Back In Montana

OOPS–I had my “falls” wrong–the Cowboy pointed out Twin Falls is the navigation pain, not Idaho Falls!!  Should have used the map when writing this blog!

Not quite all the way up the Boulder but back in Montana all the same.Montana has new state welcome signs–you can hardly read the “Montana”–wonder who created that one??

Although we tried to be quiet, starting a diesel engine ended that idea –Thursday morning at 5:30am the wheels were rolling–the Cowboy wanted to try and get to cooler country by days end.  He drove and drove–600 miles which put us near Wells, Nevada.  In 2008 when we owned a big Ford dually pickup and 34 foot 5th wheel we boondocked on BLM land just south of Wells, Nevada one cold night in late April.  So, we tried that same spot again–we won’t do that with this rig again!!–The Cowboy had a difficult time maneuvering this loooong rig into that same spot but he persevered!  We had a wonderfully quiet, restful, cooler night–no noisy air conditioner running all night.

 The view from our rig Thursday night

 What is this thing??

Once we were through Las Vegas it was smooth sailing–excellent roads, little traffic–easy driving up through Nevada.

 Today our biggest city was Twin Falls and as always it was a pain to navigate–they need a bypass but with only two bridges spanning the Snake River that might be a long time coming.  Check out John and Pam’s blog for some photos of one of those bridges–some people get to sight see when traveling! 😉

We like to travel the back roads but today we decided to try the freeway I–84 out of Twin Falls then I-15–busy, poor road conditions, construction–maybe we should stick to the back roads!!  We started later this morning than the Cowboy likes–we dawdled–and by mid afternoon it was obvious if we made it up the Boulder today we would be driving it in the dark. So, we called the only RV park we really don’t mind using which is located in Dillon, Montana–Southside RV Park–and yes they had room as always for our 70 foot rig.  Quiet, very clean, lots of green grass and trees–we don’t mind staying here and it’s an easy 3 hour drive to home.  Plus Pizza Hut delivers!  And this park is full tonight with snowbirds heading north!

The Cowboy is outside washing millions of suicidal bugs off our windshield. Emmi likes to ride up high so she can see–

And I am writing a blog.  We will stop to visit Nat tomorrow on our way up the Boulder.  I’ve had our internet/telephone reactivated but that doesn’t always mean it will be working–so if no blog appears, you will know why.


22 thoughts on “Back In Montana

  1. I usually go through Idaho Falls and surrounding area early, early in the morning before the morning rush hour but I still figure everyone in Idaho Falls works in Pocatello and vica versa. That highway is always bumper to bumper. Surprisingly so, because north and south of the section between those two cities it is usually quite empty.


  2. That was a horned lizard you have a picture of, used to have them where I live but they have all disappeared. They are also called horned toads, don’t know why.
    Wonder if you will have snow up on the Boulder, good luck!


    1. We might have snow drifts in shaded spots but it should be about 80 degrees there tomorrow!! A heat wave! Thanks for the critter identification–I was pretty sure it was a horned toad–he startled me!


      1. Here in the Okla. Panhandle, there is a small town on Hwy 54 called Hooker. The Hooker Horny Toads is their team name. We have plenty of the little critters in this country. Have a safe trip on home.


  3. The Horned Toads would eat those big red ants. As a child I use to watch them sit in the middle of a red ant bed and eat. With people killing the red ants it eliminated the horned toads too. So sad!


  4. Glad you made it back to Montana safely. One more sleep and you’ll be home. I did not notice “Montana” on that sign until I read your writing and really had to look for it hard. Sleep well.


  5. We always stayed outside of Dillom at an abandoned weigh station which is a large paved area. We cut through to Twin Bridges from Dillon. It was one of our favorite drives.


    1. That’s our exact route Bev and next time we are near Dillon we will use that same abandoned weigh station–if we are going to be awake due to traffic we might as well be awake for free and not $39!


  6. 600 Miles!?..I don’t know how he does it..My brother and I drove 7hrs to Boise to see UP 844..Steam Locomotive last week….In my Silverado..not my motorhome.
    I think I’m a few years younger…What are you feeding him?..:+)
    Good to be home isn’t it?


  7. I just wanted to add that the horned lizard is also called a horned toad or horned frog. We have them here in Texas. They can shoot blood out of their eyes at a predator!


  8. 200 miles is a long day for us 😉 I like that photo of the horny toad… haven’t seen one in a long time. I, too, didn’t see the “Montana” until you pointed it out. Looks like the State line is right on the Continental Divide?


    1. Lots of our RVing friends only drive 200 or so miles per day–we’ve just never done it–400 miles is a short day for us! :)) And yes, the Montana state line right at that point is on the Continental Divide.


  9. I’d never be able to stand up after 600 miles in the driver’s seat, but I know Michael likes to “get there”. Glad it was a nice trip, even with the busy-ness of getting through the cities. Nat will be so glad to see you guys.


    1. I get up and walk around even though I know I shouldn’t otherwise I might not be able to walk after sitting for 600 miles. We do stop about every 2 hours, get out, let Emmi chase a ball and stretch our legs.


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