We took a drive to Helena, to check out the state capitol.
The building and its interior is quite impressive.
If you’re ever in Helena, be sure to stop and check it out. It’s worth the time.
We had the chance to go tent camping a couple of times. Our first trip was to Lost Creek State Park.
With gray limestone cliffs towering over 1,200ft high on both sides of us, our camp spot was perfectly located.
Lost Creek Falls, cascading 50ft.over the limestone, was an easy hike to view.
A beautiful trail north of the falls winds through the forest.
We just hiked to the bridge, crossing Lost Creek.
The water was cold and clear.
Our second trip was to Thompson Falls State Park.
This small state park is located right next to The Clark Fork River.
The temp. was well into the 90’s, making the river a refreshing place to escape the heat.
Our camp spot was located amongst the tall pines.
The falls are now damned up, producing electricity for the nearby communities and beyond.
A walking bridge crosses the water and goes to an island.
We’ve always talked about volunteering. Since we started traveling, our goal was to help at a National Park or similar place. Well, we are fortunate enough to have landed a volunteer position at Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site. For three months, working at the ranch has been tons of fun. We work three days, then have four days to explore the area in and around Deer Lodge, MT.
We greet visitors at the visitor center/ gift shop and give historic house tours.
I somedays get to be a chuckwagon cook, talk about the duties of the cook and make cowboy coffee.
We have learned a lot about the history of the ranch and Montana ranching.
It’s been a great experience, a beautiful place to volunteer and we’re looking forward to next year here.