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Fri Jul 3, 2020, 06:24 PM

Montana is inundated with out of state visitors right now.

I drive 20 miles round trip every day on the interstate to take my teenage son to baseball practice. The highway is loaded with out of staters every single day. Today my husband drove the kiddo up to Kalispell for a ball tournament and they report that they didnít see but a handful of MT plates in that two hour drive. There were endless SUVs pulling RVs and giant motor homes from GA, FL, CA and WA...all over. Last weekend, we drove 4 hours over to Lewistown and saw the same thing on our highways...tons of vehicles from other places. We take our camper and all our own food...we donít eat out....no motels. Iím frustrated. We had really low Covid numbers for so long. We were doing okay. Seems the word is out and folks are coming to MT in droves. The virus will come with them.

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Reply Montana is inundated with out of state visitors right now. (Original post)
MontanaMama Jul 2020 OP
we can do it Jul 2020 #1
MontanaMama Jul 2020 #4
we can do it Jul 2020 #6
blm Jul 2020 #2
soothsayer Jul 2020 #3
jimfields33 Jul 2020 #5
MontanaMama Jul 2020 #7
jimfields33 Jul 2020 #9
we can do it Jul 2020 #39
VMA131Marine Jul 2020 #8
OneBro Jul 2020 #10
MontanaMama Jul 2020 #11
CanonRay Jul 2020 #12
MontanaMama Jul 2020 #14
CanonRay Jul 2020 #24
Chainfire Jul 2020 #13
MontanaMama Jul 2020 #15
Bev54 Jul 2020 #16
MontanaMama Jul 2020 #17
Bev54 Jul 2020 #18
MontanaMama Jul 2020 #19
GemDigger Jul 2020 #20
MontanaMama Jul 2020 #22
Delmette2.0 Jul 2020 #35
Nay Jul 2020 #21
MontanaMama Jul 2020 #23
Nay Jul 2020 #37
Buckeye_Democrat Jul 2020 #25
MontanaMama Jul 2020 #27
Buckeye_Democrat Jul 2020 #29
2naSalit Jul 2020 #28
2naSalit Jul 2020 #26
MontanaMama Jul 2020 #30
2naSalit Jul 2020 #31
msongs Jul 2020 #32
luv2fly Jul 2020 #33
MontanaMama Jul 2020 #34
Ford_Prefect Jul 2020 #36
MontanaMama Jul 2020 #38

Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 06:26 PM

1. 😕We just cancelled our trip to Glacier NP.

I hope you all stay safe.

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Response to we can do it (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 06:27 PM

4. Please come when it is safe.

I love Montana and want to share it when things are better.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #4)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 06:30 PM

6. Definitely!

The most beautiful hikes Iíve ever done. Canít wait to come back.

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Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 06:26 PM

2. Sorry MontMa

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Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 06:26 PM

3. Ugh. I hope not!

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Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 06:29 PM

5. Try living in Florida. Out of state tags everywhere.

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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #5)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 06:31 PM

7. No thank you.

Iím sorry thatís happening there too. We had way under 500 cases in the whole state when phase 1 reopening began. Itís a runaway train now.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #7)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 06:33 PM

9. Sorry to hear that. I hope it's just 4th of July vacationers for Montana

The whole situation sucks.

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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #5)

Sat Jul 4, 2020, 01:28 PM

39. Same here in Rehoboth Beach DE

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Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 06:31 PM

8. Now you know how the Incas and Mayans felt ...

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Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 06:42 PM

10. A ball tournament?

How?

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Response to OneBro (Reply #10)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 06:50 PM

11. Local teams only.

And only in communities with phase 2 openings. These are usually big regional tournaments with kids from all over the NW and Canada but theyíve been scaled way back to just MT kids. No concessions. Dugouts bleached between games. No fans in the stands. 6í distancing between family groups in the grass and mandatory masks. While itís not the same as what weíre used to, itís been okay...the kids had an opportunity to play a little bit. This is the last tourney for the year and itís just in time since the tourists are here.

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Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 06:55 PM

12. I noticed the traffic on the Oregon coast is extremely high. Most cars I've seen since last summer.

We're getting overrun and our numbers were already going in the toilet.

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Response to CanonRay (Reply #12)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 07:09 PM

14. Damn.

Yachats is my go to after the kiddo is done playing baseball for the summer. Not this year though.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #14)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 07:55 PM

24. No cases there that I've heard of

We have two so far down the road in Florence

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Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 07:05 PM

13. Us folks from Florida

are just trying to spread a little Covid joy up there in cowboy land.

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Response to Chainfire (Reply #13)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 07:11 PM

15. You can keep that FL Covid down there

thank you very much.

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Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 07:33 PM

16. Perhaps they are the same ones coming across the border into Canada

by saying they are going through to Alaska but instead are touristing. The RCMP have fined 1200 Americans in Banff (hint) not enroute to Alaska and my friends and family are seeing many on Vancouver Island, certainly not the route to Alaska. Canadian citizens are now reporting them to border services and RCMP.

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Response to Bev54 (Reply #16)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 07:34 PM

17. Good! They should keep Americans out.

I honestly didnít think anybody would be allowed to cross the border.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #17)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 07:36 PM

18. They are allowing them to travel through to Alaska but we

need to put trackers on them. It is really pissing people off, we have worked hard to keep our covid in check. I know of at least one that has been diagnosed, not sure if any others.

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Response to Bev54 (Reply #18)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 07:41 PM

19. That's how we feel in MT.

We had really good numbers until now. Nobody has to come up here and nobody really needs to drive to Alaska. Stay the hell home.

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Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 07:42 PM

20. I saw TX, CO, GA, FL and a shitton from CA in Albertsons parking lot

NO ONE was wearing masks inside.

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Response to GemDigger (Reply #20)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 07:44 PM

22. Wow. Really?

WTF is wrong with people?

Donít answer that.

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Response to GemDigger (Reply #20)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 11:33 PM

35. I Don't go out much.

I did see a Texas plate two days ago.

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Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 07:43 PM

21. We have relatives in Montana and we were supposed to take a trip this month to Great Falls

and Billings, but no deal. We canceled.

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Response to Nay (Reply #21)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 07:45 PM

23. I'm sorry.

I hope you can come up when this blows over.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #23)

Sat Jul 4, 2020, 08:16 AM

37. Thank you -- it was going to be a nice car trip, nipping up into Canada for the drive across

the country, then dipping down into Montana, Yellowstone, etc. We've had it planned for a couple of years.

I wish I knew when this stupid virus was going to be beaten! Mr Nay and I are getting old and won't have much time left to do this trip.

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Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 08:01 PM

25. We all heard there was no mask-wearing tyranny there.

So we're all coming for the open skies and the freedumb!



I hope it doesn't spread there!

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Response to Buckeye_Democrat (Reply #25)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 08:02 PM

27. You're a funny one...

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #27)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 08:04 PM

29. Back at ya!

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Response to Buckeye_Democrat (Reply #25)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 08:02 PM

28. Exactly.

Though many ocals and others are wearing masks, not nearly enough though.

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Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 08:01 PM

26. Damn straight...

They showed up three weeks ago down here and they have only grown in number. I see live performances have started up in a few places. the restaurants have been open for weeks and the vacation lodges, a few B&B types are open. I know a couple big ones that are not open for the entire season. But there's no place left to camp down this valley either.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #26)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 08:05 PM

30. So my kiddo's first game in Kalispell just ended.

He called me and said there are some people in motor homes with out of state plates from FL, SC and IN pulled up behind the fields watching the games. They were asked if they had players in the game and could they please move the RVís and they said that no, they didnít have any friends or family playing, they just wanted to watch some baseball. Weíre doomed.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #30)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 08:09 PM

31. Which is why I have come to the

sad conclusion that I will be staying home at this time next year.

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Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 08:22 PM

32. interstate highway. that explains it nt

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Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 09:58 PM

33. This only points out the need for a national strategy

Which of course we don't have since the orange anus has the big chair.

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Response to luv2fly (Reply #33)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 10:13 PM

34. 100% right.

Belated welcome to DU!

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Response to MontanaMama (Original post)

Sat Jul 4, 2020, 03:18 AM

36. The ones who don't mask up are who scares me most. Buying gas or groceries you see it.

I'm scared the out of state gang will bring and spread it here. But I am as worried about the "don't tell me how to live" Montanans who won't do the right thing at all.

Most stores seem to have got the message. Whether I'm in Missoula or Stevi or Corvallis the difference seems to be whether you think and where you get your news.

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Response to Ford_Prefect (Reply #36)

Sat Jul 4, 2020, 10:38 AM

38. My mother in law lives in Stevi...

in a small gated community. She says the folks who live in the townhomes seem to be playing by the rules but at the grocery store or in town? Nope. No masks to speak of. The Bitteroot only gets more red as you travel south. I try to only shop at the Good Food Store and Costco where masks are mandatory. Once in a while, I have to go to Albertsons (or as my kiddo calls it ďmeth-AlbertsonsĒ) and mask wearing there is a crap shoot.

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