National Bison Range, Montana

 

Driving from Kalispell to National Bison Range

On our way from Kalispell and Whitefish to Missoula, we had to stop at the National Bison Range in Dixon, Montana. On our way there, we drove on a smaller road on the east side of the Flathead Lake.  Talk about beautiful views!  AND we drove through a bunch of cherry tree orchards!  I’ve seen “Flathead Cherry” jellies all over the place and we finally found where they come from.  Of course being winter the Cherry trees were dormant but I’d love to come back when they are blooming.  The drive from Flathead Lake to the Bison Range was full of wetlands and tons of ducks!  I wish we had stopped to take some pictures because they were in their beautiful breeding plumage.

National Bison Range Sign

The National Bison Range is a National Wildlife Refuge under the stewardship of the US Fish and Wildlife Service (federal government).  Historically, Bison were estimated to number between 30-60 million animals.  By the 1880’s there were about 100 bison left in North America.  The Range was established in 1908 by Theodore Roosevelt to provide a permanent home for some of the few remaining bison in United States.  The refuge includes over 18,000 acres of wildlife habitat and is home to around 350 bison.  The range and the bison are actively managed by US Fish and Wildlife staff.

I highly recommend bringing binoculars if you go to the National Bison Range.  While the animals are very well adjusted to humans, having binos will enhance your experience and bring you closer to the wildlife without disturbing them.  Note that people are not allowed to leave the tour loop or designated walking trails.  Learn more about the National Bison Range and the history of the Bison on their website.

Since we went to the National Bison Range in March which is during their “winter” season, only half of the auto tour loop was open but it was plenty and we spent a few hours seeing the sights.

Before we even got to the tour loop we came across were some white-tail and mule deer.  Once we started noticing them, they were everywhere!

National Bison Range Deer

National Bison Range Whitetail Deer

 

The tour loop ran along a ridge of a small mountain (I guess northerners would call it a hill?) which sloped up to our right.  Down slope to our left was a stream and wetlands, followed by beautiful farm land, and then gorgeous mountains in the distance.

 

National Bison Range Auto Tour Loop

National Bison Range Views

 

Soon enough, we spotted our first Bison along the stream!

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We started seeing bison all along the lower slopes near the water!  In the picture below you can spot both deer and bison.

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Each curve around the mountain brought a new surprise.  We spotted a single cow (female) elk…

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Little did we know that she was leading a herd! They quickly crossed the ridge and gave us some great views.National Bison Range Elk (3)

There were even a few spike bulls (young males) mixed in.  We learned that the big bulls (older males) stay up in the higher elevations as spring and summer approach.

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Pronghorn antelope were also lounging and feeding on some of the less steep ridges.

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This buck (male) Pronghorn below gave us plenty of time to get some close-up pictures.  Pronghorn have such strange yet beautiful shapes to their face.

National Bison Range Pronghorn

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The winter tour loop ended at a parking/viewing area.  There were a group of bison grazing in the distance so we took a few minutes to watch them through our binoculars and walk the dogs.  See those brown dots on the picture below?  Those are bison!

National Bison Range binocular viewing

A few of them were rubbing on this giant rock.  I’m sure dropping their winter coats gets a little itchy!

National Bison Range Bison rubbing

 

This big bull was sitting quietly watching over the herd.

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Bogie desperately wanted to go run but dogs aren’t allowed off leash on the Bison Range (for good reason!)

National Bison Range Bison Viewing

 

On our way back on the tour loop we thought we had seen everything there was to see.  Nope!  The elk herd that was on the steep slope had crossed the road and moved into the wetlands.

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One of my favorite things in the world: elk butt!

 

 

National Bison Range Elk butt

We also some some waterfowl including Canada geese feeding in the stream below the elk.

National Bison Range Canada Goose

And then we watched a funny interaction between 2 species of ducks.  First we spotted a beautiful Hooded Merganser drake (male) relaxing under a tree in the stream.  It wasn’t long before a pair of Mallards came swimming down stream.  I guess the Mallard drake (male) didn’t like the looks of the Merganser, so he chased him off!  I captured it in a few pictures below.

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Little Merganser didn’t stand a chance!

National Bison Range Hooded merganser and Mallard

 

The last species we saw was a Coyote, stalking the fields.  They blend in so well; if he wasn’t moving we never would’ve seen him.

National Bison Range Coyote

 

After the tour loop we stopped in at the Visitor’s Center, which is only open from 10am-2pm during the winter season.

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There was a giant full-body mount of a bison, along with a fresh elk shed, picked up that morning by a staff member!

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I loved this visual depiction of the historical number of Bison in North American compared to today’s Bison population.  The display really gives you an idea of how many Bison we’ve lost.  There are just a few “wild” herds left and even they are mostly within parks and wildlife refuges.

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Just outside of the visitor’s center was a display holding elk sheds found on the Bison Range.  That’s a ton!  Each one weighs 20-40 pounds!

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We had such a great time in our few hours spent at the National Bison Range.  I would love to go back in the summer and fall to see how different everything looks and how different the wildlife behave.  This is a can’t-miss stop in Montana!

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Skiing the Fish- Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana

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On the third day of our Montana road trip we headed through of the town of Whitefish, about 30 minutes north of Kalispell.  We drove through the town and up the mountain to Whitefish Mountain Resort.  The whole way there we could see the ski runs carved in the mountain.

Ski Whitefish Montana

I’ve been skiing 3 times before- in West Virginia, New Mexico, and Alaska.  The most recent time was Alaska about 5 years ago.  I was in Anchorage visiting my mom at Christmas time while she was working up there.  There was a small ski area right outside of the city and I went by myself while she was at work.  By the end of that day I really felt like I finally got the rhythm of skiing down so I’ve been itching to go back ever since!

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Whitefish Mountain Resort Trail Map

Drew has been once before and has not been interested in going again.  So convincing him to go was not easy but he loves me 🙂

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We arrived around 9am.  Late March is nearing the end of their winter season but there were still quite a few people skiing and enjoying the resort.  Drew’s mom Cathy had a hurt back from our Snowmobiling adventure so she stayed in the lodge to watch and take pictures.  It was a beautiful day and we were overdressed.  The weather was warm and sunny and perfect!  We weren’t the only ones in camo, either!  (use what you got!)

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Drew and I checked in at the Base Lodge and purchased the beginner’s package, which is the best deal I’ve even seen on skiing:  $75 per person gets you two days of lower lift tickets, two ski school sessions, and full rentals!  We were only going to be there for 1 day but it was still the best deal we could get.  We picked up our gear, remembered how to walk in those awful ski boots, grabbed a run map and met the other ski school students at the waiting area.    Our morning session was 2 hours with an instructor and about 5 other newbies.

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Drew and I with our awesome instructor Lorne

I was pleasantly surprised that when I put on my skis at Whitefish, it all came back- like riding a bicycle!  But it was nice to go through ski school with Drew as I picked up a lot of improvements I could make.  Our instructor was awesome.  So patient and knowledgeable.  Another thing I’ve never seen before that Whitefish had was a small ski run just for learning, called the Big Easy.  All the ski school students were using it but it never felt overcrowded.  AND instead of a tiny chair lift to get to the top of the Big Easy, they had a conveyor belt called the Magic Carpet!  You ski right up to this moving carpet, push yourself on, and then stand up and ride up the slope!  It’s pretty great and far less intimidating than a chair lift for a first-timer.

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Riding up the Magic Carpet!

So we spent about 2 hours riding the Magic Carpet up and skiing down the Big Easy using different techniques as instructed.

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Skiing down the Big Easy under our Instructor’s watch

Once Drew was comfortable, we left the class to go to the lower chair lift, Lift 6 to the Village.

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Riding Chair Lift 6 to the Village and top of some easy runs

This lower lift takes you from Base Lodge to the Village.  From the Village you can go down Chipmunk or Huckleberry or go up the Big Mountain Express lift which will take you to the top of the mountain!  We did NOT take the Big Mountain Express 🙂  I made that mistake in New Mexico and had to basically ride my skis like a sled down the mountain because I couldn’t handle the big runs!

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Huckleberry Patch ski run

Our instructor recommended the Huckleberry Patch for our first ski run as it was the easiest green run available to us.  WWe made the mistake of trying to get to Huckleberry from a steep hill. There was no slow way to get down this steep hill so I just went straight down and stopped at the top of Huckleberry. Drew tried to switchback down the hill and ended up not being able to get to Huckleberry. He went flying across Chipmunk and wiped out.

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I couldn’t go back so just went down my run. He fell again near the bottom of Chipmunk. I met him at the bottom and he was not happy. I felt awful because the ONLY reason he even WENT skiing was because I love it so much.  And now he busted his butt twice for me.  We decided to take a break and eat lunch with Cathy in the lodge.

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The grilled cheese was TO DIE FOR.  Actually EVERYTHING was delicious so many it was more me being starving and having so much fun!  After lunch Drew went back to the Big Easy to build up his confidence and I went back to Huckleberry.  This time on my way up the chair lift I noticed a cut-across that went under the lift and across Chipmunk to Huckleberry.

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Drew and I coming down Huckleberry

I tried it and it was SO much better than our first go!  I took my time down Huckleberry and went to find Drew.  He reluctantly agreed to give it a go again because he’s amazing.  I brought him the easy way and he actually enjoyed that run!  We did the same run 3-4 more times and got really comfortable.

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I could have stayed all day but Drew and Cathy wanted to head out so we returned our gear, stopped by the gift shop (obviously) and went back to Kalispell.  We didn’t even touch most of the ski runs but I still had so much fun.  My endorphin levels were so ramped up that I was on a natural high all day.

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Happy happy!

On our way down the mountain we even found a Mule Deer yearling and his/her momma feeding on the slopes.

Mule Deer yearling

 

Every time I ski I get more confident and get better with my technique.  This was my 4th time skiing and my first time to not fall at all!  I’m already dreaming of next winter hoping to go again 🙂

 

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Drew and his mom Cathy

 

 

Montana Road Trip- Kalispell

We’ve been living in northeastern Montana for 6 months (officially eligible for resident hunting licenses, yeah!).  Drew’s mom Cathy wanted to come visit us on her spring break so we planned a little road trip!  Here was our itinerary:

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Day 1: drive from home to Kalispell

Day 2: explore Kalispell

Day 3: ski Whitefish

Day 4: drive from Kalispell to Missoula

Day 5: drive from Missoula to Bozeman

Day 6: drive from Bozeman to Chico Hot Springs

Day 7: drive home from Chico Hot Springs

Bogie and Spartacus are such good travelers.  I can't even handle the cuteness!

Bogie and Spartacus are such good travelers. I can’t even handle the cuteness!

The drive to Kalispell took about 9 hours.  Starting the drive in the morning we saw lots of pheasants and some mule deer doe close to the house.

Montana Mule Deer Does

Mule Deer does

But it really didn’t get pretty until we got to Lewis and Clark National Forest and then Glacier National Park.  The roads were mostly closed in Glacier but we were able to enter the park and go 11 miles on the Going-to-the-Sun road along Lake McDonald.

Glacier National Park in Winter

My mother-in-law Cathy at Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park

My mother-in-law Cathy at Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park

We finally made it to Kalispell and stayed at a family member’s condo.  They are winter Texans (or “Snow Birds”) and were still in south Texas so we had the condo to ourselves.  The view was beautiful, but I don’t think there is a view in Kalispell that isn’t beautiful!

View of the Rockies from our condo.

View of the Rockies from our condo.

I like to suggest and pick restaurants in new cities by their TripAdvisor rating so we ate at the #3 restaurant in Kalispell- Hop’s Downtown Grill.

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And it exceeded out expectations!  Hop’s is a small restaurant but the ambiance is warm and cozy.  The staff is excellent, and all so attractive!  The menu was a little pricey, but Cathy wanted to celebrate Drew’s birthday so we enjoyed ourselves 🙂  Drew got the bison burger with homemade chips.  Cathy and I both got the beef tenderloins with rosemary garlic potatoes.  My goodness.   Had I left any sauce on the plate I would’ve licked it clean.  It was an incredible meal!

Beef Tenderloin with Rosemary and Garlic potatoes at Hop's

Beef Tenderloin with Rosemary and Garlic potatoes at Hop’s

We also went to the #5 restuarant in Kalispell- Sweet Peaks Homemade Ice Cream!   Delicious and so reasonably priced!  I got the Lime Curd and Shortbread.

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Sweet Peaks menu

Sweet Peaks menu

Lime Curd and Shortbread homemade ice cream from Sweet Peaks

Lime Curd and Shortbread homemade ice cream from Sweet Peaks

Kalispell is a really cute town.  I wish we had more time to explore the old downtown area.  It also seems like a lovely place to live.

Yarn Bombing in Kalispell!

Yarn Bombing in Kalispell!

 

Moose Bronze Sculpture, Kalispell, Montana

Our second day was wide open so we called up  Swan Mountain Snowmobiling to see if they had anything open.  I’m so glad we did!  We got their info from the local tourist guide and they squeezed us in for a 2-hour Snowmobile trip in the afternoon!  In the morning we went to Cabela’s and spent way more time there than we planned.  But I walked away with a new 7mm-08 rifle after making a trade 🙂  Anyways, we drove up north through Columbia Falls to the Canyon Creek Recreational Area where a lot of people enter the Snowmobile trails.  It was about 30 minutes from Kalispell.  We met our guide at the parking/staging area.  He distributed our rental gear (that included an avalanche beacon, jackets, snow pants, helmets, and even gloves if we needed them!).  He gave us a quick intro to how to drive a Snowmobile (or “sled” as its called in western Montana) and we hopped on.   It was the first time on a snowmobile for all of us!   It was a lot like driving an ATV but turning took some getting used to.  The machines were so light that you really had to use your body weight to help you turn.  We took off onto the trails.  It was so much fun!!  Our guide Shawn took us up and up and up.

Snowmobiling West Glacier

The red line is our Snowmobiling Track up the mountain into Kimmerly Basin and back down again!

View from my Snowmobile

View from my Snowmobile

On the trails!

On the trails!

We climbed 4,000 feet up to  to the Kimmerly basin which was over 6,000 feet.  The trails were the most fun.  The basin looked like a giant playground for snowmobiling.  Tracks everywhere!  Shawn brought us to the highest point to take pictures.

The top of Kimmerly Basin in a quick snow storm!

The top of Kimmerly Basin in a quick snow storm!

A snowmobiler's playground!

A snowmobiler’s playground!

 

Shawn showed us how deep the snow was when he pushed the 10-foot poll into the snow under our feet and it never touched ground!

The snow was over 10 feet deep!  And we were standing on it!

The snow was over 10 feet deep! And we were standing on it!

Shawn let us “play” in the basin and do whatever we wanted!  Which of course means we all got stuck.  Several times.  Mine was the worst.  I really dug the tracks deep trying to get out.  Then Shawn got his sled stuck trying to get me out!  It took about 30 minutes of pulling, pushing, digging and scraping but Drew and Shawn finally got my machine unstuck.  I was a little freaked out but Shawn stayed positive the whole time and even laughed about it.

My snowmobile stuck deep!

My snowmobile stuck deep!

I was done with the playground after all that!  The trail ride back to the staging area was awesome.  Shawn let us really cut it open on the straight-aways.  I got over 55mph (which I thought was CRAZY) but Drew passed me going 70!  Our total ride was 25 miles (up and back down the mountain).  By the time we got back we had definitely gone over our 2 hours and Shawn was such a great guide!  I highly recommend him and Swan Mountain Snowmobiling!

Snowmobiling Canyon Creek Recreation Area, West Glacier, Montana

After all the excitement of snowmobiling we crashed that evening!   Sore quads and backs.  But totally worth it for a check on the bucket list.  And that was just the beginning of our trip!  Stay tuned for more 🙂

Getting Settled in Montana and Duck Hunting

I can’t believe we’ve lived here in Medicine Lake for one whole month already!  (I also can’t believe we are at the end of October already!).  I am in LOVE with our new house. It’s got a basement (I’ve never had a basement!), a huge master bath, new washer, dryer and dish washer, lots of big windows including big back bay window that the dogs love to look out of, and a really efficient geo-thermal central heater. Our front and back yard weren’t finished so there is just a sheet of hay woven into plastic mesh. We’re told we will get sod in the spring. The front of our house faces the lake and the back looks at a shelter belt of trees where we’ve seen pheasants, deer, and birds of prey taking refuge.When we got here the weather was beautiful.  Warm in the 70’s during the day, down in the 40’s at night.  But winter is quickly coming and we are expecting snow tomorrow!


The front of our house which faces the Lake.


The view from our front yard looking out over the Lake and the Refuge.


The view from our backyard looking at a small shelter-belt of trees.


Our master bathroom. I LOVE that tub!

Our first week was a bit boring.  Drew worked for 1 day and then got furloughed.  Our moving truck hadn’t arrived so we were sleeping on air mattresses and eating on paper plates. We couldn’t even drive around the refuge because it was closed!


Bogie didn’t mind the air mattress.

Finally at the end of our first week, our truck arrived!  No more eating dinner on an ice chest.  But more importantly, our hunting gear got here! One of the first things we did when we went into town was get our hunting licenses.  There is so much variety in the game here!  We weren’t eligible for a lot of the big game tags which sold out earlier in the year, but we did manage to buy 2 white-tailed doe deer tags which will fill our freezer nicely.


Montana hunting licenses.

Our second week was spent doing a little unpacking and a lot of hunting.  The open seasons for this week were duck and grouse so that’s what we chased!  Earlier in the week I drove to Williston, our closest “big city” (read: has a Walmart) to attend a job fair.  On the way home I spotted a tiny little pond that was full of ducks in some land that was open to hunting.  Since the refuge was closed, that was our first spot to try to duck hunt and it really paid off!


Our little honey hole.

That was the first time I successfully scouted a hunting spot so I was pretty happy about it 🙂  There were a lot of firsts this week:


Our first Montana hunt!


My first Gadwall.


My first teal (Green-winged).


Drew’s first Grouse (sharp-tailed)


Drew’s first Blue-winged Teal, in a mixed bag.


Drew’s first Canvasback

I’ve really had fun duck hunting these past few weeks. The ducks seem to come in waves and right now there aren’t many here. We are patiently waiting for the next group! They tell us it gets really good once the snow starts!

Drew and Christine Move to Montana

Friday, Sept 20th was our last day working in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas.  We accepted an offer on our house earlier in the week and Saturday was spent anxiously waiting for packing day.

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Our living room in boxes.

Sunday the movers arrived to pack our house.  It was so cool watching them work!  They packed our entire house (except for Dale, our mounted elk) in 8 hours.  While the government paid for this service for us, we both agree that we will never move again unless we can have someone pack for us!  Sunday night we got together with our neighbors for an impromptu cook out.  We will miss our neighbors more than anything else in the RGV.  The people that move in after us are very lucky!

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On Monday, the movers returned to load our stuff in their truck.  We just paced for a few hours while they worked.  SIgned some final paperwork with out real estate agent (who is awesome and highly recommended by the way), and we were ready to leave by 1pm!  We said goodbye to our neighbors and our house and left the Rio Grande Valley.

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One last picture of our first house.

We were originally planning on going through Colorado but avoided the area due to the flooding.  So glad we did because pulling the boat up to Denver would’ve been rough!  We ended up going through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, and finally Montana.

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Our route from south Texas to northeastern Montana.

I spent hours planning our travel and picked hotels based on these standards: 1. Rate within our government travel allotment.  2. Good reviews on Trip Advisor.  3. Pet-friendly (2 dogs over 50 pounds). 4. Free Breakfast. 5. Pool and hot tub!  Every night we did the same thing.  Check in.  Walk the dogs.  Get dinner.  Get in the hot tub.  Bed.

Since we left Monday afternoon we only went as far as San Antonio.  We ended up staying at La Quinta in Schertz, TX.  I give it 4.5 stars.  The staff was very nice and helpful.  There was no pet fee (no pet fee at any La Quinta).  And the breakfast was great.  The only problem was some noise coming through the walls.  But the hot tub was sooooo nice.

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Best part?  Right across the street from Raising Cane’s!  Oh how I’ve missed Cane’s sweet tea.

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Tuesday, we had a short (6.5 hour) drive to our next stop and got to really enjoy the hotel when we got there.  We stayed at Embassy Suites in Norman, OK.  I give it 5 stars!  Wish we could’ve stayed at an Embassy Suites every night.  We did have to pay a pet deposit but it was worth it.  The hotel was beautiful, we had a 2-room suite and the pool was indoors.

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Every evening they have open bar for 2 hours so we had some drinks and ate at the hotel restaurant so we didn’t have to drive.  The breakfast was by far the best one with lots of fresh options.  Even though all the rooms opened to the main corridor, there was NO sound transfer into our room.

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On Wednesday, the drive to Nebraska was quite beautiful.  Rolling plains and rock outcrops.  We had a little trouble with a tire on Drew’s truck, small puncture leaking air.  We had to pull over on the side of the highway so he could change the tire.  I think it took him 20 minutes total which is quite impressive.

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We drove through Kansas and got to Nebraska for our stay at La Quinta in North Platte, NE.  I give it 4 stars.  This was obviously a stopover travel hotel.  Lots of traffic and noisy room.  But we loved the restaurant they recommended: Whiskey Creek Wood Fire Grill.

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We got steak for dinner and smores for dessert!  They bring out a tiny little fire pit on your table and you get to roast the marshmallows right there!  I LOVED this.  What a great idea.

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The dogs travel so well.  Spartacus rides in the front seat in the truck, and Bogie in the front seat of my car.  They are worn out by the time we get to the hotel each night.

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Lunch break!

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Bogie wiped out at the end of the day.

Driving through Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota was our longest day of travel but it was another beautiful one.  We finally spotted some Pronghorn antelope and even had to brake for a grouse to cross the road!  I didn’t get any pictures because we were driving.  We were beat by the time we got to Dickinson.  Dickinson is a boom town right now thanks to the Bakken oil fields that are currently in production.  They estimate that these oil towns have doubled in population in the last 3-4 years thanks to all the oil field jobs.  We stayed at the Microtel in Dickinson, ND.  I give it 4.5 stars.  We picked this Microtel because it was number 1 on Trip Advisor.  The rooms were very nice ( the dogs loved the seat under the window).

I was definitely most tired today.  We got Wendy’s for dinner and after the hot tub we went to bed early.

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This was the only place where we were concerned about our vehicles in the parking lot.  There were even cards on the beds in the hotel that told you to make sure you leave no valuables in your vehicle.  Crime has gone up with the increase in population.  When we were exhausted at 8:30pm we realized that we were in Mountain Time!  Totally didn’t realized we crossed time zones.  The breakfast was OK.  All the oil field workers get up at 5am so breakfast was a little old by the time we got downstairs at 8.

The drive from Dickinson, ND to Williston, ND and Medicine Lake, MT was a mix of BEAUTIFUL scenery and oil field traffic.

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All the highways were under construction and being expanded.  We got stuck behind lots of oil trucks.  But the views were incredible.  Especially when driving through the National Grasslands and Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  That’s where we saw our first bison of the trip!

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Looking across to Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota.

We drove through WIlliston just to see what it was like and pick up a few things at the store.  It is COLD up here!  Williston was crazy with traffic and we were glad to get out of there.

Our final destination is our new home on Medicine Lake.

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The front of our house, facing Medicine Lake.  It’s a new house so the sod isn’t here yet.

On our way in we stopped to watch 6 hen pheasants get out of the road.  We’ve seen a ton of ducks, geese, and swans plus lots of other birds.  Words can not describe out beautiful our new home is.  And how happy we are to have finally arrived.

Me in our front yard.

Spartacus is in heaven, finally in a climate he was bred for.  Bogie is just happy to be with us.  I got a solid 11 hours of sleep our first night here.  Then I embraced my inner pioneer woman and made a hot breakfast!

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Country living is fantastic so far.  We are spending the next two days getting settled and acclimatized to our new 2,000 foot elevation before our moving truck arrives and we fill our new house.I can’t wait to explore our new home!!

Sunrise over Medicine Lake, Montana.