I think I hiked more on this trip than I have in the last two years! My favorite was St. Mary's Falls in West Glacier National Park, but I also enjoyed our hike in East Glacier National Park, North Theodore Roosevelt National Park, South Theodore National Park, and Red Rock Open Space.
I did enjoy our hikes a great deal, the highlight of the trip for me (besides seeing our children), was in Medora seeing A Teddy Roosevelt Salute to Medora. Joe Wiegand did an amazing job of reenacting Teddy Roosevelt. I learned so many interesting facts about President Rossevelt's life, I even shed a few tears at this loss. I am still in awe!
Another highlight of our trip was being able to spend time with our families; especially our parents, children, and grandchildren. We don't see the grandchildren often and I am always amazed how fast they are growing up. Only the two youngest are still shorter than me, but I do not think it will take long before they will pass me up as well. Looking through all of our pictures from our trip, I find it a bit funny we didn't take any pictures with our boys; only the girls and the grandchildren. I will have to remedy that they next time we see them! I miss them all already and I am a bit sad that we won't see them again until December.
We stayed in 13 different campgrounds. Some were better than others. My favorite was Cow Creek Recreation Area. I thought it was a bit pricey for no hooks up, but the views made up for it. I would go back in a heart beat. I loved the fact we were on our own peninsula; it was like a little piece of paradise! The worst campground we stayed was A Prairie Breeze RV Park in Menoken, North Dakota, it was overcrowded and dirty; their only redeeming quality was their Wifi. A close second was Yellowstone River RV Park and Campground in Billings, MT. I thought it was way too expensive for only having electric and water hookups and the sites were very small. We shared our site with a family that had a pop up camper and a tent. We were so close to them, one of the boys had made the remark...Hey, they have a couch. Even though, I did not like the campground, I am very happy we got to meet up with Cherie and Chris from Technomadia!
|Cherie, Me, and Chris|
I had a preconceived notion I would not be able to find gluten free or organic foods during our journey; maybe it was a prejudice because we have such an abundance here in Austin. I was pleasantly surprised to find out I was wrong. Even in the smallest towns we visited; we were able to find at least one natural food store. The best one was in Kalispell, MT although, surprisingly enough, the COOP in Billings, MT was really nice as well.
We didn't experience any major repairs along the way. We did get our refrigerator fixed to the tune of $300 while we were in Sioux City, but we had known it did not work on propane for a long time. We had just decided to get it fixed while we were there so we could camp without electricity for more than one day at a time.
The only issue occurred when we were at Antelope Island State Park. For some reason, when we were ready to leave in the morning, we could not get our slide to come in. We didn't have electric, but we had camped without electricity before during the trip and put the slide out and brought it back in without trouble. Kevin thinks it was because we had both taken showers using the water pump. Anyway, Kevin tried all types of things to get it back in. Finally, we hooked up the van battery to the trailer battery to give it a jump, after a few tries it did work.
We had such a great time one our Five Week Adventure, I am looking forward to our next. I am not sure where it will be...Alaska maybe?
If you want more details on our Five Week Adventure just click on the links below for a week by week review.
July/Aug Five Week Adventure-WK One
July/Aug Five Week Adventure-WK Two
July/Aug Five Week Adventure-WK Three-Part One
July/Aug Five Week Adventure-WK Three-Part Two
July/Aug Five Week Adventure-WK Four
July/Aug Five Week Adventure-WK Five
July/Aug Five Week Adventure-The Journey Home
Click here to see all the pictures of our vacation on Heart of Carrots Facebook page.
July/August Traveling Expenses
Total Miles: 5136
Total Fuel: $2253
Total Camping: $865
Total Activities: $195.00
Falcon Meadow RV Campground
Glacier Meadows RV Park
Spruce Park on the River
Lake Como in Bitteroot National Forest
Cowboy RV Park
Antelope Island State Park
Prairie Breeze RV Park
Juniper Campground in the Theodore Roosevelt National
Yellowstone River RV Park and Campground
Beck Memorial Park
Cow Creek Recreation Area
Cedar Valley RV Park
Scenic Park Campground
Bev's on the River
Little Missouri Grille...Kevin had the patty melt, he said it was average. I had a salad.
MacKenzie River Pizza Co.
Glacier Village Restaurant
Goodieville Bakery and Restaurant*
Baker's Street Pub & Grill
Jake and Tellys
Books of the Week
The First Codex (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel)
The Dresden Files Collection 1-6
The Book of Fate.
The Countess (Madison Sisters)
Gardens of Water
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