Thursday, July 20
Why do the crew and I leave Bull River Campground after only one night?
I haven’t had internet connection for several days and I know there will be many more days coming up when I won’t be able to connect with my blog. I have a destination in mind where surely I can go online. This is one of the reasons we hopscotch from camp to camp.
I’m also curious to see more of Montana!
After the early morning river walk seen in the previous post, Reggie, Roger and I board the Perfect Tow Vehicle. We cross the river on Route 200 and immediately turn northward onto Route 56.
The two-lane road follows the curves of Bull River as it winds through Kootenai National Forest. To the east are the Cabinet Mountains.
It is not unusual in this part of the state to come upon road signs instructing drivers to look for bighorn sheep. We pass such a sign. I often glance at the rocky faces of cliffs hoping to spot them.
I should keep my eyes on the road because . . .
There they are! In the road! Ooh, camera! Action!
The stealthy PTV creeps closer, straddling the white line on the side of the road.
I put on the flashers.
A red car behind us — maybe the driver lives around here and has seen plenty of sheep — scoots around us and continues on its way.
The sheep seem more interested in something on the pavement than the approach of a white Chevy Express van with an arm sticking out the window holding a camera.
So far the crew doesn’t have a clue what is going on!
Roger stands up to peer out the passenger window.
I prepare for the classic, looking-out-the-window pose while Roger barks furiously. Reggie joins him and I grab the photo!
Well, that was fun!
At Bull Lake we turn at the sign for another national forest campground.
The campground is heavily treed and dark.
Shade is a good thing during the heat of summer, of course, but I find the atmosphere at Bad Medicine this morning to be gloomy.
Maybe I’m influenced by the name.
Anyway . . .
We return to Route 56 and continue rolling northward along Bull Lake.
When we reach Route 2, the PTV takes us east toward Libby.
On the way we come to Kootenai Falls. This is something I’m looking forward to seeing!
I park the PTV and BLT and look around.
People swarm the parking lot, picnic area, and trail to the falls. The sun is bright and it is hot.
Well, if I try to walk the crew through all these people, it won’t be the kind of experience I want. Roger will go nuts barking.
Roger is making good progress.
I distract him from barking whenever we approach people and dogs. “Roger, be a good dog” with a pat is helping him learn.
This situation is too chaotic for that to work.
Plus it’s too hot and the trail too long for me to leave Reggie and Roger in the PTV.
That’s okay. We’ll go to Libby, restock supplies, find a place to spend the night, and try again in the morning.
NOTE: This is another post scheduled previously. Again I thank you for participating in my blog while I’m not able to do so. Blogorinos are the greatest!
In case you’re wondering about “another sheep surprise” in the title, it refers to the sheep that visited our camp at Pagari Bridge in southern Idaho. See “7,00o surprises while boondocking.“– Sue
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