Rugged Montana Beauty

CAMPGROUND: Greek Creek National Forest Service Campground. As with most NFS campgrounds, it is woodsy and spacious. No services, except a vault toilet and water source. Very small – 8 sites on our side of the highway; 8 on the other. We are very lucky to have the best site – just footsteps from the Gallatin River. Grill and picnic table. Also, someone has made a campfire ring on our site next to the river. $10/night with Senior Pass. 4 stars out of 5. (I would have rated it a 5 but there is a lot of annoying traffic noise)

LOCATION: 30 miles south of Bozeman, Montana. 60 miles north of Yellowstone

WEATHER: Beautiful. High 78. Cool evenings and AM. (OK without air conditioning)

We took advantage of Rambling Moose’s offerings this morning – long showers, water tank fill-up, grey and black water dumps – as we will be roughing it for the next 3 nights. Then, we took off for our next destination.

We only had 25 miles to drive as the crow flies, but we had to circle the mountain range by going north then south. We drove through dramatically beautiful scenery, following the roaring Gallatin River.

How happy we were when we saw our site! Our site has lots of tall pine trees providing nice shade. After setting up, we took our books down to the river to read with our feet in the cool water.

About 100 rafting boats floated by.

They were so close that I talked with one of the guides as he paddled by. He said our spot is a favorite moose crossing. Wouldn’t that be cool!

DINNER: George sauteed onion, bell pepper, and mushrooms in a skillet over the fire. A few days ago, I bought chicken thighs. The package contained 4, so I had George grill all of them at the time, and we froze the ones we didn’t use. Tonight, I chopped one up to add to the stir-fry. When the veg and chicken were almost cooked, I added some frozen Asian vegetables (the package kind for stir-fry). I topped it with some soy sauce, sesame oil, and sesame seeds. While that was going outside, I cooked Japanese soba (buck-wheat noodles) inside. Then, I made a broth with dashi powder. You could use chicken broth instead. To serve – just combine the veg/chicken mix with the soba and pour the broth over. This is a typical Japanese meal (which we often ate while living in Japan).

After dinner, we moved the hot coals to the fire ring, and enjoyed a nice evening around the campfire.

KARMEN’S KITCHEN TIP: I am going to start giving a few tips occasionally on this blog. I hope they are helpful to fellow campers. For today……When we go on a road trip, I always bring our oldest, least desirable bath towels. When one becomes threadbare, I cut it up in small squares, then use as dish rags. After 3-4 days of each square’s dish rag life, it usually start smelling a bit musty, so I just throw it away, and pull out a new one. This is better than keeping a nice one for 2 weeks or so, waiting for the next laundry day.

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