After moving back to the lower 48, I have bought an RV and have been living on the road.
By: joealaska , 7:15 PM GMT on July 02, 2014
Today I headed out of FAIRMONT RV PARK and went through Anaconda one more time. Just an hour west then north, I now sit in downtown Philipsburg, Montana. It is a small old west town where I have booked a week camping at Philipsburg Inn and RV Park. I am sure the town is typical tourist trap, but it has a lot of history and stuff to see nearby. Mining was the big thing. It started as gold, but then they started finding gems. Sapphires, rubies, and more.
There are many small ghost towns nearby, as well as old mine sites.
Last year I spent the 4th of July in Jamestown, ND. This year should be very interesting. There will be plenty of time to soak up the local color and enjoy the holiday.
I am now in the SLOW DOWN phase of the journey. Less driving, more camping.
I played 3 days of golf in a row in Anaconda, as there will be no courses near Philipsburg. The closest would probably still be Anaconda. Of course, I could always come back to Anaconda. That would probably not happen, given the forest roads and mines right in my back yard to explore.
Yesterday I took a ride up into the mountains near my camp. German Gulch was an old gold mine circa 1864. I took the road up to it, but it was closed before I was able to see anything. Although the scenery was pretty good!
It is pretty warm now. Looks like I will need to turn on the AC again. It has been a while since I used it. Here it is July, and I still have used the heat almost every night of the trip.
So I have just arrived. The RV is hooked up, now I have to unstrap the Toyota and take a little ride to see what is here and make a game plan.
I have a bunch of photos, will post later. The 4th of July will mark my one month of being on the road.
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