Leaving Bigfoot behind, onward to Pleasant Valley

Sunday, July 23 (continued)

The last we see of Bigfoot he’s entering the Dirty Shame Saloon in Yaak, Montana.

“Well, that was a memorable moment,” I remark to the crew, as we drive out of town.

Route 68 takes us through thick forest with the only sign of humans being the road we follow through the trees.  We motor further on Route 567, completing the Yaak loop and arriving at Libby.

Libby is bustling this Sunday afternoon!

I drive us along the river searching for a shady boondock.

We cross the dam and continue the search.  Every possible site is occupied.  A hot day in July draws people to the river with their rafts and vacationing spirit.

The crew and I settle into Woodland RV Park.

I hook up to the WiFi, read and reply to emails, and catch up on the news.  A weather website tells me the temperature in Libby this afternoon is 99 degrees.

After a shower I realize I’m too tired to blog. The crew and I luxuriate in a long nap in the air conditioned Best Little Trailer.

(If you’re interested in Woodland RV Park, see my recent post, “Respite from the heat!”)

What a day this has been!  Was it only this morning we left a note for Dan and Gabby?

Monday, July 24

Well rested and refreshed, I write a post for this blog and then we hit the road, going south on Route 2.  It seems every main road in Montana follows the course of a creek or river.Today the road partners with Libby Creek, and then with Fisher River.

We’ve only traveled about 30 miles when we come upon another campground of Kootenai National Forest.

I love those brown and white signs!

Pleasant Valley Campground is an equestrian campground.  Reg, Rog and I walk the campground and come across the corrals and feeding stations.

The corral area is tidy with no indication that horses have been here recently.

No one else is in the campground.

Pleasant Valley is delightfully shady and cool.

 There’s no internet, of course, but the camping fee makes up for that.


Yay!  This compensates for the RV park last night!

The Best Little Trailer nestles into a shady campsite.

I set up our outdoor room, the crew plays on their quilt, and I read my Paperwhite.  I’m into Winston Graham’s series beginning with Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787.

I purchased the first book for next to nothing in a temporary kindle deal.  Now I’m hooked and paying full price for the ones that follow.  Which is the whole point of offering a deal for the first book.

Oh, well.  I’m enjoying the tale and it’s a harmless way to relax.

Later in the afternoon another camper pulls in.

Shortly thereafter they fire up their generator, but — aha! — I have a defense against that noise.

The crew and I lie down for a nap with the Fantastic Fan going (in the ceiling vent).  The hum of our fan is pleasant and sleep-inducing while it pushes the generator sound into the background!

Tuesday, July 25

The crew and I meet a woman traveling with her teardrop trailer.  She arrived at the campground after dark last night.  Perhaps she has a good reason for setting up camp in the dark.  I have never done that and I hope I never have to!

“Okay, little buddies, in you go.  Let’s find us a camp next to water!”

And one with internet would be nice.



Our next camp!


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31 Responses to Leaving Bigfoot behind, onward to Pleasant Valley

  1. Yeah!! Love to be here sooner than usual !!!

  2. Carlene and corky from northern New Jersey says:

    Yes… In search of quiet. ..

  3. Joy says:

    Love it

  4. Carlene and corky from northern New Jersey says:

    Yeah… Becky #1…

  5. Since the day you first left home to get your Casita, I haven’t tried to be first, nor really been available to TRY! ……. BUT today your post rolled right across in front of me!! Did I do it? NOW, I will go read everything, ….. but this surprised me!!! FIRST?

    • Teri Live Oak Fl says:

      You are first Becky. Congratulations. I’ve been following for years and haven’t been first. Good for you

  6. Marilu in Northern California says:

    Hi Sue,
    Is your intended route close to the full eclipse area? I’ve read that even no reservation campgrounds are taking reservations for that time. Hopefully you’ll be able to find a boondock early and stay put! The crew looks so happy to have each other’s company! Happy trails!

  7. Suzette (TN) says:

    You’ve really found some lovely campsites lately. You’re not helping my wanderlust much. 🙁

    Hope you enjoy the Poldark series. I got hooked on them and read every single one. They go on for quite a while! We’re also hooked on the PBS series based on the books. But, now that I know what’s going to happen to everyone, it’s really hard to keep my mouth shut while my husband enjoys the series. A new season starts soon. Love me some Poldarks!

  8. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Well, high heat is very hard to put up with…but we have 91 degrees and TERRIBLE smoke in the sky again…had to use my inhaler in fact an hour or so ago…am SO grateful our little abode is so well insulated that we can close it up during the hot of the day!! Your solution for noise is good!! Noisy fans can be a blessing, Sue!! Happy travels…may you find a quiet river spot next!!

  9. Judy Johnson in upstate S.C. says:

    Loving the gorgeous, cool-looking forests and waters. How is Roger doing as he travels in the car? Tremendous progress with the little guy and Reggie’s a great brother! Hope the smoke and fires are settling down. Thanks for sharing Montana!

  10. Diann in MT says:

    Nice to see blue skies in these pictures. So, I am thinking that these are not recent photos. You may have escaped the far northwestern part of Montana which appears to be suffering under very hazardous air quality.
    You know. Many people, including myself, fantasize about living amongst the stately pines of old growth forests, not considering that they are becoming increasingly vulnerable to conflagrations.
    A lot of out of state people have migrated to this part of Montana because it was touted as being safe from modern day calamities.
    One has to weigh the advantages and the disadvantages which are sometimes unpredictable.

  11. Dawn in MI says:

    That last image is stunning!

  12. Ed says:

    Your posting of the 8th has a picture with the name and you correctly wrote about the Dirty Shame Saloon. However, today you claim that Big foot went into the Damn Shame Saloon. I like the name but being the pedant that I am I feel compelled to point out the inconsistency or maybe go so far as say a typing error.

  13. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Don’t blame you for trying to find a quiet camp. I get more antsy every day to get on the road just for the peace and quiet. I am getting so frustrated with my life situation these days I am ready to take Angel and leave, but I have had DH for 45 yrs, sickness & health and better or worse, so I guess I should just hang in there.
    This blog keeps my dreams alive and gives me hope. Thank you Sue for letting us live vicariously through you.

    • Carrie says:

      I’m close by (Gallatin) if you need a friend.

    • MB from VA says:

      Good morning Barbara,
      I just wanted to tell you that though our situations are surely quite different….the emotions and dreams appear to be very similar. Some days, I want to just put my two girls in my F150…with whatever necessities will fit in there with us….and hit the road. In fact, you may read on here that I have done just that someday soon. 😉 And Sue’s blog keeps my dream alive and gives me hope too. Hang in there “sister”!

      And Carrie, what a sweet offer!

      Love to you both!
      MB from VA, Wyndy (Golden/hound) & Bella (Chihuahua).

  14. Cheryl in The Lower Thumb of MI says:

    Barb, are you OK? Do you need to talk with someone? Sounds like you need a ME day, and fast! Seriously, is there something we can do to lessen your frustration? I’m just concerned for you. Write back here if you need to talk. I’ll check back later.

  15. Carrie says:

    Hi Sue! and crew!

    Though our traveling days are behind us I still enjoy checking in with you and your fur babies!

    Thank you for keeping up this amazing blog. I enjoy it so very much! Every single post is a treasure.

    I wish you and yours the best always!


    • mostlylost says:

      Hey Barbara,

      We’re just over in Knoxville and sorry to hear you are having such a tough time. We’re sending you many virtual hugs and if there is anything we can do to help, please let us know (((hugs))

  16. weather says:

    It’s always nice to know you’ve been seeing nature’s beauty and wildlife, met someone nice, had a chance to let the crew play with a new friend, etc. Today I’m especially glad for your being able to find a shady camp or one with electricity so you could use your air conditioning. I imagine the pace you’ve been keeping (constantly needing to keep moving to a new camp) would be exhausting without a cool nap most days.

    It’s a treat to find a well written author’s work, especially when it’s interesting enough to want to read more of. When a series is available I like to be able to follow along, too. That’s one of many reasons I keep up with rvsueandcrew 🙂

  17. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Carrie, MB, Cheryl & Mostly Lost,
    You are all so sweet and kind to offer friendship and advice.
    Wish I could take a me day, but I work from home and DH has some serious health issues. At my first opportunity, I am going to try to take off for a day, Hopefully some place I can take Angel, so I don’t have to worry about her too. My neighbor told me, yesterday, about some new Y activities that I could get away for, like some luncheons and things that only take up a couple of hours.
    I have signed up for a quilting class that I have wanted to learn about. It is on two consecutive Saturdays in late October. Friends on this blog are the best and I thank Sue and all of you for extending a hand.

    • weather says:

      Hopefully a few hours doing things you can enjoy help you feel better. I think it’s truly wonderful and admirable of you to fulfill the vows taken 45 years ago, Barbara. May you be blessed for doing that hard work throughout the rest of your journey, may your hope be ever within you and your dreams of being on the road all come true.

  18. Cinandjules 🌵 says:

    Geeze….trying to keep up with you…and I’m wayyyyy behind

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