Driving to Montana


We finally hit the road about noon today after our stop at the rest area to catch up on our computers – boy are we addicted!  Do they have a 12 step program for computer addiction?  I don’t know if it would work for me :) 


Photos from the drive today – we followed the Salmon River for a good long way, as you can see the road is right next to the river.  It was a winding way for quite a distance:


Another angle:


It was so pretty.  The water stayed really nice and clear for a good long way. 


Suddenly it changed to a murky, muddy look, then as we got closer to Salmon Idaho the water cleared back up again.  Must have been a lot of silt and sand mixed in it.


The water was a bit rougher also in this area, more choppy:


Along the way we were watching for Big Horn Sheep.   There had been a sign near Challis, Idaho that had said to watch for them on the road for the next 2 and 1/2 miles.  Well finally after about 15 miles 🙂 we saw a small herd of 11 female and young.  You can tell they aren’t male as the male have the really nice curved horns that are very large.  Also the males are larger. (we also saw 4 deer and some more sand hill cranes)

One view of the big horn sheep:




And one more:


We picked the first campground after arriving in Montana on highway 43 in the southwestern part of the state – it is called Mae Creek Campground – nice open spaces and only 21 campsites.  Very nice – primitive again though – even more than others as this one has no garbage service – pack it in, pack it out!  We got here about 4:30 so altogether it was another short driving day.  We will stay at this site for 3 nights and leave on Sunday morning.


Wild strawberry plants are growing all over the place!  I couldn’t believe how many – some have little blossoms on them, but no berries to be found.


One convenience that we have at our campground tonight – a really nice water faucet about 100 feet from our site 🙂


Sunset – it stays light out much later than it does at home.  We find it is still light outside where no flashlight is needed until close to 10 PM.


(This post was written on the 29th in the evening and will try to post it shortly)

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8 comments… add one
  • Becky in VA Jul 30, 2010

    America the Beautiful!!!!!!!

    It’s fun seeing it each day with you and Mike.

    LOVE the computer addiction problem we all have.


  • CJ Jul 30, 2010

    That area looks absolutely GORGEOUS! I am a river/creek girl!
    .-= CJ´s last blog ..New Pantographs added =-.

  • Crispy Jul 31, 2010

    Beautiful scenery. Looks like there was a slide or avalanche on that hillside.


  • Caron Mosey Jul 31, 2010

    Beautiful pictures! I could sit by that river for hours just staring at the water and mountains. Thanks for sharing!

  • Vivian Jul 31, 2010

    Coming from someone that does not like to waste time sleeping at night (I guess I’m afraid I’ll miss something.), I would love the light until 10 p.m. What time does it get light there in the morning? I love your camping area.
    .-= Vivian´s last blog ..Unexpected Stay in Little Rock =-.

  • Beautiful pictures of Montana. What a wonderful trip.
    .-= Nedra- Cactus Needle´s last blog ..Sarahs Granny Squares =-.

  • Mary L Jul 31, 2010

    Beautiful drive.
    .-= Mary L´s last blog ..Fixed =-.

  • Sequana Jul 31, 2010

    I find these pics to be some of (if not THE) prettiest of your trip so far. I so envy you guys – but am so thankful you are addicted. *S*

    Keep those puters and cameras running. I wish I could have you guys over to dinner when you get home and talk about it all.

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