Pulled out of the Deer Park Campground in Buffalo about 12:30pm Friday & headed west on I-90, destination Reed Point, Montana. It seemed like a good stopping point for the night before heading to Island Park, Idaho today. We arrived at our Passport America Park about 5:30pm & got checked in quickly. This is a small (19 sites) park but a very friendly place. Clark directed us to a western saloon at the end of town for a light dinner of wings, onion straws & stuffed mushrooms. Very tasty & I didn't have to cook! There is a train track not far from the park & the occasional train clacking down the track soon put us both into a sound sleep. By the way, the truck is running just fine & pulling well...Praise God!
We'd planned for an early start this morning (Saturday) & in fact we did it! If you know us well, you know that is very unusual! We are not early morning people. Well, maybe Larry is, but I am definitely a night person. I've been trying to change that habit & am actually hitting the sack a couple of hours earlier each evening than I used to. We've been anxious to get back to a part of the country that has Costco & we located one in Bozeman, Mt near our turnoff for West Yellowstone. We made a quick stop, really, lol, and stocked up on the things we'd either run out of or knew we'd need very soon. The scenery on I-90 west between Reed Point & Bozeman is much prettier than between Billings & Reed Point. It's been so dry the plains & even the rolling hills are very brown. As we approached Bozeman the fields were green & there seemed to be a lot more trees. Of course the air is still heavy with smoke from all of the surrounding fires.
After making our Costco purchases we headed south on U.S. 191 following the Gallatin River. The Gallatin - named after Thomas Jefferson's Secretary of Treasury, Albert Gallatin in 1803 by the Lewis & Clark explorers - is one of the three rivers to eventually form the headwaters of the Missouri River, explored and charted by Lewis & Clark during the Corps of Discovery in 1803-05. Of all the scenic drives in the Rockies framed by a wild flowing river, this is one to be cherished and appreciated.
This route has plenty of turnouts from which to take pictures and to take in the magnificent sights. One thing we noticed immediately was the clarity of the water. We can certainly understand why we saw many anglers wading & plenty of folks rafting as well. We'd have liked to have dropped a line ourselves! The weather was perfect, running in the mid 70's. The road was in good shape, with light traffic today & made for a very pleasant drive. Of course Larry didn't get to see near as much as I did as he really couldn't take his eyes off the road. There are plenty of twists & turns but nothing most RV'ers should dread. We only stopped at one turn out so 99% of today's pics were taken at speeds of 45-65 mph & many through a buggy window. But I'm pretty happy with them. We arrived in West Yellowstone where we picked up Hwy 20 west for about 14 miles to the Valley View RV Park in Island Park, Idaho. We stayed at this Passport America park on our last visit as well & find it to be very convenient when visiting Yellowstone. We'll be here for the next 3-4 days. Right across the street is the pretty Henry's Lake, a fisherman's dream come true! We plan to check it out in a couple of days. In fact, there's a chance that our friend might be here staying at the family's summer home on the lake. Sure hope so, it would be nice to surprise her!
After getting completely setup we decided to visit the magnificent Mesa Falls. There are actually viewing areas at both the Upper & Lower Falls & we were there just over two hours before heading home for dinner this evening. I hope my pics come out ok as we were losing our light fast! The extra driving made for a really long day but I'm sure glad we went! It was beautiful, just as we remembered. I took a ton of pics but I'll post them later. It is definitely time to hit the sack. We plan to get an early start tomorrow. What's that old saying?
"So much to see, so little time"? Well, it's something like that! See you later....night