Day 3: Memorial Day at Little Bighorn

Map of day three travel
Map of day three travel

Before hitting the road, I headed to the nearby zoo but didn’t go inside.  The weather was a little cool, and I was still getting over the flu.  So, I visited the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck.  They had just concluded a Memorial Day program, and there were WWII posters on display in the corridors.  The main displays featured animals from prehistorical eras and Native American artifacts.  There was also a small display of gemstones.

My next scheduled stop was Billings, Montana.  I heard, however, that the Little Bighorn Battlefield was not far from my planned route.    Since this was Memorial Day, it seemed like a most appropriate place to visit.  This visit was indescribable, seeing the many markers where soldiers had fallen and imagining how many Sioux must’ve died there, too.

Drove into Billings, Montana–also a first visit for me (this was the second of four states to which I expect to make first time visits).  There was a lovely sculpture along the side of the rode that I stopped and photographed.  Got into town and settled down for the night just before a strong hail storm hit.




The full range of pictures I took during the first six days of what I’m calling “North by Northwest-2014” is available at To see those from specific parts of the trip, click on the indicated regions on the map at the top of the album.


Music for the Trip

The last of the J’s played, then we got the K’s: KC and the Sunshine Band, Kenny Rogers, Kool and the Gang,… Later, the L’s began with Lady Antebellum, LaVern Baker, Linda Ronstadt, Lionel Richie….

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