Heading out looking for a small hike, we met Dan driving the other way on the Red Rock Parkway. Valerie was not amused by his warnings to watch for bears – “we’ve got a grizzly in a trap up in the campground, but the campground is closed; watch for others – they’re waking up & they’re hungry”.
Consequently, we started our run to the border. In the town of Carsford we got distracted by a large carriage museum. We were told that it’s the second largest collection of carriages in the world – the biggest is in Lisbon. It sure seemed big – I’ve never seen so many bleeding aerials, I mean carriages; there were all sorts: working wagons, cabooses, sleighs, society, fire engines, dump wagons, chuck wagons, stage coaches, sulkies & more I can’t remember the name of.
|A contrast showing restoration work improvement (of the carriage, I haven't had any restoration work done).|
Gassed up (somehow managed to have someone else pay for a few gallons) we decided to push on to Helena for the night. As we left it, we realized we’d been in a reservation & once out of it, the farmland started to look more intensive. I was surprised to see a lot of irrigators, particularly large centre pivots. We definitely were in the Big Sky State as we chewed up the miles (yes, I’ve had to start reading the inside dial on the speedometer).
I think I’m on to my tenth state now & I’m pretty sure Helena is the first state capital I’ve been to. We haven’t seen much so far except the inside of a motel room & a diner. Hopefully we can have a little look around this morning before pushing on towards Yellowstone. The diner last night was very much a Ma & Pa operation – it was packed & the food was simple with large portions. To borrow a unit from Megan, flaginess was at a very high level – you couldn’t find a square metre of wall without some representation of red, white & blue (& those colours weren’t arranged in the way of the rather boring New Zealand flag).
On a side note, Montana has some great county names: Fergus, Petroleum, Musselshell, Carbon, Treasure, Lewis & Clark, Rosebud (my ol’ son), Sweet Grass, & Beaverhead are noteworthy.
Distance Traveled: 492 km
Gas Price: 377.9
Best Meal: Finger Steaks (turned out to be wiener schnitzel)