The capitol building in Pierre, the capital of South Dakota.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Tulare, South Dakota.

Where are they going next? East towards Ontario.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Back to the boondocks

The word "boondocks" means rough, remote, isolated countryside. And the phrase "out in the boonies" came from the original word boondocks. And so the word "boondocking" came to mean RV camping out in the middle of nowhere.

Yesterday, after three nights spent in the small city of Missoula, we were due for some rough, remote, isolated countryside!

Our original plan was to head northwest on the 200 to the Idaho border. But as we turned onto the 93 to get to the 200, we saw a warning sign saying that bridge was closed just north of Thompson Falls. No detour available... the road was simply closed at that bridge.

So we pulled to the side of the road and looked at our options. We decided to continue to our planned overnight stop for Wednesday night in Lolo National Forest, then take route 28 north. It would't really make any difference since everything we are seeing is new to us anyhow!

A wildlife bridge on highway 93.

We haven't really seen much in the way of wildlife since we left Yellowstone Park! A deer or two at the side of the road and that's about it!

Really nice scenery along this route. 

And not much traffic. 


The Flathead River.




Scenery along the way.

As I said, really pretty route along the highway 200 Flathead River Valley. Kind of a shame that it's closed further northwest of here.






We turned onto route 135 that runs through Lolo National Forest. There is a campground on the opposite side of the road from the river, but it's a pay campground at $10 USD ($13.70 CAD) per night with no services.

Only a couple of miles further on is a free campground with views of the river. We can't figure why anybody would pay the $10 when there is a free one so close. 

Sherman's free campsite out in the boondocks.
GPS 47.31416, -114.85477

There were several good free spots that were vacant.

We went out for a walk. It was probably less than a mile to walk on the road around the camping area, but Ruth had seen a forest service road on the opposite side of the highway so we went over to check it out. 

Hiking on the forest service road.
It was so green!

Unfortunately, we hadn't planned on going out of the campground area so we didn't have our bear spray or water with us. So we turned around after only a short distance. We ended up doing only 3 miles (5 kms).

Great spot, but we are realizing that our time in Montana is passing quickly! It is June 18th already, so we've got less than two weeks before we start heading east. We've still got some things we want to see, so unless we find a great overnight spot that ticks all the boxes, we'll be moving a little bit every day.

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And in Canada the Echo Show 5 is also at a record low!


16 comments:

  1. It don't matter which way you go, when you call the highway your home ("Reno and Me", Kevin Welch)

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    1. Yep, that is pretty much the way it is with us right now! No truer words. :-)

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  2. Montana gets a different type of great scenery as you head east. I loved the whole state.

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    1. Yes, it certainly does. We have driven through the east part of Montana twice before and it really reminds us of Saskatchewan. It is nice to be able to explore this part of Montana for a change, especially because this part has the mountains and we love mountains. :-)

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  3. Beautiful scenery! Safe travels.

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    1. It is beautiful scenery, definitely our type of place. :-)

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  4. That area is known for bears, glad you turned around

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    1. If we had had our bear spray and water we wouldn't have. I really have to remember those two things even when we go for what we think will be a short walk/hike because we always seem to get side tracked along the way. :-)

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  5. We tent camped in Glacier NP a few years ago and asked the ranger if bears break into cars. She said no not in Glacier...'we have dumb bears' she said. In Yosemite, bears break into cars if they see food, bags, boxes, etc. searching for food. A car parked next to us got broken into at night and the seats were ripped to shreds, windows broken and dents and scratches all over the car.

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    1. I am glad that we live and travel in our RV when it comes to bears!

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  6. Where do you plan on crossing into Canada?

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  7. I love, love, love reading about your adventures. Great pictures, too. I'm along for the ride, so to speak, but I probably won't comment much. It would just be the same as my first two sentences!

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    1. Thank you very much for following along on our adventures and for taking the time to comment. There is no need to feel like you have to comment all the time, just knowing you are reading along is good with us. :-)

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  8. Beautiful spot, lovely to be by water too.

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    1. It was a lovely site, too bad it didn't have hiking trails around and a cell signal but otherwise it was a great spot. :-)

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