Friday, June 10th.........Last night I looked at the Yellowstone river and saw that it was pretty close to the top of the banks. I spoke to a SAR fella, he said I didn’t have to worry about all the rain. It’s the snow melt I should be concerned with. I remember years ago when the family was car camping in the Medicine Bow wilderness. We camped along a stream. Every night the water would raise substantially and then go down slowly during the day. When I got up this morning, I noticed that the river had raised and was even overflowing the banks in a few areas. Needless to say, I was glad to be pulling out!
I stopped at a McDonalds and was able to send off an e-mail to Cindy for the log. I had been checking along my drive but had been unable to locate a WiFi area.
I got on I-90 and saw my first snow on top of Mt. Douglas in the Absaroka range. By the depth of the snow, I can see why they were concerned with snow melt. It was pretty until I realized I was going through it.
I turned North at Springdale MT on route 89. First, it cut off about 150 miles from my trip. Second, by the atlas, it is supposed to be pretty scenic. And boy was it ever !!! I drove up this long valley with mountains on both sides. I eventually went through a 7,000 foot pass in the Lewis and Clark national forest. As I drove, I noticed innumerable pull offs that would have been suitable for an overnight boon docking stay. They were right next to a stream that had a beautiful white noise. Unfortunately, it was way too early to stop. My bad luck, but I know for next time.
It was pretty cold up there with all of the snow. Even the deer had not lost their winter coats.
I eventually got into the snow in the Little Belt Mountains. It was very deep in spots and the wind coming off of it was pretty brisk.
I turned off in Great Falls MT. Stopped at the falls where Lewis and Clark had so much trouble getting their big boat around. I tried, but for some reason my photos didn’t turn out.
I stopped at Lewis & Clark RV Park in Shelby MT about 35 miles from the Canadian border. They have a dump station, showers, laundry, WiFi etc. I’ll get this log out today and cross over into Canada tomorrow.
Saturday, June 11th.............
What a dreary, raining, cold, windy place. I’m starting to get tired of rain!
I left about 6:30 as I had a long way to go. Not too much excitement because of the rain. I even forego the “Spock” festival in Vulcan, AB because of the weather. I know Cindy will be horrified when she learns I didn’t go. The wind was head on to my travel and dropped my mileage down to +- 7.5 MPG.
(Cindy: yes - that's awful. How many opportunities will you have to go to the Sock festival in Vulcan, AB?????hhmmmmm?????)
When I got to the border there were only a couple of RV’s ahead of me. I didn’t have to long to wait. When it was my turn, a pickup truck cut me off to get in first. The joke was on him though as the border guards must have given him the third degree. He finally had to park and go inside with his paperwork. The guard just asked me the usual questions and let me go on.
I was scared to take a photo of the whole thing because of the new regulations.
One thing I did notice, NT and AB looked an awful lot alike
Do you know which is which? (Hint MT is the top one, AB is the bottom one).
I had hoped to make it past al of the civilization today. Because of the wind, I was constantly running between 45 and 50 MPH. It took a lot longer than I had planned (I did put in about 475 miles).
I finally stopped at Lessard Lake Public Campground just outside of Sangado AB. Pretty cheap and I ended up overlooking the lake. It has electricity, showers etc. I didn’t want to pay the extra for the water and sewer. Just like I anticipated, this is still too close to civilization for me to find a boondocking spot. Hopefully this will change within the next day or so. As luck would have it, the sky cleared and the wind stopped about 7:30 when I arrived. Here is a shot out of my window of the lake.