Damn! Lunch would have been fun. But I know how road trips can be and didn't your Mom have a titanium itinerary? I'm glad you got to see my home if not my house. I do love the place! No snow today...in fact, it's 77. Smoky though so will not reach the forecast 81. Long range says we're in for a couple of nice weeks...what I call a Indigenous Summer! Becky looks none the worse for her long journey. You rested up yet?
Did you hear me on the 10th? I hollered out the window to you as I blazed through Butte. I wish I'd had time to at least stop to have lunch with you but we logged 400 miles that day and had to get to the rent-a-car place by closing. Your back yard and front yard are simply amazing. I did get a taste of that snow Ma Nature shared with Montana. It prevented us from doing Going to the Sun Road but the conditions at St. Mary Lake and Many Glacier were just stellar. My camera had a big happy. Montana really is beautiful. I'm not cut out for that much snow (or cold) but the rugged beauty of the country is beyond spectacular. That was a great comment on that LOL. You knew it was coming but it was delivered so well it was till great.
Thanks for the gratz, David! I just noticed that Elton John is going to be in San Jose on Oct 1. Wish I was there. It occurs to me that I sent one of his vids to you several months back (a year?) of one of his 60th birthday concerts. You commented back: "You know...if only we could get him to come out of his shell just a bit. He's just so inhibited." I found an early vid (1970) with him quite inhibited and his then new band Nigel Olssen on drums and Dee Murray on bass. Well, in the birthday vid Nigel was still on drums and Dee was now lead guitar. THIRTY-SEVEN YEARS LATER!! Remarkable! Hope you enjoy this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFbCd-gGigM Oh and if you want to fast forward here's the birthday concert again: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z314pQhLb2Q
I've done Banff and Jasper on a previous trip and loved them! This trip is Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Glacier. I wish I had more time to linger in the area but we've got a checklist...sadly Mom tacked on some family visits on the back end of the trip. I'd have much rather skipped that and spent more time in pretty places.
LOL! I can't begin to predict next week! However, September is usually good. Hope by saying that that I haven't jinxed you! Let me guess....Glacier, amirite? If your itinerary allows, I recommend that you keep heading north on 93 into Banff, Jasper, Yoho and Waterton Lakes. Those Canadian Rockies are pretty cool, too, eh?
Yikes! Could you put in a request to leave the first couple weeks of September snow-free please? While it would add much to my photography it would seriously detract from my driving and otherwise enjoyment of the trip.
Thanks, bd!! The BBQ FP worked....we got an inch of snow this morning. I knew June wouldn't let me down. At least the East Ridge is white again for a minute. Gotta love living on the Continental Divide!!
In the nearly seven years that Miss Becky has been with me, there have been probably fewer than 50 times that I've pulled her into my lap for snorgling. She will acquiesce but it is not something that she loves. I use my override sparingly. One cute story about pulling her into my lap. I think I've mentioned that she's my first dog. The first winter I had her I took her and the folks to Yosemite. There was snow on the ground and it was pretty darned cold...not Montana cold...just California cold. We stopped into Yosemite Village for lunch. Becky couldn't go inside so the folks went in to grab soup for the humans while I stayed outside with Becky. I felt badly about her having to walk around on the very cold concrete so I sat on the ground and pulled her into my lap. Looking back on it I laugh like crazy. Her paws were much better suited to that cold than my fat butt! Still I'd do it again if I thought it would be better for her. She's kinda wormed her way into my heart. I'd be amazed if Becky's video wound up on the FP. I certainly didn't upload it with notions that it would have broad appeal. I know that my friends would check it out and appreciate Becky enjoying one of her favorite activities, though.
I know I've missed about lebenty billion gratzes over the last few weeks but I wanted to send one today. You are prolific, my friend. I noted you saw Becky's video. She is enthusiastic, though she doesn't have the endurance she once had. I guess that's true for all of us though. I get tired watching her, too.
Hah...pajamas are what newlyweds keep next to their beds in case of fire. It makes sense for those that like their sleep time unrestricted as well. Who was more alarmed...you or your son? At least you were both safe.
EDd about the 'Elk Antler' incident and had to share: In 1992, just 6 days before my son and I were to move back to Montana for good, we were living in Garden Grove (Orange Co.) when the Landers Quake hit. Because we had been through so many quakes, I bought an old heavy library table at a yard sale to use as our 'safe spot'. We had many drills with it and that morning when the shaking started we were still in bed. Both of us ran immediately from our rooms to dive under the table and crouching with our heads covered.. The shaking seemed to last forever and finally my son opened his eyes and looked over at me and said 'Mo-om! You're naked!' Cured me from sleeping in the raw!
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