Mono Lake

Windy morning

I got up this morning to a lot of wind.  I checked the weather and it was blowing 10-15 mph.  I was debating whether to stay or head out into the wind.I checked the Weather Channel and it said windy today and windier tomorrow (15-25mph).  If I stayed here I would need to stay two more days.  I needed to get a few items at Walmart so packed up and headed to the Walmart in Ridgecrest, CA.  The wind wasn’t too bad so decided to head out.  My destination was Mono Lake where I know a great boondocking spot.

There were a few times when the wind got very gusty, but overall it was OK.

Stopped in Bishop

I had to stop at the Schat’s Bakery to pick up their famous Sheepherder’s bread.  However they were completely sold out.  BUMMER!!!  Instead I got a loaf of Sourdough Rosemary bread which I am sure will also be very delicious.  I couldn’t wait so just buttered a slice and it was really yummy.

Mono Lake

I am boondocking in the same spot I had when I came up here in 2012.  It is a great spot overlooking the lake.



This is a pic of some of the beautiful wild flowers growing right outside our door.


Some pics taken in different directions surrounding our campsite.




There is still snow on the surrounding mountains as we are up 8,000 feet.  The temp is supposed to get down to 35 tonight so Chica is already warming up on my jacket.  Looks like we will run the heat tonight.


Murals of Libby, MT

Moved to Fireman Memorial Park

The weather finally started to cool off (80’s) so I decided to move to the Fireman Memorial Park.  It is a small park in the heart of Libby, MT with lots of trees to keep us cool.  There are only about 10 sites so decided on this one.


It is a great little spot, but if you enlarge the pic you will see that I am camped out about 50 feet from Rosauers Supermarket.  This has really come in handy though especially for brewskies and fresh veggies.  Unfortunately there is a path through the park that is used by a lot of people that live outside the park as a shortcut to the market.  It does get a lot of traffic and got Chica to barking a lot whenever someone would go by.  After a few days though she has finally gotten used to them and has settled down.  Now she only barks at the occasional dog being walked down that path.


There really aren’t too many campers here even though it was the 4th of July weekend, but I did see a few come and go.  There is a 5 day limit on camping here so will I will probably stay 4 days and move on down the road. Changed my mind and am going to stay an extra day and leave on Tuesday.

A plus that Chica really enjoyed was a walk over to the park, which is right next to the campground.  Here is a pic of Chica sitting in the laps of two cuddly bears.


She is also a great guard dog whenever any other dogs go by.  She lets them know who is the real boss.


Murals of Libby

One of the neat things I noticed about Libby were the many murals painted on the sides of many of the buildings around town.  After spotting a couple I decided to keep an eye open for them.  Then I really started to notice many of them.

Yesterday I got my camera and started carousing about town to see what I could find.





I happened to notice a street fair down the main drag of town so decided to check it out.  As I saw more and more of these fabulous murals I stopped to ask someone if they knew who made them.  Sure enough he did and directed me to Todd Berget who also had a booth displaying statues of eagles he had created.

I had to meet this guy so went down to his booth and introduced myself and we began talking about the murals.  He is an art teacher at the Alternative School and told me that the murals were created by he and his students.  The students did the initial work and then he finished up.  He mentioned that he did not take any credit for the murals and did not put his name on them.  Instead all the students that took part in creating the mural added their names to it.  That is why you will see so many names in the corner.  This next pic is a good example.


Then I focused in on the creators of the mural.


He explained to me that there were many murals throughout the town.  Here are a few more pics of these fabulous murals.




Finally a HUGE fishin’ pole that caught a wopper in the creek that runs right next to the supermarket.


Todd also created the huge eagles on either end of the town.



Very unique creations

Todd also worked with a student to erect this unique statue out front of the Ace Hardware.  They found the old truck, painted it and formed the firecracker and then erected it.  How cool!


I don’t know if he was responsible for this one, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he was.



Cozy little campground

I really enjoyed my stay at the Fireman Municipal Park Campground.  It was $10 per night but no electric.  They did have a dump station and you could also get water.  It was within walking distance to just about everything in Libby.  There were very tall Ponderosa pines everywhere making it very shady.  However I had to run my generator in the morning.  In my location I would not get good sun light on my solar panels until about 5pm.

But the wildflowers were beautiful as you can see.




Stop here if you get the chance

If you are anywhere near this area I suggest you take a few days and see the wonderful sites around here.  I didn’t have any knowledge of Libby, MT and it’s surrounding area, but I was pleasantly surprised.  I wouldn’t mind staying around here longer, but have committed to visiting friends in another week so need to head out.

I was going to leave Monday morning but since I have another day left at this campground I have decided to stay through Monday and leave  on Tuesday.  There is just too much to see in this little town and it’s surrounding area.

Ochoco Divide Wild Flowers

Photographing wildflowers

The wildflowers here at Ochoco Divide campground are coming up everywhere.  They are in the campsites, along the road and especially in the fields.  It is magnificent.  I am not a great photographer like Al of the Bayfield Bunch and don’t have a high end camera, but the fact that it is digital gives me the opportunity to experiment until I get what I think is a nice picture.  That involves taking 100’s of pics and deleting those that just didn’t work out well.  Below are some of my better shots.

You can enlarge any pic by clicking on it and then clicking on it again.

Wildflowers are very small

All of the above wildflowers are very small with some not even a 1/2′ in diameter.  Part of the problem with photographing wildflowers is the breezes that come up and blow the flowers just when you have the focused.

I had a great time finding all these different flowers.  Some of them could only be found one or two flowers in a very small area.  Because of their size I got a lot of hiking in as well to find as many different kinds as possible.