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7/1/2022 Small Cave, North Cave Hill, SD - It is not make sense to call the small cave because there are many caves in this North Cave Hill area. 39HN208 and 39HN209 that the archaeologist called, I found only 39HN209, I guess 39HN208 is faded out. Not only faded it out, there is an outer layer of the rocks peel out where rock arts are located.
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7/2/2022 Southeast of the North Cave Hill, SD - 39HN22 has couple faded out petroglyphs that not easy to see it. 39HN49 is located near the large natural arch, but I can’t find the arch. It was hard hike because grasses/weeds are grow very tall and can’t see the ground level where hiking.
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7/3/2022 Island, North Cave Hill, SD - 39HN155, I found only one faded out petroglyph in this island. Also I found an arch, but just like a short tunnel, goes to east side to west.
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7/4/2022 Double Cave Rock Art, North Cave Hill, SD - 39HN150 there are large two caves at side by side, both large entrance but not so deep. Inside cave has smaller side of caves in it. The west side of the cave has some fading petroglyphs. View is very nice fro the caves, all green.
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7/6/2022 Belle Fourche Reservoir, SD - The reservoir is large in size and only 12 miles east from the town of Belle Fourche. Seems to lot of rain this year, water level is higher than average, means can see many trees in the water, also green everywhere, beautiful.
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7/6/2022 Powder River Historical Museum, Broadus, MT - It is a small museum from the outside, however there are many sections inside, and many items, most of are donated. Backyard has some more buildings and full of contents inside each building. I learned about rancher business, one bale 1,000lb cost about $300, one cow eat 25lb/day, 1,500lb x @2.40/lb = $3,600 to sell a cow.
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7/7/2022 Rosebud Battlefield State Park, Decker, MT - Buffalo Jump that the rock art panels are located. Until Baffalo Jump gate/fence, road/trail was nicely mowed grasses for easy access, however inside the fence is different story, weeds grow very tall, not easy to hike. There are many graffiti, much more than the rock arts.
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7/8/2022 Castle Butte, north of Pompeys Pillar, MT - Hiked around the upper side of the butte. There are three group of cliffs lined up south to north, south side is the largest and north side is the smallest. Rock arts are located at the north side of smallest cliff area. I don't recommended the beginner hiker to hike up there, it is steep.
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7/10/2022 C. M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, MT - This is an art museum, paintings and sculptures are all over in and out of the museum. It is not only C. M. Russell, many more artist’s products have exhibited. I learned that this museum has a petroglyphs rock that re-located from some place else that I wanted to see. It is not a big rock, even museum worker didn’t know it.
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7/11/2022 Decision Point, northeast of Fort Benton, MT - Confluence of Missouri River and Marias River that this place is located. Lowis and Clark decided which way to go. It is beautiful place and they camped 10 days here. There are a few signs, one of the sign said, Ophir - City that never was, and another sign said, Fort Piegan - exact location is unknown.
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7/11/2022 Fresno Reservoir, west of Havre, MT - This reservoir is a long reservoir, guessing about 20 miles or so, it is impossible to fit in one photo. Water level is ok that the why people enjoy the boating. Beautiful area.
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7/12/2022 Fresno OHV Area, northwest of Havre, MT - This area is a bad land, a means untouched wild beautiful area. OHV, Off Highway Vehicle, all kind OHV but mainly dirt bikes. Many trails are very steep that for fun for them. Unfortunately no one here to watch their action today.
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7/13/2022 Wildlife Museum, Chinook, MT - It is not a large museum, but packed with all kind wild animal taxidermy. First room is the video room to watch the video of your choice. Took my attention of another room was the creation of the buffalo jump.
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7/14/2022 Boulder Rock Art Finding, east of Havre, MT - Someone metioned me that she found the boulder petroglyphs 30 years ago, which I am looking for, and her memory of location is faded out. But I wanted to try, I’ve hiked she mentioned area under the 90°F temperature, and result was empty handed. But, I can't blame her, I don't remember what did I eat one week ago dinner.
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7/15/2022 Lake Elwell, Chester, MT - A large man-made lake, there are many boats that mainly fishing, seems to fishig is a guy’s thing here, a lot of men here to enjoy it, nice beautiful area.
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7/15/2022 Rock City, north of Valier, MT - There are many hoodoos in this area, that created just like a maze, fun to walk around. I feel like Hoodoo Forest is more appropriate name here. There are a few hiking trails. Nice place to be.
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7/16/2022 Museum of the Plains Indian, Browning, MT - They display nicely in separate rooms, one room display clothings and every day items, one room display miniature figures to explain cultural events, another room display very nice pictures. Also another room is demonstraition of art work by artist front of the visitors.
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7/16/2022 Lewis and Clark, Highway 358, MT - This is one of the roadside attractions, what happend Lewis and Clark in this area at the Highway 358 or Cut Bank Highway. Metal frame of teepee that caught my attention to stop by. The teepee ring is also metal fence surrounding it.
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7/17/2022 Sallivan Bridge Recreation Area, MT - At the confluence of the Two Medicine River and Birch Creek that became the Marias River. There are cliff walls at the high up and nice place for the rock arts. I need a telescope to find out, my monocular doesn’t show me enough details.
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7/20/2022 Fort Walsh National Historic Site, Saskatchewan, CANADA - It was used 1878 - 1882 for headquarter of the Northwest Mounted Police. All buildings are re-created, nothing left original buildings. Outer fence is tall, 15 to 20 ft high.
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7/21/2022 Herschel Petroglyphs, Saskatchewan, CANADA - The Heritage Center offers the petroglyphs tour, there are 3 petrogltyphs rocks that separate location. Also tour guide told me and showed me the birth rock, buffalo jump, and buffalo rubbing rock. In the Heritage Center that a museum, nicely decorated. However town of Herschel is a ghost town.
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7/22/2022 Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park, Saskatchewan, CANADA - South Saskatchewan River is go through in this park west to east. All kind activity facilities are are provided, like horse back ride trail, boat lamp, camping and more. All around here hills are green and beautiful area.
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7/23/2022 Coronach, Saskatchewan, CANADA - 1926 thoroughbread Coronach won the horse race, and named this town Coronach, where between winning horse and this town have no relationship, I thought that’s funny. I am in this town because they offer the Big Muddy tour. Saturday and Sunday are very quiet in this town, most stores are closed.
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7/24/2022 Coronach District Museum, Saskatchewan, CANADA - The building was a hospital before, there are many small rooms in the building that converted into the museum, a means inside stuff were donated by locals. There are many items even this town is only 94 years old.
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7/24/2022 Big Muddy Tour, Coronach, Saskatchewan, CANADA - There are a few different tours available at the Coronach Visitor Center. I have joined a tour that took me to San Kelly Outlaw Cave, who was horse thief, Ceremonial Circle, Teepee rings and Turtle in the private property. Sad thing of this tour is no information hand out, no detail of tour. Tour guide has knowledge but talk, talk and more talk, I don’t remember what she said because she talked too much.
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7/25/2022 Rafferty Dam and Reservoir, northwest of Estevan, Saskatchewan, CANADA - Very quiet reservoir, seems to no one here except some birds. This good size reservoir was built on 1995, and provide the power, prevent flood and reliable water source to communities.
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7/25/2022 Roche Percee, east of Estavan, Saskatchewan, CANADA - Actual name is La Roche Percee Provincial Historic Site. I thought this is a petroglyphs park, but it is a graffiti park, every possible surface of the rocks are full of graffiti, disappointed. This is a nice place even too many graffiti.
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7/26/2022 Castle Butte in Big Muddy, south of Bengough, Saskatchewan, CANADA - This is one of the Big Muddy tour destinations, however I’ve visited here by myself. This Castle Butte is made by dirt/mud. There are many holes/caves and people are in-and-out. I saw some ones climb up to the atop of the butte.
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7/27/2022 Grasslland National Park East Block, Saskatchuane, CANADA - Boadwalk that cross the dry creek which has some water in it. There area some hiking/bicycle trails. Teepees are for decoration. Everywhere look at all green fields, it is beautiful time of the year.
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7/27/2022 McCord, Saskatchuwan, CANADA - Unlike the Grassland National Park, there are many trees to enjoy the tree shade in sunny summer day in this town. Old train displayed at the front of the museum, unfortunately the museum is closed.
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7/28/2022 Grassland National Park West Block, Saskatchuwan, CANADA - This national park is divided into two, east and west blocks. There are seven view areas to stop by to enjoy the view in this Grassland National Park West Block. There are campgrounds for both, east and west blocks, however there is no tree or no shade and no privacy, a means open flat area under the sun that called campgrounds, must be hot during summer days.
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7/29/2022 Nelson Reservoir, west of Sleeping Buffalo, MT - It was very quiet, beautiful and peaceful at this morning, movement is only birds. However time pass by, there are more people on the boats to enjoy the fishing and water activities.
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7/29/2022 Cree Crossing Rock Art, north of Sleeping Buffalo, MT - Local amateur archaeologist gave me the information. In the information, this Cree Crossing is listed. There are two petroglyphs boulders, one is a blue rock at the bottom of the hill, other one is a pink rock atop of the hill, both one or two petroglyphs on it.
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7/30/2022 Buster Aikens Boulder, Costin Ranch, west of Cree Crossing, MT - It is in the private property. A local amateur archaeologist told me this place has three petroglyphs boulders, but I found only two. Pink boulder is east side of the ranch house and dark rock is between two ranch houses on the hill.
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7/30/2022 Sleeping Buffalo Rock Art, MT - The Sleeping Buffalo site is not the original site, the original site is near the Cree Crossing. Now a day we don’t use chalk to avoid the damage, but added chalk that more make sense to see the sleeping buffalo figure.
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7/31/2022 Cree Crossing, north of Sleeping Buffalo, MT - Milk River crossing is called the Cree Crossing, which is the center of the petroglyphs boulders, by the way the petroglyphs boulder commonly called the medicine rock. All four Sleeping Buffalo boulders were originally located near the Cree Crossing and moved to current location.
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8/1/2022 King Reservoir, south of Malta, MT - It is amazing to see this size of reservoir around here because there is no water for miles. This man-made reservoir is oasis for the birders and animals. It is beautiful place.
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8/1/2022 Indian Lake Medicine Rock, south of Malta, MT - I was looking for the Tank Coulee and Second Creek petroglyphs boulders, I couldn’t find both, need waipoint for both. Stop by to the Indian Lake Medicine Rock, it was 100°F and there is no shade, left quickly. I still believe this petroglyphs boulder is one of the best petroglyphs boulders in MT.
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