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Midwest Roadtrip 2017: Day Two

Day Two was the beginning of our outdoor adventures, which were the reason we went on vacation in the first place!  We enjoyed our first highpointing experience, found some geocaches, explored the Billings area Rimrocks, and found a great hotel at a reasonable price.

White Butte

For anyone who doesn’t know, highpointing is an activity in which participants attempt to hike the highest natural summits within a given area (usually each state).  This was something that I was interested in during high school, before I realized that the sport had gathered quite a following.  (I thought that I was so clever at the time for coming up with this goal, as if no one else had ever thought of it).  Despite having this ambition for several years, I made my first step towards achieving it just this month!

Fabian, Skyler, and I hiked the White Butte Trail bright and early (around eight a.m.) on July 12th.  This was a big deal for us because a) it was the first highpoint any of us had completed, and b) we completed it on Skyler’s birthday.  Such experiences will hopefully be the first of many!  We hope to conquer many more summits and celebrate many more birthdays with our little adventurer.

 

Here are some basic pieces of information about White Butte:

  • Distance: 1.5 mi. (thereabouts)
  • Peak Elevation: 3,506 ft. above sea level
  • Duration: 1+ hr.
  • Overall Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

If you’d like to know more information about the hike, including how to get there, I’ve included many more details in a separate post.  You can view that post here! 🙂

Geocaching

Throughout the trip, we stopped at a couple small towns to go geocaching.  This helped to break up the monotony of driving all day, and resulted in some fun trinkets with which to remember our trip.  We got familiar with a local skate park, a popular shopping center, etc.  Thank you, Montana, for sharing a piece of you!

If you aren’t familiar with geocaching, you can learn all about it here!

Rimrocks

The Rimrocks are sandstone cliffs that line the city of Billings, Montana.  Hiking this area was basically the first thing my family did when we got in town and I am so glad that it was. They provide a variety of recreational activities, such as hiking and biking, which is amazing because residents don’t have to travel far to partake in everything the formations have to offer.  The Rims were a great introduction to this city, and we enjoyed them tremendously.

Now, getting to the Rimrocks is simple enough.  However, I am so directionally challenged that it isn’t even funny.  For anyone who’s like me (you don’t have to admit it here!), here’s directions: Get onto Highway 3.  West of the airport is a turnout (south side of the freeway), where people can park and hike down to the cliffs.  You can also put 2028 Montana 3, Billings, MT into a mapping app to get you to the area where we pulled off.

If you get the chance, try to dedicate some real time to the Rims!  Our venture was short lived; we stopped by for about an hour before dinnertime.  There’s a lot that we didn’t get to experience because we didn’t budget enough time, so don’t let that happen to you!

Vegas Hotel

Finally, we ended Day Two at the Vegas Hotel.  We got a room here for less than one hundred dollars. This wasn’t a luxury stay by any means, but it provided exactly what we needed from it!  With a hot shower, clean beds, working appliances, and a continental breakfast, we were happy campers.  The desk clerks were also very friendly, which is always a plus.

If you have any questions about or experiences with these roadtrip stops, feel free to share them below!  And don’t forget to check out my post on Day Three to get some ideas of activities to do in Billings, MT! (:

Wildlife safety disclaimer: When hiking, always be aware of the wildlife that could be present on a trail, and take the necessary precautions.  Just because I haven’t seen it yet doesn’t mean it isn’t there, or that you won’t see it!  Be prepared.

Medical disclaimer: As always, consult a physician before you and/or your child begin an exercise regimen or engage in rigorous outdoor activity. The general information above is not meant to replace the advice of a medical professional.  If you experience any problems or have concerns when engaging in physical activity, stop and contact a doctor before proceeding with additional workouts.

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