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Flo's September 2014 Travels




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Dad and Flo checking out how to register.                         The mama bear that lives at Rising Sun.

LOCATION:  Glacier, Montana    SITE:  Glacier National Park Rising Sun
DATE:  09/01/2014 - 09/04/2014    SITE:  15    DISTANCE:  65 miles

Monday September 1, 2014

Today dad woke up at 6;30 and climbed out of bed. Then he started talking to me as he was getting dressed. After he got dressed he fed me my breakfast and gave me my monthly pill. While I was eating dad sat down and nursed his blister. When I finished eating I sat on my bed and looked up at mom to tell her know I was waiting for her. She told me she would be up in a little while. Mom climbed out of bed at 7:00 and got dressed. While she was getting dressed she said good morning to dad and me. Today after mom finished getting dressed we went for our morning walk because I really needed to go out. We walked around the campground and by the lake. The wind was blowing and mom and dad got cold so we only walked around a half hour. When we got back to the Minnie mom made breakfast for dad and herself. Dad had cinnamon and spice oatmeal and a glass of chocolate almond milk. Mom had a half a ham sandwich and a glass of chocolate almond milk. Mom gave me some of her ham. After everyone was fed we got the Minnie ready to leave. Today we're moving on to another campground in Glacier National Park named Rising Sun. Once the Minnie was ready we left Two Medicine. We had a super time here. We met some dogs and a lot of wonderful people.

On the way to Rising Sun we stopped at Glacier Family Foods in Browning. Mom and dad did a little shopping and then they checked their phone messages. We didn't have any phone service for four days. Mom had two messages from her sister Andrea. The messages were about her mom's rosary and funeral. The cell signal wasn't that good and it was early so mom was going to return the call when we got to St. Mary where the signal was better. Mom put the groceries away and then we were on the road again. While we were driving down the road mom's sister Alexis called. She asked mom if she was going to come back for their mom's service. Mom told her she wasn't. Alexis sounded disappointed but she understood. Alexis told mom that her mom really loved her and when she got off the phone with her the other night she was smiling. Alexis also said if mom changed her mind to give her a call and she could get her a real good deal on a flight. Mom told Alexis she loved her and for her to take care of herself. She also said she would call her if she changed her mind. When we got to St. Mary's dad asked mom if she wanted to call her sister back. Mom said no that they had finished their call. Dad called his mom to let her know that mom's mom died. He didn't have to because she had already read about it in the newspaper. She thanked dad for calling to let her know. After dad got off the phone we continued our adventure. Our adventure to Rising Sun was very nice. We saw a lot of cows and horses grazing on the rolling prairies.

We got to the entrance of Glacier National Park about 9:30 so there was someone manning the gate. She was very friendly and told us she was from Austin. We talked to her for a little while. She gave dad a map of the park and told dad that the shuttles were going to run through the 7th of September. Dad thanked her and we went to our campground. Our drive to Rising Sun from the gate was only a few miles. We found a site and parked the Minnie. There was no problem finding a site. Once we got the Minnie setup we walked around the campground and paid for a couple of nights. I think I'm going to like it here because there's a lot of trees and it's cooler. When we got back to the Minnie we relaxed for a little while. Then mom cooked up some soup for dad and hers lunch. Mom gave me a little snack. After lunch mom and dad walked down to the park store to take a shower. The store wasn't too far. When they got to the store they asked about the showers. The young lady told them it cost $2.50 for 8 minutes and they were located behind the store. The showers were very nice. When mom was waiting for dad she watched a family shooting some hoops. The guys had a hard time making baskets because the wind would blow the ball away. When dad got finished taking a shower they decided to walk through the store. While they were walking through the store a man from the campground reported that he saw a female black bear and her cub at his site. They told him to go to the lodge and tell them. They would get a park range there. Mom and dad didn't buy anything at the store but when they heard about the bears they were excited. So when they came back to the campground they walked around and they saw the mama bear eating berries right next to our site. They stood there watching the bear and then they saw the cub eating berries also. Then the park ranger came and she had a gun. When she spotted the mama bear she started to make noise to scare the bear away. The bear got scared and moved a little bit up the hill and her cub followed. Mom and dad came home to me and told me about the bears. The mama bear and her cub stayed around for a couple of hours. The rangers made a lot of noise, they shout bean bags at the mama and the threw rocks. They didn't want to hurt the bears they just didn't want them to get use to people. Because if they did they would have to take them out of the population. This was a very exciting adventure for mom and dad. At one point mom and dad thought the bears were gone because the ranger left so mom let me go outside so I could sun. I wasn't outside alone dad was with me. I wasn't out too long when dad put me back inside because he saw the bears again. After putting me back in the Minnie he whistled for the volunteer to come back because the bear and her cub was at our site. She called another ranger out to help her. When the bears finally moved on mom and dad went for a walk. They left me in the Minnie because they were going to be gone for awhile. As they were leaving mom gave me a snack. They walked across the road to where you can get on a boat and go on a cruise of the lake. They watched the cruise boat come in the dock. While they were walking to the watch the boat they saw the mama bear and her cub running into the trees. They weren't gone too long because they got cold. When they got back to me we went for a walk around the campground. When we got back mom made dinner. She fried up a couple of sausages and heated up some beans for dad and hers dinner. She fed me my food for my dinner. When she finished cooking the sausages she had smelled up the Minnie. She told dad to remind her not to do that again. After dinner went for another walk around the campground. When we got back to the Minnie we called it a night. We had a great day. 



click on photo for more pictures of Riding the Shuttle to Logan Pass

   

    Lake McDonald Lodge                                         Inside Lake McDonald Lodge

   

                                   The shuttle mom and dad took.                  One of the mountains mom and dad saw at Logan Pass

Tuesday September 2, 2014

Today dad got up at 6:30 and climbed out of bed. While he was getting dressed he talked to me and then he fed me my breakfast. Afterwards he nursed his foot. Mom climbed out of bed about 7:00 and got dressed. Then she said good morning to dad and me. Afterwards she made breakfast for dad and herself. They both had maple and brown sugar oatmeal with a glass of chocolate almond milk. When everyone finished eating breakfast mom did the dishes. Then we all went for a walk around the campground. We walked for about a half hour. As we walked we said hi to people. When we got back to the Minnie mom and dad got ready to catch the Going-to-the-Sun Road Shuttle. As they were leaving mom gave me a snack and told me they would see me later. They weren't sure how long they would be gone. They left me at 8:00 and didn't get back until 3:30. They caught a shuttle at the Rising Sun Store that took them up the mountain to Logan Pass. It took them a long time to get up the mountain because there was some road construction. The shuttle going up the mountain was a bus because of the amount of people going up the mountain. As they were going up the mountain they saw gorgeous scenery and a beautiful lake. The lake was rough because the wind was strong. There were a few stops on the way if anyone wanted to get off to go hiking. Mom and dad stayed on the shuttle because dad's foot was still soar. When they got up to Logan Pass it was very windy and cold. Mom took pictures and then they went inside the visitor center. Even when they were inside the center it was cold. Mom and dad bought some post cards and trail maps. Then they went outside and caught another shuttle to go on the other side of mountain. There was a lot of people at Logan Pass and some of them were hiking the trails there. Mom and dad decided even if they could hike the trails they wouldn't because it was too cold. They took the shuttle until they got to The Avalanche Creek. When you get off the shuttle at Avalanche Creek you could hike The Trail of the Cedars. The last time we were here they had hiked that trail and another trail called Avalanche Trail. They are very good trails. Where they changed shuttles to go to Apgar Village. But when the shuttle got to Lake McDonald Lodge they got off. The first thing they did was go to lunch at Jammer Joe's Grill & Pizzeria because mom was hungry. They split a plate, which was a 1/3 pound cheese burger and wedge fries. The grill split the burger in two and put each piece in a different basket. In each basket had a big order of fries. For dessert they shared some huckleberry ice cream. Everything was delicious. After lunch the walked around Lake McDonald village. As they walked mom took pictures. Lake McDonald Lodge was gorgeous inside and out. Inside there was a hugh fireplace with a fire going and a lot wildlife trophies. Then they walked around the lodge. There was a boat dock where you can take cruises of Lake McDonald. Mom and dad also walked through the reading room, where they learned about the history of the lodge. It was also gorgeous. After walking around they headed to the shuttle stop. The village also had a cute post office and a store. After catching the shuttle they went back up the mountain to Logan Pass where they caught the shuttle back to Rising Sun Campground. They had a super time and met a few people. When they got home I met them at the door. I was very excited to see them. After we said our hellos mom and dad took me for a walk around the campground. We walked for about a half hour. When we got home we relaxed for a little while. Then dad barbecued bacon on the grill for dinner. Mom and dad had bacon sandwiches for their dinner. I had my food and mom fed me a little bit of her bacon. After dinner we went for another walk around the campground. As we were walking around we said hi to people and their dogs. When we got home we called it a night. We had a fantastic day and now it's time to say good night. Before mom went to bed she turned on our heater.

Wednesday September 3, 2014

Today we woke up at 6:45. Dad crawled out of bed and got dressed. While he was getting dressed he talked to me. When he finished getting dressed he fed me my breakfast. Then he nursed his foot. It was raining so mom wasn't in any hurry to get out of bed. She finally crawled out of bed at 7:15 and got dressed. While she was getting dressed she said good morning to dad and me. When she finished getting dressed she made cinnamon and spice oatmeal for dad and hers breakfast. Along with the oatmeal they had a glass of chocolate almond milk. After everyone was fed mom did dishes and then she tried to get me to go outside but I didn't feel like it. So she said that was ok and when I wanted to go out just let her know. We spent all day in the Minnie because it was raining on and off all day. The only time we went outside was when the rain stopped and I needed to go out. Mom and dad did this a few times. Each time we walked around the campground for about a half hour. While walking around we said hi to people and people paid attention to me. When we were in the Minnie mom and dad read. Mom finished one book and started another one. Dad read a whole book. I slept most of the time. For lunch mom and dad had soup and I had a little snack. For dinner we had leftover bacon and baked beans. I had my food for my dinner and a little bit of mom's bacon. We had a very relaxing day. Now it's time to say good night.



click on photo for more pictures of the Picnic Hike

   

Dad using a bridge to get over a creek.                                  Rising Sun Picnic Area                



Dad and I enjoying the afternoon in the sun.

Thursday September 4, 2014

Today we slept in until 7:45. We weren't in any hurry to get up because it was cold and we have no plans for today. Dad climbed out of bed and got dressed. While he was getting dressed he talked to me. After he was dressed he fed me my breakfast. Then he nursed his foot. Mom got up about 8:00 and got dressed. While she was getting dressed she said good morning to dad and me. Today was a sad day for mom because it was her mom's funeral. Mom thought about her mom now and then but she was glad she was in Grandma's favorite National Park. After mom got dressed she made breakfast for dad and herself. They both had apple and cinnamon oatmeal and a glass of chocolate almond milk. When everyone was fed mom did the dishes and then we went on our morning walk around the campground. We walked around for about a half hour and we met people and dogs. We had a great walk. When we got back to the Minnie mom and dad put me inside and then they went for a little hike to the picnic area. The picnic area was across the road from the campground. Once they were at the trailhead they walked a half mile to the picnic area. While walking they walked by the lake and took pictures. The lake was beautiful and the mountain range had some fresh snow on them from yesterday's storm. They also saw some fresh bear droppings but they didn't see the bear. When they got to the picnic area there was a hugh water tank on a tall stand. They walked to it because they were interested on how it worked. After looking at it they walked back to the picnic area. The picnic area was small but real nice. After taking pictures they walked back to me. They didn't take the trail back because the picnic area was right at the entrance to Rising Sun Campground at the park store. They had a great relaxing hike. When they got back to me I greeted them at the door. After saying hi to them they took me for a walk. When we got back to the Minnie mom made soup for dad and her lunch. She gave me a snack for my lunch. After lunch mom brought some hamburger patties for dinner. Then we went for another walk around the campground. When we got back we relaxed in our chairs until dinnertime. While relaxing mom and dad read and I sunned and slept. When it was time for dinner dad barbecued the hamburger patties. When dad was finished we went inside and had dinner. Mom and dad had hamburgers wand chips. Mom fed me my food for my dinner. After dinner mom did the dishes. Dad cleaned the grill and put it away because we're in bear country. When mom was finished with the dishes she bagged the chairs and dad helped her. When they finished bagging the chairs we went for our last walk of the day. The campground was full so I met more dogs and people. We had a great walk. When we got back we called it a night. We had a super day.




click on photo for more pictures of Driving to Lost Johnny Point

    

The Lewis Overthrust Fault Memorial                                 The Blackfeet National Bison Herd



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        Camping at Lost Johnny Point                                Flo swimming in Hungry Horse Reservoir

LOCATION:  Hungry Horse, Montana    SITE:  Flathead National Forest (Lost Johnny Point)
DATE:  09/05/2014 - 09/06/2014    SITE:  07    DISTANCE:  135 miles

Friday September 5, 2014

Today we woke up at our normal time of 6:45. Dad climbed out of bed and got dressed. He talked to me while he was getting dressed. When he finished getting dressed he fed me my breakfast. Then he nursed his foot. He said his foot is getting a lot better. Mom finally decided to get up at 7:10. She crawled out of bed and got dressed. While she was getting dressed she said good morning to dad and me. Once she was dressed she made maple and brown sugar oatmeal and chocolate almond milk for dad and hers breakfast. After everyone was fed mom and dad straightened up the Minnie. Because today we're leaving Glacier National Park and continuing our adventure in Montana. Once the Minnie was ready we did our morning walk around the campground for the last time. We had a super walk. When we got back to the Minnie mom checked to make sure everything was good to go. We had an outstanding four days at Glacier National Park. On the way out of the campground we stopped and dumped our tanks and got fresh water. Once that was done we were on our way.

Our adventure today was 135 miles and dad drove for three hours. The drive was very pretty because of the mountain scenery. When we got on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation we saw a lot of horses, cows and their official National Bison herd. The bison were grazing on the hillside. Then about halfway through our adventure we stopped at a memorial. The memorial to Theodore Roosevelt and Lewis and Clark. It was a beautiful memorial. One of the slabs was in memory of William Morrison, who was a trapper and prospector who donated his land to Theodore Roosevelt. We walked around the memorial to stretch our legs. Afterwards we drove to Coram and got propane. Afterwards we continued our adventure to Hungry Horse. Hungry Horse is a reservoir in Flathead National Forrest. Once we were at the dam dad drove another 9 miles to our campground, which was Lost Johnny Point. Flathead National Forrest is gorgeous with all the tall pine trees. All the sites in the campground were very nice, we decided to take 5. After parking the Minnie mom and dad discussed if they were going to stay here one night or two nights. They decided on two nights. So mom filled out the form and then we went down to the pay station to pay for the two nights. While we were there we met the park hosts. They were from Texas. We talked to the lady for a little while and met their three dogs. After our visit we continued our walk back to the Minnie. When we got back we had lunch. Mom and dad had ham sandwiches and mom gave me a little snack. After our lunch we went for another walk. This walk was down to the boat ramp so I could go swimming. On the way we met a couple of dogs and their masters. We visited with one dog and his masters. After our visit we went to the boat ramp and I went swimming. The lake was perfect. It was cold but it felt so good. It was flat and very clear. I had a great time. While I was swimming mom and dad walked along the bank. When I was finished swimming mom dried me off and then we went back to the Minnie. Once we were back at the Minnie we sent up our chairs and relaxed in them. I sunned while mom and dad read. Before mom read she called her sister, Andrea because she had left a message on the phone. She talked with her for a little while and found out that everything went very well for her mom's rosary and funeral. After talking to her sister she came back to dad and me. Mom and dad read until it was time for dinner and then dad barbecued some pork ribs. A long with the ribs mom and dad had tortillas. Mom fed me my food and a little bit of her pork. After dinner mom did the dishes and then we went for a walk. When we got back mom and dad put me in the Minnie and then they went on a walk. They wanted to checkout the trail across the road. Before they got to the road they saw the park host and talked to him about the hiking trails. He told them that the trail across the road was very steep. He also talked about a couple more. They thanked him and then they continued their walk to the trail across the road. Once they were there they hiked part of it. It was pretty steep. They didn't go all the way to the top because they didn't have any water so they turned around and came back down the hill. They decided they were going to try the trail again tomorrow. When they got back to me I was happy to see them. We said our hellos and then we decided to call it a night. We had a great day. Good Night.



click on photo for more pictures of Jimmy Ridge Hike

   

     Dad hiking Jimmy Ridge Trail.                               A deer mom and dad saw on their hike.

   

A deer walking on the bank of Hungry Horse.                              Flo swimming to say hi.            

Saturday September 6, 2014

Today we woke up at 6:40 and dad crawled out of bed. While dad was getting dressed he talked to me. When he finished getting dressed he fed me my breakfast. Then he sat on the couch and nursed his blister because he's going to go on a hike. When dad finished nursing his foot he waited for mom to get up. Mom gave him a blanket to keep him warm and said she was going to stay in bed a little longer. When I finished eating I went to my bed and waited for mom. While waiting I groomed. Mom finally got up at 7:15. She crawled out of bed and got dressed. While she was getting dressed she said good morning to dad and me. When she finished getting dressed she made cinnamon and spice oatmeal and poured a glass of chocolate almond milk for dad and hers breakfast. After everyone was fed mom did the dishes and put a pouch together for their hike. Before mom and dad went on their hike they took me for my morning walk around the campground. As we were walking we saw a deer by our neighbor's picnic table eating. Mom took a picture and then we continued out walk. We walked the loop and then dad put me in the Minnie. I'm allowed to go on the trails in National Forest but I'm getting old and can't walk as far as I use to. I was happy to be left in the Minnie because I could sleep and watch people. Mom is always good to me because she gives me a snack. Today when I got in the Minnie I was pleasantly surprised with the snack. As they were leaving they said good-bye to me. Jimmy Ridge Trail is across the road from Lost Johnny Point. The trail is very steep and goes pretty far. Mom and dad weren't sure how far it went because they stopped after hiking about 1.5 miles of it for two hours. As they hiked they kept going up and up. They went up about 1000 feet. They occasionally stopped to rest because the trail was so steep. About halfway through the hike they stopped and saw a beautiful vista of Hungry Horse Reservoir and the dam. The trail was very well maintained and used. They saw mushrooms along the trail. When they got to an area where it flatted out a little. Mom told dad that there was a deer right in front of him. He looked up and there it was on the trail about thirty feet away. They stopped hiking and watched to see what she was going to do. She just casually strolled off the trail and went into the trees. Their hike was through a gorgeous forest and was very peaceful. They saw one marker on the trail and it was the mile marker. When they had walked for about two hours they turned around and came back down the mountain. It took them an hour to get down the trail to the parking lot. They had a super hike and dad's foot survived the hike. Once in the parking lot they crossed the road and came back to me. I met them at the door when they got back to me. I was so happy to see them, I started talking to them and wouldn't stop going between their legs. They paid attention to me for a little while and then we went to our chairs so mom and dad could rest before lunch. After resting for a few minutes and then mom barbecued a couple of sausages for dad and her lunch. While she was getting things ready dad barbecued a few tortillas.

After lunch we sat in our chairs and enjoyed our campsite. About a half hour later mom and dad took me for a walk to the boat ramp so I could go swimming. The boat was busy today because it was a beautiful day. When we got to the ramp a little dog barked at me and he got in trouble because his parents didn't want him to bark at other dogs. Mom and dad walked me the opposite way than yesterday. I swam, explored and swam.While I was swimming mom and dad sat on a rock and watched people putting their boats in the lake and enjoying the lake. People were tubing, riding jet skies, kayaking, boating and doing other water sports. The lake water was very cold but it felt good to me. Mom and dad didn't understand how people could be in the water when it's cold. I guess if they live here and no matter where they go boating the water is cold they don't have a chose. As I was swimming a big doe came walking down the bank towards us but when she saw us she walked in the trees. She wasn't afraid of us at all. A gentleman was kayaking and saw the doe so he came by us to let us know. I saw him so I swam towards him I didn't get too far when I turned around and came back to shore. We were at the lake about a half hour then we went home. As we were walking home we saw a lot of people on the shore enjoying the lake with their dogs and kids. When we got back to the Minnie we sat in our chairs all afternoon. We had a great time at the lake. While relaxing in our chairs a deer came walking through our campsite so I barked at her. She just hopped a little and continued walking. Dad told me not to bark at the deer. We had a very relaxing afternoon in our chairs. When it was time for dinner dad cooked pancakes on the grill. Mom fed me my food for my dinner. After dinner mom did the dishes. While dad and I waited for her we saw three deer walk through our campsite. When mom finished dishes she bagged up our chairs and then we went on a walk. We walked around the loop. By the time we got home I was exhausted. Dad put the grill away and then we called it a night. We had a super day at Lost Johnny Point. Now it's time to say good night.

Third Week (September 7 to September 13)



click on photo for more pictures of North Dickey Lake Campground

    

      Flo swimming in Dickey Lake.                              Flo and dad enjoying the campsite.

LOCATION: Tobacco, Montana    SITE:  Kootenai National Forest (North Dickey Lake Campground)
DATE:  09/07/2014    SITE:  12    DISTANCE:  85 miles

Sunday September 7, 2014

Today we slept in until 7:20 and dad crawled out of bed. While he was getting dressed he talked to me. Then he fed me my breakfast. Afterwards he nursed his blister. His blister is getting better but it's not completely healed. When I finished my breakfast mom was still in bed but I asked dad to take me for a walk. So off we went on a walk around the campground. While dad and I were walking mom got up. She got dressed and straightened up the Minnie. Dad and I weren't gone too long because I took care of business and wanted to go home. When dad and I got home we said hi to mom and then she made breakfast for dad and herself. Today mom and dad had a Fiber One bar and a glass of chocolate almond milk. After everyone was fed mom and dad finished getting the Minnie ready to leave. We had a fantastic time at Lost Johnny Point.

Our next adventure is Dickey Lake, which is about 85 miles from Lost Johnny Point. Before stopping at Dickey Lake we stopped in Kalispell at a Walmart to do a little shopping. While mom and dad went into Walmart I slept in mom's chair. While in Walmart dad bought another card for his new phone so he could get Internet and they picked up a couple more rugs for the Minnie. When they got back to the Minnie mom put everything away. Once she was finished doing this we went down the road and stopped at Cabela's. When we were in Glacier National Forest mom had left our binoculars somewhere. So mom and dad bought a new pair at Cabela's. Afterwards we went to Lowe's parking lot so mom could update my Website. That took awhile because mom had made a mistake with a couple of sets of pictures. Dad offered to help mom but she wanted to figure it out by herself. She after a few trys. Afterwards we continued our adventure down the road.

The drive to North Dickey Lake was very relaxing. We saw a mountain creek and a lot of beautiful scenery. When we got to North Dickey Lake we setup the Minnie for the night. Then we went for a walk around the campground down to the lake. as we walking around the campground we saw people getting ready to go home. Most of the the campers were from Alberta Canada. Because we're about thirty miles from Canada. While we were at the lake a gentleman came by and said a bear came through his campsite last night. He told us to be careful. The lake was very pretty and flat. A few people were on the lake. While at the lake we saw a lady swimming in the lake and we saw a family put in their boat. Of course while we were at the lake I went swimming. There were also a couple of people sunbathing with their dogs. On the way back to our site we stopped and talked to the gentleman that saw the bear. He was very nice and his name was Lane. We had a great visit with him. When we got back we setup our chairs and relaxed the rest of the afternoon. While we were relaxing mom and dad saw a lab that looked exactly like me. When it was time for dinner dad barbecued some hamburgers for mom and his dinner. I had my food for my dinner. After dinner mom tried to get me to go for a walk but I didn't feel like it. While I was sleeping mom and dad bagged the chairs and put the grill away. While they were doing this the lab that looked like me came by so mom and dad visited with her and her masters. The lab's name was Rosy and she was five years old. After visiting with the couple mom tried to get me to go for a walk again so I could meet Rosy but I still didn't feel like it. After awhile we called it a night. We had a very relaxing day. Now I'm tired so I'll say good night. Have Fun.



click on photo for more pictures of Lake Koocanusa and Dam

   

Border Gate of the United States and Canada                  A Welcome to Tobacco Valley at the border

   

Lake Koocanusa Bridge                                         Lake Koocanusa Dam



click on photo for more pictures of Two-Bit R.V. Park

   

Dad barbecuing chicken.                                    A Crab Apple Tree      

LOCATION: Libby, Montana    SITE:  Two-Bit R.V. Park
DATE:  09/08/2014    SITE:  23    DISTANCE:  110 miles

Monday September 8, 2014

Today we woke up at 7:15. Dad crawled out of bed and started to get dressed. As he was getting dressed he talked to me. Dad was still getting dressed when mom crawled out of bed. She said good morning to dad and me. Then she fed me my breakfast. As I was eating mom got dressed and dad nursed his foot. After everyone was dressed mom made breakfast. Mom and dad both had cinnamon and spice oatmeal with a glass of chocolate almond milk. When everyone finished eating mom and dad got the Minnie ready to go. Then we all went for our morning walk. Today our walk was longer because we walked a half mile to an observation point of Lake Dickey. Dad took me off leash and I sniffed and explore while mom and dad continued walking. Occasionally mom would look back to make sure where I was. When we got to the observation point mom and dad told me that I did great because I didn't get tired. Mom took pictures of the lake and the homes on the lake. The lake was a little rough today because the wind was up. After taking pictures we started back to the Minnie. We didn't take the trail back instead we climbed down a hill to look at the boat ramp. After looking at the ramp and dock we continued our walk. We walked by the beach and took a trail back to the Minnie. While we were walking we didn't see anyone but we had a very nice walk. When we got back we finished getting the Minnie ready. Then we left the campground. We had a super time at Lake Dickey .

After leaving Lake Dickey we went to Eureka. Eureka was a cute little town. We went to Eureka because mom and dad were looking for a place with showers. We didn't find anywhere so we drove around. We drove all the way to the border going to Canada. It was a very small border crossing. After taking a picture of the border we turned around and went back to Eureka. Before entering into Eureka there was a cute Welcome to Tobacco Village statue so of course mom had to take a picture. After driving through Eureka again we continued our adventure. As we were driving down the road we saw wild turkeys walking across the road. Our next stop was at Lake Koocanusa Bridge. Lake Koocanusa Bridge is the longest and tallest bridge in Montana. Lake Koocanusa is located in both the United States and Canada. The Koo came from a Native-American tribe called Kootenai. Can came from Canada and USA came from the United States. Lake Koocanusa is very beautiful. As we were driving to the dam was stopped at Peck Gulch Campground to have lunch. The campsites are right off the lake. While there mom took me for a walk and talked to a lady that was painting the restrooms. She was working for the forest department for the season. After our visit we went back to dad and had lunch. Mom gave me a snack and dad and mom had a ham sandwich. After lunch we went to the dam. When we got to the dam I stayed in the Minnie because I was tired. Mom and dad walked around and took pictures. As they were taking pictures they met a couple from Canada. After talking to the couple they came back to me and then we went to Lake Koocanusa Dam Visitor Center. While at the visitor center dad asked if they were going to have a tour of the dam. The lady said not until Friday. Dad thanked her. She told dad that there were a couple movies being shown about the dam. So mom and dad watched the movies and walked around the center looking at the exhibits. They had a great time learning about the dam. When they finished they came back to me and took me for a walk around the dam area. I was happy that they did because it gave me a chance to stretch my legs. The dam was built by the Army Corps of Engineers. After our walk we continued our adventure to Libby.

When we got to Libby we found a place to stay for the night. We decided to stay at Two-Bit R.V. Park. It's a very nice park. It has full-hookups, showers, washer and dryers, tent area, R.V. area and dog run. The park is full of trees. It had plum trees, crab apple trees and pine trees. After setting up the Minnie for the night mom and dad relaxed and then they took a shower. When it was time for dinner dad barbecued some chicken. Along with the chicken mom and dad had corn. Mom fed me my food for my dinner. After dinner mom took me for a walk around the park. When we got back to the Minnie we went inside and relaxed the rest of the night. While relaxing mom updated my website, read a book and worked on some Sudoku. Dad looked at a Montana book to plan for our next adventure and I slept. While we were relaxing a family of deer walked by the Minnie. The family had a doe and two fawns. As they were walking away another doe joined them. When it got dark mom and dad took pictures of the full moon but only one came out. After taking pictures we called it a night. We had a fantastic day and now it's time to say good night. Have a great time.



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The 64 steps staircase                                                    The Swinging Bridge

    

                              Kootenal Falls                                      Libby Lions Club Campground 1938        



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         Mom standing by a cedar's root.                         Dad and I walking the cedar nature trail.



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LOCATION: Two Rivers, Montana    SITE:  Kootenai National Forest (Bull River Campground)
DATE:  09/09/2014    SITE:  15    DISTANCE:  70 miles

Tuesday September 9, 2014

Today we woke up at 7:15. Dad climbed out of bed and got dressed. As he was getting dressed he talked to me. When he finished he fed me my breakfast. While I was eating breakfast dad put his shoes on. After I ate I laid on my bed and groomed. Mom climbed out of bed about 7:40 and said good morning to dad and me. Then she got dressed. When she finished getting dressed she made breakfast for dad and herself. They both had apple and cinnamon oatmeal and a glass of almond milk. After everyone was fed mom did dishes and put a cooler together. Afterwards we all went for a walk around Two-Bit R.V. Park. While we were walking around we talked to the guy that checked us in yesterday. He was living in a tent on the grounds. He was the handyman at the park. In the wintertime he moves to town and lives in a motel and does odd and ends around town. After talking to him we continued our walk. When we got back to the Minnie mom and dad got it ready to go. After the Minnie was ready we started our next adventure. We had a great time at Two-Bit R.V. Park.

Our next adventure was Bull River Campground. On the way to Bull River we stopped at a couple of places. The first place we stopped at was Koocanusa Falls and a Swinging Bridge. I stayed in the Minnie while mom and dad walked the trail to see the falls and the bridge. The trail was about a mile. The trail was very well used and easy. The first part of the trail was paved and then it went to dirt with roots and rocks in it. The paved section of the trail took you through a beautiful old campground, which was built in 1936 by the Libby Lions Club. At the end of the paved part there was a sign that told you which way to go to the Koocanusa Falls and which way to the Swinging Bridge. Mom and dad had to walk on a bridge that went over the railroad tracks. As they were walking they heard a train go under it. They tried to get to the bridge before the train was finished but they didn't succeed. On the other side of the bridge there was a hugh staircase they had to climb down. It had 64 stairs and the staircase was made of metal. I was glad I didn't go because I couldn't walk on the stairs. Once they did the staircase they walked the trail to the bridge. The Swinging Bridge was a wooden bridge that went over the river. Mom and dad walked on the bridge to go to the other side of the river. There was a sign that said that only five people could go on the bridge at a time. A group was going on the bridge and saw the sign. One of the guys said I guess we'll make the five people. There were four adults and one of them had a baby on her back so she made the fifth person. When mom started on the bridge she was a little scared because it really swung. But when they did their return trip on the bridge she walked a lot faster and wasn't scared. Dad thought it was real cool to walk on. They also had to do the staircase again. It was mom's lucky day because she climbed 128 steps today. After getting back to the sign they hiked to the Koocanusa Falls. The falls were gorgeous and the river was very beautiful but the current was very strong. After they took pictures they hiked back to me. When they got back to me I was waiting for them in mom's seat. I was so excited that I met them at the back door to say hi. Our second place we stopped at was Ross Creek Cedars. The drive to the cedars was magnificent. We took a four mile curving road through an old forest. It was thick with tall trees. When we got to Ross Creek Cedars we walked the mile nature trail. This time mom and dad let me walk with them. It was a great walk through the trees. We walked on a boardwalk, walked on bridges that went over Ross Creek and walked through a beautiful forest. Years ago when this forest was being logged the logger came across this grove of cedar trees and decided not to cut them down. As we walked the trail we saw a few people but once we passed them dad took me off leash. The walk was fantastic. We enjoyed walking through the grove of cedars. They were hugh and beautiful. As we were walking back to the Minnie we met a man and two ladies. The ladies paid attention to me. One of the ladies wanted to go back to the car but after they talked to us. They decided to try the trail. We had a super walk through the cedars. It was too early for lunch so we continued our adventure to Bull River Campground.

We arrived at Bull River Campground at 12:15. We stopped at the pay area and got a envelope. Then we drove around and found a perfect site that was by the river. Once we parked the Minnie we setup it up for the night. When we finished doing this mom made lunch. Today mom and dad had soup with tostadas shells and bread. Mom gave me a little snack. After lunch mom and dad decided to walk around the campground. They left me in the Minnie because they knew I was tried and they weren't sure when they would be back. They were gone for a couple of hours. When they started on their walk they met our neighbors a couple that had a dog, named Harley. The dog started to bark at them so they stopped and visited the couple for a little while. Then they went to the pay station and paid for the night. Afterwards they walked around the A Loop and to the Day Area. When they got to the day area they found a trail that went by Bull River so they walked it until they couldn't go any farther. As they walked they stopped and enjoy the pretty scenery around them. The trail they took was very easy and ran along Bull River. When they got as far as they could go they took another trail back to the day area. This trail wasn't used as much and was a little more challenging. They walked on a ridge and had to climb over a few trees. They saw a survey marker. When the trail kind of disappeared they followed a utility road. As they were walking this road they scared a deer out of the trees. She ran across the road and jumped over some fallen trees. Then she stopped and watched mom and dad. Mom took a picture of her. Afterwards they continued their hike. When they got back to the day area they climbed down a hill and walked through the day area to a fence by the river. They walked the trail by the river all the way to the boat ramp. As they were walking by the B Loop, which is the loop we're staying in a cute little dog barked at them. Mom said hi to him so he ran to her to say hi. After saying hi to him mom told him to go back to his mom. So he ran back to her and then mom continued her walk. When they got to the boat ramp they sat at a picnic table and rested. As they were resting a lady showed up with a paddle board and her dog. So mom and dad watched her get ready to go in the river. The dog was cute he joined her on the board and she paddled down the river. After watching her they walked back to me. I was so happy to see them that I met them at the door and started to talk to them. After saying hi to each other mom and dad set up our chairs. Then we sat outside and relaxed. I did some exploring, sunning and sleeping. Mom and dad read. We stayed outside all afternoon. When it was time for dinner dad barbecued a couple of hamburgers for mom and his dinner. Along with the burgers they had the rest of the corn from yesterday. Mom fed me my food for my dinner. After dinner mom did the dishes and then she took me for a walk. We walked by the neighbors and their dog was out but they put her inside when they saw us. I guess maybe she doesn't get along with other dogs. When we were walking back to dad mom told them that they could bring Harley outside. When we got back to the Minnie mom and dad bagged the chairs up and dad put the grill away. Then we went inside and called it a night. By the end of the day mom and dad had walked over three miles. We had a super day and now we're tired so I guess I'll say good night. Have a wonderful time.




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Mom in front of Smokey Bear                                    National Bison Range  

   

Kerr Dam (54 feet taller than Niagara Falls)                                    St. Ignatius Mission              



Elk Country Visitor Center

LOCATION: Missoula, Montana    SITE:  Wal-Mart Parking Lot
DATE:  09/10/2014    SITE:  0    DISTANCE:  125 miles

Wednesday September 10, 2014

Today we woke up at 7:20. Dad crawled out of bed and got dressed. While he was getting dressed he talked to me and then he fed me my breakfast. Mom crawled out of bed when I was eating and dad was putting his shoes on. Mom said hi to dad and me and then she got dressed. After everyone was dressed mom made breakfast for dad and herself. Today dad had maple and brown sugar oatmeal with a glass of chocolate almond milk. Mom had apple and cinnamon oatmeal with a glass of chocolate almond milk. When everyone finished eating breakfast mom did the dishes and straightened up the Minnie. When she finished doing her chores we all went for a walk around the campground and the day area. As we were walking around we saw people getting ready to go. Dad let me walk off leash because I walk a lot better that way. When we got back to the Minnie mom and dad finished getting the Minnie ready. Then we left Bull River Campground. We had a very nice time but now it's time to move on. Our next adventure is going to be Missoula.

On the way to Missoula we stopped at a few places. As we were driving down the road we saw turkeys crossing the road. In the flock we saw a lot of chicks. We also saw deer grazing in the meadows. The first place we stopped at was Thompson Falls. Dad thought there was falls there but there were no falls. But it wasn't a waste of time because dad took a picture of mom standing in front of a Smokey Bear sign. After Thompson Falls was the National Bison Range. As we were driving through Thompson Falls we saw a few Canadian Geese.On the way there we saw a lot of pretty scenery. As we were driving to the National Bison Range Visitor Center we saw some bison grazing on hills. When we got to the bison center we were a little disappointed because if you wanted to drive through the National Bison Range you had to drive down a gravel road for 19 miles. Dad didn't want to drive down a gravel road so we drove to the picnic area, where we had lunch. Mom and dad had ham sandwiches. Mom fed me a little bit of my food for a snack. After lunch mom took me for a walk around the picnic area. When we got back to the Minnie we left The National Bison Range. The next stop was Kerr Dam. On the way there saw a couple of white swans on a small pond. We saw horses and colts, cattle and sheep. As we were driving to the dam we saw Kerr Lake. It was big and the wind was blowing so it was white capping. The waves were so big that the lake looked like an ocean. While driving down the road to the dam a couple of bicyclists pulled over to let dad go ahead of them. When we got to the dam the bicyclists showed up shortly afterwards. Dad told them he was going to let them go in front of us because they would have got to the dam faster than us. They both laughed. When mom and dad walked to see the dam they left me in the Minnie. I didn't care because it gave me a chance to sleep some more. They climbed down 350 wooden steps to get to observation point of the dam. The wind was blowing hard and it was cold. When they finally got to Kerr Dam the river and lake was very pretty. The waterfall was very nice. The waterfall actually was water coming over the dam. The dam was hugh. After mom took pictures they came back to me so they had to climb up the 350 steps. When they told me they had to walk that many steps I was glad I was left behind. Our next stop was St. Ignatius Mission. It was a beautiful mission. While mom and dad walked in the mission and around the grounds they left me in the Minnie. As they walked around they found out the history of the mission and saw a lot of gorgeous paintings in the mission. St. Ignatius Mission was founded in 1854 to serve the religious and educational need of the Salish and Kootenai people by Father Hoechen. The complex was a lot bigger than it is today. It originally had a large school, a sawmill, printing press, flour mill, hospital, farm and the present church. The murals in the church were painted by Brother Joseph Carignano the mission cook. As they were leaving St. Ignatius Mission dad donated $10.00 to help resort the Mission. They had a great time walking around the grounds. One of the interesting thing they learned was that Salish and Kootenai people requested the priest to come. Our next stop was in Missoula at the Elk Country Visitor Center. The Elk Country Visitor Center had a Discovery Elk Country display room with a lot of interesting exhibits on the wildlife in the area and the elk. There was another room called Ted K. Martin Hunting Heritage. This room had a lot of hunting trophies of elk and bison. This room had a cool chandelier with antlers from elk. While walking around mom and dad learned a lot about how the elk hunters were working in helping the elk at the same time they hunt them. Mom and dad had a very nice tour. After they finished with the Elk Country Visitor Center we went to the Walmart for the night. After we parked the Minnie mom and dad went inside to do a little shopping. While shopping they picked up a chicken for dinner. When they got back mom put the stuff away and then she fed me my dinner. After she fed me she cut up the chicken for dad and her dinner. She gave me a little bit of her chicken. After dinner mom took me for a walk. When we got back dad planned our adventure for tomorrow and mom read. Mom also baked cookies but they were a little over cooked. A hour later mom and dad went back to Walmart to return four rugs we had bought a couple of weeks ago because they were falling apart. After returning the rugs they walked through the rug department and bought a couple rugs. If these two rugs work out for us they'll buy a couple more. While in Walmart they picked up a couple of Soumores candies for their dessert because the cookies were over cooked. When they got back to me I met them at the door to say hi. After eating their dessert we called it a night. We had a very nice day even though it rained and it was cold because of the rain. Now I'll say good night. Oh, I almost forgot we're not the only r.v. staying at Walmart. There are about twelve of us. Good Night. Have Fun!!!!



click on photo for more pictures of Driving to Helena



click on photo for more pictures of The Capitol Building Tour

   

The House of Representative Chamber                                             The Senate Chambers      



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            Tour Helena by Train                                        One of the Native American Exhibits



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            Dining Room                                                             Playroom for the kids    



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    Joseph's Shrine                                                            Our Lady's Shrine



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     The Carousel                                                        Mom riding a Big Horn

LOCATION: York, Montana    SITE:  Devil's Elbow BLM Campground
DATE:  09/11/2014 - 09/12/2014    SITE:  18    DISTANCE:  140 miles

Thursday September 11, 2014

Today mom woke dad up at 6:30. Dad crawled out of bed and got dressed. While he was getting dressed he talked to me. Then he fed me my breakfast. While I was eating dad put his shoes on. When I finished eating I asked dad to take me for a walk. While dad and I were walking mom stayed in bed because it was warm. The temperature got down to the low 30's. When dad and I got back mom was still in bed. Mom was crying about donuts so dad walked into Walmart and bought a couple donuts for mom and himself. When dad got back mom climbed out of bed and get dressed. Then she sat down with dad and eat her donuts. Along with the donuts they had a glass of chocolate almond milk. Today mom didn't give me any of her donuts because I started a new food that didn't have any grains in it. Mom and dad decided to buy me a new food without grains because I've been chewing on my feet. They thought maybe this food would help me. After everyone was fed mom and dad got the Minnie ready to move on to our next adventure, which is to Helena. While mom was getting the Minnie ready to go she put some of my new food in a baggy for my snack while we drive to Helena. When the Minnie was ready we left Walmart and started our next adventure.

Our drive to Helena was very nice. We saw a lot of mountains and rolling prairies. We saw some wild turkeys and snow on the mountains. While we were driving through a mountain range there was snow on the ground so he found a spot to stop. He wanted to take a picture of mom playing in the snow. While dad was taking mom's picture she made a snowball. It was a small one but she said the snow was very fine. Mom put the snowball on my nose. I sniffed it and then I ignored it so mom threw away. After mom played in the snow we continued to Helena. Helena is Montana's capitol so when we got to Helena mom and dad did some site seeing. The first place we stopped at was the Capitol Building. Mom and dad got there just in time to do a guided tour of the Capitol Building. Today was September 11th so they were having a special ceremony. There were two fire trucks in front of the capitol building hanging a flag for the ceremony. Because the ceremony was going on the same time of the tour the guide decided to do the tour backwards. There were only four people in the tour and it was very interesting. Mom and dad learned a lot about the history of Montana. One interesting thing about Montana is that their legislators only meet every two years for three months. What surprised mom and dad was that the last session there were more Democrates than Republicans. It was a beautiful Capitol Building. The tour was 45 minutes and mom and dad had a great time. When they got back to me we had lunch. Mom and dad had ham and salami sandwiches. Mom gave me some of my food for my lunch. After lunch mom took me for a walk. When we got back mom and dad left for their next tour. Mom gave me a snack and said they would be back later. The second tour was Montana's Museum by Montana's Historic Society. This tour was a self-guided tour. There were over 250 exhibits and was on three floors. The first floor had exhibits on the history of Montana. It was broken in four different Galleries. The Montana Homeland had exhibits from prehistory time through WWII. Haynes Gallery had exhibits of Montana at the time of Lewis & Clark expedition. Mackay Gallery of C.M. Russell Art. C.M. Russell was very talented. He did a lot of painting and sculptures out of clay. The Northeast Gallery had exhibits of Montana in general. The second floor was Big Medicine. Big Medicine was a white bull bison that was given to Montana as a gift. Big Medicine lived until his was twenty-six and weighted 1,193 pounds. The exhibit tells the history of Big Medicine. The third floor had exhibits from WWII. Mom and dad had a great tour and learned a lot. After their tour they came back to me. The next tour was the Original Governor's Mansion, which was about a mile from the Capitol Building. So dad drove to the mansion. The tour was about an hour. The tour was very interesting  The mansion served as home for three private owners and a succession of nine first families from 1888 until 1959. It didn't became the official governor's residence until 1913. The reason it wasn't used before was because the governors before 1913 lived in their homes. The governors that were elected lived in Helena so they stayed in their own home. During the tour the guide talked about how the mansion had changed. Mom and dad learned a lot about the previous owners of the mansion and the mansion's secrets. They had a super tour. The next stop was St. Helena Cathedral. The cathedral was gorgeous. The entrance big wooden doors with an arch of angels and had statues of the saints. Inside the cathedral there were a lot beautiful paintings through out the church. The shrines of Our Blessed Mother and of Joseph were beautiful. After walking through St. Helena Cathedral mom and dad came back to me. Before we left Helena was stopped by Painted Pony Ice Cream Parlor & Gift Shop. Dad had read there was a carousel in downtown Helena. As we were driving through town he found it. While at Painted Pony mom rode a big horn sheep on the carousel. After her ride dad bought a scoop of Moose Tracks ice cream. Then they came back to me. Dad was worried about where he parked the Minnie so they ate the ice cream on the way back to me. After we said hi to each other we left Helena and drove to Devil's Elbow Campground.

Devil's Elbow Campground was 15 miles from Helena. It was a BLM campground and had a big lake there. When we got there it was early so we had no problem finding a site. We decided on a site that looked over the lake. Devil's Elbow had a paved trail that went around the campground. There were a lot of fishermen at the campground. After parking the Minnie for the night was walked around the campground and paid for the night. When we got back it was time for dinner. It was windy outside so dad couldn't barbecue but mom started the generator and made leftovers. Mom and dad had chicken and pork wraps and I had my food for dinner. After dinner we went for another walk. As we were walking around we met a few people. After talking to people we went back to the Minnie and called it a night. We had a busy night and we're tired so I guess I'll say good night.          




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Friday September 12, 2014

Today dad woke up at 7:00. It was cold again but dad still crawled out of bed and got dressed. While he was getting dressed he talked to me. Mom stayed in bed because she was cold and tired. After dad got dressed he fed me my breakfast. While I was eating my breakfast he put on his shoes. When I finished my breakfast I asked dad to take me out. This was the second day in the row dad and I went for a walk without mom. We walked around the campground and then came back to mom. When we got back mom was still in bed so dad decided to make breakfast for mom and himself. Dad asked mom how much water she used for oatmeal. She told him a half a cup per pack. While dad was making oatmeal mom decided it was time to get up so she crawled out of bed.and got dressed. While she was getting dressed she said good morning to dad and me. After mom got dressed her breakfast was ready. Mom and dad had Cinnamon and Spice Oatmeal and a glass of almond milk. After everyone was fed mom did dishes and put a cooler together. She also straightened up the Minnie. When she finished we all went on a walk around the campground. This time we walked on the paved trail to the beach area. When we got to the beach area we met a couple with a dog. The dog was a pup and she loved the water. I wanted to join her but dad didn't want me to get wet. So she came to me to say hi. After we said our hellos we continued our walks with our parents. We walked the paved area for about a half hour. Then I got tired so mom and dad took me back to the Minnie. They put in the Minnie and then they went for another walk. They walked the trail to the day area. While they were walking the trail the park host from the day area came by on his four wheeler and they all said hi. They was a couple of boats on the lake. They said they wouldn't be on the lake because it was windy and cold. When they got to the day area they walked around. The day area was very nice. It had a boat ramp for small boats and jet skies, beach area, sand volleyball court, pavilions and grills. After taking pictures they headed back to the Minnie. On the way back to me they stopped by the pay area and paid for another night. Dad was tired of driving and wanted to relax for a day. Mom and I didn't care we liked it here. When they got back to me we said hi to each other and then they relaxed. They had been gone for about an hour. It was too early for lunch so we just relaxed. Mom worked on her Sudoku, dad read and I slept. When it was time for lunch mom made Spicy Vegetable Chili Soup for dad and her lunch. She gave me a snack for my lunch. After lunch mom setup a couple of chairs outside and then mom and I went outside. It was sunny and I hadn't been outside for a couple of days so mom took me outside. I sunned while mom worked on her Sudoku and dad stayed inside and read. While we were outside we watched people leaving and other people coming in for the weekend. One couple decided to park next to us and they had a couple of dogs. One dog was a black terrier named Roxy and the other dog was a yellow lab named Nel. I whined to meet them so their mother brought them over to say hi. After saying hi to each other they went back to their r.v. and I went back to sunning. Our neighbors were here with their friends who were across for us. When it was time for dinner mom and I went back inside. Mom was going to barbecue some sausage for enchiladas but it was too windy. So instead she started the generator again and heated up the rest of the chicken. Dad and mom had wraps for dinner and I had my food for my dinner. After dinner mom did dishes and then she bagged up the chairs and put my chain away. Then she took me for a walk. When we got back we went inside. Then we called it a night. We had a very relaxing day and now it's time to say good night.






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Old Montana Prison                                                           Car Museum

   

Cody Exhibit in the Frontier Museum                                     Cottonwood City in 1858    



Raggedy Ann Collection in the Collectible Museum



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Blacksmith Demonstration                                          Chuck Wagon Demonstration



Grant-Kohrs House Tour



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LOCATION: Deer Lodge, Montana    SITE:  Indian Creek Campground R.V. Park
DATE:  09/13/2014    SITE:  23    DISTANCE:  75 miles

Saturday September 13, 2014

Today we woke up at 7:15. Dad crawled out of bed and got dressed. While he was getting dressed he talked to me. Then he fed me my breakfast. While I was eating dad put on his shoes. When I finished eating I asked dad to take me for a walk. While dad and I were walking mom stayed in bed because she was a whimp. It got down to the 30s again but it wasn't bad because we have a heater. Dad and I walked around the campground and then we came back to mom. When we got back inside dad went to mom so she could warm his hands. Mom told him not to put his cold hands on her warm body. So dad sat down and read his e-mails. Mom decided to get up about 7:30 so she asked dad to move so she could get up. Dad said no problem. While he was up he decided to check to see if our big heater worked. While mom was getting dressed dad worked on heater. Then it started to work. Mom was glad because she was making breakfast and she felt the warm air come through the vents. I was laying on my bed so I was enjoying the heat on my body. For breakfast mom made maple and brown sugar oatmeal and poured a glass of chocolate almond milk for dad and herself.  After everyone was fed mom and dad got the Minnie ready to go. Once the Minnie was ready we left Devil's Elbow and started our adventure to Deer Lodge.

Our drive to Deer Lodge was back through Helena and through a pretty mountain pass. We saw rolling plains and pretty mountains. We got to Deer Lodge it was too early to check in so we decided to do some site seeing. The first place we stopped at was The Old Prison and Car Museum. The old prison tour was a self-guided tour for $10 but the admission was good for The Collectible Museum and The Frontier Museum. Mom and dad walked around the grounds of Montana's Old Prison. As they walked around the old prison they stopped occasional and read about different builds and what it was used for. They saw the women section of the prison and the men section. They saw an old theatre, they walked through the mess hall tunnel, they saw restricted hole and the yard where they played games. The women prison was located on the same grounds but the women very rarely went outdoors in the yard. After mom and dad did the tour of The Old Prison they handed in the tour guide. Then they walked through the Car Museum, which was in the same building. It was hugh. They saw a lot of beautiful cars. They had a great time walking around the old prison and the old car museum. By the time they got back to me they had been gone for two hours. It was lunchtime but before mom had lunch she walked me around the parking lot so I could stretch my legs and take care of business. When we got back to the Minnie mom made ham and salami sandwiches for dad and herself. She gave me a little snack. After lunch mom and dad left again. Mom gave me a little snack and then told me they would be back in a little while. They weren't gone too long. They walked through the Frontier Montana Museum. The museum had exhibits about the history of Montana when it was in the Wild West era. The exhibits had items people wore during that time, the guns they used and how they lived. They had exhibits of law enforcement clothing and guns. It was a small museum but very nice. The next area they walked through was Cottonwood City in 1858. It was a cute western town with a school house, wooden cabins, church, blacksmith shop, general store and jail. The last place they walked through was Collectible Museum. This museum had a lot of old toys. It had a lot of old collectible dolls, Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls and items, collectible trains and model cars. The displays were very nice and were put in categories. It was very nice. When mom and dad got back to me I met them at the door to say hi. After saying hi we went to Grant-Kohrs Ranch, which is a National Historic Site. While there mom and dad did a tour of the Grant-Kohrs house and learned the history of it. It was used as a trading post and as a family home. The tour was very informative and you can't take pictures on the tour but you can see pictures of the house on the website. Before doing the tour they walked around the ranch and looked at the building. As they walked around they had a map and it explained each building. They stopped at the Blacksmith Shop, where a lady demonstrated the art of Blacksmithing. She was very good. A blacksmith came in while she was doing her demonstration so mom and dad had a treat because they talked about different tools they used and different items they can make. During her demonstration she made a hook to clean the horses and cows hoofs. So at the end she gave it to dad. There was another demonstration, which was the Chuck Wagon. The Chuck wagon was more where a gentleman told a story about an adventure on the range with a chuck wagon. While there you could have a cup of chuck wagon coffee. Mom and dad didn't stop there because it was time to do the tour of the house. After the tour of the house they came back to me. They had a great time walking around and touring the Grant-Kohrs Ranch. Once they got back to me it was 4:00 so we went to Indian Creek Campground and checked in.

Indian Creek Campground was very close to the ranch so we didn't have to go too far. It a big R.V. park. It has full-hookups, showers, laundry, dump station, grass area for dogs and a recreation center. Once we were checked in and set up the Minnie for the night mom and dad went over and took a shower. While there they checked out the laundry. It had three washers but only two worked and it had three dryers. The washers were being used so mom and dad decided we would go to town to a laundromat, which wasn't too far away. While the clothes were washing we had dinner. Mom and dad had sandwiches and I had my food. When the clothes were finished getting washed we went back to Indian Creek Campground. Once we parked the Minnie mom took me for a walk around the campground. When we got back we called it a night. We had a busy day and everyone is tired so I'll say good night. Have Fun!!!!!!

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click on photo for more pictures of Big Sky Draft Horse Expo

   

Pleasure Cart Competition                                              Junior Team Competition

   

Gamblers Choice Competition                                               Grand Entry                  

   

Rees Family Belgians Six-Horse Team                            Wareing Shires Six-Horse Team  



Eagle Rock Belgians Six-Horse Team

   

8-Up Mule Hitch Competition

LOCATION: Deer Lodge, Montana    SITE:  Truck Stop
DATE:  09/14/2014    SITE:  00    DISTANCE:  00 miles

Sunday September 14, 2014

Today we woke up at 7:30. Dad crawled out of bed and got dressed. While he was getting dressed he talked to me. Then he fed me my breakfast. While I was eating he put on his shoes. When I finished eating I asked dad to take me out. He told me I had to wait for mom to get up because it was cold outside. But it didn't look like she was getting up too soon so dad finally gave into me at 8:00. While dad and I walked around the campground mom crawled out of bed and got dressed. When dad and I got back to mom she was straightening up the Minnie. After we all said our hellos mom made breakfast for dad and herself. They both had apple and cinnamon oatmeal and a glass of chocolate almond milk. After everyone was fed we relaxed for about an hour. Today we went to the Big Sky Draft Horse Expo. It started at 8:00 but it was only 28 degrees so we decided to wait. When it finally started to warm up we went to the show. The Draft Horse Expo was just down the street from Indian Creek Campground. We stayed there all day. Mom and dad weren't sure how long we were going to be there. But they enjoyed the program. Mom and dad watched eleven different types of competition. They only missed two groups. When mom and dad paid to get in the event they got a program that explained each competition. While they were at the event they walked around and looked at the Draft Horses and the Mules. Each competition was judged and each one had different rules. Mom and dad saw a lot of beautiful horses and mules. Some of the people in the Pleasure Cart Class dressed up for the part and the carts were very pretty. In the Junior Team Class children from 7-17 compete on how they handle the horses when they do certain task. There was one class called Gamblers Choice, which there was a course setup with different components. The competitor earns points for each component they do. The components included backing up the horse and cart, going over a bridge, going around cones and backing up to a loading dock. Mom and dad enjoyed watching the competitors do this. There was another class called Canadian Maze I and Canadian Maze II, where the competitors go around 20 cones and five of them are gates. They had to go through the gates in the right order. The Canadian Maze I was where the competitors drive carts around the course. The Canadian Maze II was where the competitors drive chariots or marathon carts through the course. One class was Ladies Cart Class, where the ladies dress very elegant and are judged on how they control their horses. The Unicorn Class was where there are three horses hitched. The driver has to control the leader and the other two horses. This is hard because the leader can go anywhere it wants to. The Six-Horse Class had three teams competing. The teams were judged on how well the horses work as a team, how uniform they are and the over all appearance of the horses. The last class they watched were 8-Up Mule Hitch. There were two teams and they were judged just like the Six-Horse Class. Mom and dad had a great time watching the horses and looking at the outfits the drivers wore. At lunchtime they did come back to me. For lunch mom and dad had a sandwich and I had a snack. They stayed with me for about a half hour. Mom took me for a walk and we met a couple of dogs and a puppy and people. We had a great walk. After paying attention to me for a half hour they went back to the show. The show was finally over at 4:00. It was long but it wasn't boring. The competition was also yesterday so the people there must of been tired after two long days. When mom and dad got back to me at 4:00 I was very happy to see them. Mom opened the door and I jumped out to say hi to dad and mom. After saying hi to each other we went inside the Minnie. We were waiting for awhile just to see what was going on. While we were waiting mom took me for a walk. When we got back we relaxed until 5:15 and then we left. We decided that we were going to stay in Deer Lodge another night. We saw a truck stop by Indian Creek Campground so we decided to stay there for the night. Before we parked the Minnie for the night we stopped by McDonald for dinner. Mom and dad went inside and had a chicken sandwich with French fries. After they ate we drove across the street and parked the Minnie. Once we parked the Minnie mom fed me my dinner. After dinner mom walked across the street and bought a couple of cones and apple pies for dad and her dessert. After relaxing for awhile we called it a night. We had a very fun day watching the horses. Now it's time to say good night. Have Fun!!!!!!

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