The best dam tour!

CAMPGROUND: Downstream Army Corps of Engineers Campground (ACOE) at Fort Peck Reservoir. Like all ACOE campgrounds, it is a real bargain. Senior rate is $10/night, and with that, we get a very long, paved site next to a huge grassy area. Neighbors are far away. Electricity at all sites. Central water and dump station. Picnic table and firepit grills at each site. Bathroom is dated, but in good shape with a very good shower. Amphitheater for informational talks, picnic area, and playground. 4 stars out of 5. (I would give it a 5, except that we are not on the lake itself)

LOCATION: Near Glasgow in the far northeast corner of Montana.

WEATHER: Mostly cloudy, but warmer. High 78

We survived the night at the Montana highway rest area. It was very quiet and the bathrooms were open all night. In the morning, these trucks joined us…

We only had about 70 miles to go today to our next destination. We have 3 nights reserved at this campground. The fishing is supposed to be great, and we always like to stay in ACOE campgrounds.

We drove through Badlands-like scenery without any houses until we approached the reservoir. The lake was created by a huge dam on the Missouri River.

After we got set up at the campground, we stopped at the Visitor Center. There is a lot of interesting history here. Lots of info about dinosaurs and how this area was formed.

At the Visitor Center, we signed up for a free tour of the powerhouse at the dam. It was very interesting. This is the world’s largest earthern hydraulic dam – 4 miles long. This is the powerhouse – view from our campground. They make so much energy, that some goes as far as Iowa and Minnesota.

After the tour, we went into town in search of wifi (me) and beer (George). I found the wifi at the town’s quaint library. Like most small town libraries, this is a gem – with friendly staff, lots of children taking advantage of summer reading programs, and teens using their computers. I got caught up with internet business, then joined George at the brewery.

Back at the campground, George made a fire and we sat outside enjoying the beautiful evening. Another Air Stream arrived. We waved a greeting, then later the owner came over to chat with us over the fire. We made plans to go fishing together.

KARMEN’S KITCHEN TIP: As I have said before, I have to be thoughtful about storage and utensils. The salad spinner bowl serves as a fruit/vegetable bowl – on the table when we are set up, and in the microwave for when the trailer is moving. Bread gets stored in the microwave, too, providing a cushion for the bowl

DINNER: Fish tacos. George lightly fried a mahi-mahi fish filet in a skillet over the fire. Inside, I sauteed onion, green pepper, and mushrooms with Mexican spices. To serve, I warmed the tortillas, and then stuffed them with the fish, vegetables, cheese, diced tomatoes, cabbage slivers, salsa, and cilantro. Buenisimo! Side was home-made cabbage slaw (gotta get through that big head of cabbage taking up room in the refrigerator!)

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