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Day 10 – Onto Wyoming

We had a good day yesterday with an easy 160 mile drive to Hardin, MT. We said good bye to  the beautiful snow capped mountains.

And hello to the vastness of Western Montana.

After we set up camp at the Hardin KOA we went to see Ken’s sister and her husband Del who are visiting from California.

We had a nice lunch and caught up on events since we last met a year ago at Thanksgiving. They are visiting Del’s daughter Kirsten who moved back to Hardin after becoming a doctor to set up her practice. Del lived here most of his life so he gave us the grand tour of Hardin which didn’t take to long.

After the tour we headed for the Little Bighorn Battlefield where Custer took his last stand.

They have a very nice visitors center with many relics from the battle. We took the driving tour of the battlefield where we saw the markers where Custer died along with many of his men.

There were signs at each stopping point along the drive and they had a cell phone number you could call and then punch in the number on the sign to hear a narrative of what you were looking at. It didn’t charge any time to you cell phone which was pretty cool.

There was a really nice looking metal sculpture on the grounds that I just had to take a picture of. You can click on any of these pictures to enlarge them.

We stopped by the Indian trading post just outside the gate of the monument to see what goodies they were selling.

It was full of what appeared to be Indian made items. Upon closer examination a lot of the stuff was made in China, Mexico and the like. There was one room that did have many items made by the Indians and artifacts from the local Indians and the battelfield.

Almost everything in this room was expensive and the only thing Ken wanted was an 18oo’s Springfield rifle selling for $12,500, NOT!

Del’s mom started a restaurant in Hardin many years ago called The Purple Cow. It’s been know to travelers for as long as most can remember. They sold it quite a few years ago but the new owners kept the name. Just one week ago the newest owners reopened it as a Chinese restaurant and changed the name. We ate there and it was OK but not as good as it must have been in the hay day.

We said our good byes and this morning we are off to Buffalo, WY. After a week in Montana it will be fun to finally see a different state. Of course crossing state lines is not as dramatic as it shows on maps. It will be the same Big Horn Mountains but across the imaginary line. The sky is clear and it’s supposed to warm up so we’re going to get going before it hits 90!




5 Responses

  1. Small typo Uncle Ken, you were in Eastern Montana. Although, some from the Western half of the state call it Western Dakota. =) So nice to see you folks brief though it was. Lots more to see around here so please come back again.

  2. Hi Ken and Marilyn.
    Sounds like youns are having a great time. When Doug and I did our RV trip, we stayed at a nice campground in Buffalo. They had a gift shop and a porch out front with picnic table and hookups for internet and phone…. Were nice people and nice campground. Don’t remember the name of the campground but might of been the only one in Buffalo… :o) Safe travels and have fun.
    Betty in Va.

    • Hi Betty,
      We are staying at the Twin Creeks Campground in Buffalo and it’s really quite nice. I’ll have a picture for you tomorrow. There are several campgrounds in the area but this one got the best reviews and I can see why.
      By the way you asked about the early blogs that you couldn’t see. I didn’t dig into it but you should be able to scroll down to the bottom to see them or there may be an “older posts” button.
      Always nice to hear from you.
      Ken and Marilyn

  3. Hi ya’ all, We were there this time last year. Sure brings back fond memories. We didn’t see the cell phone number thing, that’s really cool. I’m really enjoying reading about your trip.
    Stay safe and God Bless!
    Jim in Florida

  4. I think you guys will find those Chinese Indians have made goods for several of the western gift shops. They seem to be a very busy tribe.

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