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Leg 3 - to Great Falls, MT

We must have an affinity for rivers. In Billings we were on the banks of the mighty (or dry) Yellowstone River. Tonight, in Great Falls, we’re on the banks of the mighty Missouri River. In this case, mighty is apropos. This also is especially fun because the Missouri played on important role in the exploration and expansion of the West. The Lewis and Clark Trail exploited the Missouri.

The drive here from Billings was very pleasant. At one point we were climbing a pass and drove through a wind farm that was harvesting the wind which wasblowing in our faces. You can imagine what it did to our gas mileage. At this point the temperature dropped to 32 degrees. It was entirely overcast for the whole 250 miles.

When we arrived, we went to the Charles M Russell Museum in Great Falls. He is one of the most famous and successful artist of the Old West. His paintings of the West as exibited are moving and exciting. He painted everything from Sitting Bull (of Little Big Horn fame) to buffalo hunters to wildlife. We were amazed at how prolific and artist from drawing, to paintings and sculpting.

When we walked out of the museum, the Big Sky was clear and sunny. What a pleasant sight after the snow experience in Billings.

Maureen broke out her felting supplies. In 2004, she became the teddy bear expert. This year, using the books of Birgitte Krag Hansen from Denmark to learn a new craft. Can’t wait to see the results.

Tomorrow we will be crossing the Canadian border and stopping in Calgary. Calgary is the gateway to the Canadian Rockies and home to the Calgary Stampede Frontier Days and the host of the 1988 Winter Olympics. We may spend an extra night there and drive up to Banff - one of our favorite places on earth.

Oh - if you’ve been following this journal. Angus is back to his old self.