What Life's All About...

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

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Spent Time with Friends

Flag of United States  , Montana
Sunday, August 28, 2011

We had friends come and visit yesterday.  We've known Ferd, aka Dick for forty some years.  Ruthie has been in our lives for about ten years. Lady, their collie, is a newer edition and a dear pooch.

We spent most of our time visiting and just enjoying each other's company in this beautiful Montana weather at this most beautiful place. We had more company too.  You're probably tired of my  going on about our moose friends, but they showed up last evening, early and again today.  A real pleasure to share them with our friends too.

Before leaving today, Dick, Ruthie, Lynn, Lady and I took a ride up to Southern Cross, an old mining town/area about fifteen minutes from the place.  There's a chapel there, built in nineteen-sixty-five in memory of a young man who died a tragic death.  The memorial is a grand spot to view the lake and see a bit of the remains of the mining village.  There are several old boarding houses there and other artifacts of the mining age in the area.  We brought along some snacks and enjoyed indulging and visiting at this scenic spot.  Our friends left us from here...

On the way home, Lynn suggested we take a ride up to Echo Lake, not far from where we were.  There was a good bit of traffic on the road, and it was dusty.  We drove as far as the USFS Picnic Area on the side of the lake and then turned around to head for home.  Lynn, now termed "Eagle Eye" spotted a black bear just up the hill and to the left of the road.  He was foraging among the grasses and brush there and not at all interested in us.  We watched him for a bit and succeeded in getting a good frontal shot of him.  A rare treat for us, to see a bear.  It has been a number of years since a Bruin has been in our sight.

We're just hanging out now.  Lynn is preparing some of the greatest potato salad that the world has ever seen.  Our Helena kids, Joe and Mel will be coming for dinner on Tuesday, so the PS will be great by then.  As with most good vittles, it has to age a bit to get to the "great" stage.

We'll be heading back to Helena tomorrow morning. We'll be getting ready for another trip out to Washington to see our other kids, Lisa, Rich and their dog, Madison.  Another great thing about retirement, the flexibility to see whom, when and where you choose.  We are truly blessed...
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