Day 24 – Saint Regis to Anaconda MT
Ugh at construction. And EFF YOU at some construction contractors putting the cones a few feet into our lane, leaving us no wiggle room for when the wind gusts. I (L) hit four of them. I ran one completely over. Lots of others were down, too. And there was some dolt going along and putting them back. Um, hello? Put them ON the line instead of in our lane, dipshit. I’m just glad the RV is okay. We hit a second patch of construction later, but that crew had the common sense to put them on the line.
Otherwise, the drive was pretty. Montana is a lot greener than it is ever depicted on screens. It’s way more like Washington (at least over here) than Utah. We’ll see in a few days if the rest is as green.
Once settled, we hit Carmel’s bar for some dang good burgers. We drove around the wonky little town. It’s kinda cute.
Day 25 – Butte MT
E wanted to tour the World Museum of Mining, so we drove over to Butte. The museum was quite underwhelming. It feels like every time someone in the town dies with a collectible or three, their heirs (who don’t want the thing/stuff) donate it to “the” museum. There were toys, rocks, instruments, vehicles, and more. Most of the items were not remotely associated with mining or the time period.
Butte is home to a couple of little colleges, several old mines (copper was big up here), and a massive quarry that “struck water” in a roundabout kinda way and is now flooded with toxic water. It was very pretty, but they have to play weird beeps and fire canons to keep the birds from landing in it. There must not be any grackles in Montana. Hey Texas, if you can catch the grackles, we know where you can dump them!
We had lunch at the Staggering Ox and it was amazing. I had a sandwich made with French Toast (but not sweetened like for breakfast) that was unreal. E had his on their trademarked bread that looks like it was made in a can.
We made a supply run at the grocery store and headed back to Anaconda.
Day 26 – Jeepin’ Around
We had a very nice note on our Jeep this morning! awwwww!
We had to go see the 585′ tall Anaconda Smelter Stack. (We didn’t go to the park; it just didn’t seem worth it.) And then we drove out to Silver Lake and Georgetown Lake, where the wildflowers are still blooming. We also stopped at a cute dive bar on the way out of that area.
We got home just in time to batten down the hatches as a super windy storm blew in.