location: Thompson Falls, Montana
date: Jul 16, 2021 - Jul 18, 2021
There's a lot of reasons to save the date and load up your camper for a fabulous
get away in the mountains of western Montana. Bill Meadows (ANC66) and his wife, Helen, are hosting
a Smokejumper Cow Pasture Camp-out July 16-18, 2021, at their historic ranch, located between Thompson
Falls and Trout Creek, Montana. Mountain Meadows Ranch is in the heart of the great outdoors – lots of clean
fresh air, scenic mountains, and wooded areas for relaxation and peace and quiet. The nearest neighbor is half
a mile away, and McDonalds and Wal-mart are 70 miles west.
The gathering is planned as an additional supplement to the Boise Reunion for jumpers and pilots. As the
campout is in the country, the entire venue will be casual with no banquets or speakers, but rather a time
to enjoy being together and talking about the good ole days.
There are a variety of local attractions within a few miles, and visitors are free to choose their own excursion –
the Noxon hydro-electric dam, fish ladder and historic high bridge , and the Old Jail Museum in Thompson Falls,
Ross Creek Cedars, mountain lakes and reservoirs for boating (three boat ramps) or excellent fishing, trails
to climb, and several old Forest Service lookouts. Additional activities may include long distance shooting,
horse shoes, golfing at 9-hole River Bend course, a cribbage game, blue-grass pickin' for any musicians,
and a lot of visiting. Cecil Hicks (NCSB) is also putting together North Idaho sites to visit, perfect for a day trip.
Firewood will be furnished for campfires, and everyone is “on their own” as far as food, beverages and
lodging, so bring a tent, RV or camper. No reservations are required; there is ample parking space for
many vehicles. Motels are available at Trout Creek and Thompson Falls. Drop ins for the day are also encouraged.
Updates will be posted on the NSA website in the coming months. Directions and maps will be included
in addition to finalized plans. More ideas are in the works.
Mark your calendar, and come for s'mores, stargazing, and storytelling in a back-to-nature setting.