After we left the Indian Fort Fish Access site we headed east to Billings, Montana. We didn’t plan to spend more than a night so we opted to boondock (camp overnight without hook-ups) in the Cabela’s parking lot.
Cabela’s is awesome in that most locations have trailer parking (read: big, long spots) along the side or in the back of the parking lot. You can park overnight for FREE in Cabela’s parking lots as long as you’re just staying a night. You don’t put up the awnings, pull out the lawn chairs and set up shop, you just use it as a stop gap between locations. We don’t even feel comfortable unhitching the trailer – although some people do.
Due to limited space – it was a popular place – we ended up parking right next to the horse stalls (yes, they have “parking” for horses, too), which meant our spot was a bit more fragrant than most. It was hot and humid – and when you’re not plugged into electricity you can’t use your air conditioner.
We spent some time browsing in Cabelas (air conditioning and a cool aquarium!) and we bought some fudge. If you buy something inside Cabela’s you get a secret code to use the dump and water station – without the $5 fee. I’d rather buy fudge than pay the dumping fee. 🙂
At one point, we walked to a nearby neighborhood park to get some wiggles out. The kids loved this merry go round – I haven’t seen these on a playground in ages! We all hopped on and got the dizzy giggles.