Day 2 Recap of Ultimate Adventure 2020 in Montana #UA2020
Kalispell to the Miracle of America Museum and then on to Caruthers Lake!
Day 2 of Ultimate Adventure started with our driver's meeting, followed by our COVID safety officer and paramedic-Crony, Clifton Slay, administering one of our twice-daily temperature checks and other safety considerations. Hey, it's the poopburger we gotta eat to make this happen. After doing our due diligence. we caravanned out of the hotel parking lot in Kalispell with our camping gear loaded and our tanks topped off. Crony Skinny Kenny ran into some fast trouble when a transmission line sprung a leak under the hood and started a pretty good fire. But they got pulled over, and between readers Joe and Cole in the Scout and Keith and Tommy, they had six extinguishers working the problem. It all happened as Kenny rolled into a NAPA parking lot, so they just stayed there and effected repairs while the rest of us meandered past the massive Flathead Lake, taking in what few vistas we could make out behind all the smoke blown over from the massive wildfires in California, Oregon, and Washington.
After negotiating both paved and dirt roads, the group arrived in Polson, Montana, at the massive and massively awesome Miracle of America Museum. We gave everybody a little over an hour to browse the museum, which was barely adequate to skim the surface. The museum is a mix of all things American, from antique firearms dating back to the time of Columbus to Revolutionary War, Civil War, and every conflict thereafter. The museum sports a very impressive collection of WWII vehicles and armor, small arms, uniforms, and more. Motorcycles and bicycles from the late 1800s through early 1900s, aircraft, tons of watercraft and accoutrements, and more. It's simply awesome.
Technically, with Day 1 being a trail day, Day 2 in theory should have been a road day, but those days are more or less behind us. With our all-too-brief museum visit in the rear view, we once again hit the road, travelling through Deer Lodge en route to the Caruthers Lake Trail, which isn't super hard but does have some neat challenges along the way, as well as plenty of wildlife in the form of deer, squirrels, and cows. Well, technically cows aren't wildlife, but you'd be hard-pressed to tell that to the one that gave a little charge at our video director, Cameron Hotchkiss. At the end of the trail we made camp next to the gentle lapping waves of Caruthers Lake. Once dinner was eaten and the group settled down, the wind at our roughly 8,500-foot camp elevation lulled most to sleep pretty quickly, which is good considering what we've got in store for Day 3.
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