After we left Glacier National Park we made the trek to Great Falls, Montana to do some re-provisioning and pick up our mail for the first time since we had left Fairbanks. It was a pretty important mail call, as it included our new license plates and title for Daisy Duke Diesel, and a slew of paperwork that went along with our transition of selling the house.
When we got to Great Falls we were pleasantly surprised to find that travel around this fairly large town wasn’t very difficult even with the trailer in tow. We had originally thought of getting a spot at one of the two RV parks in town, just so we could drop the trailer as we ran errands. However we found that the Wal-Mart, SamsClub, and Flying J all had free spots to camp in if needed, but we would have to keep the trailer attached. We took the chance with no issues, and after a day of shopping we stayed in the Wal-Mart parking lot for the first time in our travels. We were parked with about 6 other campers there. We also found a great dog park that the pups just loved, and so did we.
In the morning after our first day of shopping, we went and did our laundry that had collected over the week, and went and collected our mail that was forwarded to us from Alaska. We then hit the road for a day of travel. We were on our way toward Yellowstone National Park, with the idea if we started running out of daylight that we would boondock on the way. That is exactly what we did. With our AllStays App on the IPhone we located a BLM recreation site to stay at, and it was so nice, and not to mention free, that we decided to stay two nights.
The BLM Recreation site is called Carbella, and it’s on the shores of the Yellowstone River, which is a tributary to the Missouri River. This area is full of history, like all of Route 89 which goes through Montana, and is an area explored by the Louis and Clark Expeditions on their way back from the Oregon Coast. When we were first getting to the site we found herds of White Tail deer in different fields, some with groups near 40 in number, all grazing in the farmers fields.
The Carbella Recreation site just like most other BLM land has a max stay of 14 days, and is free to use without a permit. Surrounded by farmers’ fields, and rolling plains, it’s a fairly barren land with sporadic trees mainly along the rivers edge. We had to be careful walking the dogs in the area as we found lots of cactus, and there was threat of rattle snakes in the area, something I haven’t had to worry about since my days of living in Georgia as a kid.
On the first night we were the only camper at Carbella, however the next night we found ourselves camping with a few extra campers. On our first day we worked on some of our chores and maintenance to the truck and trailer, and then did some of our online work as we had LTE Verizon at Carbella. We decided one day of being off the road for travels wasn’t enough so we made the decision to stay for 3 nights/ 2 days before making the last 40 miles to our camp spot in Yellowstone National Park.