I’m sure everyone, everywhere has heard enough complaints about the hot weather but that’s the way it goes. We have a friend, Phyllis, and her husband Greg who are avid snowmobile riders–they LOVE winter. Phyllis keeps posting little quotes and photos on Facebook about “wish it was winter” or “I’m ready for snow” and while no one is really ready for snow, cooler temps and less smoke would be wonderful! The mountains to our west are totally obscured by smoke today and we can smell the smoke–there are several huge fires burning in Montana.
Friday morning we decided a truck tour was in order and we bounced out over the 16 miles of rough roads to the highway. Lunch in Jackson, Montana was first on the list then we made the tour around the Pioneer Mountains National Scenic Byway. Gorgeous country, beautiful campgrounds and perfect temps. We ended our tour at the Big Hole National Battlefield where in 1877 sixty to ninety Nez Perce tribe members–men, women and children–were killed by the US military under the command of Colonel John Gibbon. Unfortunately we were running late and the visitors center was closed. We did walk out onto the deck overlooking the area where the Nez Perce were camped and attacked.
The area circled notes the Nez Perce camp.
On Thursday afternoon our little seventeen site campground begin to fill and by Friday evening it was packed! We had an end site so we only had one neighbor–a family with two children and two dogs–one an adorable puppy named Otis who kept escaping. He had the biggest, floppiest ears!
Saturday morning we launched the kayak again, the lake was calm with lots of people out enjoying the beautiful day.
Saturday afternoon we decided to make another run up to Ajax Lake in the CanAm. It was just as gorgeous on Saturday as it was on Wednesday!
This photo and the one with Emmi were taken high above the lake–we enjoyed our lunch at this spot on both days.
Back at the campground we made the decision to leave for home on Sunday morning. Waste water tanks were getting full and it was way too far/bumpy to go out of the campground to dump and then return. It was a special week and we enjoyed our time away so much!