Friday, August 18
Today we move to a new camp!
We have reached the 7-day camping limit at Big Rock Fishing Access Site, south of Big Timber, Montana.
Sun rising across Boulder Creek
It’s just as well we move today. The past two days smoke from forest fires has moved into the area (See mountains in first photo).
Big Rock has been a good camp for us.
Those daily walks along the river with Reggie and Roger. . .
The elusive turkeys gobbling every dawn and dusk. I never did get to see them!
Very little human-made sound . . . Natural beauty in many forms . . .
Reggie and Roger playing and running in the grass . . .
One day I’m in the mood for a leisurely drive.
We take Main Boulder Road to Boulder Forks FAS, which is further out from Big Timber.
Even though I’m driving about 40 mph a deer jumps out of the woods and almost runs into the side of the Perfect Tow Vehicle.
Lots of wildlife in Montana!
(The deer is okay.)
We find that the camp sites at Boulder Forks are away from the river on a deeply rutted road. The few sites are occupied. The charm and Verizon internet signal of Big Rock are lacking.
Returning to Big Rock, I appreciate our home all the more.
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Today’s move is short and easy!
We rattle up the rough gravel road to Big Timber and turn east. Route 10, also called Frontage Road because it pairs with Interstate 90, takes us to our next camp. . .
Pelican Fishing Access Site!
When we arrive the camping area is empty! I choose a site along the river, the furthest from the parking lot and boat ramp.
I’m confident we will stay here at least a few days, maybe the seven days allowed — it’s free! — so I go ahead and unhitch. Then I position the Perfect Tow Vehicle to block our view of people coming and going (and vice versa).
Before doing all that, the crew and I trot down to the river, of course. A short path goes from our campsite (out of frame on right) to the place shown in the next photo (view downstream).
The next photo is the view upstream.
Our home is beside the Yellowstone again!
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