Monthly Archives: August 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016

Sunday we journeyed into Glacier Park from the Columbia Falls and stopped at the Abgar Visitor Center for hiking information. We headed out to hike the Avalanche Lake Trail – 4.6 miles – moderate. It was a nice trail with a wonderful view of the lake at the end.  We didn’t have much lunch with us to enjoy – two packages of nabs for four of us and one bottle of water for each. Not real good planning, but was fun! 

After our hike we watched a gentleman and four kids jump into a creek’s pool of water. I would say they were 10 and under! We estimated the water to be 45 degrees from info we had read, and the looks on their faces as they came up from their jump told us it was COLD! Their eyes were wide open and they were gasping to get their breathe, unsuccessfully, at first! There was one adult with them, but we didn’t think they were really supposed to be doing this. It was, however, fun to watch! 

We enjoyed dinner at a local spot called the Nite Owl. We started the day there with breakfast, and thought it fitting to end our day there. Our meals were very good, pizza and buffet, but the fried bread was especially good with butter and honey!

Today we had plans for another hike at Logan Pass, but Laura was running in ‘slow’ after yesterday’s hike and Irv’s lower shin and ankle were not cooperating. He hit his shin about a week ago on the camper step and cut it, we think to the bone, and after our hike yesterday, he developed a rather large red spot on the inside of his lower leg beside the cut and was bothered with it through the night. We decided no hiking and drove the Going to the Sun Road to Logan Pass and then to St. Mary Visitor Center. A beautiful drive! (Pictures to come with better wifi!)

Tomorrow is laundry and grocery day!! Just like at home!

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Rest for All

Thursday we took some time off from exploring the parks and took the truck to a car wash to get the bugs off! Yes, that was Ron’s idea of rest; Laura went with him and did some t-shirt and specialty shopping. Irv and Connie stayed with Roxy at the camper and enjoyed spoiling/ taking care of her! Haha!

Friday we began getting ready to head to Garrison, Mt, and found we had a flat tire on the trailer. The guys changed the tire and we were on our way. Not only were we still in the campground to change the tire, we had planned a short drive – 215 miles. After we arrived at Riverfront Campground and set- up, Connie and Irv went to Lee Schwab Tires in Deerlodge to see if we could get the tire repaired. They were totally impressed with the service they received! We have used them twice in our travels together and both places were extremely helpful and friendly! We highly recommend the company! It seems the air was seeping out from a cracked rim. Fixed and ready to head to Glacier National tomorrow. God was truly watching over us again today, having everything fall into place with little disruption to our plans! Always, God is good!

Hiking the Yellowstone Canyon


Today we went to Canyon Junction and hiked to see the Lower Falls in Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon. 



Following the North Rim Road, we picnicked at a pull off and went on to see more of the Grand Canyon – even seeing an osprey’s nest on a pinnacle. 

We have limited wifi and have to hunt for free service from info centers or restaurants! Please bear with us over the next bit!

Traffic jam coming out of the park – people trying to get pictures of elk! Imagine that! Yes, that is our truck! Ranger was in the road With bullhorn to make sure people didn’t stop on the road! 

Forest fires are keeping us from visiting Grand Tetons, making it a three hour drive just to the park, not to mention an hour delay due to construction. Yellowstone has 7 fires actively burning. Many roads closed. 


Fire camp for firemen in West Yellowstone.

Yellowstone National Park

I think I am falling in love with this park! What a mystical feel it has to it  – mixing the ancient with the new!


As we drove to Old Faithful from the West Yellowstone entrance, we saw elk, bison, and such unusual terrain. Geysers, pools of steaming clear blue water, and bubbling and blurping mud pots! 


​​​​As we were waiting for Old Faithful to erupt, I couldn’t help but think how impatient I can be when waiting upon the Lord. And here I stood with hundreds of diverse people, expecting the eruption of Old Faithful on a promise from a ranger.  She was to erupt within a twenty minute window of time; and she did just that! People oohed and awed just at her spewing and sputtering. 


When she finally erupted, the cameras began clicking and the awes turned into a round of applause!! It was amazing! She was faithful! 

Our God is faithful! We should all be waiting with awe and anticipation for God’s promise to us! 

 Following the eruption of Old Faithful we hiked up to a ridge and watched her erupt from above. 


Hiking down we ended on a boardwalk around geysers, pools of blue water, and mud pits. As we finished our hike we were able to watch Old Faithful again and then enjoyed our bison meatloaf and turkey and dressing dinners! Delicious!

North Side of Teddy Roosevelt NP

Thursday night we enjoyed the Medora Musical. It was an outdoor theatre much like the Stephen Foster outdoor theatre in Bardstown, Ky. 


Friday morning we woke up to some chilly temps of 45. Ron decided it was time to find a WalMart to get some long pants. It seems his jeans never made it to the camper – oops, Laura!

We then headed to the North Side of the park and travelled its 14 mile in and out road. We saw cannonball formations and bison. 


At one stop we met a young couple that has been site seeing since January! They are from Connecticut, have their furniture stored, and are planning on building in Washington state! They are traveling in an RV and are towing their jeep. She was an administrator for an autistic school and he worked for the state. Her parents live near New Bern in Vanceport, NC. 


After talking with them we started back on the park road and saw approximately 30+ bison moving across the plains and heading up the road in the direction we were going. They meandered up the road a bit and then headed back into the fields. 


No hiking today, but maybe in a couple of days as we are headed to Yellowstone National Park tomorrow.

North Dakota Badlands


Today we went to Theodore Roosevelt National Park – South Side – and drove a 36 mile loop through the badlands of North Dakota. It was a ride through prairie lands and shallow canyons. The prairies were littered with little black tail prairie dogs (Dog Towns) busy at work, digging and throwing dirt out of their dens. 


Herds of bison were seen on the ridges and along side the roadway. We also spotted a mule tail deer bounding up the hillside and finding shelter from the rain under a cottonwood tree. Connie spotted a pronghorn sheep a little later.  


The smell of sage and heather was amazingly sweet as we exited our vehicle to begin on our short hikes. It was so tempting to pick some of the fragrant ‘weed’ to bring back to our camper, but we managed to resist.

And, what do you think the rock formation below looks like to you? 

North Dakota Badlands


Today we went to Theodore Roosevelt National Park – South Side – and drove a 36 mile loop through the badlands of North Dakota. It was a ride through prairie lands and shallow canyons. The prairies were littered with little black tail prairie dogs (Dog Towns) busy at work, digging and throwing dirt out of their dens.


Herds of bison were seen on the ridges and along side the roadway. We also spotted a mule tail deer bounding up the hillside and finding shelter from the rain under a cottonwood tree. Connie spotted a pronghorn sheep a little later.


The smell of sage and heather was amazingly sweet as we exited our vehicle to embarq on short hikes. It was so tempting to pick some of the fragrant ‘weed’ to bring back to our camper, but we managed to resist.

And, what does this rock formation we saw along the trail look like to you?

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Big, Bigger, Biggest!

August 18, 2016

Today we had a short drive on I-94 to Medora, ND, so we stopped to see the world’s largest Holstein cow, Salem Sue!

From Salem we took a detour from Gladstone to Regent, ND, to see large sculptures of flying geese, deer, grasshoppers, pheasants, ‘Teddy (Roosevelt) Rides Again’ (his horse named Mulley), fish, and the ‘Tin Family!’ We enjoyed a wonderful lunch at the pheasant sculpture. It was so quiet and peaceful in the middle of these HUGE fields of wheat! 






We gained another hour today as we moved into the Mountain Time zone. 

North Dakota not only grows soybeans, corn, hay, and wheat, the majority of our sunflower seeds come from these rolling flat lands.  


As we drove closer to our campground, the small rolling swells in the ground turned into the badlands of ND. 

(Badlands pictures to come.)

50 States!

It took us 3.5 days of driving, but we finally made it to North Dakota and Irv has completed his goal of visiting all 50 states! We are all so glad he was able to celebrate this moment with the world’s largest buffalo, Dakota Thunder!


Yesterday we stayed in Summit, S.D., in County Line RV Campground. We ordered our dinner from the Wishbone BarBQ and it was delivered to our campsite within 20 minutes!  We were told by the delivery lady to take a picture of him taking his first bite – we did!


He ate the WHOLE thing! 

Following our dinner we joined others in the campground at the campground store for an informal ‘jam’ session consisting of two guitarists and one mandolin player. The mandolin player was just checking in as the session was beginning and after setting up she came back and made it a threesome. We all enjoyed it thoroughly.


The campground host/owner not only showed us to our campsite, but was also the guitarist sitting on the left in the picture above. and is the artist of the paintings hanging in the background on the walls.

Out ran the heat, FINALLY!!

Enjoying the breeze and cooler temps in Summit, S.D.! Ordered supper and it will be delivered shortly; this is the life!

Again, rain this morning on the road, but clear skies tonight. We did watch a dark cloud blow around us and we are plannng to eat outside tonight. We passed mega numbers of very large corn fields and we think soybean fields.