Lewis and Clark Again – Montana

On September 20, we dry camped at Chinook Water Plant in Montana.  On the way there, we stopped at Pompeys Pillar National Monument.  It is where the Lewis and Clark expedition stopped on July 25, 1806.  Pompeys Pillar was originally called Pompeys Tower, after Sacajawea’s son, and William Clark engraved his name on an area of the pillar, where it is still viewable today.  We had to climb over 200 steps to get to the top.

The next day, we drove to North Dakota.  We moved to Fort Buford Campground.  On the way there, since it had been raining recently, we got stuck in deep mud on a road basically no one was driving on.  We prayed, and soon, two girls came along, driving for fun in an ATV.  One girl got her dad to pull us and our RV out using a tow strap.  He connected it to the back of his truck and the front of ours.  At the campground, we got stuck in mud again and had to call a tow truck to pull us out.

We also went to Bear Paw Battlefield, where a ranger gave us a tour.  It is where the Nez Perce and U.S. fought their final battle, following the Nez Perce’s attempted flight to Canada and the battle at Big Hole.  Chief Joseph (on the Native Americans’ side) convinced his people and the other tribes to stop fighting, because many had died, and their women and children were suffering from the war.  He surrendered, and on October 1877, they were exiled to Indian Territory in Oklahoma.  The Native Americans were not able to thrive in the area, and in 1885, they were allowed to go to reservations in the Pacific Northwest.

My favorite plant in North Dakota and Montana was sage.  The ranger at Bear Paw showed us one type which smelled sort of like rosemary to me.

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