Saturday, July 22, 2017

Rollin' down Montana Roads

Love the monochromatic look of this.
If you look close there are two birds in that nest
that perches on the of a stick, basically.
Anyway, the sun was trying to come out, there was
a haze from the fires.
We were just coming from our boondocking at Lost Johnny Campground
that was really amazing.
While walking around the camp, right there in a
field, no 15 feet from us was a doe scarfing down some grass.
We kind looked at each other and decided all was well
and she went back to eating.
Later, she actually strolled through our camp.
Could have touched her out my window.
And of course, no camera.
 This is part of the Hungry Horse dam
that we had to roll over in order to get to the campground.
 This crane sits up on the dam.
 I was really disappointed that there was no water flowing
over, not even a trickle, however, you could hear the hum of power.
 Then there was this landscape that is just
soooooo pretty riding down the highway.
 Couldn't help I do have a million more but I 
only picked out a few for you.
You're welcome 😊

 Then, sadly, we came upon this sight.
Fire department putting out a trailer fire.
 Hopefully all came out of it alive.

 It happened in Sun River, Montana.
 And another dam - Black Eagle on the Missouri River.
It is huge and I love all the flowing water.

This little guy came to great us at our camp
and did a great job posing.
 Isn't he cute?
I'm assuming he. 
 Then decided some chillin' was required.
So cool. 
He's still out there as we speak, chillin'.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Meeting up with friends on the road

Of course this caught my fancy on the way to Long Campground
in Idaho where we will be meeting up and hanging
for a few days with our friends Paul and Sharon.
We were able to meet up with them a couple years ago and it was so
much fun.
 It was a beautiful ride along the Clearwater River.
 Of course we went exploring and poked our
collective noses into all kinds of things.
 This was the first courthouse in Pierce Idaho
built in 1862. The town evolved when a gold rush
happened in the area on the Nez Perce's land (pronounced Nez Purse).
Anyway a treaty was drawn up because of all the trespassing
going on and the Nez Perce lost 90% of their land.
The gold ran out and basically left the Nez Perce pretty much screwed.
 We then went to the Logging Museum that
had lots of stuff.
Naturally I photographed what interested me.
 First off, my gram had both of these items.
The wringer washer was in the basement where every
Monday she did the laundry and hung it outside.
The tub on the wall was where I had baths when I was a
kidlet in the middle of her kitchen. 
 As you may or may not know I had a career in the telephone
company (GTE) and my first job was the cord board.
NOT as old as this one mind you,
but it was a fun job.
 My aunt Toot (short vowels there) had one of these babies
and she used to love to sew and passed it on to my
cousin Judy. I, too loved to sew but I was never as good
as either of these two.
 This is a logger's cabin.
 It was cozy with just the essentials.
Except for those things that are essential to me, i.e., running 
water and a bathroom.
Just sayin....
 Check out the locomotive bell that was used
as a dinner bell at the logging camp.
 Sharon and I were really hot on finding out what the
heart of the monster was all about.
And here it is in a nutshell....
A monster was eating all of the animals. Coyote fooled the monster into swallowing him. Using a set of stone knives that he had brought with him, Coyote cut apart the monster from the inside to release all of the animals that were trapped in the monster. Upon emerging from the remains of the monster, Coyote cut it up and threw the pieces all over the land, creating the Indian people who inhabit the land. Fox asked Coyote about the land around the monster, it had no people, what was he to do? As Coyote washed the blood of the monster off his hands, the drops became the Nez Perce.

My artistic approach to black eyed susies that
were abundant in our campground.
 More Clearwater river pix.

And doesn't that railroad bridge make you swoon.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Road to the Sun - Glacier

As I mentioned previously, I chased this bad boy
down while waiting 1 1/2 hours for the
shuttle in the park to take us to Avalanche Lake.
(there's another cool butterfly pix on my FB cover photo.
 Finally making it to Avalanche lake - which was a ride,
We hitched a ride on another shuttle that
would take us to Logan's Pass.
I got to sit in the front seat with the driver.
So cool, I had the window down and was able to take pix
on the fly, because they are not allowed to stop
except for wildlife.
These Prairie chicken chicks were caught on the wrong side
of the road, hesitant to follow momma across.
Thankfully the driver was able to stop oncoming traffic and
the chicks were save.
 However, momma on the other side of the road was not
happy they didn't immediately follow and she
had to recross the road to get back to them.
They scurried back into the grass and stayed there hopefully
until it was much safer to cross.
 The weeping wall.
(Please remember these pix were taken on the fly
and sometimes across to the drivers side).
 No words really and no pictures (unless done by a total pro)
can do the scenes justice.

 The three arches.

 There was also a haze about the mountains as there
was smoke coming down from fires in Canada.
(I know wah-wah-wah) LOL
 Made another friend.
This marmot had a little hidey hole he scampered to
after posing especially for me.
I'm wondering how much he gets paid. LOL.
 Here's one more friend that was a bonus.
A prong horned sheep just happened to wander onto
the meadow at Logan's Pass visitors center.

Bucket list people!!!
It is a busy place in mid-July so you may want to go later
not sooner was they need to clear the snow and
that takes time.
I'm so glad we got back to Glacier - we went a couple years
ago if you remember, or not, and got smoked out
by a wild fire that shut the park down for two weeks so
we only got to see as far as Avalanche Lake to the beginning 
of going to the sun road.
RV's over 21' are not allowed on the road so keep that in mind.


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