Monday, August 22, 2016

Memories in Montana

We definitely did not spend enough time in Montana.  What a beautiful state! We love driving through the mountains and getting to see the spectacular mountains and buttes of Montana.  It is a wonderland.  We will definitely have to come back and spend more time here.
Six years ago we went to Glacier National Park and I decided then Montana was one of the most beautiful places I'd ever visited.  At that time we said we need to come back.  We did, but we need to spend a few weeks here rather than a few days.  There is too much to see.

We drove from Spokane to Missoula the first day (Jim and Mary's RV Park) and on to Columbus MT the second day.  I-90 has to go on our list of some of the most scenic drives in America!

Sadly, photos out of the windshield do not come close to convey the beauty of this place.
I thought I took a lot more photos but I didn't.  :(

The country goes forever through valley after beautiful valley.  I reminds me of the Shenandoah Valley except it is bigger and there are more of them in Montana.   And less people.  It is really something.

Santa Fe High School friend Donna and husband Paul live in Montana.  We didn't get a chance to see them our first time through Montana, but were able to do so this time.  She is a nurse and he does sales in the building industry.  They have a place on the river a few miles from where camped in Columbus, MT.
This is our campsite for our two night stay at the Mountain Ranger RV Campground in Columbus.  It was fine for a short visit and we were able to get some wash done.

We met Donna and Paul for dinner at the 307 in Columbus this first night which worked out great.  It was fun to meet Paul and hear of his days as a professional baseball player.  I think the last time I saw Donna was when she was a cheerleader for the University of Wyoming and they came to Arizona State for a football game in 1972.

We were able to spend the next afternoon/evening with them at their place on the river.  The summer has been especially hot this year and the river is pretty low.  But in normal times they can literally fish off their deck as the river goes right by.
Donna fixed a wonderful meal and we had a great time seeing them.
We can see why they love it here in their little slice of heaven!  It was a wonderful time, they were gracious hosts and it was another upside to this RV full-timing thing.
Thanks for joining us on the Roadrunner Chronicles!


  1. So nice how you travel and see old friends and get to rekindle the relationship. I think they found a great place to settle down. I thought you might have a patch on you eye and be enjoying playing a pirate for a while. You guys look good.

  2. Montana does have a lot of beautiful wonderful places to explore. Definitely come back again soon.

  3. Montana does have a lot of beautiful wonderful places to explore. Definitely come back again soon.

  4. Yeah Randy, if you weren't zipping around the country so much you'd have time to sit in one place for a bit.

  5. All our first visit to Montana did for us was to convince us we needed to stay longer and so we are this year... love it here!