Caves and Country Saloons

CAMPGROUND: 2nd night at Camp Three Forks
LOCATION: Three Forks, Montana, about 100 miles north of Yellowstone
WEATHER: Hot! High 93.

Today’s outing was to Lewis & Clark Caverns, about 20 miles from here. It seems more like a national park than a state park – quite grand. This sign greeted us at the entrance. Thank goodness we were set for the night at Three Forks.

The caverns are located up a steep, curvy road with beautiful mountain views.

We did the easier cave hike, a 1/2 mile hike to the entrance. The guide gave us the history as we sweltered in the sun. We learned that it was discovered in the early 1800s (not by Lewis and Clark) and was developed by the CCC. The sun stung my legs as she talked. Awful! Then, we entered the nice, cool cave. It was quite interesting, as caves go.

Back at the campground, George watched Sunday afternoon golf while I did internet work. We had originally planned to boondock for our next few nights in a scenic area south of here that our friends Sarah and Richard Shong had recommended. However, with heat like today, I am afraid to be out in the hot sun without electricity (aka air conditioning). So, I worked online and booked two nights in another commercial RV park for 2 nights.

DINNER: At the recommendation of our RV park, we drove a few miles to a tiny town of about 100 people. There is not much there except this cafe/saloon. It is famous for its cowboy atmosphere and food.

The customers were locals who came on motor cycles….

……and on horses!

We shared a half order of baby-back ribs. The sauce was delicious! It came with rosemary garlic fries and broccoli rabe. We ate at the bar and chatted with the very friendly bartender/owner.

BOOK: I finished 2nd in a series by Peter Robinson “A Dedicated Man”. A decent British detective story. I like it because it takes place in the northern Yorkshire Dales where we did a housesitting assignment last year. 8 out of 10 stars.

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