Morning Butte KOA
We were snug and warm last night with the heater turned down to 50 it never came on. I heard the water heater kick on sometime in the morning. Our under blanket set at 2 (one setting above low) last night. It was perfect. We cuddled listening to NPR with the heater set to 71. I made coffee, Ellen heated croissants. We had a comfy breakfast with no sense of urgency.
Low temp last night was 22F. I had the gray/black heater on and a light on in the water cubby with the outdoor shower. I don’t think it was cold long enough last night to require it.
At the office I met Nathan and his dad, Chris. Nathan is not shy. He loves to talk. Chris said when they started managing he was shy around strangers. It didn’t take long for him to enjoy playing with everyone who came through. They’re closing the KOA next week and headed back to Virginia. I sensed that Nathan would rather have stayed. “Someone gave me a penny.” “do you still have it” “I think so” “I’d give you one too, but I don’t have one.” Toward the end Nathan said, “I’ll call mom and let her know we’re coming back.” To Chris I said, “I can see who’s in charge here” with a smile. He chuckled.
Partly Cloudy. Today’s Forecast.
It actually Snowed a Bit Today!
Our plan was to visit REI, Walmart, and Safeway in Bozeman; visit to Museum of the Rockies, eat at a Main St. restaurant, and stay over in Bozeman. At REI I found a light weight down jacket that’s perfect as a second layer. Ellen found water resistant wind pants. Perfect. At Walmart, Ellen found a 3 quart instant pot to replace the far too big 6 quart we had returned. One Bozeman campground was closed but for 2 RV sites. Another is closed for the season, a third didn’t answer. Osens RV Park in Livingston answered and had availability. The Third campground called back, but I’d already pre-paid at Osens. Osens said they’d close the gate at 7PM, we should arrive well before.
Museum of the Rockies
Museums smuseums! We visit museums and often find them uninspiring. Some are stellar. I think of the Rodin in Pennsylvania, the Met, the Louvre, Uffizi, and the like. So many museums in the west are interesting, but not fascinating or awe inspiring.
The replica out front is of the original T-Rex skeleton that stood in the Museum. That skeleton is on loan to the National Museum of Natural History. They re-named it Nation’s T. rex. Not to worry, there is a replacement inside.
Today’s special price for seniors was $10.50. The fellow at the desk said the planetarium show starts in 5 minutes. You’ll enjoy it. The show was about the formation of the earth. It was very informative, but not as emotionally intense as I had hoped. Still who knew that Jupiter’s orbit came in as close as Mar’s current orbit before being dragged out by the newly formed Saturn. That was news to me. The seats were comfortable and reclined at an angle. It was difficult not slipping into sleep. Science was emphasized with no mention of god (yay).
Outside sits a 3/4 inch square piece of a meteorite that originated from Mars! the original meteorite was cut into samples for display around the world. Hence the small sample on display. How do we know it originated from Mars? There were (are) gases trapped in the stone. The composition of those gases matches the content of Mar’s atmosphere. Thinking goes, “asteroids striking Mars kicked up debris some of which broke free of Mars and arrived on Earth.
How We Know
As we exited, Mat, the counter jockey said, “there’s a docent tour starting in a few minutes with a 94 year old who knows more about the exhibits than anyone here. It should be fun. You should join the group.” We did.
Morey, who studied physics, worked with Jack Horner. Jack Horner is famous for dinosaur bone discoveries and theories of development. Morey and Jack traveled the world on dinosaur bone hunts. He was a wealth of information and anecdotes. Like the fact that Jack flunked out of the U of Montana seven times and was not accepted back in the eight time he applied.
I Find This One Fascinating
The collection of dinosaur bones, casts, and replicas is astounding. The museum is wisely arranged build in intensity until the final dinosaur display. The tour cut into our time for dinner in Bozeman. We stuck with Morey.
We listened to Morey without a thought of taking pictures. He flitted from one display to another skipping perhaps 2 out of 3 that were not of interest to him (and therefore not to us?). He said the most important discovery in the past 100 years is presented in the display photographed below. Dr Schweitzer presented a paper of her find of Dinosaur DNA. Her paper was rejected because the DNA samples were insufficient to establish her claims. The search continues.
Dr.Mary Schweitzer & The Search for Dinosaur DNA
Heading into Livingston Mt
Osens RV Park and Camp
We plan to return to the museum tomorrow to take in the exhibits. Osens RV Campground is 26 miles away, a relatively short drive. We’ll also have lunch or dinner in Bozeman before entering Yellowstone.
Waze guided us out of Bozeman skirting the town to the east. That was efficient, but I desperately needed diesel. With no stations in site and Livingston over 20 miles east, we were forced to backtrack on I-90 to Bozeman for gas. “Next time” I’ll be sure to get diesel before it becomes critical.
We stopped at an Albertsons at the turn onto 89 south in Livingston. Osens is very close; a left onto Merrill Lane less than a mile south from Albertsons. Osens RV Campground is a small parking lot style campground. It has showers and a laundry room, though compared to Blackwell Island RV park, the showers felt like they’re not heated at all.
I just disconnected our water line. I’m sure we will have no problem with our tanks or lines overnight. The exposed external hose could freeze. Better be safe. There’s a light in our water service bin. I’ll turn it on too.
It’s 10:45. We just returned from a foray outside. Outside walking around it feels brisk, cold even. We dress for the weather. The cold doesn’t seem bad at all. Then when we step inside Li’l Beast’s warmth, we realize just how cold it is outside and how much we appreciate getting inside. Night time temperatures for the next week is projected to be low, 26, 28, 36, 29 for the next few days. The daytime temps improve: 39, 46, 57, 49, up to 63. 63 will be a relief.
Tomorrow we’ll return to Blackwell and may stay at the RV campground that called back earlier today. We’ll visit Museum of the Rockies and Main St. Bozeman.