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Monday, September 21, 2015

PROMISED BLOG

After several friends and relatives asked me to continue blogging I've decided to try again. Thank you for your encouragement. My computer was giving me fits but hopefully it's going to work better now that my live-in "Handy Man" fixed it and got me going again with all his help. You're in for a long one because a lot has happened in a month.

The "Ole E Ranch" 
It was great to be home. Since we're only home two or three months we don't even move out of the motorhome. We say it's the best campground we've ever stayed in. This year it was especially quiet because our road was blocked off to through traffic because of road work and construction. 


Walking on our torn up road checking out the progress of the new Town Center 
Our little rural road will never be the same. There is a 160-acre Town Center being developed on our corner. The new Meijer anchor store is only the beginning. It won't stand alone long. We will see a big change when we return in the spring. The good thing is we can walk to the store. We may like that as we get older. Dick says I could always be a greeter.

FIRST DAY ON THE ROAD ------


BOO got a little freaked out and we finally found him in the dashboard. 

Passing through all the small towns in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is always interesting
We took Hwy 2 across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan planning to be in Glacier National Park in five days. When we arrived in North Dakota we checked on the fire situation in the park and heard there were several still burning with low visibility because of all the smoke. So we decided to wait it out at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, hoping they would be contained soon.  

Wild horses at Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Lots of Prairie Dogs

Buffalo roaming everywhere
After a week exploring both the north and south units of the park, the fires were still burning in Glacier, so we made the decision to change our destination to Yellowstone National Park. We took Hwy 12 into Montana, a beautiful route that goes all the way to the west coast. Then we hear there is just as much smoke in Yellowstone. So we figured if we have to deal with smoke we might as well head for Glacier. But first we took a detour to visit a place we've never been -- the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. It was a deeply humbling experience.


A beautiful memorial to the Lakota, Sioux and Cheyenne who fought to preserve their way of life.

Memorial to the soldiers, including Custer, who died here in 1876 fighting the Sioux and Cheyenne.

The black marker is Custer's
We traveled north to Many Glacier Campground finally arriving Sept 1st and just in time for eight days of cold, cloudy or rain, but that didn't stop Dick from backpacking to a couple of his favorite places. He'd come back looking like a drowned rat but with a smile on his face. We would rather have the rain than fires and smoke. Fortunately, the three weeks we were in the park we had some sunshine too. What was extra special while staying at Many Glacier was our friends from home were campground hosts. We enjoyed our time with them.


Friends from home, Dean and Diane Tobias, campground hosts at Many Glacier
A special treat - my birthday dinner at the Many Glacier Lodge with friends. 
The Hutterites sell fresh fruits and vegetables in Babb, MT once a week.
We hiked to Iceberg Lake but unfortunately, no icebergs this year.

There's always a moose at Fishercap Lake just a short hike out of Many Glacier
We also stayed in two other campgrounds in other areas of the park where we enjoyed some beautiful fall weather.


Hiking with Dean and Diane Tobias
Wolf Mountain at sunrise (our motorhome and car)
Dick was happy to have sunshine and good weather for a 3-day hike.
I saw lots of wildlife while hiking around Two Medicine.
Another picture of Mt Sinopah, my favorite place in Glacier.


Visited our nephew, Kevin Mallery, in Whitefish where he lives year round.
Discovered in our bathroom
At one of the campgrounds, we picked up several stowaways who wanted to get in out of the rain. It was an exciting night of mousecapades. I took a double take when I saw the above. At first I thought it was one of BOO's toys! 
Our traps caught 5 and BOO caught two. It gave Dick something to write about. As you know Dick is the RV Shrink and writes a weekly column for RVtravel.com, an online newsletter. 

Elinor loved hitching a ride in our motorhome.
We met some Continental Divide hikers when we were in East Glacier. Dick talked with them awhile and then one of them asked for a ride when she heard we were heading to Marias Pass. We ended up visiting with her for nearly an hour. She has also hiked the AT, the PCT and this was her second time hiking the CDT, her favorite. Her next hike is across New Zeeland. A great morning. Dick enjoys giving back - he owes a lot of people for all the "trail magic" he has when he hikes.


A fun visit with Walt at the Polebridge Mercantile
Of course, when we visit Glacier NP we HAVE to go to the Polebridge Mercantile for a "bear claw" pastry. It's about a 30 mile drive from our campground on the west side. We were very disappointed when we saw how small they were this year. Nearly half as big as other years. New ownership has to ruin things. Oh well, it ended up being another great morning when we met Walt from Minneapolis. Dick found his match. I rarely got a word in edgewise as these two characters and lovers of Glacier NP bounced stories off each other.

While camping it's always fun to see all the different RVs people have. Here are a few I just had to share.

1950 Chevrolet pulling a 1950 Silver Streak and the guy said his wife was also a 1950 model.
Shasta trailer - love the plaid curtains
This interesting monster was parked across from us. Made in the USA by globalxvehicles.com

We are enjoying our trip and have had no problems except for the night Dick camped at Granite Park and a "pack"rat ate a large hole in his expensive tent. It must have been trying to get in out of the cold and rain. 


On to Washington......



3 comments:

  1. Love it , thank you for sharing ! I think Mom and Bonnie will be reading it together soon.

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    1. Jane - glad you enjoyed the blog. Hugs to your mom.

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    2. Hi Gaila, Just wrote a note..tried to send / 1hr/ i'll jut send and say Hi,Miss u
      coffee my living room and talking.

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