Saturday, August 26 – Sunday, August 27
The Best Little Trailer at Beaver Lodge FAS, Red Lodge, Montana
Our second day camped at Beaver Lodge fishing access site, the crew and I ride into Red Lodge.
I pick up some groceries at the Beavertooth Market. We also stop at Family Dollar. I buy two identical dog dishes to replace the ones Reggie and Roger have been using.
Maybe if their dishes are identical, Roger won’t be quite as eager to eat out of Reggie’s dish. Ha, unlikely. Oh well, these look nicer . . . .
I also buy bottled drinking water as I haven’t found a public, drinking water spigot.
Our third day at this camp, the search begins for our next camp.
The three of us ride through Red Lodge, turn onto West Fork Road, and take another turn onto Palisades Road.
The mountains are blurred with smoke from forest fires. Today is not as bad as what we’ve seen recently.
The road becomes gravel and then we roll into the woods.
A bridge over a small creek takes us into Palisades Campground.
It’s a small, primitive, national forest campground. Only six sites, two vault toilets, picnic tables, fire rings, bear-proof food storage containers, “pack it in, pack it out,” and two hiking trails.
The sites are near the hiking trails except for two that are on another short lane. Reggie and Roger help me investigate the sites.
The design of the campsites is a place to park your rig with a short path going to the picnic table and fire ring with another short path (only a few yards) to the babbling stream.
Sweet! And there’s no camping fee!
The sites are very un-level and they’re short. Only one will accommodate a large rig.
We walk down the lane to the two sites separate from the main campground.
One is an overgrown tent site and the other looks wonderful. Unfortunately it is occupied. I’m about to turn the crew around and head back to the Perfect Tow Vehicle when I pause.
Wait a minute. . . Their truck is perfectly lined up to their fifth wheel. Like their hitching up. I wonder . . . .
“Excuse me,” I call out to the man at the truck. “Are you leaving?”
“Yes, we are. In about ten minutes.”
We return in ten minutes and look it over.
It’s a big, lovely, shade-and-sun site and it’s next to a small pool of clear water . . .
“Oh, and there’s a waterfall!”
On the return to our camp at Beaver Lodge, I consider hitching up and moving to Palisades Campground right away.
No, I’ll take a chance and wait until morning.
Monday, August 28
In the early morning the PTV takes the crew, the BLT, and myself over to Palisades, and we back into that lovely campsite. It’s a bit of a job positioning the BLT because the site is sloped. As it turns out, I can only bring the tongue down so far which leaves the BLT nose-up, but not too badly.
At least my head will be higher than my feet at night . . . . I don’t care. We’re here . . . .
“I love this campsite!”
In the next episode. . .
RVSue and her canine crew have a close encounter with a resident of the forest!
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