Our lives now include living at one of the nicest senior communities in the USA. Rossmoor in Walnut Creek, CA. We will still travel in the RV but not full time.

Methodist Church in the town of Stevensville near Hamilton MT

I find a place everyday to fall in love with and I also find the most delightful people to talk with.  It’s definitely a dream come true.  Also Russ and I are getting easier about the motorhome and about our jobs managing it and about our communication.  The Bickersons are no more-well for a while I suppose.

After leaving Salmon, Idaho we climbed forever to cross the Chief Joseph Pass.  He was the Nez Perce Chief that fought a huge battle high in the mountains as he tried to get away from the land the Americans had reduced in size by 9/10th and expected the Nez Perce to live on.  Great stories about him and his people  and there is a wonderful park preserved where the soldiers and volunteers practically wiped out his women and children.  The video reminded me of all my Idaho history and we are now seeking museums and walking tours all over this wonderful country. I think I forgot how much I love American History.

In Hamilton we loved the town and so I took pictures.  Great buildings lining the main street with the Bitterroot Range looking down still covered in snow.  The further north we go, the more recently all the passes have opened.  In fact, we learned that the Highway across Glacier Park only opened last weekend.

Did anyone else remember Marcus Daly, a great Irish immigrant rags to riches story?  Well we visited the summer home in Hamilton.  The best local guide and historian enthralled Russ and I for two hours, while the rains pounded outside on the car and in the car where the dogs were.  Lots of kleenex later we got on the road and found the highway torn up.  Thank God we found the way to Stevensville on the County Highway to bi-pass the mess today as we came up to Missoula. http://www.distinctlymontana.com/article/marcus-daly-mansion

I am including pictures of Stevensville,  In one hour a met quite a few women to exchange stories with.  The picture of the cafe with the two tables out front is where we met two dog women-one raised and mushed dogs.  The other groomed all the big dogs in the area-both had license plates that started conversations.  (Sno Doggs) and (4myK9).  Of course they loved our girls.  Then I glanced back into the cafe and saw that one woman at a table for 5(my age) had a haircut like mine.  I went in as if I knew her and said, “Do you get that done here?” and that led to so much laughter.  She said she had been eyeing me and thinking about my color!

My good friend Cynthia Meyers said she needed to get a map so she could follow us.  Well we are going slowly and not too many miles each time up Highway 93.   So here are some pictures.

Daly Mansion in Hamilton

The Masonic Hall and the Fire Department in Hamilton. The Masons are in all the towns. Interests me because of Dan Brown stories and because of my family being Masonic.

This is what it looks like from the valley up to the Bitterroot Mountains.

This old hospital in Stevensville is now a bed and breakfast

I knew all of these flowers!

Hamilton Main ST. Cars parked this way in the 1950's

Met Dog lovers and a group of women like my friends. The lady with hair like mine was also a retired schoolteacher

Comments on: "The Bitterroot Mountains in Montana" (3)

  1. Barbara Haley said:

    Ooh Kristi, I had friends in Hamilton and ouside Missoula and have traveled to Glacier Park many times. Your pictures bring back great memories of the area and the shear beauty of it.Enjoy
    Barbara

  2. Troy Williams said:

    I’m so very jealous of the both of you right about now……it’s sounds fabulous and looks even better!! What a grand opportunity for you guys!! I can’t wait to keep following your adventures…hey, I feel a new book title coming on–“The RV Adventures of the Bickersons”. I’ll begin the first chapter very soon…….!! The house is doing very well and the new neighbors are great. Nothing to worry about.
    Take care you two!!
    Troy & Heather and the girls + Brody

  3. Fran Smith said:

    Loving the reports….finally found your blog in my SPAM.

    sorry you didn’t get to Livingston. My grandparent’s was still standing a few yeara ago….1024 West Lewis.

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