We traveled I-90 across southern Montana through some absolutely gorgeous country. The fall colors were spectacular and traveling through the mountains was breathtaking. We passed through where the Madison, Jefferson, and Gallatin rivers form the Missouri River. The headwaters of the Missouri are right near the freeway. At Livingston, MT we picked up the Yellowstone River. My only reason for commenting on this is the fact that I didn't realize how big this river actually is. It is the longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states. Besides being so wide, it is absolutely beautiful.. Dale got tired of me remarking on how "lovely" the river was. This is truly God's Country! What beauty!
We stayed at Mountain Range RV Park in Columbus, MT. Great little park with spotless laundry and bathrooms. We stayed two nights here and enjoyed the "wild/tame" turkeys. We think the park penned them and let them in and out each day. They were great to watch! See pictures! This is a park we would come back to. There is a platinum/paladium smelter here in town. It looked like a relatively new facility. We had a great breakfast at the Apple Village Cafe. Good place to eat if you drive through the area!
We took a drive out to Red Lodge, MT which is a summer tourist site and winter recreational area. The roads were all torn up and made getting around a little challenging. Out of Red Lodge we drove to Coony Dam. The Dam has afforded a number of campgrounds along the shore of the reservoir some big enough for us to get into. Another area we would come back to. We traveled back to Columbus on gravel roads along the farming plateaus. Great scenery!