Expedition Team: Dave Miller, Rosie Miller
Date: June 20, 2022
On June 25, 1876, five companies of the 7th US Cavalry were met in battle in the valley of the Little Bighorn River by an overwhelming force of over 4,000 Lakota Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho Indian warriors. On June 26, over 220 soldiers and attached civilian personnel lay dead including infamous Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer. The five-mile park road gave us a look at the battlefield area, a vast openness of the high hilly plain. We hiked a trail, visited Custers Last Stand hill and monument, the Indian Memorial, and heard a talk by a park ranger. One of my former co-workers, Lori Dorn, has a relative that fought and died in the battle. His name is listed on the monument.
The KOA Campground at Hardin where we camped experienced a rare Montana tornado nine days before we arrived causing minor damage. As we were ready to pull out of our campsite the following day, a deer ran through the site chasing a rabbit.