Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Moving Northwest to Missoula

Missoula, MT   High 82  Low 56  Smoke everywhere

We left Canyon Ferry heading for Missoula. But due to my lack of planning, we couldn’t get into Jim and Mary’s RV Park in Missoula until the next day and we couldn’t stay at the Canyon Ferry KOA any longer because they were booked. So what to do? We were able to get one night at the Riverfront RV Park in Garrison, MT which is about half way to Missoula.

Took cloud pictures cause I love clouds.

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We had a few reasons for wanting to visit Missoula. Our good friend, Dianna, sold her home in Phoenix and moved to Missoula to be closer to her daughter. I also have a classmate who lives in Missoula with her hubby. I wanted to catch up with her and meet Mike. There was also a bunch of sight seeing I wanted to do.

Another old building

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Our travel day was 60 miles up and over McDonald Pass. Pulled into the Riverfront in the early afternoon. Nice park. The camp host greets you and helps get you parked. Then they take your payment right there at the site so you don’t have to go to the office. Site was long enough we didn’t need to unhitch.  Lots of empty spots but by night time they were all full. Saturday morning they had a ham and egg breakfast with hashbrowns for a donation. Jim was so excited because he didn’t have to fix breakfast.

That’s smoke ruining my picture.

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The one bad thing about the campground was the fact there is no over the air TV. It just isn’t worth it to set up the dish for one night so we both did some reading. Took our time getting ready to go because once again we only had about 60 miles to go and we couldn’t check in until after 12:00.

Almost everybody we’ve talked to that have stayed in Missoula has stayed at Jim and Mary’s RV Park. It is a beautiful park with lots of flowers and well maintained sites. We were in the back row which was nice because the trees weren’t as thick back there. I prefer open spaces. And this is my personal opinion – I would prefer a not so fancy park and a less expensive price. The site was almost $42 a night. But that is pretty typical for an RV park in Montana cities.

Had dinner with Dianna and made our plans for the next day.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Our Month Is Up

Canyon Ferry, MT  High 86  Low 53

It’s hard to believe we have been here a month already, but we head out tomorrow (Friday). Jim and Rocky brought us home several fish that are now residing in our freezer. For Skitz and I, it’s been a relaxing time. However, next year we have reserved our spot for two months. Jim is really excited about that.

This post is going to be mostly pictures of the pups. Odds and ends.

Rocky Joe is waiting for Jim to get ready to go fishing.

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He finally gave up and slept until the boat was ready.

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Where’s my treat Mom?

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Hey Skitz – I know how to beg properly.

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My crate training is coming along pretty good. I even go in by myself and lay down once in awhile.

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Skittlez really doesn’t like to have her picture taken and usually turns her head just as I push the button.

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This is what happens when you don’t have teeth to keep your tongue in your mouth.

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Rocky does not understand personal space. He just plops down usually on top of Skitz.

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This RV from France spent the night in our campground.

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Even with this ladder I don’t think I could climb in and out of it.

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Love these old abandoned buildings.

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We also got a chance to meet up with Diana (Life On The Open Road) and had lunch at the Flamingo Grill which is part of the KOA. They have excellent sandwiches. Diana travels with the WINs – Wandering Individual Network – and part of their group was parked at the state park just down the road from us.

We had one last dinner with my sister and her hubby at the Big Buck Grill. Of course, we’re going to be back to see them shortly.

And now it’s time to move on.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Radersburg, MT–An Almost Ghost Town

Canyon Ferry, MT   High  88  Low 61

The wind decided to roll on through and Jim does not go out in the boat when it’s windy. I decided we needed to take a road trip and visit another almost Ghost Town.

This inmate escaped his prison but you could tell he really wanted back in.

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We stopped at the next farm down the road to let them know he was running loose and found it was an Amish household. A young lady was playing with her brother and we told her about the cow. When we came back, he was off the road.

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After that adventure, it was on to Radersburg. Radersburg was named after Reuben Rader who was appointed one of the first county commissioners when Jefferson County for formed in 1865.  He deeded 40 acres of his land and laid out the town site in 1866 and it became a town in 1867. I wish I had known that they were celebrating their Sesquicentennial last week-end. That would have been a good time.

Radersburg was established in the Crow Creek Valley surrounded by the Elkhorn Mountains.

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The schoolhouse was built in 1913 and now serves as a community center for the town.

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In 1869 Radersburg became the county seat of Jefferson County with a population of 1000. There are currently 65 folks who call Radersburg home. 

The old pictures are from the Radersburg Historical Society.

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Radersburg was an important stage coach stop but with the coming of the railroad and the development of Toston and Townsend, along with the  decline in the price of gold and other minerals by 1884 it was no longer a shipping center and lost the county seat to Boulder. 

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This building was the Night Owl Bar.

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Jefferson Masonic Lodge No. 15 Chartered November 1, 1870

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In 1871, the town could boast "a first-class hotel," the two story log Freemont Hotel.

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This Historic Methodist Church was built in 1917.

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Do any of you remember the actress, Myrna Loy? She was born here in Radersburg in 1905. One of her best known roles was Nora Charles in the Thin Man.

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The pups really enjoyed getting out also.

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