Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Plugged in once again......

8:20 am - Tuesday - June 16th - Livingston, MT - 52° F, 66% humidity, wind 7 mph out of the west by northwest......heavy cloud cover with light rain today with a forecast high of 60° F, and a 77% chance that the rain will continue all day, and into Wednesday, which is why we are at the Park County Fairgrounds in Livingston plugged into a 50 amp outlet for two days......the view this morning......↴


......the weather we have had lately reminds me more of April in this north country than June.....when is summer coming?

 We awoke to 32° F temps Monday morning, but NO wind for a change.  The skies were mostly clear with some high, wispy clouds, but it appeared warmer weather was in the offing.  Our Jello plan was to roll our wheels by 9 am.....we were on our way by 8:47 am....I love it when a plan comes together!

As we rolled north on US-87 toward Ennis the road was smooth, and there was somewhat of a shoulder.....


.....which became a little wider as the miles passed into our rear view mirrors.....


......and the terrain was mostly flat, and downhill, but there were a few brief ups and downs along the way....


......we took a brief break in Ennis after an hour of driving, and then continued our drive northward to I-90.  As we neared the Interstate the road became narrower, and the shoulder disappeared for the last 10 miles......


.....eventually we made it to I-90, and began the last 27 miles into Bozeman, MT where we left the Interstate at exit 305 to park in the Rest Area, which just so happened to be 1.5 blocks from COSTCO where my next blood pressure prescription awaited me.  As we exited the Newell we were greeted with temps in the mid 70's....quite a pleasant change from the last three days.  Within 15 minutes we had changed into our 'Sunday go to meeting' clothes, and had extracted the VW from the trailer......


......COSTCO's national policy is that everyone who works there, and all customers must wear face masks, so we gladly complied for the 15 minutes, or so we were in the store.  For those who may have forgotten, Gallatin County, where Bozeman is located, has had 188 confirmed cases of the Wuhan Flu in four months with one single death.....the entire state of Montana has had 573 confirmed cases with just 18 deaths, and yet COSTCO treats Montana as if it were New York.  Outside COSTCO you barely saw anyone wearing a mask, except for employees of national stores like COSTCO, Starbucks, Walmart, etc.  

After our brief mask wearing foray into COSTCO I drove TLE over to a local Urgent care facility so she could have a spider bite she received a couple of weeks ago checked, and treated.....it just wasn't healing.  While she was there I drove over to a local Jeweler to have the batteries in my Seiko dress watch, and Casio Quartz divers watch changed......


.....I've had the Casio divers watch since 1991, and the Seiko since 2000.....I don't wear the Seiko often, but when I need a dress watch I'm glad I have it.  On the other hand, I wore the Casio pretty much every day for the 9 months we spent working at Ramona Oaks RV 'Resort', so I'm glad to have them keeping time once again.

On my way back to the Urgent care I called TLE to see if she was ready for pickup, but she was not so I stopped in at the local Starbucks to get a......you know what's coming.....Mocha Frappuccino.  At this Starbucks the employees all had face masks on....most of the time....and they had also opened up their alfresco dining area.....the inside seating was still off limits, but being able to sit outside for 20 minutes at a Starbucks was just one more sign that things are becoming somewhat more normal here in Montana in the middle of June.  Just as I was finishing the last sip TLE called to say she was done, and ready to be retrieved.  I was less than 30 seconds away, so was there quickly, and we were back at the Newell within 15 minutes.  By 2 pm we were back on I-90 after a 2.5 hour layover.

We arrived in Livingston, MT around 2:30 pm, and the Park County Fairgrounds shortly thereafter.  Before we parked for our two day stay we used the dump station to discharge 6 days of effluent, and then the fresh water station to take on 60 gallons of water.  Once that was done we moved our rig over to RV-8, our 50 amp electrical only site......

 Our site at Park County Fairgrounds....right next to the rodeo arena......

.....and just across the fence from the local golf course.....

 .....and in very close proximity to the fresh water station, and dump station

.....Claude and Gail left Bill Frome County Park shortly after we did, but took a slightly different route to Livingston.  They opted for full hookups at Osen's RV Park closer to the Interstate where they had a readily available laundry.  Around 3 pm Claude called to make a dinner date for 5:30 pm at Fiesta en Jalisco, which also happens to be our favorite Mexican restaurant in Livingston.....they get four stars from Yelp, and TripAdvisor.....I always say you can judge how good the food going to be at a Mexican restaurant by the quality of their salsa and chips.....

Photo courtesy TripAdvisor


.....and they were both excellent, so you know the food was definitely 4 star quality.  By 7 pm we were bidding each other adieu and heading for our respective domiciles for the evening.  

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