Home Away From Home, Montana

Garryowen, Montana

Jerry turned the generator off last night before we went to sleep and for just one minute, we had wonderful silence – and then a truck pulled in right next to us. Oh well. Jerry got up this morning a little after 6:00 and turned the generator back on. Unfortunately, our electric problem continues as the breaker on the generator keeps flipping turning off one of the heat pumps. Given the situation, we just decided to forego showers until we arrived at our next campground so by 7:30 we were pulling out of the rest stop.

Although it got down to 49 degrees last night, I was never cold. I guess being sandwiched between two large semis has some advantage.

We woke up early and decided to hit the road quickly. I knew we were going to arrive at our campground, 7th Ranch RV, a couple of hours before check-in but hoped it wasn’t going to be a problem. It wasn’t. We were welcomed and the only condition was that the bathrooms were closed for cleaning between 11:00 and 1:00. That was not a problem for us at all. The lady in the office also told me that we could wash our coach but to be mindful that the water here was really soft so it only took half as much detergent. Several of the campgrounds we have stayed in have given permission for washing the coach and that was surprising to me. You don’t usually see that when traveling in the East.

After we got settled and had lunch, we decided to ride over to the Little Bighorn National Monument to get the lay of the land and decide what we were going to do tomorrow. We visited the museum which I thought was nice. It’s small but still had a good representation of the Battle at Little Bighorn. We then watched a 20-minute video on what actually happened and then heard a ranger speak about what REALLY happened. The ranger is from Texas and only works at this site during the summer and has been coming for 30 years. During the “off” season he is an art teacher. He is definitely a teacher! If I had had a history teacher like that when I was in school, I would probably remember a lot more from that time period. He emphasized that Hollywood was not at all factual. In fact, most of the time they were in error.

Afterward, we went to the local Conoco to go some gas and possibly some bread. Nope, just gas and it was mighty busy.

When we got back, we noticed that there were people sitting outside their campers across from us so we went over and chatted briefly. They are from California and were here for fishing.

All in all, a good day.


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