Friday, July 21, 2017

Campground Visitors

Canyon Ferry, MT   High 98  Low 64

Had some visitors drop by our campground store. They are from Texas and are headed up to Whitefish, MT for a big car show and rally.

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And there they go.

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We also had this rather odd looking RV in our park for a few nights.

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When Jim was cleaning some fish, a couple of guys stopped to talk to him. He ended up inviting them to go fishing with him the next day. Really made their day. Jim left Rocky at home because we were afraid he might get stepped on. Sure enough, they caught some fish but not near as many as Jim and his good luck charm, Rocky Joe. Jim let the guys have the fish for their dinner.

On Saturday, out of curiosity, Jim drove down to the boat trailer parking for the lake. There were between 80 and 100 trailers and that is why he does not go out on the lake during the week-end.

The 19th was my birthday and we went up to Winston to the Big Bull Grill with Carol and Doug. Got my fix of hand cut fresh French fries and a creme brulee for dessert. A wonderful day.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Summertime and the Living is Easy

Silos at Canyon Ferry – High 84 (a cold front went through last night) But up to 100 again by Saturday.  Lows are in the 60’s which does make for a good temperature for sleeping.

Before leaving Helena we took the pups in for a bath at Rods and Dogs. It’s a car wash with three bays for washing dogs. Love this place. Not sure RJ or Skitz are too impressed with it though.

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On Monday, we left our Helena spot and moved 30 miles down the road to the KOA at the Silos on Canyon Ferry. We are close to Townsend, MT. We stayed here for a month last year because even though this is a KOA is is more like a fishing camp. Lots of boats everywhere. Also lots of folks live here year round or leave their RV here and come in for vacations or week-ends. So not a typical KOA.

Canyon Ferry – the sun is so bright it’s hard to get a good picture. I’ll try again sometime.

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Rocky was hoping to go fishing with Jim but Jim figured the first trip out, Rocky needed to stay home. So he is driving me crazy with his whining and grumbling and pacing because Jim isn’t here. This dog is totally obsessed with Jim and cannot settle down when Jim is gone even though he’s with me and Skitz.

Four days later – Jim took Rocky out fishing and he turned out to be a good luck charm. Jim probably caught 20 walleye. Brought home enough for us to have dinner and to throw some in the freezer. RJ has a life vest and we also got him a hat to protect his eyes and nose from the sun.

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Skitz and I really enjoyed our quiet, peaceful time.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Well, That Was a Rude Awakening

Helena, MT   High 98  Low 63

We had quite a storm go through last night with lots of wind and lightning but not much rain. Watched the neighbor’s chair go flying through the air and into a tree. And not good weather for firefighters. I was sure glad when we finally quit rocking and rolling so we could get some sleep which has been lacking with the fireworks.

At 12:30 this morning I abruptly woke up with my heart trying to escape my body and the Bungalow was vibrating. Jim, of course, was still asleep but he didn’t stay that way very long with me punching him. He grunted that it was just the wind and went immediately back to sleep. Not me. This was NOT the rocking and rolling that the wind causes.

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit about 30 miles from here. No injuries or damage have been reported but officials are out this morning checking roads, bridges, and utilities.  

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I had no idea what was wrong and finally went back to sleep. Didn’t know it was an earthquake until we got a text from Todd this morning asking if we had felt it. We’re supposed to have more aftershocks today but I’m really hoping they are just minor ones.

How about a couple of beautiful Montana sunsets from our spot here in Helena.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Having Fun in Helena

Helena, MT   High 77 to 101 – take your pick

I want to thank all of you for the special words on my Scooter blog post. I know most of you understand how we feel.

When we arrived at our spot in Helena, it was 98 degrees. Getting set up just about did me in and I was sure glad to get the air turned on. We are staying on my brother-in-law’s lot where we always stay. This lot has been a wonderful option for us and we sure do appreciate it.

My sister, Judy, and her hubby, Don, fixed dinner for us – burgers on the grill and they were sooo good. Especially since I didn’t have to do anything except show up. The next night I made spaghetti and I think everybody enjoyed it.

Wednesday we had lunch with one of my classmates and her hubby. The last time we saw them was in Quartzsite in October of 2016. I didn’t get a picture today but this is from Q.

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Seems like we have lots of errands to get done – nail trims for the fur kids. They also need baths. Do some grocery shopping, go to a few garage sales, let Jim play with his boat. You know – just life.

Our good friend, Paul, is in town for a few days so we’ve had a chance to get together with him. He and Jim went to a car show and drooled over all the old cars. However, they didn’t bring me a single picture for the blog.

Dianna (who refuses to have her picture taken) sold her house in Phoenix and moved to Missoula, MT where her daughter lives. She was in Helena so we met up for breakfast. She’s really happy with her decision to move back to Montana.

Tomorrow is the 4th of July. I really want to like this holiday but I just can’t. I can celebrate the birth of our great country but I sure wish it wasn’t celebrated with fireworks. We have had loud booming fireworks going off every night since last Friday and our poor dogs are really suffering. I can’t even begin to imagine how bad it must be for soldiers with PTSD.

However, I hope everyone is able to enjoy the day with family and friends and good food.

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

One year and A Million Tears

Helena, MT   High 84 and going higher  Low 54

Our beloved Scooter has been gone for a year and she is still missed beyond words.

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She was so tiny when we got her. You can barely see her curled up on Todd’s lap.

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This was Scoots’ favorite position in the sun.

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She was a mighty hunter

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She helped me write the blog.

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She didn’t like fireworks or thunderstorms so we bought her a Thundershirt to help her stay calm.

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She loved being on the water with Jim.

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She enjoyed seeing the sights with the wind in her ears.

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She loved Skittlez

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She could never resist attacking the water from the hose.

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Are you talking to me?

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She claimed her toys.

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But most of all she loved her dad. She was Jim’s Little Bitty Buddy.

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We love you Scooter and miss you every day.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Our Billings Visit

Billings, MT  High 94 one day and 73 the next.  Low’s in the 50’s

After leaving Flaming Gorge we headed up through Wyoming and another day of beautiful scenery. We drove through Wind River Canyon and marveled at the power of the river that forged this canyon.

We followed this trailer all the way through the canyon.

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We ended up at the Twin Pines RV Park outside Lander, WY. Nice little park with a pull through sites so we didn’t have to unhitch. However, there was no cell service or internet. The campground WIFI only works if you are in the office. I was glad we were there only one night.

You go through three short tunnels as you follow the river.

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DSCN3772From there we spent the next night in Cody, WY. Nice campground but we had to unhitch the truck and park behind the rig which doesn’t leave much room for maneuvering. This turned out to be a problem because the next morning a guy in the row behind us was trying to align his truck to hitch up his fifth wheel. And yup – he bumped our truck. Just a ding in the paint. Thank goodness.

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The final leg of the journey to Billings went just fine.

I love cloud pictures.

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I want to apologize to all our family and friends here in the Billings area. We did not have time to visit with anybody (other than Todd and Michaela) while here. We did have some great times with them. Michaela and Todd both have June birthdays, their wedding anniversary (5 years already) is in June and so is Father’s Day. So we took the time to celebrate everything.

Lunch at the Burger Dive

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This trip to Billings was to get paperwork done. We needed to do the paperwork on our new trailer which is waiting for us in Arizona. We had address changes to get done. And all of this takes a lot of time sitting and waiting, finding out you need to fax things to credit unions and follow up to make sure they do what needs to be done. Then you sit and wait for your turn some more.

We also had some work done on the truck, did laundry, Jim got a haircut and we did some shopping.

So – no visiting and no sight seeing this trip. But we plan on being back in September for my 50th Class Reunion and hopefully we can find time to visit.

Another problem with visiting is that we really can’t invite others to visit us because our trailer is so small. And those of you who know me, know that I do not really like to sit outside and visit. Too many bugs. That’s just how I am. And also, Rocky Joe gets really nervous with other people around so we like to keep him as calm as possible.

We are parked at the noisy Moose but for $25 a night, (rather than $55 to $90) we can handle a lot of noise. Electric only at the site, but a dump and water behind the building.

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Dam and Little Hole

Flaming Gorge  High 82  Low 62

Flaming Gorge Dam is 502 feet high and 1,285 feet long. The spillway consists of a 675-foot long tunnel that runs through the left abutment of the dam. Two 16.75-by-34-foot gates at the tunnel entrance will pass up to 28,800 cubic feet per second of floodwater.

These pictures do not show the force of the water being let through the dam. It was incredible.

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Just below the dam is where the rafters and drift boats put in. There is a Park Ranger (or two) stationed here to keep traffic flowing. It wasn’t real busy when we were there but they do not let you park and walk over to the water. It is kept open for the lines of boats needing to be launched.

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One of the pull out points on the Green River is at Little Hole. Just driving around the backroads, the scenery is amazing. We decided to follow the signs to Little Hole and check it out.

This area was devastated by a wildfire in 2002. A car crossing a cattle guard, had a blow out and a spark from that started this fire. It burned almost 20,000 acres and took 17 days to control.

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We saw these pronghorns very much alive in this fire stricken land.

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There is a scenic overlook just before you get to Little Hole. I run out of words describing how beautiful this land of ours is.

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Can you see the overlook we stopped at?

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There are three boat ramps at Little Hole to handle all of the rafts and drift boats that come down the river from the dam.

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Another one of those hidden gems off the beaten track.

If you plan on coming to the Gorge to enjoy this outdoor wonderland, I would highly recommend you sign up for either a fishing expedition or a rafting tour. I wish we would have.