesday: John and Dennis came to our rainy campground to repair a leak in the skylight and talk more about renovating travel trailers.  Jeanne is so excited.  We left on I-70 heading west about noon. We decided to stay at the Monument RV and Storage CG in Fruita, CO only driving 122.8 miles today.

September 10, 2014. Wednesday: Departed at noon and got gas at the Shell station in Fruita for 3.839/gal (87 octane). Ate lunch at a great Mexican place in Fruita called El Tapatio close to our entrance to I-70.  We drove onto Moab to the Arch View RV Park and Campground close to the entrance to Canyonland National Park. Finally hooked up around 4pm in site 53. Rate was $36.64. Final mileage showed we drove 102.4 miles today. We talked with Dale and Barb Dietz from Clarksville, AR, our neighbors at the CG about how their Airstream anti-sway bars worked.  We may get some for pulling the new camper 

September 11, 2014. Thursday:  We moved to the Moab Valley RV Resort 9 miles away. When we arrived, their computers were down so we drove a few miles into Moab for lunch at Pasta Jay’s and washed the car at a self wash place.  Finally checked into the campground in the afternoon.  They had great cable TV and better than the usual wifi.  Then off to Canyonland National Park, followed by a visit to the adjacent Dead Horse Point State Park.  Fabulous vistas of deep canyons and rock formations. The Colorado River could be seen from some of the vistas.  Terrific color. Lots of pictures. We meet a couple from Cullman traveling with their friends from Australia also talked with two couples on three wheelers from Ohio.

September 12, 2014. Friday: Up early and off to Arches National Park. Spent most of the day there and hiked several trails to get closer to the various arches.  I think we walked over 6.5 miles today.  So much to see.  Lots of pictures.  We drove back into Moab about 3pm and shopped for T-shirts for ourselves and Jim and Marion then found a great gift for Jennifer to thank her for watching our house and mail.  We ate dinner at the Moab brewery and returned to our campground pretty tired. Best lager I have ever had.

September 13, 2014. Saturday: Up early and made reservations at the Alpen Rose RV Park located about 6.5 miles north of Durango, CO.  We washed the RV and rewashed the car as we were leaving town around 9:30 am.  Our route takes us south on US 191 where we stopped at Wilson’s Arch.  This was named after the same man who built the ranch located in Arches NP.  We drove onto Monticello, UT then route US 491 to Cortez, CO then US 160 into Durango then north on US 550 to our campground.  Stopped at Dove Creek for gas at $3.869/gal (87 octane). The LD was really struggling to pull the car up some of the hills.  Arrived at 1:45 pm our mileage today 173.1. The Alpen Rose CG is located about 6.5 miles north of Durango and sits among mountains.  It's a great setting.  We paid for 2 nights in full-service site 78 for $92.92.

September 14, 2014. Sunday: Although it was recommended, we decided against taking the train from Durango to Silverton.  The cars are open and you end up with soot all over you.  In addition, we could not justify the price or the use of an entire day for the ride.  Instead we drove the jeep to Silverton on US 550 taking us up and over a couple of high mountain passes.  There was a picture every direction you turned.  We walked around for a couple of hours visiting shops and taking pictures of one of the trains that was ready to depart on its trip back to Durango.  We also ate lunch in Silverton at the Handlebars Food and Saloon.  Perhaps the best hamburger we've ever had. Driving onto Ouray we encountered part of 550 that was even more challenging with hairpin turns, steep incline and, in places, no guardrail.  We didn’t stop in Ouray, but drove the streets taking pictures. Both towns were situated in Alps like settings.

September 15, 2014. Monday: For some reason, the power kept popping off, so we didn't get that much sleep.  We obviously had brown outs that caused our surge protector to shut down and 2 minutes later, restart.  Jeanne was up at 5:30 and Ed faked sleep until 6:45.  We left the campground at 8:20.  We bought gas at a Conoco in Monticello, UT. Mileage for $3.799/gal. We returned today to the Aspen Basalt Campground taking US 550 to Durango, US 160 from Durango to Cortez, US 491 to Monticello, UT then US 191 to I-70 to Exit 114. Before going to Basalt, we stopped at Lowe’s to pick up sink hardware for Jeanne's Aljo and then continued on US82 to the campground.  Today, we drove 383.6 miles in 9 hours.

September 16, 2014. Tuesday:  This morning we visited with John and Dennis to talk about some of the modifications to the Aljo, then stopped at Carpet One to change floor tile selections and back to Lowe’s to return some lighting. Today was a difficult drive through several winding canyons, some road repairs, and two high mountain peaks. Vail peak which is over 10,500 feet high was too much of a challenge for the Lazy Daze towing the jeep so we stopped half-way up, unhitched the car and drove separately to Golden, CO. Here we stayed at the Clear Creek RV Park.  This is a community run park with some really nice sites and many not so nice.  We had reserved the only available site for $33.05. We arrived after the office closed at 4:00 pm.  Our site was a tight squeeze, but on the end and close to the river.  We drove into Golden, a really nice town, and ate at the Old Capital Grill.  Our mileage since arriving at Basalt, CO was 182.7.  We had stopped at a Shell station in Gypsum, CO and got gas for $3.65.

September 17, 2014. Wednesday:  We drove about 209.3 miles today stopping at a KOA in Goodland, KS about 3:00 pm. We stayed in site 26 for $33.50. Kansas is flat and windy.

September 18, 2014. Thursday: We left the campground at 11:40 am MT. Stopped for gas at Colby Truckstop, Philips 66 for $3.259/gal.  We arrived at Deer Creek Valley RV Park in Topeka, Kansas at 6:00 CT.   We were in site 46 for $37.80. This is perhaps the nicest campground we have stayed in. Just off I-70, but no noise.  Eight years old and owned by a concrete company, all of the roads and the pads are concrete.  Each site is well separated from the next by grass.  Our cable hookup provides loads of stations.  This is a definite repeat if we come this way again.  Sometime early on our journey today we passed into the Central Time Zone.  As we passed the Manhattan, KS exit we encountered a huge traffic backup.  It wasn’t until we turned on our TV that we realized that Auburn was playing Kansas State in Manhattan tonight.  Today we drove 346.2 miles

September 19, 2014. Friday: We decided to spend another day resting, updating our blog and doing some laundry.  We plotted our stops for the rest of our journey while we awaited word on the birth of our 10th grandchild, Brynn Casey Gaffney in Maryland.  So now we are off to Baltimore planning to arrive on Tuesday.

September 20, 2014. Saturday:  We left at 9:20 am and stopped for gas at a Philips 66 in Kingdom City, MO for $3.059/gal.  We arrived at 5:10 pm at Camp Firewood in Effingham, IL, site 5 for $29.75. We drove 402.1 miles today.

September 21, 2014. Sunday:  We left at 10:00 am CT. Stopped for gas at 2:30 ET at a Shell station in Greenfield, IN. for $3.299/gal. This gas station had no exit so we had to unhook the car. Ugh!!!.   I-70 is in the poorest condition of any interstate we have ever traveled. So at Dayton we headed south on I-71 and then US 35 east for about 70 miles. Stayed at Sun Valley CG near Chillicathe, OH in site 57 for $30.60.  Although there was nothing special about this campground it was in a peaceful country setting and we wished we could stay another day.  We drove 332 miles today and arrived at 5:40 ET.

September 22, 2014. Monday: Fall begins tonight.  We left at 12:00 noon.  Stopped for gas at 2:45 pm for $3.499/gal.  We arrived at a county park, Chestnut Ridge Park and Campground in Bruceton Mills, WV.  The CG was so far back in the woods, we had neither data nor cell service.   We decided not to stay there and fortunately, they refunded our camp fee and directed us to Coopers Rock State Campground directly across I-68. There we stayed in site 11 for $20.70. Although this park was also in the woods and pretty rustic, we were able to get cell and data and picked up a couple of TV channels.  The bathrooms were old and needed work, but if needed we would stay here again.  It was 5:30 pm by the time we got set up.  Today we drove 229.8 miles.

September 23, 2014. Tuesday: We left Coopers Rock at 10:00 am and got gas at Myervile for $3.399/gal.   I-68 through WV was very hilly and the trees were beginning to turn color at the higher altitudes.  We arrived at Patapsco Valley SP close to Ellicott City, MD about 2:00 pm ET.  The entrance to the campground was confusing at first.  We were assigned site 408 for our six day stay.  We paid 27.60/day or $182.60 total. The campground is set in the woods and very pretty.  We had a water/electric site.  Since we were so close to Baltimore we got great TV reception on dozens of channels.  Lots of shopping nearby for basic needs and tonight we ate at Kelsey’s Irish Pub.  This state park is only 20 to 30 minutes from Ann, Katie and Butch so it is a great central location when we bring the RV back to the area.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

2014 September Montana to Basalt, Colorado

September 2, 2014. Tuesday: We decided to stay two more days here in Basalt. We met our friends, Gerald and Charlotte, for lunch at the Outpost Restaurant.  Then drove to Mammoth park entrance at Gardiner, MT.  We took pictures of a herd of elk there and the Roosevelt arch at the north entrance.  On the way we took pictures of an osprey that was occupying an abandoned nest where we had seen eagles several years ago.  Also, found a large bull elk on Riverside Drive next to the Madison River.  We then headed back to the camper.  

September 3, 2014. Wednesday; Moved to site 243 for two days.  We headed to “Old Faithful” about 10:30 am and stopped at every tourist spot along the way. When we finally arrived we had to wait for Old Faithful to erupt at about 1:40.  It was well worth the wait.  The eruptions occur about every 90 minutes give or take 10. We ate lunch in the Old Faithful Hotel dining room and then visited two of the gift shops at the site. On the way home we stopped so Ed could fly fish in the Firehole River.  He caught a 6 inch Brook Trout after a few minutes effort.  Since this was the only time he fished with his one week license, Ed likes to refer to it as his $25 fish.  Close to Riverside Drive along the Madison traffic proved another wildlife sighting.  Jeanne got out of the car with her handy Canon G-16 and found that all of the attention was focused on yet another bull elk.  We arrived home about 7:15 pm.  All of our park trips have been very long.  It was a very cold tonight.

September 4, 2014. Thursday: 28 degrees this morning. Water was frozen but not solid.   Today we did the wash, checked engines and tires on LD and jeep.  Then we biked into West Yellowstone to browse and shop, buying some presents for grandkids.  Returned about 6 pm. We expect very low temperatures again tonight.

September 5, 2014. Friday: Up at 7:15 am. It was cold and difficult to sleep for both of us.  We awakened to 25⁰ temperature with frozen water hose.  We left the Grizzly CG at 11:00 am stopped for gas heading to our campground in Provo, Utah.  Great drive on route 20 out of Montana and into Idaho.  Then on I-15 for the rest of the trip.  Jeanne took over driving with about 130 miles left and we hit into Salt Lake City traffic on a Friday afternoon.  Took us at least 1½ hours to go 45 to 50 miles.  Salt Lake and its adjoining towns are so spread out and I-15 was in gridlock.  We left the interstate at exit 265 headed toward the campground at Utah Lake SP.  The CG is on the lake. We arrived at 6:20 pm after being on the road 7 hr and 10 min, 353.5 miles today.  We stayed in site B-02 for $25.  All sites have only electric and water.  What a welcome spot to relax.  The park has a wonderful view of the mountains and has 2 boat ramps, boat storage facilities and a store.  Each site has a table under a pavilion.  The bathrooms were clean and fairly new with separate shower rooms.  Good local TV channels.  Would definitely return provided we plan better to avoid rush hour in Salt Lake.  This was a dramatic change in temperature and altitude from West Yellowstone.  We have our air conditioner running instead of our heater. 

September 6, 2014. Saturday: Temperature 57⁰ this morning. Alabama and Penn State football games today that we will not get a chance to see.  Off to Basalt, Colorado to meet up with  John Watkins to look at a restored camper.  Left at 9:00 am.  Gas at a Philips 66 in Provo, UT. was $3.619. We passed the “Young Living” headquarters south of Provo where Jeanne gets her essential oils.  Any other time, we would stop and take the tour.  We took I-15 to US 6.  This is a beautiful, scenic drive that we would recommend to everyone.  Could not capture the scenery with a camera.  US 6 followed the railroad tracks and the river from Provo to I-70.  I-70 was also very scenic where we were surrounded by the beauty of high peaks.  This was very different from the previous route.  At Parachute, CO we stopped for gas at a Shell station, $3.759/gal.  We arrived at the Aspen Basalt Campground around 3:30 pm. We met John Watkins and Dennis Bracegirdle at DJ Custom Restorations to look at their completed Scotty Hylander travel trailer.  We also looked at a 1957 Aljo that was restored to a point where a buyer could make final decisions about utilities and furnishings.  We stopped at El Karita’s for chicken fajitas and margaritas, a recommendation from Dennis.  There were four restaurants next to each other and across from Whole Foods in a very upscale area of Basalt.  We will try to make a decision about the camper tomorrow.

Monday, September 1, 2014

2014 August Bozeman to Big Sky to Yellowstone NP

August 20, 2014. Wednesday:  56 degrees inside the LD when we awakened.  I was up at 6:30 am.  We went to Bozeman to find a tea steeper, bought some "sisters on the fly" stuff and had lunch.  Jim and Bev Moore, other LD owners came over for wine.  Very cold tonight.

Jim and Bev Moore, fellow LD owners
August 21, 1014. Thursday: We both slept in.  It was 56 degrees outside when we awakened at 9:30 am. Ed washed the RV and car while Jeanne cleaned the inside of LD.  With some great urging from Jeanne, Ed accepted the ice water ALS challenge.  So already cold and wet from washing LD and Jeep, Jeanne got me a container of ice water.  Ed accepted the ALS challenge from Katie, Dylan and Alex and then challenged Ann, Megan, Beth and Butch.   Jeanne videoed while Ed dumped the ice over his head and posted the event on Facebook.   We then returned to Bozeman to shop and lunch at MacKenzie River Pizza.  Returned to do laundry at the campground and ate leftover pizza for dinner.

August 22, 2014. Friday: Time to leave Bozeman and head to the Big Sky area.  Left the Sunrise CG and went to Costco to buy a new Garmin (our old one died) and on to Target to buy groceries.  Left Bozeman at 2:00 pm MT and arrived at the Red Cliff National Forest CG about 3:30 PM.  Heavy rainstorm.  We were pleasantly surprised by this pretty CG next to the Galatin River.  Thank you, Mike Coachman for this CG recommendation on your blog.   We had site 05 reserved from August 22 and departing August 28.  Cost for these 6 nights with electric only (with senior discount) was $81.    We stayed in this evening to catch up on our blogging.  Temperature at 5:30 pm was 46 degrees.  Brrr.  We will stay in tonight.  We plan to spend a few days with Bob and Ginger Kreisberg in Big Sky.  We are about 5 miles south of the road to Big Sky on Rt. 191.

August 23, 2014. Saturday: Arrived at Bob and Gingers about 11:15 am for lunch at their house. The house is beautifully decorated with mostly a cabin theme.  It is very warm and welcoming with lots of beautiful western art work.  Also contained much of Ginger’s furnishings from her Mobile house and bay house. 

Bob was recovering from his knee replacement and now dealing with a broken left wrist.  He attends therapy in Big Sky daily.  Ginger gave us a driving tour of Base Camp at the base of Lone Mountain ski area.  Tonight we had dinner at “Buck’s T Four”, a very nice western atmosphere with wonderful food.  Ed had the prime rib which was so big, it could have been split four ways.
August 24, 2014. Sunday:  Ginger served pancakes and applewood bacon for breakfast.  After, we rode to the Lodge at Lone Mountain where we took lots of pictures.  This evening Ed cooked salmon with salad and baked potatoes.  As usual, it was wonderful.

Pancake Breakfast

Ginger under a snowy Lone Peak

Making friends at the lodge

Entrance to Moonlight Basin

Cutest Bear Proof Trash Can

Our hosts, Bob and Ginger

Setting sun at Big Sky

August 25, 2014. Monday:  We went to the RV to check on Sassy and get some more clothes while Bob went to therapy.  Late morning we all rode north about 30 miles to the “Coffee Pot” near four corners for lunch.  This is also the location of “Mountain Arts,” a well known local place for great pottery.  On the way back Bob showed us the gravel road that went through Ted Turner’s Flying D Ranch.  This road remains public because it led to a campground.  It was 9 miles of some of the most beautiful land we have ever seen.  Everywhere we looked the scenery was breathtaking.  Hard to believe someone owned all of this.  Jeanne Googled Ted  Turner and discovered that the ranch we had driven through was 113,000+ acres and one of four buffalo ranches he owns in Montana.  In addition, he has ranches in several other states and Argentina.  He is the second largest land owner in the US. 

The Coffee Pot for Lunch

Entrance to Ted Turner's Flying D Ranch near Bozeman

The Beauty

August 27, 2014. Wednesday: Jeanne went for a pedicure.  Afterwards we went to the RV and stopped at a couple of outfitters on the way back. We went for a hike on the trail behind Bob’s house which was great as we were going down, but to get back uphill was difficult because we are not used to the altitude here.  We did our wash in anticipation of leaving Big Sky, then went to the weekly Big Sky market.  Lots of great stuff by local artists.  We bought a small table for Jeanne’s camper trailer (which she hasn't bought yet) from Distinctive Reclaimed Wood Furniture for $155.  We had dinner with Bob and Ginger at Olive B's.  It was a wonderful dinner and we highly recommend it if you are in the Big Sky area.  We said our goodbyes and stayed the night in our LD at Red Cliff Campground.  Our cat Sassy was VERY excited to see us!

Site 05 at Red Cliff Campground, near Big Sky

Hiking Big Sky

August 28, 2014. Thursday:  It was very cold during the night.  We had our heat on and it felt great.   Jeanne forgot her tea at Bob’s and drove back to get it and buy milk in the Village.  We left Red Cliff and arrived at Fishing Bridge Campground in about three hours.  We secured a site at Fishing Bridge with an open southern sky to accommodate satellite for the PSU-UCF game that was played in Ireland and televised at 6:30 am on Saturday morning.  We had already reserved 6 nights for $325.92.  Also, bought a 7 day park fishing license for $25.  We hung out at the Lake Hotel for a wine and then home for hamburgers on the grill and baked potatoes.
Finally made it!

Yellowstone River

Fishing Bridge, cell service, but no data service

Lake Hotel Touring Wagon

No fishing from Fishing Bridge!!

August 29, 2014. Friday: It rained most of the night. We caught up on some blog notes early morning and then decided to take a long drive to Cooke City.  It took about 8 hours to drive from Fishing Bridge to Cook City with all the stops for pictures.  We arrived back at the LD at 6:30 pm.   Jeanne numbered a Yellowstone map with our stops:  1. LeHardys Rapids, 2. Big Bull Elk in the forest, 3. Mud Volcano, 4. Hayden Valley, 5. Buffalo herd, 6. Upper Falls, 7. Lower Falls, 8. More scenery pictures, 9. Tower Falls, 10. Slough Creek,  11. Buffaloes crossing the road in Lamar Valley,  12. Lamar Valley, 13. Cooke City.  We ate at “Buns N Bed Deli and Cabin” owned by a guy from Pittsburgh who was a huge Steelers fan. They advertised bar-b-que which meant they were cooked on a grill.  Nothing like what we imagine when we think of bar-b-que!!  14. Lamar Valley on return trip, 15. Scenery pictures same location as 8, 16.  The light was so different coming back making the valleys look very different and beautiful.  We just happened up on a double rainbow at Dunraven Pass that Jeanne uploaded to Facebook.  Lots of response.

LeHardy Rapids

Bull Elk

Mud Volcano

This guy was posing for us


Lower Falls

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Tower Falls

Love the Cowgirls!!

Everywhere we looked, it was this kind of beautiful

Lunch spot in Cooke City, Montana

Ed looking for a bear, didn't see one...yet.

Double Rainbow at Dunraven Pass

Double Rainbow and an wild animal

August 30, 2014. Saturday:  Ed awakened by his friend Glenn from Florida calling about the PSU-UCF game in Dublin, Ireland.  The game started @ 1:30 pm Dublin time and was broadcast starting at 6:30 am where we were. Fortunately, Ed was able to see the entire game which PSU won 26-24.  Then we jumped in the car and drove two hours to Cody, WY.  It was raining and overcast coming and going. About 80 miles each way. Ate late lunch at the Millstone Pizza Company and Brewery hoping to catch the Alabama West Virginia game, but it was blacked out there. Then we toured the famous “Buffalo Bill Center of the West.”  The museum had been renovated and some of the changes didn’t appeal to us but it has just about everything western you can imagine. We were there for only 2 hours and could have a used a day to see it all.  We returned, ate leftover pizza and watch part of the LSU-Wisconsin game before bed.  Can you tell we are football fans???
Hailstorm in the mountains

Cody Museum

Ed wanted to spend the night here

Some of Jeanne's ancestors

Rough riding??


Good thing we had our Senior Pass.  No charge for us!!

Dramatic shelf cloud over Lake Yellowstone
 August 31, 2014. Sunday:  It rained all night and is still raining this morning.  Since we have no internet in the park, we drove to the Lake Lodge to buy some internet there.  The only signal is in their lobby so we stayed there and caught up on our blog, check e-mail, Facebook, etc.  Bought 3 days of internet.  

September 1, 2014.  Monday:  Today is Ed's birthday.  We decided to leave Fishing Bridge two days early because we got so much rain there and at our campsite we were virtually sitting in a mud puddle.  So we made reservations at the Grizzly Campground (recommended by our friends Frank and Kay King) in West Yellowstone.  It was only a few dollars more than Fishing Bridge and when we got there the sun was shining!!  Also, free WiFi and cable TV.  We were happy campers!  We are planning dinner out tonight to celebrate Ed's birthday.  Our friends from Louisiana are here work-camping, Gerald and Charlotte.  We will ask them where to go for dinner.

This ... versus.......
We think we made a good choice!!  
Happy birthday Ed!!


Monday, August 11, 2014

2014 August Birmingham, AL to Bozeman, MT

August 3, 2013. Sunday: We are finally on our way!!! We just had our RV roof sealed again, a new HD 26 inch Jensen 12 volt TV installed, and replaced our black and grey tank valves.  We were hot to trot to get out of Birmingham and on to our adventure out West. After checking our new TV’s reception, jeep in tow, we started our adventure with a starting mileage of 70,774.0.  We arrive at Whitten COE campground in Fulton, MS.  We stopped here once before with our friends, Bob and Marilyn Ludwig in 2011 and really liked it.  We had a pull-through site #8 near the water.  $12 with the senior pass.  It was a very relaxing evening, watching the sunset.  We drove 130 miles today.

We take shifts driving so we don't tire out!!

Our first stop.

This was the view from our campsite.

What a way to end the first day of our adventure!
August 4, 2014. Monday:   We departed at 10 am and arrived at 2:35pm at Lake Charles State Park in Powhaton, AR.  Mileage was 80,137.6. We had a pull-through site number 84 with water, sewer, and electric for $24.86 with a senior discount. This park is out of the way on AR route 25 south of route 63, but very beautiful. The actual address is 3705 Highway 25, Powhaton, AK 72458 (870-878-6595).  We drove 233 miles today.

We got a nice paved pull-through.

Our campsite was very near the water.  Ed grilled chicken!  Tasty!!
August 5, 2014. Tuesday: We left Lake Charles State Park at 12 noon. We had lunch at the Country Cottage in Thayer, MO.  We recommend it if you are in the area. At Thayer, we took Rt. 19 North.  It was narrow, hilly and windy.  We took US 60 at Winona east toward Van Buren.  Rt. 60 is a 4 lane, 65 mph highway. We stopped on Rt. 60 for almost 30 minutes to discuss what we were going to do in way of a campground, since we believed there wouldn’t be any Wi-Fi connection at our planned next stop, a National Park campground called Big Spring.   We then took Rt. 103 toward the Big Spring.  We stayed at site 220 for two nights in the only loop with electricity.  With our “Senior Pass” the cost was $17.  The park is located in the Ozark National Scenic Waterway.  Although the signal was weak, we did have some Wi-Fi and phone service.

This is what Route 19 looks like.  A little hilly!

Lots of deer at this campground!

August 6, 2014. Wednesday: Missouri Ozarks:  We drove to Van Buren and had barbeque for lunch. Ed lost the screw that holds the lens in his frames, so we picked up a repair kit at the local drug store.  The towns in this Ozark area are very small.  Except for an occasional McDonald’s, all of the stores are local.  We traveled on route D, 21 and 106 and found a lot of barns for Jeanne to photograph. Note that the county roads in Missouri mostly have lettered routes rather than numbers. We then drove a four mile gravel road down to the great Blue Spring.  We’ve never seen anything like this. The spring just rises out of the rock and the pool at its origin is as deep as the Statue of Liberty is tall.  We continued our back roads adventure to Rocky Falls which at this time of the year was just a stream tumbling over the rock ledges.  Several adults and kids were climbing the rocks of the falls as well as swimming in the pool below the falls. It rained this evening and we microwaved soup for dinner.

The barns on D were spectacular.  The following barns were not all on D, but on our scenic route.

It was a little overcast, but mostly beautiful.

Jeanne loves to photograph barns.  Don't know how old they were, but they were OLD.

Love this one.

This was just a hay barn but we loved it just the same.

Suitable for framing.

August 7, 2014. Thursday:  We left Big Spring in the RV at 10:30 am headed for Alley Mills taking rt. 60, then 19 north to Eminence and then 106 west. The mill is in a really pretty setting adjacent to another natural spring and stream.  The mill building is original, newly painted bright red and is under renovation. We took several pictures and moved on.  Stopped for gas in Houston, MO. We had to visit the Camping World outside of Columbia, MO to buy a table and campground book.  Thought maybe we could stay overnight there but they did not have space available so drove on to Cottonwood Campground north of I-70 at Columbia on rt. 63.  It is a very nice campground.  We stayed here on a previous trip out west.  Charge was $36/night.  Also bought 6 gal of propane.

Alley Mills.  It was a beautiful setting.

August 8, 2014. Friday:  We left Cottonwood CG traveling on I-70 at 9:00 am., stopped for gas near Kansas City and traveled across I-70 and I-29 north to Nebraska City where we caught route 2 to Lincoln, NB, which became route 77 leading I-80 west. We had originally planned to stay at the Pawnee State Park, which sounded very nice with electrical hook-ups only.  When we called that morning, they only had 4 sites with electricity left the night before and didn’t know how many had come in overnight.  Jeanne had discovered a community park in the very small town of Beaver Crossing.  So we drove past Pawnee and went on to Beaver Crossing. Jeanne read that this town had a donation-only town park.  She also read that it had been devastated by a tornado and this was obvious as we drove in as rebuilding was going on everywhere.  The large brick school was completely destroyed. The park itself was pretty bad and the town had seen better times.  We decided to move on to the Double Nickel Campground in York, Nebraska at exit 360 just next to I-80.  This CG was recently purchased by a young couple from California.  We had a full hook-up site without cable for $32.23. A nice view across fields and we did not hear any highway traffic. Although this campground is in the “middle of nowhere” and needed some renovation, it was very nice and the bathrooms were clean, so we would stay here again.

We spent 7 hours on the road today, arrived at 4 pm. Tonight was a frozen dinner for Jeanne, a peanut butter loaded Fiber One Bar for Ed and a bottle of wine. Jeanne was having a really tough time tonight missing her mother.  She is still grieving from her loss of her mother last November.

August 9, 2014. Saturday: It rained throughout the night.  Ed left our chairs out (someone please remind him to put away the chairs each night) and they were soaked.  When we woke, we found an overcast, wet morning with a predicted 90% chance of rain for the day. We dumped tanks, cleaned up RV, made and big breakfast of eggs, bacon and muffins and even took showers.  We left at 12:45 pm for Ogallala SRA.  We stopped for gas in Grand Island, NE and changed our destination en route to the Cabela CG in Sidney, NE. They were pretty full so we took site 30, an electric only site.   We arrived at 5:30 pm MT.  We drove 300.8 miles.  A huge rain storm swept through the CG around 6:30 pm MT. Campground fee was $22.78.  The site was narrow and all on gravel with a good southern sky for the DirecTV.  We parked next to two huge toy haulers pulled by long buses returning from Sturgis.  They were headed home to OK.  The owners, our new friends, Eric and Lynn Pittman, opened the haulers to reveal very expensive bikes costing upwards of $80,000.  Wow, never saw anything so fancy. 

The Platt River Arch on I-80 in Nebraska

This was a horrible accident on I-80.  An 18 wheeler turned over.

Nebraska sky.

Sunset in Sidney NE.

The campground at Sidney Cabela's is level and all gravel.  Very nice.

$80,000 bike.  Customized.  Very nice.

Our new friends are Lynn (second from the left) and Eric (middle) Pittman.  Their friend Shawn is on the left.  And Shawn's mom and dad on the right.  They had a great time in Sturgis, but were headed home in this pic.

August 10, 2014. Sunday:  Nebraska to South Dakota:  We were up about 6:45 am MT to say goodbye to our biker friends.  We walked around the Cabela property and took pictures including the Total Challenge, a massive metal sculpture of two bull elk fighting or rutting.  Cabelas opened at 10 am so we waited and shopped.  Traveled north on 385 stopping for gas in Bridgeport, NE.  We continued our travels on Rt. 26/92 and stopped at Bayard to visit the Chimney Rock National Historic Site Visitors Center.  Although we did not walk out to Chimney Rock we took lots of pictures from the visitors’ center. We have a few brochures on each of the trails represented here: Oregon, California, Mormon and Pony Express all following basically the same route at this location.  We continued onto Gering and stayed at Robidoux Campground site 16 for $27/night.  They were almost full so could not get a pull-through.  This is a beautiful CG.  We stayed here at a few years ago, but had forgotten how nice it is.  Arrived about 4:00 pm.  Tonight was the largest supermoon or perigee moon of 2014. The closest the moon usually gets to earth is about 30,000 miles, but tonight it was 863 miles closer.  This is the closest the moon has been in 20 years. Ed tried to get pictures with the Nikon D-90, but only got one decent picture. The mosquitoes attacked Jeanne tonight and she had welts everywhere.  She had to take a benedryl to settle it down.

Nebraska is so flat.

Love the windmills.

Chimney Rock in Nebraska.

This is a picture of all the trails that went west.  It was fun to see where they veered off from one another.

Chimney Rock was a landmark for the travelers coming west.

A large piece of wood across from the entrance to Chimney Rock.  Reminded us of driftwood.

Sassy loves the cool air of the west.

We love this park and highly recommend it.  It has the greenest grass of any park we have stayed in out here.

The Super Moon.  Shot taken by Ed on his D-90.

August 11, 2014. Monday: Happy 64th birthday to Jeanne. Ed was awakened by the cat and finally crawled out of bed at 5:45 am.  Jeanne slept in.  A chilly 59⁰ in Gering, Nebraska.  Ed figured it was time to check the tire pressure, so while doing so, he could not get a pressure reading on the passenger side inside dually.   He used our pressure pump to put some air in and when he tried to check it again, the extender blew off and all of the air rushed out of the tire.  A local RV repair person recommended driving to a tire store in town.  He said we wouldn’t hurt the tire.  Instead, we called Good Sam’s Emergency Road Service about 10:00 am.  They contacted a local tire service (Nebraskaland Tire, 709 Broadway, Scottsbluff, NE 69361; 308-632-7731) who said they would be there after finishing another job.  Long story short, we did not get the tire repaired and back on the rig until about 4:00 pm.  The cost of dismounting and remounting and stem repair with tax was $159.  Service call comes with Good Sam’s service so we weren't charged for that.  We had to stay another night at Robidoux Campground, but had to move to another site, without cable for $24.

We drove out to the Scott’s Bluff National Monument Visitor Center and drove to the top for great view.  It was amazing.  We stamped our National Park book at the visitor center, then went to Walgreens to pick up Jeanne’s prescription and ended for dinner at the “Steel Grill.”  Fun restaurant, great steaks and wine and beer.  Waitress was Brook Burford, who explained that she and her husband live and work on her father-in-law's feed ranch that currently has 16,000 head of cattle.  They get the cattle as calves, fatten them up and then get paid $1.69 per pound cattle weight, which is the most they have ever been paid.  We thought that if the cattle cost was up, maybe our dinner would cost less, but not so.  Ed had rib eye, Jeanne had New York, both for $26, but worth every penny!!  After a great dinner, we returned to our CG to find a huge orange moon and we took  pictures before bed. 

Very close to Scott's Bluff.

We drove to the top and took some good shots.

It was about 99 degrees that day.  The sun is excruciating in the west, even though the shade temps are not bad.

This is the true Scott's Bluff.  The wagon trains used this as a directional while traveling west.
Ed, leading the team west!!
Dinner at the Steel Grill for Jeanne's birthday.  Lots of fun.

Yes, we were actually on the Oregon Trail!

August 12, 2014. Tuesday:  We were up around 7:00 am and departed the Robidoux Campground around 9:45 MT.  We caught 71N to 26W and 385 N.  We took an unexpected turn off 385 because there was a sign to "CARHENGE".  We didn't know what "CARHENGE" was, but we were willing to drive 5 or 6 miles off the beaten path to find out.  So Carhenge is just what it sounds like.  Cars that remind you of Stone Henge.  It was amazing.  Antique cars coming up out of the ground and stacked on top of one another.  It was awesome.  The grandsons would certainly approve!!  

We then drove through Custer and into the Custer State Park on 16E.  We reserved site 19E in the Stockade North campground of the Custer National Park.  The fee was $25 + a reservation fee of $7.70 + tax = $34.08.  The reservation fee was good for the length of the reservation, one to 14 days. Then when we pulled in to the guard shack we found out there was an additional $15 charge to get into the park that no one had told us about.  We were not happy to hear of this.  That made our rate $49.08 for one night's stay.  The most expensive stay on this trip.  However, we did get to see the park. We decided to drive through park that evening.  We took the 13 mile Needles Highway up through terrific rock formations and some narrow tunnels 8 to 9 feet wide (not suitable for a motorhome!).  Then took  the 15 mile Wildlife Loop Road, where we encountered two large buffalo herds, deer, pronghorn sheep and a small group of burros.  The burros were people friendly and we took pictures of each other with them.  

We stopped for a late dinner at the “Buglin' Bull” restaurant for buffalo burgers, KJ chard and a beer sampling. Downtown displayed several decorated buffalo statues for seemingly some fundraiser.  It was fun photographing them.

Carhenge Car Art located in Alliance Nebraska off US Rt 385.

Jeanne's family owned a Plymouth just like the one above her head!

It seems every road in Montana there is a rail train coming through.  They are beautiful.  We mostly saw open coal cars.

The entrance to Custer State Park in Custer, SD.

Needles Highway in Custer State Park.

No motorhomes allowed!

Cathedral Spires in Custer State Park.

Several very small tunnels on Needles Highway.

Wildlife Loop Road.

Pronghorn are in the sheep family. 

We saw several buffalo herds.  Many buffalo calves.

We decided this baby burro was too big to still be nursing!

Ed wanted to take this one home....

Buffalo were painted all over town.  When we lived in Billings, MT, we had the "Horse of Course" fundraiser to renovate the old Train Depot.

Love this one.

Ed took the Bull by the Horns!!!

Wish we had taken more pics.  They were on every corner in downtown Custer.

This is where we had dinner at the Bugglin' Bull.
August 13, 2014. Wednesday:   We had reservations at the Indian Campground and RV Park in Buffalo, Wy.  This was supposed to be a 3 hour drive.  Our Garmin and iPad sent us on route 16 west.  We left at 11 am.  Jeanne was driving and there was long road construction at 2 places on 16 so that we covered about 40 miles in an hour and half.  Stayed on 16 until Moorcroft, WY, where we had a Subway sandwich before getting on I-90.  Took pictures of the 80 mph signs. Can you believe??  80 mph??

We finally arrived at the CG at 3:30 pm.  We drove 192 miles in 4.5 hours.  That's an average of 43 miles an hour...UGH!  The Indian Campground was very busy so we parked in a site right at the entrance.  We wanted that site because it had a clear southern sky and we wanted to be able to pick up DirecTV.  They let us stay there and we decided on a two night stay to rest up. Cost $78.97 or $39.49/night.  Full hookup and pretty good cable TV.  Couldn’t connect to their Wi-Fi, even though we were parked 50 feet from office. They had some pretty good Indian made silver jewelry there and we bought a necklace and earrings for Jeanne's brother, Jim to give to his wife, Marian.  They had very large and clean showers and rest rooms and a large laundry.  It was one of the nicest, friendliest campground on this trip.  We would definitely stay there again.

The cloud in this one made the photo.

Another train...

Loved all the oil wells along the way.

The Indian Campground was one of the best.  Check it out at rvreviews!

August 14, 2014. Thursday:  Thankful, we are not driving today.  Neither of us slept very well.  We did laundry and walked around the campground a couple of times.  The campground had a rally of women called “Sisters on the fly,” a nationwide membership of five thousand women who restore and travel in their camper trailers, some dating back to the 1950s.  Jeanne took a lot of pictures and fell in love with the concept of a camping getaway with women from all walks of life and  ranging in age from 20s up through 80s.  Most of them at this rally dressed like cowgirls, boots, hats, and lots of denim.  Their RV's decorations had every theme imaginable from Coke Cola to African. There were 74 units at this particular rally and these women liked to visit and party.

We went into the small town of Buffalo with its historic Main Street.  We bought a watch for Kaeden at a local sporting store that sold everything you would ever need for outdoor adventure.  Also toured the Occidental Hotel, the location for writing of the book “The Virginian.”  We walked the town taking pictures and returned to our CG.
We made reservations at the KOA about 4 miles north of Red Lodge, MT.  The distance from Buffalo to Red Lodge was estimated at 224 miles.

Jeanne fell in love with these small, restored camper trailers.  The Sisters on the Fly are a nationwide group.

They started with only two sisters who loved to fly fish and they invited their friends, and they invited theirs.

So as of July, they have a nationwide membership of 5,000+ women.
Jeanne just fell head over heals in love with these warm, friendly women.

So we are headed down to Colorado to see a man about a trailer!

Hey...by the way, don't squat on yer spurs!!

This lady sold aprons.  We bought a "Route 66".

The Occidental Hotel

Ed wants a shave!

The Parlor Room at the Occidental Hotel.

If we had hung around for a couple hours, their would have been live music.

But we were tired and made our way back to the campground!

Ed modeling an apron that Jeanne bought (Route 66).  He looks cuter in it than Jeanne does!
August 15, 2014. Friday:   Up at 7:00 am, 62⁰. Left about 10:00 am, mileage 81644.6 on I-90 toward Billings.  We arrived at the Red Lodge KOA CG about 3:00 pm.  We had driven 219 miles today.  We got a back-in with electric and water for $38.41/ night or $115.25. The CG was busy with kids on the playground and pool.  It needed some updating, although the bathrooms were clean.  We agreed that if we came back to Red Lodge with our LD again, we would probably camp at the Perry RV Park located on the south side of Red Lodge next to Rock Creek, but without any services.   We will plan a little better next time.  

We walked the streets of Red Lodge, bought a few trinkets and a one day Wyoming fishing license that Ed did not get a chance to use. 

Red Lodge

You never know what you might see in Red Lodge!!!

Lots of locally owned shops.  Some stay, some go.  Every time we come it has a different look.

Jeanne has someone in mind for this shirt but Ed wouldn't let her buy it!!

Red Lodge is a ski town, but also gets very busy in the summer.

August 16, 2014. Saturday:  The goal today was to do a hike on the top of the Beartooth Mountains. Packed water, sandwiches, cameras, binoculars, etc.  It was cold today and overcast.  The wind was howling.  We hiked Island Lake.  The book states it is 3 miles in and out, but we must have gone a little farther because Ed's pedometer read a little over 4 miles.  At 9,500 feet, these Alabamians had a hard time catching their breath.  It was a great hike, very pretty.  Because of the wind Ed scraped the idea of fishing, but once on the hike he wished he had taken some equipment.  We saw several people catching trout.  

The whole area and particularly the drive on the Beartooth Highway is breathtaking.  Everywhere you look there is a beautiful picture that cameras cannot capture.  We came down off the mountain and arrived in Red Lodge about 5:45 pm.  We stopped in a restaurant/wine store that Jeanne had seen called the “Bridge Creek Backcountry Kitchen and Wine Bar,” a very popular restaurant.  We didn't have reservations and were lucky to have gotten a table.  The food was good, but a little expensive.  Of course everything in Red Lodge is a little expensive.  By the time we got back to the RV, we were exhausted.  Over 13,000 steps and close to 6 miles of walking today.

Beginning of the Beartooth Highway on the Red Lodge side.

Many motorcycles on the Beartooths.

Ed taking it all in...

Going over the Bearthooth Highway from Red Lodge, you enter Wyoming and the Shoshone National Forest

This could possibly be our Christmas picture!

At the top of the Bearthooths.

Love this one.  So serene.

Jeanne and Ed at the highest point on the pass...almost 11,000 feet!

Some folks enjoying lunch.  It was too windy for us so we ate our lunch in the car.

Beginning of the Island Lake hike out to Night Lake and Becker Lake

Stones and roots will not deter us!!

Lots of humans, dogs, and equine on the trail.

Island Lake in the background.

Ed mulling it over....

It was a beautiful day for a hike!

Lupine in bloom around Night Lake

If you look directly over the second "t" in tooth, you will see a tiny peak.  That is the Bear's Tooth.

As you come back across into Montana, you enter Custer National Forest.

Sunbeams on the Mountain!
August 17, 2014. Sunday:  We made arrangements to meet our friends Ron and Karin Smith for breakfast at CafĂ© Regis in the Old Grocery Store in Red Lodge.   Afterward, we visited with them at their cabin in the Grizzly Peak community near the ski slopes.  We had not been in their cottage before and they gave us the grand tour.  Our friends, the Johnsons, Griffins and others, have a second home here in the woods.  We drove back to the campground a little after 1:00 pm to work on pictures and travelogue.  Tomorrow, maintenance to the RV at Laurel Ford and dinner tomorrow with Billings friends.

Ron Smith.

Karin Smith

The Smiths at their home in Red Lodge.

August 18, 2014. Monday: We dropped the RV off at Laurel Ford around 12:15 pm and headed off to Billings for lunch with Dale and Judy Peterson at BIN 119 on N. Broadway.  It was good to visit with them and we had such a nice lunch.  Downtown Billings has changed some, but still seems like "home" to us.  We then stopped at Cabelas and Sam’s to shop. Laurel Ford could only do a synthetic oil change, but not the tire rotation and front end alignment since their lift could not handle our rig. We ran to Laurel to pick up the RV and check in at the KOA campground at Billings, which was $44.30 for electric and water hook-up.  Pretty pricey for our blood! 

Then off to Bev Gormley’s new home for cocktails before dinner.  Bev lost her husband Tom last year, but is making wonderful progress with the transition.  She has downsized to a smaller home in a wonderful community where she doesn't have to worry about upkeep on the lawn.  It's all done for her.  Her home was absolutely beautiful inside and out.  Wish we had this type of living opportunity in Hoover!  The Smiths, Johnsons and Griffins joined us there for appetizers and cocktails.  David Johnson and Phil Griffin left to play bridge at the Yellowstone Country Club and Smiths left for home. We went to dinner at the Windmill with Bev, Barb and Judy.  It was so wonderful catching up with these lovely and strong women.  What a great evening!
Dale and Judy Peterson, our dear friends from Billings.  They were busy for dinner so they met us for lunch at Bin 119. 
These women are Jeanne's "Sisters of the Heart".  Left to right, Karin Smith, Barb Griffin, Judy Johnson, and Bev Gormley.  While living in Billings from 1995 - 1998, these women and their husbands took us in and made us feel right at home.
August 19, 2014. Tuesday: We left the KOA at 11:30 am and stopped at Costco.  We arrived at the Bozeman Sunrise CG at 3:45 pm.  We had campsite 19 with electric.  This was the only site available for 3 nights $29.92/n X 3 nights =$89.88.  Nice campground, very accessible to downtown.  Both men's and women's bathrooms were renovated and clean.  The campground was very full.  This was the week that freshman at Montana State University arrived for orientation and there was a lot of traffic. We ate at MacKenzie River Pizza (again) and walked the streets of Bozeman.  When we pulled into the Sunrise, we noticed that there was another Lazy Daze RV in the CG, so we went over an introduced ourselves.  They are Jim and Bev Moore from Salt Lake City.  A very nice couple.  We really enjoyed visiting with them and will continue to stay in touch as they are on their way to Glacier.

Billings to Bozeman is a beautiful drive.  See why they call it Big Sky Country?

The Crazies (mountain range).

Legend has it that a woman went mad and went up into the mountains and was never heard of again.

That is why they call this mountain range the Crazies.

Ed wishes he were out there fishing!

Here we are at the family-run Sunrise Campground in Bozeman.  Very nice.

This is one of our favorite places to eat in Bozeman.  Great everything, including pizza.

Love this bench!

Sunset on Bozeman!