Cleanin ' and Visitin'

Trip Start Jun 04, 2011
Trip End Oct 21, 2011

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

With the popularity of the blog about our travel adventure around the US, I feel I have more to offer with some photos, anecdotes and memories of where we go this summer.  With Lynn now retired, we plan to cover more of the state and see more of it's impressive beauty. To wit, I offer these meandering thought and salient facts, so to speak.

 We left Helena this morning and headed out on the hundred mile drive to our place at Georgetown. We took Sooby and left Shorty home to rest for a spell after his lengthy stint on the road.  Our son and his wife, Joe and Mel, met us at the place and we cleaned.  I mean CLEANED, Lynn's version.  It took only a couple of hours to get the place shipshape and then we could visit.  My nephew John and his friend Dan showed up on their new motorcycles. John has a new Suzuki V-Strom and Dan a new Harley.  It was great to see John after so many months apart.  He lives and has a business in Butte, Montana, both mine and Lynn's hometown.  

The weather was beautiful!  Temperature was in the low sixties and the sky as blue as you could ever imagine. The Pintlar Range, the predominant feature of the lake area, is covered with snow and shining like a new penny.  The ice has been off of the lake for only a couple of weeks now and only a few boats were out.  One sailboat graced the water and reminded me of past days sailing here.  Today, I watch and enjoy the maneuverings in the unpredictable mountain winds.

The area has changed considerably over the past few years.  The invasion of the Pine Beetle has left thousands of trees in various stages of death.  Ultimately, the needles turn red and fall to the earth within the next year.  Many acres of these trees have been removed by landowners, so the beauty of the place has changed.  It's nowhere near as bad as I had imagined, however, and I'm relieved to see that the character of the lakeside hasn't changed enough to keep me away.  The sun is more visible from the house now and warns the backside more fully.

Lynn and I took a short walk over to Rainbow Bay and I took a short video of the Pintlars for your view.  Unfortunately, I forgot a cable and have to wait until return home to process and upload the photos that were taken.

We got out for a couple of walks and the photos are included.  I'll be back on this blog from time to time.  
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