Between Missoula and the Idaho border we were barreling along I-90  when we saw a sign that caused us to brake, exit, and follow signs to a Historic Ranger Station Visitors Center. So glad we made the stop. Ninemile Remount Depot is still an active National Forest Service fire fighting station but has a history that goes back to 1930 when the US Forest Service embarked on a program to provide the livestock needed to pack supplies into remote areas to fight fires.

We were fortunate enough to be here on one of the few days that the mules were in the corral instead of out working. When they are not busy carrying fire fighting supplies into the back country, the mules are employed for a variety of purposes including hauling materials for construction projects in remote areas such as bridges for hiking trails.




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Arctic Circle Ceremony

Arctic Circle Ceremony

After a few days of exploration in the realm of the Arctic Circle, we aboard the Jewel of the Seas celebrated with a Blue Nose Ceremony and will receive Arctic Crossing Certificates!

Magerøya Island

Magerøya Island

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