Spring-like Weather lives on…

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

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The skiing, yesterday, as hoped, was superb.  The morning temperature was about 25 degrees, with a fresh three inches of powder.  Got out before the snowplow arrived and was able to ski the road over along Rainbow Bay to the end and then back past our place and on into the campground.  I finally saw that the ice fishermen had shown up near the campground.  Since I hadn't skied for about four years, it was interesting to dress for the colder weather.  Fortunately, having saved most of our gear from the old days, I was actually over-dressed.  As I was skiing back to the house, the rest of the folks from next door were heading out.  With nasty weather and roads such as they were, I didn't blame them.  

The plow didn't come until afternoon.  I had waited, knowing that the plower guy would surely leave his usual "deposit."  He did.  The snow removal went well, however, since it was freshly "deposited" and hadn't had a chance to solidify.  Did I say that?  Okay then, the snow didn't have a chance to harden.  Sounds better from this end too.

As many of you know, the wind blew through Montana with a vengeance.  Fortunately, our place is in a sort of a wind shadow.  Unless the wind comes from the east, a rarity, we're pretty well protected.  I do worry a bit about the dead trees to the south of us though.  The beetles killed them and the wind could cause us some damage.  Maybe I worry too much.

Anyhow, the evening was quiet and the fire kept the place nice and warm.  I got up early today and headed to Butte at about 10:15 to an appointment.  I left early since the roads were "snow packed and icy."  The trip to Anaconda could have been more exciting, but with enough experience in such driving and a bit of prudence, it went fine.

I had a great visit with my nephew, John, at his business and then headed back.  Interestingly enough, with the warm temps, in the forties down below, and the wind.  The roads were bare and dry on my return.  Montana... You know the old story: "If you don't like the weather, just wait fifteen minutes."  Its back into the thirties again, as I type this in the evening, with colder lows forecast.  Perhaps that will make for a good day's skiing again tomorrow.  I did see a couple more fishermen.  Maybe that's a good omen.  My old friend, Granny, in Minnesota would surely think so.  Stay tuned for the exciting next episode.
Today, Tuesday was a busy one.  I'd much rather just relax up here, but with an opportunity to ski in great conditions, as it was, and being able to go down to Anaconda and visit with Friends of Bill W and all, it kinda takes a toll on one's time.

I stopped at the Thrift Store in town while I was there.  It's a regular stop for us.  It's a nice clean place to find what I call good deals.  The staff is very friendly too.  I make all of my donations there when I find extraneous items at our place up here.  I did pick up a couple of things, which I'll mention only in person.  I really don't wish to reveal too much about my used-article buying habits.  An email or text to me will suffice, if you're really interested.

I forgot to mention that yesterday when I left here for Butte, that a large cow elk ran across the road in front of me.  I didn't have the good camera ready, so you'll have to take my word for it.  In all the years, since 1976, that we've been coming up here, I've seen elk only twice.  This is the third time.  Quite a thrill for an Ol' Guy...

Today we had only a skiff of snow, but enough to make skiing on the road doable.  The campground trail was very good too. The sun finally came out and created another round of photo-ops.  I got in another couple of miles skiing and am really enjoying it.  The practice-affect is taking over, making it more pleasurable to cruise along over the great snow.

More ice fisherman are showing up too.  I took a drive over into Piney Point Campground and got a couple shots of them there.  The different colors of the ice huts give every photo an individual look.  I have a number of new photos and hope to get them done tomorrow.  

I'm reading Ken Follett's book, "Fall of Giants," now and want to get back at it.  I try to budget my time with exercise, reading,  computer time etc.  It's a challenge at times, as you can imagine.  As I've heard many times before, I don't know how I had time to work, what with all of the things there are to do now in retirement.  

Oh yes, I made scratch wholewheat pancakes for dinner this eve.  It's a new recipe and it turned out to be a keeper.  I'll add a photo or two and am more than happy to share recipes.  That's it for today.
It's  Wednesday already and the sun is shining.  We even had a colorful sunrise, which is unusual for our location.  Photo?  Maybe.  

I decided to take a break from skiing and walk this morning.  My right wrist is a bit tender, so a rest won't hurt.  I saw the garbageman drive by already.  Traffic-wise, that's about all we see in the winter during the week. I walked about a mile and a quarter and ironically, met up with the Snow Plower Guy.  He remembered me from my earlier pleas to put the snow away from our entrance.  Imagine that... We talked it over and I finally admitted more or less that, "I'm accepting the things that I cannot change."  

Later in the morning, I went back into Anaconda for my usual get-together and got a few pics on the way.  When I got back, the weather was so nice that I decided to walk over into Rainbow Bay and see what was up.  The only outstanding things I observed, were the tracks of a roving fox and a good number of elk tracks near the road.  Otherwise, it was just a nice, invigorating walk.

I have the pictures nearly ready and will put them up at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ralphieboyo/

Tomorrow, Thursday, after Lisa and I have our weekly visit and I have another "skiers breakfast," I plan to take another route to the campground and do some serious skiing. Serious, as in not telling any jokes, if you get my meaning. 


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ferdie on

No doubt your time is very well spent up there! Good on ya mate!

Dennis on

I sure am glad that elk ran out in front of you knowing that "thrills" don't come too often at your advanced age.

photodon on

Your life there seems idyllic, Ralphie. Good to see you enjoying it. Beautiful pictures and great narrative. Thanks for sharing.

Mike Noble on

Sounds like a very good and relaxing time....much time for yourself. When you get back I would like that recipe as well as a discussion of what type of items you picked up from the 2nd hand store....I just got some old army/air force coats out to sell on ebay....guess military is a got item....or so another ebayer has told me. Happy skiing and cooking....


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