Wifi at library
The other day I was looking for the post office to check that I could have my mail sent there by General Delivery. I found it on Main St. (which is not even a main street) and they confirmed that I could have it sent there. I then contacted Escapees Mail Service to have them send it out.
But right across the street from the post office was the library. Great!! I can now use the library’s Wifi to send and receive email and publish my posts. I have been using McDonald’s, but I felt compelled to buy lunch and their Wifi was not very fast.
I used the library to publish my last two posts and found it to be quite fast. I need a fast Internet in order to upload my pics. Plus the library also has a nice picnic table out front that I can use for my phone calls.
Libby Dam Tour
I returned to the Libby Dam for a free tour. What an amazing tour that was. You are able to walk across the top of the dam and peer over both of the sides. One side you are looking down about 20 feet to the water of Lake Koocanusa, while on the other side you are looking down about 300 feet to the bottom of the dam and the Kootenai River.
Then they take you about 300 feet down to the bottom of the dam where they showed the generators that produce the electricity. The tour guides took us into one of the rooms that housed a generator that was a backup and not on line. There they explained how they work and we could be right in the same room as the generator.
Next they let us peek into a room that housed a generator that was on line. It was extremely loud and we could only remain there for a very short time.
They also showed us the large crane inside the dam that could move the huge parts that make up a generator. It could lift 300 million tons. Some of the parts of the generator weighed 250 million tons. The company that sold them the generators they learned was going out of business so they decided to buy up as many spare parts as their budget would allow, so there were many spare parts in huge boxes around.
We then ventured out to look at the spillway. We could actually get right up to the edge of the spillway but you got very wet. It was very exciting seeing so much water coming through the gate up top of the spillway. We were just to the left of the spillway at the very bottom of the dam, behind the cement wall you see in the next pic.
I have a 5 gallon propane container hooked up to my rig using an “Extend-A-Stay”. I run all my propane off this tank and when it runs out I switch it over to the propane tank on my rig. Then I take the external tank into town and get it refilled. This way I always have propane and don’t have to drive my rig into town to refill it. Well I had to find propane for my tank and just happened to be driving past an RV park that sold it.
Tanks are full
My tanks need to be dumped and the ladies I had met a few days ago told me about an RV park about 1-½ miles from here that would let me dump my tanks for $5. That may sound like a lot to just dump your tank, but they are in the forest and aren’t connected to a sewer system. Plus driving into town will cost me more then double the $5.
I will have to button down all the hatches and put everything away in order to drive down there. The last time I dumped my tanks was 13 days ago at the Fish Creek campground in Glacier National Park. I could probably go one more day making it 2 weeks since the last dump, but I don’t want to be going down there on the busy weekend.
Hot…Hot… and Hotter…
Yesterday it was extremely hot. Not sure what the temp was but heard on the radio they were getting temps in Phoenix of 115-120. That is too hot for my blood. We sat outside in the shade but to no avail. Outside the flies would drive you crazy. Even Chica noticed how hot it was so I put her in the sink and dribbled water on her to cool her off. She really loved that. Sorry no pic.
It was even hot into the night so I had the vent over my bed in the loft wide open and still couldn’t cool off. Hopefully tomorrow will be much cooler.
I discovered a local that lives about ½ mile from my campsite that sells fresh eggs for $2 per dozen. I have gone from eating eggs and bacon daily to just eating Eggbeaters and no bacon. I know eggs aren’t the best things to eat on a daily basis, but I will only be here a short time so decided to try their fresh eggs. There is nothing like them. They taste so much better then store bought. I first started eating fresh eggs last year when I was camp hosting in Oregon. YUM YUM!!
Chica hates dumpsters…
Every morning I would take Chica for a walk around the park. I would also take my trash with me and throw it away in the dumpster at the other side of the park. When I would get anywhere near the dumpster Chica would freak out and refuse to go near it.
When I found Chica in Mesa, AZ (or should I say when Chica found me) I talked to several people around me to see if they knew her owner. Joe and Jane who also worked with me at the ballpark said they had seen several Chihuahuas always hanging around the dumpster. I guess they were looking for anything that didn’t make it into the dumpster. I don’t know what scares Chica so much about the dumpster but there must be some reason why she is so afraid of them. So now I will take the trash down there myself and not have to submit her to that awful reminder. How could anyone hurt this little girl?
Moving into Libby
There is a 14-day limit on staying here and I it also applies to all COE parks in the area so I have decided to move into Libby and stay at the Fireman and Memorial Municipal Park in town for $10 per night. I will be able to avoid the holiday madness, plus I would have great cell phone/Internet service.
There are no hookups but they have a dump and water available, plus the park is really nice and located right in the heart of the town. I can walk to everything here. After driving back and forth into town I think I will like the fact I will have cell phone/Internet access and get a chance to catch up on the blogs I enjoy reading.
So I am only going to be at Blackwell Flats through July 2 then moving on July 3 to Libby.
Change of plans
We decided to move in to Libby today and for now I am staying at the Woodland RV Park in town. We both needed the A/C. Today the high was going up to 102 degrees and with no A/C running it makes the inside of an RV like a hot box. We just need to get cooled off. It sure is nice with the A/C running.
I still am planning on moving to the Fireman’s Municipal Memorial Park once I think it is cool enough. There are lots of trees there and should keep us cool.
Thank goodness you have some air…wow time for the heat wave to move on … far, far away! Can’t get enough of Chica…what a sweet photo!
Glad you got some A/C going for both yourself and Chica. She is such a cutie pie. That dumpster probably reminds her of how hard her life was before you found her. She doesn’t want to go back there!
I’ve stayed in my travel trailer on a few hot days & nights and after a couple nights of that, I surrendered to cooler places or hookups. Glad you did, too. You both deserve a break and you will sleep better. Hope you & Chica have a great holiday in Libby.
Yes, heat is everywhere, including a heat wave in California. Ugh! 😦 That little girl of yours has you in the palm of her paws, young man. 🙂 Great dam photos and it was interesting. Enjoy the A/C.
We hit a 100 here in Helena yesterday and I sure was glad we had hook ups for the A/C. It just gets too hot in the rig and even outside in the shade. Our nights are going down into the 60’s so at least we can open windows and sleep. I agree – how could anyone hurt something so cute and so loving. I found a pupsicycle recipe using peanut butter for our girls. Let me know if you want it for Chica.
Yes I am sure Chica would live to try it. She loves peanut butter.
Yes, the heat can make it very uncomfortable. I went up into the mountains to camp, and today it is 68*, but it’s also raining. Don’t fret the eggs, they’re one of the best and cheapest things you can eat; especially the farm bought variety.
Chica girl comes first so no question you needed to get to some hookups! oh and Dianes aunt has chickens in Montana and when we vist them we have the fresh eggs from her chickens and they are so delicioso!
You are going to have the most spoiled dog in the entire world! And that’s saying something! Still, she is a cutie. Stay cool.