We hauled out of the Agility Trial at Deer Park, North of Spokane Early Sunday evening, and decided to take the faster route into Montana via I-90 to the Wamart at Smelterville...
|*Rainy Night at Walmart!*|
Which made for a pretty easy haul and a good if wet night... and... didn't even have to break out the coffee pot in the morning, 'cause there was a lil' stand just up the block on the way back to I-90 :) That was the earliest we've got back on the road when we've been movin' in a long time! ... gettin' lazy in my old age.
But... with the timing of that coffee there... and the need for fuel... that made for the requirement of a stop on the NW side of Missoula for fuel and an outhouse break...
... and, you know what is on the NW side of Missoula? a Harley Dealer! :) but nope... that's not what was important about that.
Now guys... go point out somethin' that'll keep the gals busy while I tell you this... I'll wait...
OK, ya back now? :)
Well, you see, out in the parking lot of that Harley Dealer... is another lil' coffee stand... Soooooo.... since I just dealt with the last coffee, I needed to refill the truck cup, right?
Uh Huh! I shore did!
So... I pull up in that parking lot, get out and walk up to the Walk up window of the coffee hut, 'cause I didn't wanna try and haul the fiver through it... and Oh Lordy! Talk about catchin' an Ol' buster off guard... Whooo Wheeee!
There in the hut was this lil' gal...servin' up the coffee... and I sure hope she don't mind the cold, 'cause this winter, she'll have some difficulty stayin' warm... with the lil' bit those pink dainties still had covered up!
... almost makes a feller wanna run back a hundred miles or three... for another cup!!! :)
But... had many miles to roll, so with a heavy heart :) ... I pushed south, bound for the Indian trees near Sula, where we'd spent much of the month of June. Used that camp for a Nite camp and crossed Chief Joseph pass in the morning, bound for Ennis and points south.
Took the trail that runs up through the Mining towns of Nevada City and Virginia city.
Now.. Ya gotta be careful, as you walk 'round Nevada City... 'cause, now-a-days, it's sorta the city that wasn't. The location is where it was, and I guess some of the buildings sitting there now.. were there then... back in those boomin' days...
But... mostly, back about 1959, it became a repository for a collection of "historical" buildings from all over the state of Montana...
|*This Ol' Train has seen better days!*|
|*of no use for a Chrome Dome like me*|
|*Heading for Virginia City*|
|*Virginia City Posies*|
It might could give a person a feel for towns of that time, the buildings are real... but... this one isn't exactly a "Real" ghost town... just sayin'.
The place was pretty high class I guess. How many other Hotels can boast a Two Story Out house? :)
|*Only the Best for the Upper Crust! A two story outhouse!*|
...and in season, as you're travlin' through, if you're doin' a circle without a rig... you can still rent cabins there too...
|*Nevada City Rental Cabin*|
But... watch out for the grifters, lowlifes, and highwaymen around...
Never know what kind of piker you'll run in to... so be careful! :)
We dawdled in Nevada City and Virginia City long enough we only got to a rest area on the Madison River, a ways south of Ennis... which made a nice nite camp and allowed an early roll the next morning... that took us on in to West Yellowstone for breakfast, at our favorite lil' Cafe... in our favorite lil' town.
Don't know why really... but for some reason... we really Like "West"...
Made for a short haul day, 'cause we found a roost for several days at the Madison Camp inside the park... juuuuust by the skin of our teeth... It's unusually busy this late in the season this year...
And... as we unhitched... a rather disheartening discovery was made... ooooooffffffff... I am REALLY gettin' to hate the taste of Crow Feathers!!!
But... that's a story for another day... so you'll have to come back! ;)
Digesting Crow... Maybe... and Sunnin' in Yellowstone...
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