Headwaters of the Missouri River

CAMPGROUND: Camp Three Forks RV. Commercial park, formerly a KOA – with KOA amenities without the price. Full hookups, although we have chosen electricity and water only. Dump station. Dish-washing sink. Wifi. TV. Laundry. Community grill/fire pit. Firepits and picnic tables at each site (unusual for commercial parks). Good, but dated bathroom. Very friendly staff. $38/night. 4 stars (almost 5) out of 5

LOCATION: Three Forks, Montana in south central part of state. 100 miles north of Yellowstone

WEATHER: Very nice. High 80

We enjoyed our last morning at Goose Bay by watching the osprey in the nest near our campsite. We also watched everyone head for their boats….a bit envious. 😦

Our drive today was only 50 miles. We drove through miles and miles of fields – hay, wheat, and potato. Huge irrigation machines turned the brown fields into lush, green circles. I was reminded of how it looks when flying over this area in an airplane – brown with green circles.

We were welcomed at this RV park and were very pleasantly surprised by all the green shade trees. What a contrast from Goose Bay. The host guided us to our spot in his golf cart, and helped us to set up – really easy peasy since the lots are all very level and are all pull-through.

The vibe is different here. There are a lot of out-of-state RVs here, whereas the state parks where we have been staying are mostly full of Montana families. For us non-Montana residents, the price of this commercial park is actually a bit less than the state park fees. And – we don’t have to pay for showers or the dump station. I think a lot of the campers here are between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks – we are about halfway between them.

We visited the Missouri River Headwaters. Three Forks is named after the 3 rivers – Madison, Jefferson, and Gallitin that converge here and become the Missouri River, our nation’s longest river.

I had to stick my toe in the Missouri, just to say I did.

We passed this field where they are setting up for the River Rock Fest. The bridge becomes the stage. It sure would not be pleasant to camp here with 500 others in the hot sun, listening to music this weekend.

We checked out the town of Three Forks where they were having an antique airplane fly-in. George loves to look at these old airplanes.

We had seen billboards advertising the Sacajawea Hotel in town, so we had to check it out. It is lovely – from the 1800s, built when railway travelers stopped here.

On our way back to the campground, we stopped to buy Flathead Cherries – from Lake Flathead, Montana where we recently visited. Really good.

WILDLIFE SPOTTING: Today’s highlight was some whooping cranes in one of the wheat fields.

Back at the campground, George took our food over to the community grill to cook.

DINNER: Appetizer was steamed, chilled asparagus spears. Grilled chicken thighs, stuffing, and broccoli and cheese comprised a yummy dinner. All topped off with Flathead cherries.

After dinner, I was so ecstatic (I almost cried) to find 2 of our very favorite BBC shows on PBS – “Last of the Summer Wine” and “Good Neighbors”. Wow!

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