Our blog is to keep family and friends informed of our motorhome journeys.
We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
We are looking forward to many happy miles ahead.
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller.

Monday, July 15, 2019

A Day of Touring Heart Mountain,Medicine Wheel and BigHorn Canyon

13 July 2019

It is going to be a long 250 mile journey touring Heart Mountain,Medicine Wheel and Big Horn Canyon traveling into Wyoming and back to Montana.

Our first stop was Heart Mountain in  Powell,Wy on 14-A. From a certain viewpoint on Hwy 114 you can see Heart Mountain and it does look like a heart shaped.

Heart Mountain

Entrance

Photo in Museum of Camp

Camp Layout

Signage


Upon arrival we toured the museum and gallery and viewed the movie. More than 14,000 Japanese Americans were sent here during WW II. The movie, "All we could Carry" tells the story of what it was like in the camp through the words of former internees who were children at the time. Leaving friends,careers,possessions and property they could only bring what they could carry. By August of 1942 the WRA (War Relocation Authority) has constructed 10 such camps in remote and isolated areas of the USA housing more than 120,000 Japanese Americans. This particular facility was call "Heart Mountain Relocation Center". This area became Wyoming's 3rd largest city.

Museum and Gallery

One  Remaining Barracks

Boarding the Train Display

Barracks Living

Children in the Camp

All we Could Carry

Hospital

Some of the Internees

Sleeping Area in Barracks


They endured wind, dust,cold,poor food and loss of privacy living in uninsulated barracks surrounded by guard towers and searchlights and barbed wire.

Eventually these problems were recognized and  soon Heart Mountain had a hospital, fire, police and judicial system, post office, water and sewage treatment facility, schools,recreation and agriculture programs.

During the three years of its operation, 556 babies were born,148 people died, 800 men and women served in the Armed Forces. The protestors who refused the draft were sent to federal prisons. When the facility closed in November of 1945, the internees were given a ticket and $25 to begin their lives away from camp.

 I highly recommend visiting if in the area. It is also very close to Cody,Wy. Also a link to John's website.

Heart Mountain Link

We then drove East on 14A to Medicine Wheel. The road up to the site was winding with a few turnouts for views. You can drive as far as the ranger hut, but then you must hike 1/1/2 miles to the actual site.At 10,000 elevation, John and I only got half way and started feeling dizzy and realizing it was not meant to be. Disappointed we could not make it to the site.

Road to Medicine Wheel

Viewpoint

Another Viewpoint

Path to Medicine Wheel

Signage

Signage

View from Path

John Pondering the Hike

As Far as we Went

Another Photo


This is a sacred site for the Native Americans a place of communion with the Great Spirit and to obtain strong spiritual medicine believed to have been constructed between 1200 and 1700 AD and 80 ft in diameter.

On our return we decided to drive thru the BigHorn Canyon Recreation Area just off 14A near the town of Lovell on Hwy 37.

Part of the Canyon is in Wyoming and part in Montana. Only one way in and one way out with views off the Hwy. Wish we had known about the boat tour that operates tours at 10 and 2. Would have been awesome tour.

BigHorn Canyon Map








Got home around 700PM.

Arrival KOA Billings, MT

12 July 2019

350 Mile drive via IH 90 to Billings and arrival for next 5 nights at KOA Billings. We last stayed here in 2010. Prices are more now with $51.00 for water/electric site in front of pond..site 162. Some of the sites with full hu and patios gravel pads $100 a nt.  Even the tent sites go for $40/nt. It is a pretty campground and the first KOA located on Yellowstone River at exit 450.

Site 162

Pond Behind Site
Yellowstone River

Yellowstone River


Did see several deer on my evening walk in the campground.






 Our site has no gravel is dirt and grass with ruts. Feel more attention should be given to leveling some of the sites and laying gravel.





They so have many amenities such as restaurant that serves breakfast and dinner, putt  putt, pool and playground. Nice laundry and office with store. Staff very friendly and helpful.

On our drive got a view of the Absoroka Mountains.



Thursday, July 11, 2019

Week in Missoula

5 July 2019

Arrived Jim and Mary's RV Park in Missoula for a week. This is our 4th stay here since 2014. We are in site #A15 and unable to connect to Dish even tho they said it was satellite site so we are on their cable..very limited. In spite of this, this is a very nice and maintained park with lots of flower displays, trees and convenient at exit 96 on IH 90. On the way in at same exit is an RV/Truck wash so we had the RV and car washed. While here we hope to visit several RV parks in the Flathead Lake area and we are going up to Helena to visit and have lunch with friends Rocky and Loretta. Sorry Pat and Darwin we won't make it to Great Falls, but will see you at Nellis this winter.

Hwy 93 Missoula

Site A-15

One of Many Flower Gardens in Park

Gazebo Area

Laundry and Clubhouse


Weather has not been so good but we did venture up to Lincoln via Hwy 200 to visit the Blackfoot Sculpture in the Wild exhibit. Interesting displays and admire the work of the artists and their creatively. Park is open everyday and is free.Later learned from Rocky and Loretta on our visit that this is area where the Unibomber was living and found.

Welcome Sign

About House
In Front of House

About the Sawmill Burner
Sawmill Burne

Passages

About Frame
Picture Frame

About Hill & Valley
Hill and Valley (Made from Newspapers)

About the  Ponderosa Whirlpool
Ponderrosa Whirlpool


On Tuesday we drove up to Flathead Lake via Hwy 93 to view some campgrounds. Found 2 that we are considering for our summer 2020 visit. Eagle's Nest in Polson and Edgewater in Lakeside. Both are very nice and Edgewater is across Hwy from the Lake with a good view. Eagle's Nest is as you come into town and convenient to Safeway and Walmart, but no water views. Sites on both parks are nice and of course for summer rather pricey as is true with most of the nicer RV parks. Was hoping to get up to the Glacier Park area, but day was getting late. Stopped at Chick Filet in Kalispell for dinner and so happens that today was wear a cow costume and get free meal. Of course they were busy and had to get hug from the mascot. We like eating at Chick Filet and we both had a delicious peach milkshake.


Mission Mountains


Wildlife Crossing
View of Valley at Flathead Lake

Flathead Lake

Flathead Lake

Hwy 93
Hugs for the Mascot


Wednesday we drove to Helena to visit good friends Rocky and Loretta we met several years ago at Nellis and again in Tucson. Our last visit was in 2017 at their home. We always enjoy our time with them and their hospitality is very warming.Also love to hear their tales of travels and life. Loretta, you should write a book. Hope you have kept good notes over the years. After a delicious lunch, Loretta and I walked around a local park and lake while Rocky and John went over to Ft Harrison to the Exchange. Until next time, dear friends, keep in touch..love you.

Rocky & Loretta

On walk with Loretta


Tomorrow is get ready to go day and get oil changed in car at Jiffy Lube. Long drive to Billings..355 miles via IH 90.

We always enjoy our travels in Montana and have on previous trips followed the Lewis and Clark Trail. It is a beautiful state and probably our 2nd favorite next to Oregon. We plan to spend most of next summer in several different areas.