Family Bonding Time! – Billings, MT

Welcome to Montana!

Welcome to Montana!

We drove across the border of South Dakota (and into Wyoming just briefly) as we made our way to Billings, Montana. Chris’s parents and his sister Allie were flying in to the airport in Billings to come stay with us for awhile. And two days after they flew in, Chris’s nephew, Caleb, (our nephew, but just so you know who’s side he comes from) was flying in, too. Caleb is ten years old, and lives in British Columbia, Canada with his parents and sisters. We thought it would be quite an adventure for him to join us for a few weeks on our travels, and we would drop him off back at home on our way west.

Caleb arrives from Seattle

Caleb arrives from Seattle

We needed a place to stay – all of us – while we waited those couple of days for Caleb to arrive after Chris’s parents and Allie got here. The KOA campground in Billings worked perfectly for us. We had a nice spot to park the Moho and get it situated for all of our guests to travel in, and there was a sweet “Kamper” cabin for Ron, Kathy and Allie to sleep in at the KOA, too.

KOA Kamper Kabin

KOA Kamper Kabin

Billings seemed to be an industrial city, mostly. But the KOA had plenty of stuff to keep us occupied. We played mini golf, had bonfires, went swimming in the pool, and caught up on family time.

Pool time at the KOA

Pool time at the KOA

We did take the fam to Cracker Barrel, it was our first visit there since the east coast so we were all excited for the food and the rocking chairs and checkers on the porch.

Cracker Barrel with Chris!

Cracker Barrel with Chris!

We also went to Pompy’s Pillar National Monument. Never heard of it? Me, neither. But it turned out to be quite cool and very historic. Lewis and Clark (and Sacagawea and her son, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, who Clark was quite fond of and nicknamed “Pompy” – hence the name of this pillar) stopped here on their discovery expedition in the early 1800s, exploring the western half of the US after Jefferson made the Louisiana Purchase. Pompy’s Pillar was the only place on their over two year journey where they actually left a mark on the surroundings. William Clark carved his name into the pillar after climbing it to look over the surrounding valley. And you can still see his name where he carved it on the pillar, although time and weather have taken their toll on the engraving in the side of the large hill. Still it was pretty neat to know we were standing exactly where William Clark stood on his journey to explore the US.

Lewis & Clark

Lewis & Clark

 

We picked Caleb up from the airport (who flew unaccompanied for the first time and did great!) and loaded up the Moho in the rain to head to a cabin in the mountains for five days before Allie had to fly back home. Big Sky, Montana – here we come!

  • Granny Adams

    that was a fun stop on the way to Big Sky. Love the pics and commentary. thanks Erin!

    • zephyrsunrise

      FYI the commentary on the photos on this blog were done by Chris, not me 🙂

  • Papa

    It was a great time. Another good time.
    Thanks Pops

  • Allie

    Hahaha, the commentary is amazing. I admit, I’m terrible at mini golf. Hmmm, teepee is not a bad idea- I bet I could save a few bucks in that! Mom, dad- I wanna put a teepee in your backyard. :

    • zephyrsunrise

      FYI Allie your dearest brother did the captions on this blog… 🙂 zeph would love it if you lived in a teepee!