_2 October 2010 We spent the night at Wal-Mart in Missoula and were back on the road by 8:30 and heading to Butte. Before getting to our turn onto Hwy 15, we found a “scenic route”. One of the scenic and historic locations along the way was Philipsburg. Philipsburg was a prosperous mining town back in the mid 1800’s and quite a number of the original buildings are still up and standing. Fact is, they look pretty good. The unfortunate thing is that they have been caught in this ugly economy that we’ve all been caught in and are hurting a lot. The rest of the “scenic ride” was just that, a beautiful river that was teaming with fishermen, trees turning through the fall colors, rock and clay hills and mountains displaying the many natural hues of Montana. After finding Hwy 15 a little further east, we turn south and head through the high plains and cross the border into southeastern Idaho later in the afternoon. By 5:30pm we were pulling into the “Caters of the Moon National Monument” campground and hoping that they have a site available for us.
_Fortunately they had one for us and it turned out to be one of the best in the park.