A beautifull but arduous hike

Trip Start Jun 11, 2008
Trip End Jul 05, 2008

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Swift Dam Hike

On Monday, Anna drove us to the Swift Dam where we had a beautiful hike. On the way, though, we observed that local custom of waiving at everyone who drives by you. In fact, when we drove by a local ranch, two guys working outside on the tractor waved at us, too. We concluded Montanans like to wave and hug. It certainly does make you feel right to home. The old Swift Dam failed in the early '60s, wiped out Dupuyer and went all the way to Valier, about thirty miles. Several people were killed. The new dam looks in pretty good shape (see picture). The hike was about 400' vertical to get around the dam and back to the lake. The most fun of all was had by Camas, their dog. Anna’s going to be a good parent, though, because she wasn’t afraid to discipline Camas with the shocker when he went too far away. This might work good for their kids, too. The reason Anna wanted to keep Camas close was because last year a mountain lion got a little kid on the trail. He was bringing up the rear, instead of being in the middle. He didn’t die, but he was severely wounded. Anna tells Mickey this after the walk! We experienced several old people revelations. The first for Gary being that Andy Kuipers at Lokers Shoes is a God-send. If you need inserts, he’s the one to go to. Plantar fasciitis no more. Anna was very gracious and not condescending when she would regularly ask how we’re doing. We were doing fine, once we started going back downhill. After a picnic lunch and a faux paux by Gary when he, thinking a pear core would add to the environment, was reminded by the girls to "pack it in and pack it out." Camas packed it in; he got his ear twisted by Anna.

That evening we enjoyed a roast beef dinner that Kurt’s and Anna’s cow friends regularly give them. Anna suggested Mom take a shower that night, because it sounded like dad was going to be up at the “butt-crack of dawn.” (She was right, by the way!)
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