Today we left Swan Lake and drove 239 miles to the Pettingill campground along the Wise River which is north west of Dillon in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge Forest. The drive south of Swan Lake toward Seeley Lake was very nice as the road followed the river and there were several lakes along the way. It is clear that this is a major weekend/summer home area for Missoula as all the lakes were lined with home sites. South of Seeley we left the mountains and were back into pasture and hay country. Lots of pretty ranches and farms along the way. Unfortunately the sky was very smoky as there must be a forest fire in the area. We did see one truck from a WY hot shot crew heading west. South of Butte we turned west to take the Pioneer Mtns Scenic Byway along the Wise River. This area is very nice with lots of campgrounds along the river and it is not very crowded even though it is a weekend. The temperature was a the upper 70’s which is a welcome change from the 100 degrees we had the past two days.
Tomorrow we plan to head south east of Dillon toward the Virginia City area.
All the farmers are getting their hay put up for the approaching winter.
Bet this house could tell a lot of stories…
View of the Wise River from the back of our campsite