On the road with Ed and Judie travel blog

The Anaconda Park and Mural

Smokestack with the railcars below.

The 'skull trees' of Drummand

There's a good day fishingon Georgetown Lake

Georgetown Lake and Wildfire Smoke

Grant Kohrs ranch Beaver Slide haying implement

Chuck wagon discussion


Hay Stack made by the Beaver Slide

Cattle Feeder

Hay stack and fence

Longhorn Steer

Outbuildings of the ranch (just a few of many!)

Wagon in the field

Signage on the wagon

Wood Stove lettering

Barney dozing in the sun

This is self explanitory...

Sheer Granite slopes

Beautiful Montana Granite

Blacksmith Shop

Buggy in the Barn

Big Longhorn Steer

Chicken Coop

Chuckwagon and 'Cook'

Horse drawn Implement

And, another

Waiting for business

Bunk house

Main Ranch House

Nice fence...

Tuesday we put things together and headed down the hill to Livingston and I-90. Our travel was then all on the Interstate through Bozeman and Butte to Deer Lodge. Deer Lodge has a Coast 2 Coast RV Park so we can stay here for 6 days at a $15 rate. This was to be a relaxing stay to catch up on photos from Yellowstone.

Wednesday was a quiet day around the coach with Judie making one trip to town to check out the quilt shop for material to go with the jacket pattern she purchased recently. No purchase this day but some good ideas. Thursday was laundry day and cleanup the coach.

Friday we made a day trip northwest to Drummond and then south on Highway 1 to Philipsburg and Anaconda. This drive makes a nice circle for a day drive. Philipsburg is quite a historic town and has many well preserved building from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. We enjoyed walking around town and reading all the historic plaques on the buildings. They also have a well known candy store that we visited. Then on to Anaconda. This town has a huge smoke stack that can be seen from I-90, miles away, but it is not the historic town we anticipated.

The fourth highlight of this drive is the Fairmont Hot Springs. We had packed our swimming suits and made a stop for a dip in the hot springs. They have both indoor and outdoor pools. The smaller pools were 104 degrees and the larger swimming pools were about 96 degrees. We did not stay in the hot pools very long on the warn day but enjoyed the large pools and laying on the lounges in the sun. The humidity was so high at the indoor pools that we did not use them. After an hour or more at the pools we made our way back up I-90 to Deer Lodge and the coach. This was a fun road trip for us.

Saturday we decide to go to the Grant-Kohrs Ranch, which is a National Historic Site under the National Park Service. It is very near our RV Park and had a free entry fee. It is preserved to show farming and ranching of the late 1800’s. The home has all the original furniture and decorations. The out buildings really show how life was at that time. We enjoyed the talk on the chuck wagon and the house tour. Both things were done by volunteers that happened to be husband and wife. The wife also gave us a lot of information on volunteering for the Parks Service. Another great experience at a National Park Site.

The farming, including haying, is done by draft horse teams and a teamster. Judie was very interested in the procedures and enjoyed visiting with the teamster. He was camped across from the coach, and was an interesting person to visit. He is an expert in horse-drawn farming and is very invested in teaching the visitors about the ‘forgotten art of horse drawn farming.’

After the Ranch visit we decide to make another trip to the Hot Springs. This time Ed bought a one trip ticket to the water slide. He just had to take the ride down the 350 foot slide that dropped 4 stories with 3 full circles coming down to the pool. A little more soaking and more lying in the sun completed our day.

Sunday was a day around the coach cleaning and getting ready for the Monday move.

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