It's not the first time. Just picking a location because it happens to be a good number of miles from the last one, and before the next one. Sometimes they're places with nothing more exciting than a quirky main street, or a taqueria with good margaritas. Sometimes we laugh and agree we don't ever need to return.
Then there are those rare surprises like Ennis, Montana. A place that is now on the list of places we must come back to. A place we could spend several weeks, maybe even a summer.
We arrive at Ennis RV Village in the rain. The storm has followed us for 200 miles, but never strong enough to be an issue for the drive. The park has recently added a new section overlooking the Madison River Valley. Pull-ins for motorhomes, and back-ins for trailers/5ers with the most amazing view. The owners are working hard to make this a great park - we love it already! FHUs with 50 amps, long, level gravel sites with nice green grass space and a picnic table. Very reasonably priced with weekly and monthly rates as well.
|Big, stormy Montana skies on I-90|
|View from our front yard - wow!|
Nearby Ennis Lake is our destination on Friday. It's a small lake on the Madison River. Bill finds a road that takes us into a pretty river canyon. What a perfect day of exploring in this surprising area.
|Also Ennis Lake|
|Old log homestead.|
|Herd and flock along the lake.|
|The canyon narrows, the water roars.|
|I love old barns!|
|A little piece of heaven.|
|Takes us a few minutes to convince the gang that they should let us pass.|
|From the canyon we take Saw Log Road to the top of the range.|
|A solo antelope buck watches us pass.|
|Best of all, we have our own bar and grill!! With great brews and eats.|
|An abandoned stunner in Nevada City.|
|The office and home of Dr Byam who came here in 1863. He also served as judge for several years, and his home hosted clandestine meetings of the anti-confederate Union League.|
|Still serving drinks from the original bar.|
|Wild Hops help to hold an old cabin together.|
|The dredged tailings along the road show the permanent damage the gold mining did to the river here.|
|More long distance views of Madison Valley.|
The small pond to the south is full of geese - over 50 at least. As the sun sets they take off in different size flocks - some two, others with 20. They make a lot of noise on take off then silently fly past us. We watch them for over an hour. Magical.
Like the geese, we will return to Ennis, Montana. It's one of our all time favorite places!
|Ezra enjoying his cousins' birthday party.|