Category Archives: Cool Places Out West

Having A Picnic At North Dickey Lake Campground

Just popping in to say hello and share our picnic day at North Dickey Lake Campground in Trego, MT. We’ve been enjoying being at our private rv site so much, it was hard to get going! However, my dad was coming down from the mountains to spend the day and night with us, so this was the perfect meeting spot. The turn to the camping area is just north of mile marker 163 on Hwy 93. When coming from the south, you hang a left and will see the camp entrance about 1/4 mile down, on your left. We got some good laughs when my dad arrived, because I said more than once “when you see the fork in the road and the sign that says camping to the right and beach to the left…go to the beach.” Yeah, well THAT didn’t happen. So dad apparently was enjoying his drive … Continue reading

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We Found Utopia – The Perfect, FREE RV Site In Trego, Montana

Well…we are happy to report we found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, after rving a total of 2,031 miles! We just never thought the puzzle pieces would come into place once we got home, but we are so happy that they did. So let’s catch up on where we last left off…our last day, departing Shelby, Montana and heading home to Trego, MT. The drive from Shelby to Trego is just amazing – and we’ve done this route many, many times when we lived in Montana full time in a house. You see the eastern border of Glacier Park in the distance…then it gets closer and you’re skirting the southern border of Glacier National Park for hours along Highway 2.   The air smells like something you wish you could bottle (no, “pine” air fresheners don’t cut it)…and the air is so crisp and clean…you … Continue reading

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Great RV Site: Lake Shel-oole Campground, City Of Shelby MT

Well we made it to a great rv site at Lake Shel-oole Campground in the city of Shelby, MT. This is our first time camping here and we can tell we are almost home (will be tomorrow). Have almost the entire park to ourselves, it is overcast and cool, wind is blowing and is rocking me to sleep as I type…so if the words in this post suddenly stop, you’ll know I’m napping.   We left Stanford, Montana this morning and continued on down the road to Great Falls. Then hopped on I-15 and took it straight to Shelby. One note those traveling this path should know…the hills get steeper. Not scary grades, but very slow driving today and hard on the truck, for sure. It just never ended. Even on Interstate 15 you would climb, plateau, climb again. About 7 miles south of Shelby there is actually one 7% … Continue reading

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Best RV Route Highway 3 Billings MT To Glacier National Park

We’re on the road again and are pleased to report we love the rv route on Hwy 3 from Billings MT to Glacier National Park so far! We are making our way to Glacier, slowly but surely, and had a great trip today. Today’s rving tips and tales are to help you find answers you want to know when traveling this way…because we couldn’t find our answers no matter how hard we tried, so we just took a chance and went with our gut. When you are leaving Billings, Montana you have a few options. The problem for us is that we only had 50 miles under our belts since our big breakdown and repair in Hardin, MT. So our confidence was down, to say the least. When something like that happens, it takes some distance to start feeling comfortable like you did up to that point. We really wanted … Continue reading

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Days 7/8 – NOT Cheap RV Campgrounds But We Don’t Give A Damn

Well, without further ado, here is our cheap rv living blog update for days seven and eight, as we continue our trek west…have you missed us? Today marks day 8 since we left Rantoul, Illinois – but given I was too damn tired and lazy to even look at the computer last night, you get two days for the price of one! Speaking of PRICE, I’m so glad I did the research on cheap rving sites to date, because once you get into the tourist utopias of the “Badlands” and “Yellowstone” – well, goodbye frugality. Cha-ching…that’s the sound of everyone making money on your desire to explore the west. It is too funny……..every state has “the gateway to Yellowstone.” Gateway? It’s hundreds of miles away!! We got some laughs on those signs in the past few days. Yeah…turn off here…you’ll get there in a few days. But I digress…… DAY … Continue reading

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Day 6 – Cheap RV Campgrounds! Mobil 24 Express In Wasta SD

Well it’s day six of our rving adventure and we found a true cheap rv campgrounds gem here in Wasta, South Dakota. The Mobil 24 Express has eight spaces for rvs and they only charge $5.00/night for electric! Will share the pros, cons and pics in a minute…but let’s tell you about our sixth day heading west to Montana.   Oh Wall Drug – you were on our mind every .5 miles once more today, with your cute billboard signs telling us if we don’t stop we are complete idiots. However, we’ve been to the tourist town on more than one occasion and had no reason to pull off there today. We left Presho and I had my fingers crossed that our next stop in Wasta, where a few reviews I read said it is cheap, was still in existence. On I-90 in South Dakota, if you mess up, it’s … Continue reading

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Day 5 – New Frontier Campground – Presho South Dakota I 90

Many people looking for rv parks in SD are traveling the long stretch on South Dakota I-90. Aside from 200 miles of billboards pleading with you to stop in Wall, SD, there isn’t much else before then! These are the stretches of highway, as most rvers know, where you just hope the rv gods keep the camper running. It would take hours waiting for a tow truck and there is nothing except Wall billboard signs for shade.   So let’s recap day five of our journey. We left Marion, South Dakota, heading to do some errands in Mitchell, SD. This was our first day of not having a planned stop for the night in an rv park. We called places for a 50 mile stretch only to find they hover around $30 no matter where you go. Ok…we’ve had some cheap rv sites to camp in so far…so we don’t … Continue reading

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The Huckleberry Festival In Wallace, Idaho: Lodging Or RV Sites

Wallace is a silver mining town right off of Interstate 90 in the Silver Valley mining district of the panhandle area of Idaho. This small area of beautiful mountains and streams has produced more silver than any other place in the country.  Wallace itself is a historic city with a population of around 800. It is unique in having the entire downtown area of several square blocks designated as a historic site.  In 1996 the movie Dante’s Peak was filmed in and around Wallace, and the 980 film Heaven’s Gate also featured some Wallace-shot footage. It is a picturesque and very western town, with old saloons, a bordello museum , a silver mine tour, and a historic hotel (The Ryan) that is currently and unfortunately closed, though everything is historical there and there are many places that offer lodging in older hotels. Wallace has been dear to us since our … Continue reading

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