Thursday, June 30, 2011

Yellowstone Safari Day

Up at 4:30 a.m. and off to the safari by 5:30 with our Safari guide, Carl of Safari Yellowstone. He took us to places where we would be able to see all kinds of wildlife. Had a great day and would highly recommend this to anyone who would like to experience Yellowstone in a unique way. Thanks Terry for giving us this special treat.

We took lots of pictures and want to put them on a slide show to share with everyone. As soon as we get everything organized we will post them. An awesome experience!


Our picture taken by our tour guide.

Laugh everyday. Happy trails. Stay safe.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Bears, Wolves and Buffalo

Today was travel day for us. We made it to Yellowstone’s Edge RV Park around 1:30 p.m. This is a very nice park with great scenery.


Our site.


The view from the behind our site.

Later this afternoon Terry, Annie, John and I took a drive over to the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center at the West entrance of Yellowstone. There are exhibits along with live bear and wolves. A very cool place to visit.








On our drive back to the campground we were stopped on the road for a while waiting for a small herd of buffalo to move off of the road. People were getting out of their vehicles and walking down the road to take pictures. Some of them were getting entirely too close to them.

Laugh everyday. Happy trails. Stay safe.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

St. Labre Indian School

Up early again.  The bright sunshine just won’t let you sleep in even with day/night shades. LOL  Fred was up bright and early too.  He went downstairs to see if Annie and Terry were up then ran  back up stairs to wake me up.  He wanted someone to feed him.  After having breakfast and checking emails and all that good stuff we decided to do some more touring of the area again.


Fred watching Annie check her email. 

Today we visited the St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, Montana.  They have a museum filled with all sorts of Indian artifacts.  The lady who works in the museum/gift shop was very helpful with supplying information for area attractions.  St. Labre Indian School operates solely on donations only.  It is quite an impressive place.


St. Labre Catholic Church located  next to the school and museum.


Cheyenne Indian Museum.

I took a few pictures of items  inside the museum.





After leaving the Indian school we road around the area taking in the beautiful scenery.  So much to  look at here.

Tomorrow will be travel day for us.  We will be traveling on to Yellowstone.

Laugh everyday.  Happy trials.  Stay safe.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Battle of Little Bighorn National Monument

Up early this morning and off to Billngs to visit Cabela’s and for a Walmart run. After returning from Billings we ate some sandwiches for lunch then decided to drive over to Little Bighorn National Monument. We arrived just in time for the 45 minute walking tour of the National Cemetery. This was a very interesting tour full of historical facts that we had never read about. Battle of Little Bighorn National Monument is famously known as the place of Custer’s Last Stand.











Annie and Terry.






Tried to get some sunset pictures. These two pictures are the view from the back of our site.



Laugh everyday. Happy trails. Stay safe.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Annie and Terry have arrived.

Up and out of the park by 9:45 a.m. and on the road to Montana.  Our travels were uneventful with only light rain after entering Montana.  By 4:30 we were set up in Hardin, Montana at Grandview RV Park.  It is a small park with 50 AMP, full hook-ups but not very scenic.  The owners are very friendly and helpful.


Our site.

Tonight Annie and Terry arrived after a 27 hour road trip from MS.  They left Saturday morning and have been making their way to meet us here.  Wow, what a road trip.


Annie and Terry.

Laugh everyday.  Happy trails.  Stay safe.

Another hail storm.

This morning John went up on the roof to check for damages from last night’s hail storm.  He fixed the cracked air conditioner cover then washed the RV.  We were very lucky that our damage was minimal.  As I walked through the park this morning it was sad to see the amount of damage from last night’s storm.  There were lots of RV repair trucks making the rounds in the park today.

Tonight John and I drove over to Custer to have dinner and visit with Mike and Leslie.  We have enjoyed seeing our friends again and plan to meet up with them in September. Tomorrow will be a travel day for us so we wanted to see them before we hit the road.  Our destination will be Hardin, Montana where we will meet up with my sister and her husband.

After returning to the park tonight our neighbor told us another hail storm had moved through again.  The good news was the hail was only dime sized.  We couldn’t see any additional damage but it was dark so we will have to check it out tomorrow.  I think that might be our cue to leave this area. LOL

Laugh everyday.  Happy trails.  Stay safe.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Fun with friends, wildlife and a hail storm.

Up early and over to Rapid Tire and Alignment in Rapid City to get the tires balanced and the front aligned on the Freightliner. It was going to take a while so we had to leave it there. Mike and Leslie came by and picked us up. We had all planned on getting together today. The decision was made to do some sightseeing so we stopped by Subway for some sandwiches and off we went into Custer Park. Mike and Leslie were here last year so we had great tour guides.


Lunch time at a picnic table just below Charles Badger Clark’s cabin known as Badger’s Hole.


Charles Badger Clark’s Cabin. He lived alone in his cabin and was known to have published poetry.

I think we picked a good day to tour the park because there was wildlife everywhere.


Buffalo walking along the main road.




John spotted some elk. This is the best picture we could get.


Scenery viewed from the fire tower.





After leaving the fire tower Mike drove us through the wildlife loop. This was so cool. Lots of wildlife out today.


A mother Pronghorn and her baby.


Buffalo everywhere.




Baby Buffalo


Mother Pronghorn and two babies.


Wild Burros. They sure love crackers. Once you give them one they don’t want to leave. LOL



Okay, that was a little too close. LOL


Purple wildflowers.

It was after 4:00 and we were making our way back to town when John received the phone call saying the Freightliner was ready to be picked up. Mike dropped John off and the rest of us stopped off at Wal-mart for a few groceries for dinner. By the time we met at our place dark clouds were forming so John hurried and put the pork chops on the grill while I got the potatoes and some salad together. We were all enjoying our meal when the sky became dark and the wind kicked up. Then the hail moved in. It sounded like someone was throwing rocks on the RV. The hail storm lasted about thirty minutes leaving behind damage to vehicles and RVs. We were lucky to only receive a cracked air condition cover and a damaged slide awning. A few sites down from us a Tiffin Motorhome lost an awning. Our neighbor across the street received damage to his truck and 5th wheel. Mike went out to check on his truck after the storm and found damage on the side and hood. This is the largest hail I have ever seen.


Notice how big the hail is. John put them next to the 16 ounce water bottles to give you idea of their size.

Hopefully the bad stuff has all passed through for the night.

We enjoyed our day with Mike and Leslie very much and appreciate them taking us on the Custer Park tour.

Laugh everyday. Happy trails. Stay safe.