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.
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.
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!
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.