Sunday, June 23, 2013

Day 10 - Gillette, WY - Three Forks, MT

Day 10 - Gillette, WY - Three Forks, MT


Today's adventures started with rain and it continued most of the day. As we were leaving we saw this metal sculture to bid us on our way.

These Yucca plants are all over the grassy plains.

Our first stop was at Little Big Horn National Battlefield, Garyowen, MT. I have been here several times and each time it is just as interesting. I watched the introductory movie and then we took a driving tour of the battlefield. There was a personal reenactment going on but I could only see very little from the car, as the Park Rangers would not let us stop or get out of our vehicles.

We had lunch and then we were off to Big Horn Canyon National Recreation Area, in Fort Smith, MT. It was a beautiful ride to the area and the area was absolutely gorgeous. The Yellowtail Dam is there as well. The informational movie about the area was stunning. The area is way out of the way, but I think that is why it is so pristine and beautiful. I am going to have to come back to this area and spend some time.
Then we traveled the back roads through the Crow Indian Reservation and finally stopped in Laurel, MT for dinner. We had pizza and wings. It was quite good.
We could finally see the snow capped mountains of Montana. What a beautiful sight,
Since tomorrow's schedule is a little tight we decided to drive a little closer to our first stop in the morning and thought we would stop in Bozeman for the night. Well, to make a very long story short. That was a no-go. I didn't realize how close Bozeman is to Yellowstone National Park. All of the hotels in Bozeman were we got back on the road and found a wonderful room in Three Forks, MT at the Historic Lewis & Clark Inn. It was a great find. It is also just around the corner from the Broken Spur Motel, where I stayed on the Cross Country Ride.
Tomorrow we are off to Big Hole National Battlefield and Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, before we tag up with Jeff & Sue M. from the 2011 Cross Country Ride in Helena, MT for the evening. Then it is off to Missoula, MT to meet up with Miriam for our Idaho adventure.

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