Cheap RV Living Update: Goodbyes, Bears, Turkeys And More

Well hey there everybody…time for a cheap rv living update from us, I’m thinkin’? My daughter just left this week and so I’ll fill you in on the past two weeks. Took a vacation myself from the computer because…well…do you really want to sit at a laptop when your daughter is visiting? Nope. Now it is catch up time! Will be posting some more specifics, with pictures, a day at a time…because if I put it all in this post, you wouldn’t be too happy with the length! So for tonight, will just say “hey!” and give a brief recap. My daughter reconnected with friends as if they’d just seen each other last month. It was awesome to see. She spent a LOT of her time camping, swimming at the beach at Lake Koocanusa and just catching up. The weather was sunny and hot the entire two weeks, so she … Continue reading

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Daughter Visits: Thanks Amtrak Empire Builder For Date Night!

Dear Amtrak, we want to thank you and the Empire Builder for your usual tardiness, which resulted in our having an actual date night on July 18th, seeing a fantastic live band called Big Daddy Love perform at The Craggy Range in Whitefish, MT. You see, my daughter departed Chicago on July 17 and was riding the train solo for the first time. Having lived in Montana for eight years in her youth, she knew the train was often late – but none of us expected it to be THIS LATE. Yes, I kept in close contact with “Julie” – your virtual employee – watching online as well as the arrival time kept getting pushed back further and further…and that was on day one. She had a 32 hour train ride ahead of her and by the time 1/3 of the travel was behind her, she was hours late. Anyway, … Continue reading

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Our RV Blog Review Of Rexford Bench Campground Montana

If you look for campgrounds that are affordable, yet not too hard on the rv, you will love Rexford Bench Campground. Montana has some of the most gorgeous parks in the national forest, and this is just one of those. I’m going to show you it through pictures and more details then you will likely find on the MT camping sites. If you’re like us, you really want a feel for a place before you make the trek to your campsite…so hope this helps! The campground is in Rexford, MT. If driving on 37, you’d almost miss the turn off for the TOWN, let alone the campground…you can’t see the town from the highway at all. But when you make that right turn, you will turn right again rather quickly to head into this beautiful camping area. Let me start by saying that though this site is very recreational vehicle … Continue reading

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One Less Karen Performs At Motorcycle Rally In Fortine, MT??

Well folks, it was time to get back on the horse musically – so yesterday One Less Karen (that’s us) performed at the first gig we were offered…at the 1st annual motorcycle rally at Jerry’s Saloon in Fortine, MT. Yep. We did. Not fricking kidding. The following is our tale of yesterday’s experience. Let me start by exclaiming that, contrary to popular belief, sometimes alcohol is INDEED your friend. Don’t believe me? Yeah…well try performing original tunes at a motorcycle rally and get back to me on that, ok?   Let’s begin at the beginning…this is an rving blog after all, right? Believe it or not, Jerry’s Saloon has about a dozen rv sites available with full hookups but no bath house ($300/month including electric in summer, if interested) – and it is a gorgeous area. We aren’t camping there, of course, because we have a great private site in … Continue reading

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Why I Love Kalispell Montana Weather In The Summer

I forgot just how much I love Kalispell, Montana weather in the summer. RVing fulltime in MT isn’t just perfect for the beauty it offers, it has the best climate, too. I think of last summer, when we were baking in record heat in Mahomet, Illinois – while unable to breathe in the humidity and nightly “low” temps in the 80s. Ahhhh! These rvers and their pets were all going postal, if you recall from our blog a year ago. I mention Kalispell because when most think of NW Montana, they think of the “big city” of Kalispell, in addition to Glacier National Park. Weather in our neck of the woods, no matter what town you are in, is pretty much identical – perfect… So what makes it perfect? I will give you a visual…. THIS IS ME, BY DAY THIS IS ME, BY NIGHT Yes, during the summer days, … Continue reading

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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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Now THIS Is How To RV Full Time – Our First Few Weeks

So we are finally remembering that THIS is how to rv full time! Ok, it was kinda like riding a bicycle after we finally settled in – a little wobbly and not sure how to sit still. But now we’re getting it. We’re excited about some plans for this rv blog in the near future, too. We want to share this gorgeous area with you, so plan to do some picture taking and showing you cool, hidden primitive campsites, back roads and some other things. Hope you’ll like it!   So permanent rv living for the summer in this beautiful site in Trego, Montana, has been such a pleasure so far. Of course, soon after we settled in we got the record heat. It was a bit of a disappointment only because, for those of you who read our blog last year at this time, we were trapped inside our … 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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