6/6 – 6/9 Great Falls KOA; Great Falls, Montana

Arrived in Great Falls Montana on Monday 6/6th. It was a long drive and for about a 20 mile stretch we were on an unpaved road, preparing us for the trip in Canada and Alaska. Both RVs and cars are filthy.

Weather was misty (we wanted to have a hard rain to wash the vehicles) but is supposed to be good the rest of our stay here.

Tuesday 6/7th was a day to get things accomplished. Mike spent most of the morning on the phone trying to get service for the RV Aqua Hot system. It seems to be working most of the time to allow hot showers but it's not a sure thing so we are still concerned. He was finally able to schedule service with a roving RV mechanic in Calgary next week on the 15th. Hopefully it works fine until then. If we need a part, we are sure they will not have it and it will be ordered and will get it delivered to another stop and hope either Mike can fix it orwe can get another service person out.

Went to dinner at Jaker's Grille and Bar. Mike, Jim and I had some wonderful prime rib and Anita had a ribeye cap. We are in Montana so obviously the steaks should be fantastic. Oh, and they had great Lemon Drop Martinis as well. While the steaks have been great I've had enought beef for a while.

While walking along the river's edge we found the Roe River. The smallest river is the country or world, depending on what you read. I was sooooo proud. Anita took a picture of me at the beginning of the river and the end to show just how "big" it is.

Interesting Facts about Montana

Montana is bordered by Idaho to the west; North Dakota and South Dakota to the east; Wyoming to the south; and by the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan to the north. It is the fourth-largest state by area, the eighth-least populous state, and the third-least densely populated state. Its state capital is Helena. The western half of Montana contains numerous mountain ranges, while the eastern half is characterized by western prairie terrain and badlands.

The economy is primarily based on agriculture, including ranching and cereal grain farming. Montana is a relative hub of beer microbrewing, ranking 2nd in the nation in number of craft breweries per capita.

Great Falls is the third most populous city in the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Cascade County. The population was 60,442 according to the 2020 census. The city covers an area of 22.9 square miles.

Great Falls is home to the Roe River ......  the world's shortest river!!!!! 😜

Wednesday 6/8th we went to another Lewis & Clark Interpertive Center. This one was bigger than the one in ND and covered the facts for the majority of the trip.

From there we went to the Great Falls, which was rather disappointing. I expected to see these "great" falls but there was just a dam with some smaller falls. Apparently ther built the dam in the early 1900s ro control the water flow and for power. When Lewis & Clark got to it, they had to go around it because they were too big and dangerous to cross.

There was a suspension bridge to cross to get there. Anita was not happy with it and would only go by herself so we wouldn't shake it on her. I did skip across it for a little bit.

Lastly, after going out to dinner and playing Rummikub (I won three games), Mike and I took Abby to the field and she met up with 4 friends. Well, 3 were good friends, one was a little iffy in the beginning but got nice. Abby could outrun them but did get a little intimated by them especially when the German Shepard ran into her (accidentallly) and seemed to hurt her a little (she's fine).

Onto Glacier National Park tomorrow, Thursday 6/10th.

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