A few Days at the Lake

Trip Start Sep 28, 2013
Trip End Apr 26, 2014

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201 Black Bear Lane

Flag of United States  , Montana
Saturday, January 11, 2014

Escape from Helena went live on Thursday at 10:30AM.  The weather was iffy, but proved to be tolerable until just north of Boulder Hill.  I should say that the highway was the primary indicator of what the weather was or had been doing to it's surface.  On the Boulder side, it improved and the trip through Butte was easier than expected.  A High Wind Warning was sent out by the Weather Service, so I was looking for it expectantly.  I was not disappointed.  When I got just outside of Anaconda it hit.  The Subaru was also a bit shocked, I believe, as it kind of "waddled" into the "breeze", as it is know in Wyoming.  I haven't forgotten how those days were coming back from the Southland in 2012.  

Not much snow fell enroute.  We stopped in Anaconda to pick up a few necessities.  Can you believe that Safeway was out of Durkees?  Sad but true...

The rest of the trip up to the Lake Place was also beset by breeziness. Photo Ops abounded, so to speak, and with the lack of traffic, stopping for a few shots was easy.  We'll see how they turned out.  I'll put them on Flickr again.  It seems that folks aren't reluctant to view photos there now.  I do appreciate it.  Some days, over four hundred folks check out the pics.  Interesting...

There was only about a foot of snow accumulation and the "plower guy" hadn't totally blocked the entranced to the house.  I got the snow blower out and cleared enough space to get unloaded without any problem.  As I was doing so, who should appear but the "guy" himself.  He was kind enough not to plow the Sooby off of the road and not "replace" the snow I'd already moved.  It's always a contest.  For some reason they always put the snow on the side of the road where all of the driveways are.  I've talked with the drivers, who comment, "We've always done it that way."  Logic doesn't seem to cut any ice, it seems.

A decent night sleep was interrupted by a bad pillow.  I had planned to sleep in, but it was not to be.  Shortly after sunrise, I got another half hour of snow removal taken care of.  It was in the low thirties today and the wind continues, just as the WX Guy said it would.  Amazing...

I drove down to Anaconda for a meeting and found Durkees at Albertson's.  If you are not familiar with it, it's a type of salad dressing used in Butte to make the finest Cole Slaw.  It's not sweet, that's the big difference.  You use mayonnaise, Durkees and a bit of salt and pepper.  It's a tradition from Lynn's family and is mighty tasty.  It you have a (Cornish) Pasty, you just HAVE to have Cole Slaw.  It's a rule...

Got in a nice walk of about two and a quarter miles using the trekking poles to keep from slipping and sliding too much.  Tomorrow an XC ski is planned through the Campground and on a bit of the lake to return.  With the foot of snow, it should be perfect.  I'll report back.

When I got up the temperature was forty degrees!  I guess that wintering in Montana isn't so bad after all. At least for the moment...  I bulked up for the ski with sausage, eggs and fried potatoes.  A bit of Frank's and all was good.

The breakfast was far superior to the ski, however.  With temps so high, even wax-less skis have a tendency to stick.  The photos show it better than I can explain.  Suffice it to say that your stuck to the ground as though you were over a strong magnetic field.  If you've skied, you'll know what I mean.  The ski trip, as a result, was only about a mile and a quarter long with virtually no up and down.  It's easier to backtrack on the tracks you've made, so tomorrow, especially if it cools down, today's tracks will be just fine.  It's totally overcast and the temperature is still 39 degrees.  

Hoped to get out and get in a hike later today, but a blizzard blew in and dropped the temp to mid-twenties.  The snow should be prime in the AM and I'll try another ski.

Thanks for stopping by.  Photos are mostly at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ralphieboyo/

Incidentally, one photo "Elk Park Flats near Woodville Hill," shows the area where My grandmother, Mary Cote, was born in about 1890.  Her father was a woodcutter.  My dad pointed out the location of the cabin, but that information has been lost.
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ferdie on

Enjoy your time and thanks for sharing! Windy, icy and 28 here @9:45 pm

Glen Cuchine on

Your posts always make me a bit 'homesick' for Montana. I must admit I get over it when I read about road conditions and/or bitter cold. I've had to search for sources for Durkees here in Boise. These good folk don't know much about pasties or Durkees...much education to be done.

photodon on

Wow! Seems like a pretty exciting drive for a relaxing weekend. Enjoy your stay at beautiful Georgetown Lake, my friend.

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