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PostWed Mar 03, 2021 8:00 am 
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Montana state parks are seeing a record number of campground reservations.

Camping was up 49% at Makoshika last year. And, the number of visitors overall went up dramatically. There were 128,288 visitors to the park in 2020. By comparison, there were 85,272 visitors in 2019. People from outside Montana accounted for 34% of those visitors.


To the Lakota Indians, Makoshika meant bad earth or bad land. Today, as Montana's largest state park, the pine and juniper studded badland formations house the fossil remains of such dinosaurs as Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops.
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It's also a record year in RV sales. There are 2-3 year waiting lists for some better quality ones.
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Stores can't keep $15,000 bicycles in stock.  Which, technically, means they're underpriced.
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PostWed Mar 03, 2021 11:33 am 
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More people heading to the outdoors, good for people, bad for the outdoors.

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PostWed Mar 03, 2021 11:47 am 
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Youth soccer and baseball leagues here in King County are starting up their programs in the coming weeks -- so perhaps the crush on hiking trails won't be quite as bad this spring.
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PostWed Mar 03, 2021 12:15 pm 
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Makoshika's a great park. I count on being able to roll in every year without a reservation. That may not be the case now.
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PostWed Mar 03, 2021 1:04 pm 
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Chief Joseph wrote:
More people heading to the outdoors, good for people, bad for the outdoors.

Yeah, especially if budgets for staffing, maintenance and repair aren't increased. It's hard for me to enjoy the outdoors amidst crowds. Might have to take extreme avoidance measures to find any solitude.  frown.gif

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Anne Elk wrote:
....Might have to take extreme avoidance measures to find any solitude.† frown.gif

Here ya go, Anne....

http://mdhta.com 👍😊

It will require a bit of a drive though.

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As the thread here says Eastern Nevada is pretty lonely.

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moonspots wrote:
http://mdhta.com 👍😊

It will require a bit of a drive though.

Driving across North Dakota is tedious enough,  pedaling would be a real test of will,  especially if there was a headwind.
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PostWed Mar 03, 2021 5:46 pm 
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Randito wrote:
Driving across North Dakota is tedious enough,  pedaling would be a real test of will,  especially if there was a headwind.

I would love to bike the Northern Tier route some day.
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neek wrote:
Randito wrote:
Driving across North Dakota is tedious enough,  pedaling would be a real test of will,  especially if there was a headwind.

I would love to bike the Northern Tier route some day.

Iíll do the first section with you in June or July...

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PostFri Mar 05, 2021 9:52 am 
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Randito wrote:
Youth soccer and baseball leagues here in King County are starting up their programs in the coming weeks -- so perhaps the crush on hiking trails won't be quite as bad this spring.

I've been wondering about the status of kids' sports and I'm happy to hear this. Most parents that I know that enjoy the outdoors tell me they wish they could hike/ski/fish/camp more often but kids sports have become so consuming that they can't.

Though I know it will be a tough year again, and one that requires some creativity. I surf travel message boards and sense that A LOT of people from around the US are planning trips to WA's national parks this year. No one is planning trips to cities or cruises.

Assuming they open (they didn't last year) I'm headed to a backcountry lodge in AK as my main vacation. Maybe I won't hike as much here, but at least I will have that.
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PostFri Mar 05, 2021 11:17 am 
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Randito wrote:
moonspots wrote:
http://mdhta.com 👍😊

It will require a bit of a drive though.

Driving across North Dakota is tedious enough,  pedaling would be a real test of will,  especially if there was a headwind.

Yup, I would think so, yet I see them every year. They must be some VERY dedicated bikers, I'd say.

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PostFri Mar 05, 2021 12:32 pm 
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neek wrote:
Randito wrote:
Driving across North Dakota is tedious enough,  pedaling would be a real test of will,  especially if there was a headwind.

I would love to bike the Northern Tier route some day.

It it a classic.   I've done the Pacific Coast Route and it was very scenic every step of the way.   For the Northern Tier I would consider using Amtrak from Cut Bank,MT to Fargo,ND
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