Taking my friends suggestions
After staying a couple of days at the North Shore campground outside of Trout Creek, MT, I continued my trek south to a USFS campground just a few miles north of Saint Regis, MT. My friends Linda and Carole, who were part of the caravan through Canada, I stopped here and highly recommended it. Thanks Linda and Carole for the great suggestion!
I get a lot of recommendations from many people suggesting, “I stop at different places” or “don’t forget to see this”. Of course I can’t fit everything into my schedule, but I do try to check as many out as I can.
Although Saint Regis was a bit out of my way I thought I would check it out anyway. Just 11 miles north of Saint Regis is a very small town called Cabin City where I found a wonderful campground. They have two loops and I found a nice spot in Loop B. There was no electricity or dump station, but they did have water.
I found this campsite, which had lots of room and settled in.
They had a new camp host who was a gold miner and we had several good conversations about finding gold and camp hosting. He was really a great guy. Just in front of where I had the Sami parked was a dirt road that led into the forest. However it was closed, so couldn’t drive down it. But Chica and I took a nice long hike down it to see what was there.
We found a beautiful patch of flowers.
All around the campsite were trails that led off into the forest. It was very dense up there and since we were in bear country I decided that it would not be a good idea to have Chica as bear bait so we stayed close to our camp.
Bear in camp
The first night in our camp the host came by to warn us that a bear had come into someone’s camp in the other loop and ransacked their food. The lady was camping in a tent and was able to scare the bear off, but not after it had destroyed most of her food.
This was a case where a camper was too complacent about keeping their food in a vehicle. The host told me that she had all her food out on the table and it was easy pickins’ for the bear. DUH!! Not too smart. When up in bear country you need to take precautions and not invite the bear into your camp for a meal. Oh well, live and learn. At least no one was injured.
I did not hear anymore about the bear the next day and two days later we will make our way toward Missoula, MT and then Victor, MT for a couple of days with my friends at their ranch.