Wandering around the Yellowstone

Friday, August 18 – Thursday, August 24 (continued)

RVSue and her canine crew are camped at Pelican Fishing Access Site beside the Yellowstone River in Montana.  This post is a continuation of the previous post about a morning excursion.  

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The crew and I leave Bratten FAS and follow Frontage Road to check out Indian Fort FAS, located on the Yellowstone at the little village of Reed Point.

Reed Point, between Columbus and Big Timber, Montana

Reed Point is a scene out of the past . . . except for that string of Christmas lights (upper right).

While we roll along, Reggie and Roger rest quietly. The walk in the field where we met the horses was good exercise for them . . . and for me.

At the grain elevators in Reed Point the Perfect Tow Vehicle turns left.

Over the Yellowstone, we turn left again into Indian Fort FAS.

It being a weekend, the camping area is packed with RVs, vans, and tents, as well as various types of floats and boats and the trailers that haul them.

The meanders of the Yellowstone, along with the gently sloping bank and beach area, allow easy launching of water craft.  I assume this is the big draw to Indian Fort.

People seem to be everywhere!

I don’t take photos because it would be intrusive to do so.  On the way out I do capture this scene (below) from a distance, then zoom in on it during editing.

If I recall correctly, there isn’t a camping fee at Indian Fort (Blogging with a time delay challenges my memory!).

Even though the camping area probably has a quieter atmosphere on weekdays than what I experience today, I’m not interested in moving our camp to Indian Fort.

On the return to Reed Point, we stop for the train.

It’s a long one, typical of trains in the West!

We return to our camp at Pelican FAS.  

Well, that was an interesting drive . . . and it’s not even noon yet!

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Late in the afternoon Reg, Rog, and I go up to the bridge.

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54 Responses to Wandering around the Yellowstone

  1. Pam from Wisconsin says:

    Love the sleeping pup! They look like such angels:)

  2. Marilu in Northern California says:

    Hello, Sue😁 3

  3. Jan NH says:

    so cute…all tuckered out!

  4. Cinandjules 🌵 says:

    They truly love each other and the life they live! So sweet.

  5. Wendy / Bribie Island Aus. says:

    So nice to see such content puppies. Take care you three.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Wendy. We are having a relaxing weekend. I hope all is well with you. Great hearing from you!

  6. Diann in MT says:

    Zonked babies! Reed Point has that effect! Just kidding. I am not thinking of anything redeeming about Reed Point except…

    This weekend is the Sheep Drive Spectacular where hundreds of sheep are driven through town. There’s a street dance. Woo Hoo.

    Hope, Sue, you are in a pleasant place. If you have not left Pelican, I think I will drive up there on Sunday. I’ll bring fresh tomatoes unless you have left by that time.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Diann,

      We’ve already had a sheep drive (7,000 by our window) that I’ll pass on the one at Reed Point. Thank you for the offer of fresh tomatoes — I bet they are wonderful. We left Pelican on August 25 and are two camps away now. (I don’t want to get ahead of my blog by going into that.)

      I appreciate the comments and suggestions you’ve made during our tour of Montana. I wondered in the past why people put up with the winters in Montana. Now I know why, other than the roots put down by family over generations. Once it warms up, Montana is paradise! It probably has its good points in the winter, too, if one is prepared for it.

  7. Cat Lady back home in Central City, La says:

    Hi, Sue. Hope you and the boys have a peaceful holiday weekend. Where did the summer go? I have G.O.T. to find another motorhome before next year. This is the second summer I’ve been pretty well confined home. I’m not a spring chicken anymore so I’ve got to find something soon before my summers run out. Just a fact. Take care.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Cat Lady… I don’t know where Central City is… I hope you and yours have not been affected by the hurricane.

      Thank you for the holiday wish. I send the same to you.

  8. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    AWE! The puppies are so sweeeeeeepie! 🙂

    Hugs from a HOT Hoquiam, where the RV’s keep flying by my house and we are here… just here and boring 🙁 WAAAAAAAAAA

    • Diann in MT says:

      Hi, Barb. I had to chuckle to myself.
      My husband and I sit on our front porch and categorize the types of RV’s we see sailing down the main street of Absarokee on holiday weekends.
      We also see the ones coming out and “having enough already” of the smoke from wildfires.
      We will take our opportunities to camp in the mountains at a later date. Can’t wait!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Awww, Barb, don’t cry, babe. Hugs to you, try to keep cool…

  9. Renee from Idaho says:

    Hey! I might be 10 out of the top ten.

  10. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Such nice photos. The ones of Reg and Rog are so sweet. They look so happy and relaxed. The last photo “All Tuckered Out” is super sweet.
    I got tickled at the last post with Roger rolling in the stink. Angel does that every now and then. During the summer she did that two days after I had her groomed. UGH!!! Her favorite stink is wild turkey poop and do we have a bunch of them here!
    Hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      We love our stinkers, don’t we, Barbara! Turkey poop, eh? The worst is Canada geese poop… (This is need-to-know info for those who have a stink-roller.)

      Thank you….Wishing you a good weekend, too!

  11. Cherylyn from eastern Oregon says:

    Hi! Been awhile since I have commented. I have been so enjoying your trip thru Montana. My house finally sold but has been a battle to get healthy enough to travel.
    Fingers crossed I will take off in November am housesitting until then. Later than I want to leave hopefully not too late to travel from Oregon to Arizona. I have a question for you or other blogorinos. I want to get a better camera and am looking for suggestions. Just a beginner. Do you still like/recommend your Lumix FZ70? I haven’t been able to find a new one from your amazon link. The FZ80 seems more complicated not interested in GPS or wireless. Thank you for any ideas.
    Wishing you a good Labor Day weekend.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cherylyn,

      Yes, it has been a while… Good to see you here again! Congratulations on the sale of your house! Get healthy soon! 🙂

      I still like my Lumix FZ70. I don’t know if it’s available new anywhere and I know nothing about other cameras.

      Our Labor Day Weekend is peaceful so far, thank you. Wishing you a good weekend, too!

      QUESTION TO READERS: What camera do you recommend for Cherylyn?
      She wants one on par with mine, not too complicated.

  12. Chey (WA coast) says:

    Nice post Sue,
    Thanks for taking me where I have yet to go.

    Remainder of comment deleted at Chey’s request.

    • MB from VA says:

      Hi Chey, I hope that you don’t mind if I respond to this post. You see….what you said really resonated with me. I have none of the challenges that you have but we do have one thing in common. I too refuse to even consider a life where I sit and look at a TV or computer screen and the same scenery all day. There is more out there….for both of us. Best of luck with your travels.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Chey. I’m very happy to hear from you again, although your news is not what I wanted you to experience! I appreciate you sharing with me. God bless you!

  13. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    Reed Point looked like a cute little stop. A step back in time.

    The spot you are camped in the photo doesn’t look as shady as you usually like. I hope you were able to stay cool.

    The boys look blissfully bushed. I think Roger must think he’s lucked into a heavenly life.

    I hope you found a pleasant camp for the holiday weekend. I don’t know what the weather is going to be in Montana, but it’s going to be hot as heck here in western WA for several days.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, ValGal,

      You’re right… No shade on the Best Little Trailer! Only one of the sites has shade and it was too close to the boat ramp for us.

      I liked our site because, when backed in, the door side was shaded all afternoon. I also put out the awning on hot, sunny days. We stayed comfortable.

      Only one afternoon was too hot, so I sat in the river for a few minutes and then stayed in the wet clothes. 🙂

      I heard from Barb from Hoquiam about hot weather out your way. Hope you have a way of staying cool for the weekend. We’re in woods and it is cool. I’ve been wearing sweat pants and a thermal undershirt to bed. It warms up pleasantly during the day (not to rub it in!)… 🙂

  14. MB from VA says:

    Beautiful post Sue. I could happily sit for hours on that rocky beach in the last river photo. I love rocks! Another thing I want to do…..research what rocks, minerals or crystals one might find in the area where I am camped….and go looking for them. Who knows?

    And what is it about sleeping babies and sleeping animals. Those pictures of the boys made me smile so big. I love watching my girls while they sleep. Such peace.

    Have a wonderful day!
    MB from VA (for now)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, MB.

      An interest in rocks can be an engaging and fun hobby when RVing. The variety of rocks I’ve seen in my travels amazes me. There are places where the ground is a mosaic of different rocks of various hues and forms. At first I wanted to collect them and soon realized it wasn’t practical. I’d have the PTV filled to its roof by now!

      You have a wonderful day, too, MB.

  15. Joe Bruner says:

    Sue, I like to look up your locations on Google Maps just to follow your adventure. When I took a peek at Reed Point, I noticed a marker for Old West RV Park and wondered if you checked it out. I spent a lot of time in Jackson, WY before we owned a trailer and would love to go back to the area now that I have become accustomed to the great lifestyle that RV living offers. Safe travels!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Joe,

      I did not check out Old West RV Park in Reed Point. However, coincidentally, as we were leaving the area and about to board the interstate, Roger was whining so much that I pulled over on the side of the street to let him and Reggie out for a quick potty break. I glanced over at the RV park … only a glance, mind you… and it looked well-maintained and doing well. Just now I looked at their website and confirmed it is the same RV park.

      That would be a handy place from which to explore the area… nearby is a place to fish and boat the Yellowstone, the frontage road goes to groceries, laundromat, etc. in Big Timber (w/o having to drive the interstate), and then the interstate is there to take you to Columbus and points further away.

  16. Bev in NS says:

    Hi Sue and Crew.
    I don’t comment often but I have to say it is nice to see how well Roger fit into the family. He is a very fortunate little dog. Well done for you Sue and Reggie.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Bev!

      NS is Nova Scotia, I guess. 🙂 What a pleasant good morning for me to see you here! Yeah, Rog is a member of our family now. Reggie and I love him.

  17. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    Reed Point looked like a movie back lot set, all ready for making the next western movie complete with a gun fight in the middle of the street!
    I hope you know how much we enjoy your crew! They seem to be like 2 peas in a pod! Do they really get along that well all the time? They just seem to be made to go together! Even the names, Reggie and Roger bring together this happy crew! Looking forward to your next camp! Loved the train here!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You always send such cheerful comments, Geri. I miss you and Chuck!

      Reggie and Roger get along great. There are situations when they snap at each other… usually Reggie snapping at Roger because he tries to take over Reggie’s kibble dish or he gets too rambunctious when playing and Reggie wants to take a break. It’s cute the way they “make up” afterwards, standing close, nose to nose, concerned looks (“Are we still friends?”), and then all is well again.

      They’re brothers. That’s the way it is with brothers. 🙂

      Thanks for being your bright and sunny self, Geri! Hugs to you, Chuck, Radar and Tater…

  18. Nivrapa in AZ says:

    A voice from the past, here. And one that has been silent for far too long, but is finally making some noise. After confronting some health challenges and meeting a few hurdles, I have recovered enough to put some zest back into my life. Like they say, “Through adversity, comes strength.”

    I fell behind in the blog over the winter but have since caught up. This was the summer I was planning to travel and explore Idaho, western Montana, and cross another National Park off my list—Glacier. Well, some other stuff got in the way and that just didn’t happen, but I was able to get a feel for what is there from your experiences. Now I’m more determined than ever to check it out for myself—next summer. I will likely add Wyoming to my adventures.

    Sue, I’m delighted that Roger has become part of the family. Your story of how he came into your lives is very entertaining and quite well done. Your writing has always been a joy to read, but you out did yourself in those particular chapters. I think that you have grown tremendously in how you communicate your adventures via the blog. Keep up the great work and thanks for taking us along with you.—Audrey

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Audrey! A special treat to see you here again!

      I’m sorry you have had health issues and that you had to scratch your travel plans this summer. I hope your health has been restored. Good for you for jumping over those “hurdles.” 🙂

      I also had Glacier in my plans, tentative as they were, and moved us out of the area to avoid the smoke. We’re still in smoke now but not nearly as heavy, not noticeable except when one looks at the mountains in the distance.

      Thank you for the compliments on my writing. It’s a pleasure to receive positive feedback. Take care, Audrey, and stick with us. The crew and I will be sharing our stories of Wyoming.

  19. weather says:

    That black and white photo really makes Reed Point look like a scene out of the past. Including that one was a great idea. So was adding those darling ones of the boys asleep. Yesterday in a reply to me you wrote “Where did the summer go?”. In some ways it does seem as though this season is flying by. I can’t tell you how much it pleases me to think about it’s being only the first one Reggie and Roger will have together. I’m guessing it’s been the happiest summer both of them have ever had in their lives so far. I truly do believe literally that it was a match made in heaven, for all three of you.

    Autumn doesn’t begin officially on the calendar until September 21st. I read in your reply to ValGal that you’re already wearing warm clothes to bed, though. So am I. I think that’s part of why we mistakenly think summer is over. It’s supposed to be a sunshiny 80 degrees here for Labor Day. I’m making popsicles to share while playing with the other kids around here. I hope you go out and play, too 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather,

      Although I wanted to reply to your comment immediately upon reading it, yesterday afternoon and evening I devoted to writing and sending long-overdue emails. I’m still sitting in the PTV whenever I go online (in order to keep laptop and air card charged up). I hope to have that situation taken care of soon!

      You’re right, summer isn’t over yet. For me it ends with Labor Day Weekend. Probably because school started shortly thereafter in the part of NY state where I grew up. Just as our day begins with first light rather than a time on a clock, our seasons change according to what nature is up to… 🙂 Several of the plants around our camp have turned yellow, red, and bronze, the first signs of autumn, and the air is cool.

      The crew and I returned from our morning walk a few minutes ago. I have the heater going in the PTV so Reggie is comfortable while I type. Roger isn’t as sensitive to changes in air temperature. He’s more rugged than Reg.

      Popsicles! Perfect way to celebrate Labor Day Weekend! I hope yours is wonderful. 🙂

      • weather says:

        Hi, Sue,

        Your reasons for seeing Labor Day, cool temperatures and changes in vegetation as summer’s end make sense. If I went by what nature was up to, living where I do, some springtimes may not begin early enough to get the amount of praise such a lovely season deserves, so I began using the calendar to designate all four of them. I know it’s odd to do it that way. I think it was all the years spent in Southern California missing the differences that made me appreciate spring, summer, autumn and winter so much.

        Gosh, I, too, really hope that soon you are able once again to type with ease and comfort where you choose to. Thank you for all the time you’ve spent in the PTV in order to blog and reply to comments. The sacrifices and dedication that’s taken continue to impress me.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I never thought about how the seasons would mean more after living in Southern California.

          Thank you for acknowledging what goes into this blog. I have a new post almost ready! 🙂

  20. Rover Ronda (WA) says:

    Hi 😃

  21. Marsha says:

    I hope you’re staying cool. We’re on the Madison river between West Yellowstone and Ennis and the days are pretty hot, but the evenings/nights are nice and cool.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marsha… It isn’t hot on this side of the mountains. I hope you can be comfortable. That’s a lovely area to camp.

  22. Gene in Ohio says:

    Are you aware of the Casita rally in Montana? Go here: https://onewanderingspirit.wordpress.com/

  23. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Cute photos of the pups, Sue, both the header and the sleeping one at the bottom!! We are in OR at the moment, to go see his dad in hospital…and the air seems to be getting worse with fires around someplace…which means more inhaler useage…always something. Will be glad when summer is past…enjoy the travels…it is fun reading where you are etc.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Elizabeth!

      I hope you are breathing easy today and that you find your father-in-law as well as can be hoped. Thank you regarding the photos. I was lucky to catch the crew sleeping. My camera makes a noise when turned on and invariably Reg and Rog open their eyes and lift their heads at the sound of it. 🙂

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Hi again, Sue,
        Doing ok breathing, thankfully…and his dad mostly sleeps…he is tired of living and now with a broken leg and in bed all the time…probably for a long time…he wants to die…he is almost 92…so we understand. Hubby tried to point out that GOD must want him here for some reason or he would be gone already. But we tried to cheer him up and talked and laughed some of old times and things that happened too…what more can you do? He has mostly quit eating…so maybe his time is close.

        I know what you mean…dogs seem to listen for the noises cameras make…ha!

  24. Jean in Southaven says:

    I am not getting notifications of new posts any longer. I have really enjoyed Montana this summer. My brother used to live in Idaho and he always loved Montana. I can see why.

  25. Jean in Southaven says:

    At least these pups let you take pictures, unlike Bridgett, who always liked to hide. I can see these two playing all the time, my son’s pup, that looks like Reggie, is like that too. My two older dogs really have to put up with a lot from Sugar. My 14 year old Lab sometimes will have enough and will growl and nip at her. But mostly she just lays there and puts up with it. Aren’t animals the best. They never question or complain, they just love us though anything.

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