Wednesday, May 21, 2008 -- Bozeman, MT
5:00PM: A longer day driving than usual -- for us. It was 225 miles to our campsite at the Sunrise Campground just outside of Bozeman. The weather held out and we had no precip at all until just 20 miles or so from our destination. Then it started to rain and SNOW!.
On the way over from Lolo, we made a beef roast dinner. The roast, potatoes, onions, carrots, and seasoning were all loaded into our slow cooker, which sits nice and secure in the kitchen sink while we're moving down the road. I've heard of people doing this by running the generator while driving, but we did it today by running the inverter. So, courtesy of some solar power (the solar panels produce electricity while driving down the road) and the Cummins engine alternator, dinner was all prepared when we arrived. The only problem with this procedure is the odor of beef roast wafting through the bus-house while driving... it took all my willpower (not to mention Dar's defensive threats) to keep from pulling over for an early dinner.
We're settled here at Sunrise and expect to be here for a week. Even if the weather doesn't get much warmer or if the rain and snow doesn't stop, we'll still have a great time. There's a lot to see in South Central Montana. We're close to Yellowstone, a bunch of Lewis & Clark sites, some great museums, -- and brother Bill to show us around.