Monthly Archives: July 2018

Glacier National Park, MT

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No hiking today at Logan Pass, the highest point on the Going to the Sun Road.

We left Steve and Diana at Lewis and Clark and traveled together with David and Dottie to West Glacier where we met up with the third leg of our little convoy, David’s brother Bill and his wife Connie.  We will now all travel together,  with David and Bill going all the way up and around Alaska and us not sure how far we’ll go.  We’ve been to Alaska 3 times before so we don’t want to drive all that way, but we will go to northern BC and probably the Yukon, so that I can see the homestead where I was raised as a young girl and haven’t seen since I was 15.

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Lewis and Clark Caverns SP, MT

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We’re heading north but first a stop at Lewis and Clark Caverns SP near Bozeman, MT.  Here we met up with our friends from Florida, Steve and Diana who are in Montana for the summer and Leonard’s cousin David and wife Dottie, whom we will be traveling with this summer.

We thought we would be smart and tour the caves early in the day since the tour involves a strenuous 3/4 mile uphill hike to the cave entrance and it was quite hot.    You must be able to get there in 1/2 hr or you won’t be allowed to go on the tour and you can’t go unescorted.  We were about to pay for our tickets when tragedy struck, a phone call from a frantic guide at the top reporting a medical emergency.    We saw it all unfold before our eyes, a person had a heart attack at the top and there was no way to get up there quickly, only walking.  An EMT who happened to be there went up and tried to help and eventually an ambulance arrived and they walked with their gear and a stretcher up the hill.   Then they all slowly started walking back down the hill with the body on the stretcher.  It was all very sad.  But did that deter us, no way.  So instead of being able to hike in the cool of the morning we chose to go up in the hottest part of the afternoon.  (Whose idea was that?)  But we did it and survived to tell about it! Continue reading

Virginia City and Nevada City, MT

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Ennis RV Village

After leaving Warren Bridge we met up with friends Audrey and Ken whom we met last year while camping in Grand Teton NP.  They are now summer residents in the cute little town of Ennis, MT on the west side of Yellowstone.  It was great to get caught up on travels adventures over the past year and they showed us around the region including a trip up to the nearby historic towns of Virginia City and Nevada City.  Virginia City, the former Montana state capital,  has been designated a National Historic Landmark District, and was as a gold rush boom town.   Many of the original structures remain and are open for viewing.  Nevada City, only a few miles away retains some of its original buildings but over 108 others have been moved to the area from nearby, creating a large outdoor living history museum. Continue reading