A Return Engagement...

Trip Start May 10, 2013
Trip End Sep 26, 2013

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Lynn and I got up here on Saturday afternoon after another hour or so of picking the nefarious raspberries.  They're not really so evil, but the word beckoned to me when the picking came back to mind. So much for that...

I brought my favorite chair with.  If you've followed this Blog, you'll know which one that is.  It wasn't easy though.  I carried it on the roof of the Soob'.  It required the use of a 3/4" piece of foam board to eliminate any danger of scratching the roof, "double-bagging" of the chair to eliminate bug "habitation" on the side facing the front, and four bungies, well placed.  I'm sitting in it now and watching the lake activity wind down, since it's Sunday afternoon.

We brought the bicycles too, so Lynn took a re-do maiden ride.  She hadn't riden either for a good number of years.  Our trip was short, involving a ride through Philipsburg Bay CG.(Campground) It was about two miles  Lynn did fine, re-mastering shifting of the rear derailleur with nary a problem.  The two mile journey gave her just enough practice so that we can once again enjoy riding together.  You know, there are lots of trails and roads that we haven't tried yet.  The bikes will open new doors for us.

Our nephew John and friend Derek stopped by for a while to visit and to try to tempt a fish or two. The visiting went well, fishing not.  They were on their way to Rock Creek, the same way that Lisa and Rich went the last time that  I reported from here. They are riding motorcycles, so it should be fun for them.  No reports are in yet, but I'd lay odds that they had a great time. 

And they did.  They caught a couple of fish and really enjoyed the trip.

Monday involved a few chores and a medium sized ride for me on a new road from the house.  Tada! I'm open to change, after all.  I rode one of our old running routes, to the dam and back.  That plus a warm up in the CG gave me about an eight mile day. Plenty for a day of fitness maintenance...

In the afternoon, our neighbors Chris and Maggie showed up to spend a night with us.  We had fine food, as usual, and the unusual was a bonfire.  We, Lynn and I, are not very good at enjoying them, for some reason.  When we travel in the winter, one usually has to buy local firewood, due to the number of various bug infestations around the country. That's our stated reason, but mainly, Lynn is cold-blooded and likes to remain inside on those cool nights. I used to have a fire, back in the "dark ages", but more or less grew out of it.  Enough said...

Anyway we had a great fire, roasted nothing but the front sides of our bodies and enjoyed the bat flights around the fire.  The discussions were unique and varied and added another bit of warmth to us each.

This morning, we once again hiked the Lodgepole Ridge trail, as we did on our last trip here.  The major difference is that Chris and Maggie were with us and know something about wildflowers!  I've been guessing and calling those that we see, UFOs (Unidentified Flowering Objects)  Now I have pictures of nine identified species.  They'll be located with the old UFOs in a safe place.  Yep, Flickr.  If you haven't bookmarked the site yet, let me know via email, and I'll be your guide.

The change ,along the trail, since our last hike was dramatic.  The Bear Grass was long gone from the blooming stage, and was headless.  The Indian Paintbrush was at a higher altitude...and, hardly a dandelion was noted

Shortly after the hike and lunch, the neighbors headed home.  We had a great time and hope to do it again.  It's their turn to fill in as Designated Pickers of the sacred raspberries today, so they really did have to go home. ;o)

Oh yes, Lynn and I tried out our skills at horseshoes yesterday. Our new neighbor to the south, Mike, has offered us the use of his pit whenever we wish to use it...  The real surprise is how far away those pins are from one another.  Neither of us could get the shoes anywhere near the pin, no matter what technique we used.  So, as one does for any neophyte, we moved closer.  Hah, another simple solution!  It took a L O N G time, but one of us won with the first total of 15.  As an Irish merchant told me when I tried to pronounce the Irish name of an item in his shop, "You'll only get better at it."

This morning, Lynn went to Butte with relatives to tour Our Lady of the Rockies, which, if you don't know, is a rather massive statue of Jesus' Mother which rests high above Butte, Montana.

I went on about a ten miler on Dolores II and then went into Anaconda to a meeting.  It's my night to fix dinner and with Lynn's explicit instructions, it should be pretty easy.  Garlic marinated shrimp, brown rice and a mixed green salad are the makings of a decent meal, if I should say so myself.  More on that later...

I just realized I forgot to report on my evening hike along Rainbow Bay.  I've had good luck finding sunsets there in the past and that eve was no exception.  I got good shots and found a fly fisherman in action.  I gave him my address, so hopefully he'll be interested enough to email me for copies of his time on the water.
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photodon on

Sounds like a great few days there, Ralphie. Didn't know you could cook...

ferdie on

AAAHHHH! Life at the lake sounds so nice.....what a pace! Oh I forgot about all those miles on the bikes, good for both of you....always an inspiration! Hugs and nice sunsets!!

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