September 4, 2013 Red Mountain BLM Campground

A short move over to Bear Trap Road BLM Campground

Got up early and decided to move across the highway to another BLM campground on BearTrap Road. There I can orientate the motorhome facing east to help a little with the afternoon heat problem ( it has been in the lower 90’s every day but one for the two weeks I have been in Montana ). Because of the unanticipated expense of repairing the jack system and tomorrow’s window replacement, I am cutting back on campground expenses by only staying at BLM campsites at $4/night vs. private sites at $35/night. The only problem with this is the persistent heat since I can’t run the AC when on a primitive site and the afternoons have been pretty much intolerable, although once the sun goes down, it does cool off quite quickly.

While walking around the new campground with the dogs, I watched a mature bald eagle swoop down into the Madison River. Where he landed was obscurred by the river bank, so I quickly walked down to the river’s edge and could see him on a gravel bar on the far side of the river dining on a fish. Needless to say, I did not have my camera and big lens with me since I was just walking the dogs, so no pictures, but kind of neat to watch anyhow.

Early morning on the Madison River
Early morning on the Madison River

To avoid the heat today ( 90’s predicted again ),I figured I would do an all day run in the air-conditioned car to check out the northwest route into Yellowstone so there wouldn’t be any nasty surprises for the motorhome’s trip into the park. I also thought I would explore the alternate route down the Yellowstone River Valley, route 540, and a couple of the national forest campgrounds along the way.

Yellowstone River Valley
Yellowstone River Valley
Threatening skies over the Yellowstone Valley
Threatening skies over the Yellowstone Valley

 

 

 

 

 

 

Didn’t really see that much that caught my eye, more farmland, cows and horses, with a few mule deer grazing in the alfalfa fields. Stopped short of the north entrance to the park and came back up 89 to Livingston. Looks like a pretty interesting little town meriting a trip there to explore the downtown area and its galleries one day, but not today, too HOT!

Jenny and Sam exploring above the Yellowstone River
Jenny and Sam exploring above the Yellowstone River

Stopped at a Montana Fish and Game campground on the banks of the Yellowstone River right on 89 and drop in to investigate.There are 3 or 4 nice sites on the rivers edge and several more sites away from the river. Probably a nice overnight spot for the future.

Early morning on the Madison River
Early morning on the Madison River

 

2 thoughts on “September 4, 2013 Red Mountain BLM Campground”

  1. I have really, really enjoyed your travel notes and of course the marvelous photos. We are gearing up for some winter travel. Joe’s still having problems with the bad reaction to the last radiation surgery about 8 months ago so guess I will be the driver in chief. Sorry to hear about the window and the other problems. Got me thinking about how we would handle issues like that … I will need to be sure I have all the repair phone numbers available. I took out one sofa and installed a desk and chair so that I have a sense of organization. Enjoy! Cold weather’s coming and it is definately cold up there. Take care. Connie

    1. Hope Joe is doing better. When unexpected things (like the broken window or my hydraulic jacks not working) happen on the road, it does tend to unnerve you, especially if you are out in the boonies like I am a lot of the time, and have no phone or internet connection. I usually have to take a deep breath and remind myself that it will eventually be corrected and I just have to ride with it until the issue is resolved, and usually it does get resolved sooner rather than later, and is almost never as bad as you may fear it will be. Having all your papers with you is wise, to be sure, and don’t forget that if you have a situation develop with the RV, you can usually find a mobile RV tech on the internet or by asking at the front desk of your RV park. I have been lucky on the 2 occasions that I needed help to be able to find a mobile tech who was very knowledgeable and got the job done quickly.

      Am presently in Yellowstone NP with a weak internet signal so I will be a little tardy on updating the blog until I get a stronger signal.

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