Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Montana Vacation Odyssey

Day 2

Day 2 started when we were awakened by extreme winds at about 1 a.m.  We knew it got windy at Badlands National Park, but the wind was blowing so badly I was afraid it was going to rip the tent.  I was awake for a while, but it seemed to be holding up okay, so I fell back into a fitful sleep.  Then at 2:30 a.m., it started raining.  With the winds, the rain started seeping into the tent almost immediately once we heard the lightening start, we decided to abandon tent.  We quickly rolled up our sleeping bags and took shelter in the car, but by this time we were wide awake.  We quickly collapsed the tent and started driving. 
The breakfast of champions.
Still smiling after riding all night!

We drove through South Dakota, Wyoming, and finally, into Montana.  Since we were running ahead of schedule, we decided to stop in Crow Agency, Montana at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.  We watched the informational film, listened to a Battle Talk, toured the visitor center, and walked the Soldier's memorial and monument and the Indian memorial and monument.  It was very interesting and educational, making it a very worthwhile stop.  On the way out, we drove the 5 mile long ridge road overlooking the valley and battlefield.



 
The Soldier's Memorial
 
The Battlefield



 
Part of the Indian Memorial
 
After our stop, the rest of the trip seemed to take forever, but we finally arrived in Helena, Montana late afternoon/early evening.  We drove about 640 miles.  We were staying with Hubby's long time friend and were extremely glad for a shower and a dry place to sleep.  We had delicious pesto, artichoke pizza for dinner and the kids had cheese pizza at one of the local establishments.  

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