A shortcut that worked out, a pillar, some caves a mansion and HOBBY LOBBY!

Billings Travel Blog

 › entry 5 of 12 › view all entries
The second "Suzi Shortcut"

     We got up today packed the car up and left the Western Motel, it truly was a nice place to stay. Had breakfast at the Purple Cow again, they have really, really good breakfast and not that I think I am a coffee connoisseur but the best coffee I have had in a long time. I had decided to take another "Suzi shortcut" but this one seemed to turn out ok.....at least the road stayed paved the whole time and didn’t turn to dirt, lol. The plan was to hit up Pompey’s Pillar first. We got there no problem and toured the visitor center. The visitor center there is really cool, it seems to be relatively new and it is very hands on, not only with information about the Lewis and Clark expedition but also about local plants and animals. There were a lot of areas geared towards monsters but I enjoyed myself all the same.

more shortcut
Once we were done in there we headed out towards the pillar itself.

          Pompey’s Pillar is a sandstone butte that sits back from the Yellowstone River. It is important because on the side of it is William Clark's, (of the Lewis and Clark expedition) signature in the sandstone. He carved his name in the rock on July 25, 1806 and is the only physical evidence that exists of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Clark had named the butte Pompey’s Tower originally after Sacagawea’s son whom he had nicknamed Pomp, the name was later changed to Pompey’s Pillar. You can see Clark’s signature on the way to the top of the pillar, it is behind plexiglass though so no one can touch or ruin it. There are steps that take you to the top the pillar and there are nice view of the surrounding area and the Yellowstone River.

and more

     At the bottom of the pillar there is a trail that leads down to the river and around so you can get different angles of it. The river was such a pretty color, I’m not used to that. The river that runs thru the bottom of my town is a grayish brown color, and yet people still swim in it, lol. Anyway, after we left Pompey’s Pillar we headed over to Pictograph Cave State Park. The park is the home to 3 caves Pictograph, Middle and Ghost, two of the three have evidence of being lived in thousands of years ago. Middle cave was closed when we were there but you can walk up to the entrance of both Pictograph and Ghost. The Montana State Park system is pretty cool, if you have a Montana license plate you get in free, if not it’s a nominal fee that vary’s between $ 2.

you get the picture
00 and $ 5.00 dollars depending on the park. On the path to the caves there are signs with different pictographs and a book that shows you what they are and what they mean. We of course didn’t discover that until we got back to the bottom so I have absolutely no idea what any of the pictographs mean, but they were cool to look at.

     The park is only 6 miles south of Billings so it was an easy drive to get there, easy of course until you take the wrong turn and end up on a dead end street. We finally did find the way we were supposed to go (the pathetic thing is Billings isn’t a difficult city to drive in) and managed to make it to Moss Mansion just in time for the last tour of the day.

Yellowstone River from the highway

     Moss Mansion was the home of Preston B. Moss and his family, it was finished in 1903 and is a wonderful huge home. Outside of the home is a beautiful garden that you can walk around in. The mansion was only about 3-4 blocks from our hotel and that was our next stop. We checked in then decided to go out and drive around looking for a place to eat. While driving around I found a car wash, I had been a bit obsessed with Grey Feather’s brown appearance ever since the first "Suzi’s shortcut" so I was so excited when I found the wash. That is until after the wash and Grey Feather dried, he was only Grey on the top part of the car and the bottom part of the car was still brown. So if you ever find yourself in Billings with an obsession to clean your car DON’T pay $ 5.

00 to do a drive thru one that only washed the top half of the car....unless you’re going for that two toned dirty car look. Also while driving around we found a Hobby Lobby which is a craft store, unfortunately or fortunately from a spending point of view we found it 20 minutes before it closed. I still managed to zip thru that place and spend $ 10.00. After that we left and finally found a place to eat called Carino’s Italian Grill which was excellent, evidently it is a chain restaurant and evidently we have one in Monroeville, PA which is not far away, but I had never heard of it. The food was delicious. After dinner we headed back to the Cherry Tree Inn hotel.

Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
The second Suzi Shortcut
The second "Suzi Shortcut"
more shortcut
more shortcut
and more
and more
you get the picture
you get the picture
Yellowstone River from the highway
Yellowstone River from the highway
I love these rattlesnake signs
I love these rattlesnake signs
Pompeys Pillar
Pompey's Pillar
The steps to the top
The steps to the top
The river walkway
The river walkway
Clarks signature.
Clark's signature.
closer
closer
Kerry and Clark
Kerry and Clark
Timer pic # 3
Timer pic # 3
The side of the pillar
The side of the pillar
Looking down at the river
Looking down at the river
View from the top
View from the top
Yellowstone River
Yellowstone River
More views from the top
More views from the top
Me at the top
Me at the top
a dug out canoe like Lewis and Cla…
a dug out canoe like Lewis and Cl…
flowers at Pompeys Pillar
flowers at Pompey's Pillar
The tree arch
The tree arch
River walk
River walk
On the banks of the river
On the banks of the river
The Indian Rock, not its real nam…
The Indian Rock, not it's real na…
On the way to Pictograph Cave Stat…
On the way to Pictograph Cave Sta…
Views around the park
Views around the park
Pictograph drawings
Pictograph drawings
Pictograph drawings.
Pictograph drawings.
faint pictographs
faint pictographs
drawings
drawings
Pictographs
Pictographs
drawings
drawings
The real pictograph
The real pictograph
I see lots of faces in here!
I see lots of faces in here!
On the walk to the Middle Cave
On the walk to the Middle Cave
Middle Cave
Middle Cave
Middle Cave
Middle Cave
Ghost Cave
Ghost Cave
Ghost Cave
Ghost Cave
Ghost Cave at Pictograph Cave Stat…
Ghost Cave at Pictograph Cave Sta…
On the walk to Ghost Cave, do you …
On the walk to Ghost Cave, do you…
I thought this looked like an alie…
I thought this looked like an ali…
;D
;D
Ghost Cave
Ghost Cave
Kerry and I
Kerry and I
take 2
take 2
Flowers at Moss Mansion
Flowers at Moss Mansion
A teepee at Pictograph Cave State …
A teepee at Pictograph Cave State…
Moss Mansion
Moss Mansion
The Conservatory from the outside
The Conservatory from the outside
The conservatory from the inside
The conservatory from the inside
Moss Mansin Gardens
Moss Mansin Gardens
Billings Hotels & Accommodations review
Affordable, Clean AAA hotel
The Cherry Tree Inn is an affordable AAA rated hotel in Billings, MT. The rooms were large and clean, we were 5 minutes away from a shopping mall area… read entire review
Billings Sights & Attractions review
Lovely Mansion in Billings
Moss Mansion, the home of Preston B. Moss and his family is located in Billings, MT. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places an… read entire review
Billings
photo by: cptcrunch767