Livingston, MT -- Stampede! Then on to Glacier
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I woke up around 7 am to some kind of braying noise, which I thought to be a moose, elk or even a donkey...nope! It turned out to be a cow! While we were packing up, we heard more noises on the other side of the hill. Then, a bunch of cattle came running over the hill, right towards us...it was a stampede!! Fortunately, there was a small wire fence between us and them, and the whole herd veered to the left of us and ran right on by. What a sight! It's not often that a city boy from Connecticut gets to wake up to a stampede of cattle not 20 feet from where he was sleeping! There was a kid on an ATV with a dog running after, they were herding them to another part of the ranch, which was right next door to our campground.
Today was pretty much a travel day, our next destination is Glacier National Park, near the Canadian border. We stopped long enough for me to get a new digital camera, to replace the one that stopped working in Yellowstone 2 days ago. I've been using the picture setting on my camcorder, but the pics just aren't as clear. Dawn got pulled over just outside of Helena, for doing 16 mph over the limit (86 in a 70, I think it was) Last time I was in Montana, they didn't even have daytime speed limits in some parts! The officer was really nice, he said that Montana actually had the lowest speeding fines in the US.
When we got close to St Mary, where we would be staying just outside of Glacier Park, we could see smoke from a forest fire! For the past week or so they had been battling a blaze in the St Mary area and we got detoured around it, about an hour out of our way. There was a lot of smoke and haze over the mountains. We were routed through a run-down Native American reservation, with a lot of old and dilapidated buildings. We saw a firefighters staging area, where they had tents set up and were alternating between sleeping in shifts and fighting the blaze. We found out that the Going To The Sun Road, the main attraction ( and only road! ) through the park had been closed all week and had just reopened. We stayed at the St Mary KOA, and smelled and watched the smoke as we set up camp.