June 17, 2018. We leave our overnight camp in the Drummond City Park with a light mist falling. Hoping to find some sunshine we chug along through this tiny town and find the freeway entrance to head west on I-90. I don’t like to travel the freeways unless it’s necessary, and in Montana it is quite often necessary. Due to the gorgeous, towering mountain ranges connecting roads are, more often than not, non-existent. It’s the long way, the freeway, or no way!
We gain Missoula and spend a night at Wally. I do absolutely no scouting; the traffic in this city is horrendous! There is a dog park here that is supposed to be a really nice one, but although I find the park next morning, the access is by footbridge, and I can find no place to park. The businesses must have gotten tired of dog people parking in their lots and there are signs everywhere threatening being towed if you park in their lot and are not a customer. I’ve learned my lesson and do not mention DOG PARK, so The Chiweenie Brothers don’t know they are missing out.
Our next camp is found along Fish Creek at the Big Pine fishing access area. It’s about 4 miles in off I-90, the last mile or so dirt. Or should I say mud. The clouds are breaking up so the hope is that it will dry out a bit and we can stay here a few days.
There are five or six camp sites at Fish Creek, and only one is occupied. Lots of trees and bushes separate the campsites giving wonderful privacy. I choose a site down a short “driveway” leading right to the river and park so our view out the side doors is of the rushing water, the driver’s side–which has the cooler–in the shade. We head out exploring.
This fishing access camp along Fish Creek is home to the largest known ponderosa pine in Montana.
There are also some beautiful wild rose bushes here. and this shrub with the white flowers. Any guesses as to what it is?
The boys settle down for a little nap.
One night here, and we leave. It’s raining again and it’s just plain muddy. The road out is fine even though it’s soup. I need to find a spot where I can walk the boys without bringing Mother Earth inside the van every time we step outside.
We stop at a wayside along I-90, kind of a mini rest area for lack of a better word. There is room for a truck and a couple of cars and it has a vault toilet. This sign tells the story of the building of the road through these mountains. I try to see where the cut was made but I don’t find it here. nor do I find it once we get moving again. There is road work going on and I daren’t ogle the scenery much.
Thanks for stopping by! Hugs, Shawna
Fish Creek Fishing Access is a boondocking site, but it does have a vault toilet, tables, and fire rings. NO water and no garbage (pack it in/pack it out). Cost: Free. There are one or two spots big enough for a medium sized trailer. Walk the “driveways” before pulling in as several of the sites have no way to turn a vehicle and a trailer around. Unless your really good a backing up 🙂