Monday, June 10, 2013

The Big Hole

We pulled out of Darby around 9 am and headed south to the Lost Trail Pass again.  The truck pulled the mountain pass very well.

The fires have killed many trees in this area.  The people of the Bitterroot Valley all talk about how bad it is in fire season.

We turned east onto Highway 43 at the top of the pass.  Two years ago when we were in the area we stopped at Big Hole National Battlefield.  The visitor center was blocked and everything was pretty much closed.  Today Bill and I were glad we gave it another chance.  It was worth the stop and we learned a lot about the Nez Perce War of 1877.  There are things in history that we should be ashamed of and this is definitely one.  I highly recommend watching the video which took 5 years to make.  

General of the Army William T Sherman called the Nez Perce War of 1877: "One of the most extraordinary Indian wars of which there is a record.  The Indians...displayed a courage and skill that elicited universal praise; they abstained from scalping, let captive women go free, did not commit indiscriminate murder of peaceful families...and fought with almost skill...."  On the other hand the Army had an affinity for attacking in the dead of night and killed more women and children than they did warriors.  When they attacked they burned the tipis with sleeping children in them.  

Our travels took us to Wisdom and we could have gone north or south but we took the northern road which we have traveled on before.  South on I 15, but just for a little while to Dillon.  Bill and I like to avoid the interstates as much as possible.

Sometimes you pull into a place and immediately like it.  That's the way we felt about Countryside RV Park.  We decided to stay the week and we'll day trip from here.  

I took the picture inside the RV looking out the living room window.  

Turtle Safely.........


  1. We loved that park when we were there. Be sure to go to Bannack State Park.

  2. That's why we picked this location. Tomorrow morning Bannack State Park. We also want to do Nevada City and Virginia City.


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