|so, the railing is in the way, and ridiculously enough blocks the most important sentence about Bob Marshall but, here it is. This sign is in Ovando, MT|
This year we almost got skunked.
Not literally, but you know what I mean ~ we almost didn't get to go.
Traditionally, we have gone the last week in July, to try and get in after the snow melts on one end and beat the fire season on the other.We have done really well with this timing and so planned the same thing for this year.
Well this year we had other fish to fry during that last week of July. Namely this:
Yes, moving 1204 square bales, by hand, three times (load from field, unload from trailer, stack) kind of sucked the wind out of our sails. (Don't be impressed with me- my dear husband did 99% of this).
I may have let the trip go, but Brian is not that kind of guy. He convinced me (thankfully!) that we should try it over the Labor Day weekend. So I pleaded with my work to have the Friday before and the Tuesday after off and away we went!!
|Yay! Away we go!!!|
We left after work Thursday and arrived at the Monture Creek trailhead at 11:30 pm, in the pitch black. We have never been to this trailhead before and so being dazed and exhausted from the 6 hour drive, made a premature turn and ended up in the Outfitter's Camp. We did not know this until the next morning, although we were a little amazed at the number of horses in the corrals there- luckily we pack our own corral, so we were set up in under 45 minutes and fell into bed.
|This photo is from our Pee Wee Creek trip, but shows our corral set up nicely! And that beautiful white trailer in the background? Most fantastic sleeping accommodations- ever!|
They have beautiful facilities at this trail head:
|Four wooden corrals...|
|with troughs for hay.|
|Happy, happy, hay-eatin' boys|
|Sorry, you have to bring your own cute cowboy.|
- 88 miles
- 4 days
- beautiful scenery (rocks, rivers, trees and the occasional grassy meadow!)
- wildlife (elk, deer, bear sign, wolf howls)
- 2 horses
- 1 mule
- 2 happy campers :)
We travel pretty light- Brian calls it backpacking on horseback. So, no cast iron pots, no wall tents with stoves and cots, no big screen TV.
We do not suffer however- this is our house (big bonus- it's mobile!):
|Yes we do have an inflatable mattress. If you think we're sissies, you ride a horse over rocks and mountain passes for 22 miles and then sleep on the ground!!!|
|Now, personally I love these tipped over trees. The root configurations are so fascinating. My horse, however, is convinced that this is an H.E.M. (horse-eating-monster)|
|We were captivated by this little whirlpool.|
|See how it sucked the yellow flower in?|
So until next week- Happy first day of Fall!!