Happy Labor Day.
Our campsite near Helena MT in a BLM campground on the Missouri River.
The first pic is looking down on us from the observation point high up
on the road to this site. We are in a new site created just this year high
up at the highest point in the park. On our search to find the perfect
campsite... me thinks this could make the top ten list. We are a
"Big rig looking for a tent experience". Boondocking is what we look for
as we have all the tools to do it. You can too. Life is too short. Retire
early if you can and go for it while you can. We have been doing this for
over ten years and it just gets better. It's not for everyone to be sure,
but for us it is. With a big rig you have to scout (day trips) ahead from
your current site to find where we can land next... to find the perfect
campsite. We don't do RV Parks... We do love Forest Service, BLM, COE.
etc. We use this site The
Ultimate US Public Campground Project to find campgrounds and then
Google Earth to take a look. You can see others who also do this at my
national web site www.hitchitch.com
The view from our campsite. We are high
up overlooking it all.
Drove by this road sign... didn't turn
as it was a dead end. In more ways than one.
It was cold and windy on Saturday so we
stayed in and I read Nick Russell's new ebook Big
Always a great read. Later listened to
Cousin Burcie on Siriusxm radio channel 6 for his 4 hour oldies show, live
Then since it was cold out we had chicken
soup with homemade noodles. Quit time is 10 PM to 7 AM in the campground
but with our battery bank providing power we stayed up and watched Tom
Cruse in War Of The Worlds. No one would have heard our very quite Honda
generator with the wind blowing outside but didn't take the chance since
we were caught with it on at 10:20 the other night. Lost track of time.
A no no.
It's supposed to be nicer today and Labor
Day... About 70° and partly to mostly sunny so we have plans to do
ribs on the grill.
Oh and some good news.... We got our mail
forwarding and in it was a letter and check from the IRS. We had done an
amended 1040 and they agreed with us and we got an additional $1250 refund.
We requested we should not have to pay W-2 Imputed Income for last year.
My formar employer had sent us a W-2 for teh amount that they calimed Terry's
health Ins was vauled at. The IRS agreed we didn't owe any of that tax.
on to Helena MT
We found this campground,
Silo BLM campground just north of Townsend, MT. when we did a day
trip from Red Mountian campground. It looked like a good spot to head to
as all the fishing access sites we found were to small for our rig. But
once we came back to camp it was not as nice as we had thought. The grounds
were a little run down and the lake edge was green from algae. Since we
got here early we didn't even set up, just unhooked the 5er, got in the
truck and scouted ahead for something better. We did find better...
so the next morning we moved on to the below great park we had found
on that afternoon day trip scouting ahead after we landed at Silo.
Moved on to just
east of Helena MT again on the Missouri. In another BLM campground this
time in the highest site in the park with great views. In the quest to
find the perfect site we outdid ourselves. May stay right here through
Labor Day as might not be able to find a site somewhere else later on closer
to Labor Day when the locals swarm to the country for the holiday.
The view from our site looking west. Helena
is behind the hill on the right about 17 miles.
The view from Google Earth of US. We are
at the red dot high on a mound where I can see from this 2011 Google Earth
shot the camp site #48 didn't even exist at that time.
BTW the weather has
turned cold and nasty. Rained for over 24 hours and now they say snow showers
tonight. We are warm and comfy in our 5th wheel trailer just watching the
world go by. We did a run into Helena today (Saturday) for gas for the
generator and a stop at Sportsmans Wharehouse just to look. Their prices
are out of site. Wasn't looking for anything, just getting out of the rain.
A shot of Terry playing
with his new laptop.
The other day his old one just up and
died. Wouldn't boot. Power light comes on but nothing happens. So as soon
as we got here, off to get a new one. Found a great deal on a Asus at Walmart.
The last one they had. SO I spent two days setting it up. The first night
I had to make it revert to factory settings as some of the programs I had
to reistall, as in download, put malware on the machine. It was easier
to start over than to clean out all the junk programs. But now it is set
up and working. He lost his documents but when we find the backup portable
drive I should be able to restore them. Yep we can't find the backup drive.
It has to be here somewhere but in 400 sq feet it's lost. His email
contacts were saaved in the cloud, so not all lost.
Now let me say this about Windows 8. NO
you don't want ot know my thoughts on that. Can't even find "All Programs"
on a Win 8 machine. I installed a workaround program that makes it
look like a Win 7 interface. Now we can have the best of both worlds
Terry dug out the Blue Flame propane heater
and it is keeping us warm. We have it plumbed in so we can connect to the
propane line under the stove
We really like this unit as it doesn't
need power to run and uses very little propane. We put off getting one
for years, but so glad we did now. Just crack a window to give it air.
We never leave it on when going to bed, of course.
Look at Helena MT high 57. Only northern
Alaska is this cold. It was in the mid 40's when we went to town early
UPDATE Sunday morning Aug 24
The weather forcast calls for it to warm up to the mid 80s and be nice
Listening inside the 5er to Cousin Burcie
on Siriusxm radio channel 6 for his 4 hour oldies show, live from NYC right
now as I type
No campfire tonight but it will happen
soon enough me thinks. This weather has to change for the better at least
by the holiday weekend.
Oh and BTW we have a several bars of Verizon
4G unlimited data service along with our Datastorm satellite internet.
And I did get my Virizon billing problems
all corrected. Back with unlimited data and 700 min talk with on
my smart phone and Terrys dumb phone for $113.
That is why right now I'm doing an update
to my main site for fulltime RVers www.hitchitch.com
Next week will do another day trip or
two to check out the fishing access sites further north. Remember
this pic from my last post. So much to explore as now it seems winter is
moving fast here in the northwest. Just kidding... I hope. I remember
last year we got hung up in central Oregon due to weather like we are having
right now. We have places to see and rivers to explore yet.
The numbers are the amount of campsites
at eash site.
We want to continue north up the Missouri
(see map above) but as Terry said while we were in Helena today....
US12 heads out of here toward Missoula
only 117 miles away if we want to escape all this. I don't think we are
ready to say we need to head out this soon from the northwest.
Terry has a couple who he met in Quartszite
who have become mentors over the years. They live in Missoula and don't
travel to Q anymore so when we go through here we like to stay at the Gellystone
RV park (a real treat with power, etc) while he spends time with them.
If we don't cut short our trip we plan to got up toward Great falls and
then down HW200 along the Blackfoot river for more fishing time, which
ends us up in Missoula just a little bit later on. When he will still spend
time whith them. After that slowly heading to Roslyn, WA to visit our good
So as you can see right now it is like
flip a coin to determine our future travels... but that's just like it
should be, Don't Ya think.
Like our tag line.... The restless
urge to see new territory boyond the curve in the road ahead...
campground... yep on the Madison River
This time we landed
at Red Mountain BLM campground again right on the Madison River. At $4
a night w/golden age pass.
To see a map of
where we are at via the Datastorm Users Group click on We
As in our routine since we are "A big rig
looking for a tent experience" we take a day trip to scout ahead to find
campgrunds we can fit into and not have to back out of. That's no fun I
can assure you.
So up from the south
on the map on US 287 to Fairwearther and York's Islands which are MT fishing
cacaos sites with camping. But they were way to small and no sum for our
solar. To get to Fairweather we had to go up a dead road on the east side
of the river. A long way to go to discover the site sucked. Then back track
to Three Forks and go back on US 287 Three Forks is where the Jefferson,
Madison, and Gallatin rivers all converge to form the start of the Missouri.
So onward we went north. At Townsend is a BLM site right on the Missouri
River. Indian Road CG. Only a few spots and we shall see if it opens up
for sites when we come through with the trailer. So far we had been very
disappointed. Driving in a downpour we went a little further and found
White Earth County campground (center of map below) all right on the lake
and over 70 sites all for $5 w/golden age pass. Look at all the campgrounds
surrounding this lake. The Missouri river flows through here to the north
and out the dam.
In the above map
we will do another day trip check out the sites in the insert box. The
ones with numbers beside them have camping. I have already checked them
out on Google Earth so have an idea what they are like.
It's wheat harvest
time in Montana.
It's Saturday and will enjoy sitting by
the side of the river with a great campfire listening to Cousin Burcie
on Siriusxm radio channel 6 for his 4 hour oldies show, live from NYC.
Terry is baking a loaf of bread in his dutch oven. Going to have Corn Beef
and Cabbage tonight after Terry gets done fishing.
This is what we get to see constantly
floating down the river. Float tubes must be a huge selling item at the
On Sunday another day trip to south of
Boseman to the Hyalite Canyon in Gallatin National Forest and cheek out
Langohr Springs Campground and Hood Creek Campground and lots of boondocking
sites we have been told to go checkout. So another day trip to unexplored
places. What we like to do best. I'll report what we find so stop on back
for my updates.
You can read all about these two campsites
Update on Terry's mom.
If you remember they found a lump in her
lung on a cat scan and did a biopsy and it came back negative. Then a pep
scan also undetermined. Now another biopsy with multiple samples
which they put under scan right away and also came up no cancer. So far
they don't know what it is but will test the samples and try to determine
what is going on. Anyway so far it has all been good news. Another thing
is it has not grown any. She may have had this for a long time and just
not known about it. The did the orig cat scan looking at her heart.
NOW the new biopsy came back again NO
cancer... Whatever is in her lung is abort 31/2 cm and is not growing.
The lung Dr. sez to come back in a couple of months. This is very good
news. She is mostly over her pneumonia which started all this. So she is
feeling good. Dr. sez it might be old scare tissue.
can it be the middle of August already.
After West Yellowstone
we moved on up to Ennis MT to a fishing access site right on the
Madison River named Valley Garden just a few miles northeast of Ennis.
$7 a day for a max of a week with discount for having fishing lic. Went
to a Arts Fair in town and did what we do best relax and meet new campers.
It's tough but sombodys
got to do it.
One afternoon we headed over
to Virginia City
about 15 miles west of Ennis, MT.
SOME FOLKS MADE A FORTUNE HERE.
BUT WHAT THEY LEFT BEHIND WAS PRICELESS.
All of Montana has the deepest pride and
affection for Virginia City. No more colorful pioneer mining camp ever
existed. Dramatic tales of the early days in this vicinity are legion.
Rich placer diggings were discovered in Alder Gulch in the spring of 1863
and the stampede of gold seekers and their parasites was on! Sluices soon
lined the gulch and various "cities" blossomed forth as trading and amusement
centers for free handed miners. Virginia City, the best known of these
and the sole survivor, became the Capitol of the Territory.
The very much alive ghost town, Virginia
City, Montana, is frozen in time. It is a remarkably well preserved old
west Victorian gold mining town just 90 miles west of Yellowstone National
Park. When the gold ran out, there was still enough left so that homes
and businesses were occupied, but there was not enough wealth to remodel
the buildings. So it froze, and now represents the whole Victorian era.
It is the true and original Old West. It is a gem, held within an incredibly
rich area of natural beauty, recreation and history.
They have many old buildings you can peek
I got a kick out of this old Rocky
Mountain Bell Telephone shack. Not sure if it was real or not. That's Terry
in the picture.
A dredge used to dig up and sort rock
Moved down south of Ennis
to BLM campground Ruby Creek again on the Madison River at $4
a night with golden pass.
Yep and got some more firewood. These were
left at another site in the last campground. Terry had to use the chain
saw to cut them in sections. Notice the load in the truck above ready to
My trusty splitter.
We do let him relax a bit from time to
Update on Terrys mom.
If you remember they found a lump in her
lung on a cat scan and did a biopsy and it came back negative. Then a pep
scan also undetermined. Now today another biopsy with multiple samples
which they put under scan right away and also came up no cancer. Will be
sent in for more complete biopsy and will know that result in a couple
of days. So far they don't know what it is but will test the samples and
try to determine what is going on. Anyway so far it has all been good news.
Another thing is it has not grown any. She may have had this for a long
time and just not known about it. The did the orig cat scan looking at
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