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Western Adventure – Day 6

Ah, Yellowstone day. The day I felt most nervous about. So nervous, in fact, that I woke up at 4:30 am (not planned) and was on the road by five. The first excitement came with a set of dancing bison. This group was obviously young bachelors who were head butting and running about in a circle. I may have to…

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Western Adventure – Day 5

This morning I loaded up the last minute items and was on the road by 6:30. It’s hard to tell, from a map, what kind of drive to expect. Things will estimate distances, but there are still a lot of unknowns. I headed south, and for the first time drove through “the big hole”, which for some reason I thought…

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Western Adventure – Day 4

And thus, the final day in Hamilton. Everyone headed to church, but because I have Key, I didn’t want to leave him in the car and went back to the Lee Metcalf refuge. From there we took a drive out to where some of Mom and Dad’s ashes are spread, which is a pretty drive. Hamilton is buzzing because the…

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Western Adventure – Day 3

Now settled in at Hamilton, for the next couples of days, it was mostly about fun. Key and I took a walk in the morning (while still cool) then met a friend of my mom’s (and me) to look at horses… …. and then the Lee Metcalf refuge… … and then more horses! After that, it was mostly visiting with…

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Western Adventure – Day 2

Friday morning Key and I woke up and quickly hit the road again. I wanted to hit the National Bison Range (north) before heading further south to see my friends. The range is one of my favorite places in Montana and I’m glad I made the effort to see it. From there I headed down to see family friends. These…

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Western Adventure – Day 1

And we’re off. As a shot marking a big journey, in the manner of the initial Polaroid of Thelma & Louise, this leaves something to be desired. But at least I remembered to take something! We got on the road and hit our first official stop around 10am on Thursday. I don’t believe I have ever stopped at Bonneville Dam,…

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ATGNI Redux

As I mentioned last week, I am leaving for vacation within a couple of weeks. It’s long anticipated and also, right now, pretty expensive. Because, folks, I bought a new camera. Again. To be fair, it’s been over three years since my last new camera. I’ve liked it. I’ve used it. It’s certainly capable of good photos, but it has…

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Good. Bye. Week.

Some weeks are long for no apparent reason. And then there are weeks like this. To the Beach Last Thursday after work I headed down to the Beach House, intending to stay there for about 10 days. I had a list of items to pack, including the dog and kittens. It all went in the car and off we went.…

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Giddy

This was a tough week for me. As I have mentioned, I have been struggling with back pain. Last Friday (9 days ago), I finally made it into the chiropractor, which lessened the acute discomfort, but didn’t solve the problem. Tuesday Ii went back for another appointment and he adjusted my hips. When he did the right side, I thought…

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Hunkered

With the President’s Day holiday, this will be a four-day weekend for me. I hadn’t been down to the beach house for a while, but a weather event was heading our way and it made the decision more difficult. I haven’t been able to do any ice painting for more than five years. As a reminder, this is when an…

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