Missoula Montana

Not a great deal to share since we have holed up in Missoula waiting for our campsite reservations in Yellowstone to open up tomorrow. But since we have no idea if we will have service once in Yellowstone, here is a quick update.

We made a 300 plus mile run from Fairmont Hot Springs in BC to Missoula. That wasn’t the plan but plans change when you are winging it. We originally planned to stop in either Glacier National Park or that area, Whitefish or Kalispell. After hours on the phone calling any number of places to camp we discovered, not unexpectedly, that Canada and the 4th of July are prime camping days so everything was booked. We really wanted to find a place we could hook up to power because we are in a bit of a heat wave. Temperatures for the last week have been 10-20 degrees above normal, reaching into the high 90’s. Trying to keep our dog Ginger comfortable while we are out and about is important so being able to run the AC is important and that takes power. After multiple calls we scored a campsite at the Missoula KOA so that is where we are, and have been for the last three days.

As we passed through Kalispell we did have one treat.

The Budweiser Clydesdales were out and entertaining visitors to Kalispell.

We also got to see lots of pretty scenery on the way down.

The road around Flathead Lake offered some spectacular views that were hard to get because of the traffic and the 70 MPH speed limits. The roads are also exceedingly straight.
The roads were jam packed with people out enjoying the hot weather, water and the weekend. Cars were parked everywhere they could squeeze in and there were tons of boats on this huge lake.

With almost 7,000 miles on this trip so far it was time to rotate the tires on the truck. What a pleasant surprise to find that Les Schwab could get us in on Saturday before the 4th.

Getting the sneakers rotated…
Just a quick shout out for great customer service. Never been a Les Schwab customer – none in our home area to my knowledge – but they got us in within an hour and wonder of wonders, no charge to the tire rotation. That is what I call great customer service!

Tomorrow we head to Yellowstone for a week. Not sure what to expect having never been there but we have heard from folks here who were there last week that the bugs are fierce. I can hardly wait! Who knows when the next report will show up but when we have service we’ll bring things up to date. Bye for now.

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