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Okay - this post should have been posted yesterday, but for some reason it would not go through - so I'm posting it today. I really don't have much else to report - it was a pretty good day at the cabin - not real busy, but steady. Before I sign off - Dana and Mark - Happy Anniversary!!!! Take care all, and we'll talk to you tomorrow!

Friday's Post:

Well, Dan couldn't wait until next week and we went to the Mountain Man Rendezvous today before we did the laundry. What a disappointment!!! I guess we were expecting something big and fantastic - I mean, here we are in the area that had these types of meetings all the time. What did we find?? Well, there were about eight tents set up and that was it, and all of them were "selling" the same stuff - rabbit fur and a couple of beaver furs. Oh, and beads - lots and lots of beads. Why???? Even I was disappointed. I think Dan was expecting something like we have gone to in Florida - you know, really big and very …

Home again, Home again!

Okay - first of all let me say that the reason I did not blog last night when we got home was I had the worst migraine I have had in a very long time - it was one of those that make you physically ill. Anyway, I came home and went to bed! I've been much better today and I did get some prescription meds today. Now, for our trip - this is a picture of big Dan looking out at the Beartooth Mountains. This was one of the most spectacular road trips we have ever taken - it was beautiful! We drove this way coming home from Cody. Cody was great - we went to the Buffalo Bill Museum. If you ever get this way, I would highly recommend this museum - it is NOT just about Buffalo Bill (yes, there is one wing that is completely devoted to him - and I learned quite a bit about the man). There is a wing about the Plains Indians, a wing with guns (every manufacture, military guns, western guns, if it's a gun, it's there), a wing with western art, a whole floor dedicated to research, beauti…

Got the Satellite back!

Hello all - today was just a very quiet day at the trailer - I did get a hold of Dish and finally got our local channels back - just in time to watch the finale of "The Bachelorette" - I know, I know Crystal, but your mom's got to have some vice! I'm making a prediction and I'll probably be wrong, but I'm picking Kipton - now let's see what happens!

We are going to do Cody tomorrow - we will go over and spend the night and then come home on Wednesday - so I probably won't post tomorrow night - I don't think I will take the computer with me, but that means I will have loads of pictures to share on Wednesday.

Well, because the day was so boring I don't have anything new to report so I will sign off. I do appreciate those that send the comments - can't wait to go to the Dairy Queen! Welcome home Ruth Ann and thanks for reading!

Bye all!!

Just another Sunday

Hello all - we are finished for another week - today was very busy again which really surprised us - we really thought that people would be leaving this afternoon to go back home, but we were busy right up until we closed at 4:00. The really nice thing about being that busy is the time really goes by quickly.

Not much happened today - no new moose pictures or any other wild life - just a normal day at the "office". We are really trying to figure out what we will do this coming week - I know that we are going to have to call the satellite people because we are not getting the local channels - so we'll call the installer in the morning and see what we need to do (we were getting them yesterday, but we had a huge storm last night and we haven't gotten them since). Dan says we will go over to Cody this week - probably make it an overnight trip, but we will have to make sure to find a place that is "doggy" friendly (actually stay in a hotel/motel - WOW!) We w…

Just another day at the office

Look what was waiting for us when we went to the cabin this morning!! We couldn't believe it. Plus he was there for about 2 hours just feeding and walking through the springs. I must have taken a million pictures - actually I took 42. There were some shots where he just picked up his head and looked straight at me - almost like he was poising for me. I'll put the link to all the shots at the end of the blog.

We had a tremendous amount of people through the cabin today - we will probably be really busy again tomorrow - then we have been told that things will probably slow down after this weekend. We were also told that we will probably see snow before we leave in September - that will be fine with me as long as we don't get snowed in!

Believe it or not, I turned down going out to eat tonight. Dan wanted to go down to Ashton and have Mexican (we have been told that there is an excellent Mexican place on Main Street), but I said that I would cook dinner instead. It look…

Laundry Day!

Today was just a quiet day at home and doing laundry - we did have the automatic satellite dish put on the trailer this morning - so now all we have to do is just pull into a campground and push a button and within two minutes we have TV. (Yes, Dan is lazy and doesn't want to have to put out the portable dish - but I think it will certainly be nice.) I did laundry this afternoon- had three loads again and spent $7.00 - took me about 2 hours. Dan stayed at home with the girls.Looks like we might have a job for the winter in Florida - at least the months of November and December - Highland Hammock State Park which should be about 30 minutes from Lakeland and 20 minutes from Lake Placid. Dan will be working in the campground as host on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 7:30 to 12:30 - I'll be working in the ranger station on the same days but from 8:00 to 1:00. We'll have the weekends off (which includes Thanksgiving and Christmas - YEAH!) and have afternoons of…

Warm River

Today Dan and I rode out to Warm River and the cottage that the Forest Service has and rents out. We expected to find a river, but not this waterfall - the temperature of the water coming out of the spring is 50 degrees. it was absolutely beautiful. This is just part of the springs and waterfall, but the full on shot was not a good shot. Anyway, it was a lovely ride and we even saw a marmot - I have a picture of him and I'll post it tomorrow.

Dan is still having some problems with his back - I'm not sure what is going on there, but I threatened to take him to the doctor tomorrow if it isn't better by then. He has been taking ibuprofen, but he told me tonight that he thinks it makes his blood pressure go up. (I need to ask our new RN if that would happen!) Anyway, I told him to lay off for tonight and we would try the heating pad. Hopefully it will better tomorrow - he thinks he needs to see a chiropractor which we don't have around here. We'll see how he i…

Guys and Dolls

Well, tonight we went to the play Guys and Dolls - for a local theater it was really pretty good - there were actually a couple of the kids that had good voices. Everything was going fine - Dan and I found our seats and the "actors" were doing a little warm up - individuals singing a few songs. The play starts and Dan looks at me and says "I can't stay in here -it's too close". He gets up and leaves - now I think he's going to go outside and cool off a little and then come back. Thirty minutes later, at intermission, he hasn't come back. So, I go out and look for him and find him sitting outside. Now, I'm ready to come back home - if he can't be in there with me I would rather come home. But he insists that I go back in and see the rest of the play. I sit with him for awhile, then go in just as the play was beginning again. I did stay for the whole play, but I did feel a little guilty. After the play we walked over to the Dairy Que…

A Quiet Day at Home

Since today was just a quiet day at home I decided to post another one of the wildflower pictures I took yesterday. Dan and I really didn't do anything exciting today - I did make up some "business" cards - you know, our name, address, phone number, email address and the blog address - to give to those people we meet who are also "full-timers" and we think we would like to keep in touch. Dan has been wanting me to do this since before we made this lifestyle change - but it just took me a while. Anyway, now there are finished and I saved them on the computer, so I can print them out as needed.

We did watch the movie Australia last night - it was a really good movie - we only had one problem - about half way through the movie the voices went off - we could hear all the music, but none of the dialogue - but we solved that problem - we just clicked on the closed caption and read the dialogue - it was still a good movie. Even Dan liked it. We did tell the cler…

Just a bunch of flowers

Today Dan and I went for a drive over to Quake Lake - and on the way I took some pictures of the wildflowers that are just about everywhere around here. these things are wonderful - I haven't cut any to bring in the house - I just enjoy looking at them everywhere.

Quake Lake is an interesting place - it was formed in 1959 when a 7.5 earthquake caused the side of a mountain to fall into the Madison River - 28 people lost their lives that night when the lake swallowed a campground. The corp of engineers opened a passage for the water to move through and open the river back up and, eventually, the lake will empty - but for now (50 years later) it is still huge and deep. It is pretty awesome to see the slide area and see the cabins that the roofs still stick out of the water on the shoreline. We stopped at the Visitor Center and watched a video on the quake and the aftermath - it sure does make an impression. Anyway, it was an interesting side trip.

I also took some pictures of an …

What a Neighborhood!

Look what was in our neighborhood last night! Isn't he absolutely the prettiest thing you have ever seen???? Let me explain how I got this shot - we went to work yesterday and had a normal day - somewhat busy in spurts because it rained some at the cabin (I think that is what caused my headache for two days). Anyway, we left the cabin yesterday afternoon around 4:20 and started home - stopped at the bank and made the deposit. Nothing special, you know, just a normal day. We get home and I'm ready to go in and take some pills, fix dinner and go to bed. As we are pulling into the parking area our neighbor, Kay, is walking toward us. I open my door and he asks me if I want to see a bull moose. Well, of course, you all know my answer to that one - so he tells us to drive back around and go over to the "bone yard" (that's the area that the forest service dumps all the stuff that they can't use anymore). Anyway, we drive back over there and I'm lookin…

Hie Ho; Hie Ho; It's Off to Work We Go

Hello all - today was another day at work - but our work week is half over (Goodness, I love to say that!) It was an interesting day - met quite a few interesting people - one couple was from Holland! It just amazes me how these people find this little cabin in the middle of the woods in Northeastern Idaho. We started really slow this morning - we were probably open an hour before the first people came but then we were slammed until after 1pm. Dan didn't even get a chance to eat anything until after 1 - I eat after he does. Things slowed down about 3:30 then just as we were getting ready to close up at 4 we got slammed again. At one point today Dan counted 11 little boys (ages 3 to around 9) running around and people dodging them - It was really sorta funny. We'll have to wait and see what tomorrow will bring.

I came home tonight and fixed dinner - homemade chicken burritos with all the trimmings - we had purchased a cooked chicken at Albertson's last week and I took…

Two Moose and not a picture to show!

Okay, today we went up to West Yellowstone then took State Road 191 toward Bozeman Montana - I wasn't expecting to see any wild life just beautiful scenery - which we did see - a sample of the wonderful water is shown in this picture. However, Dan and I were just driving down the road with the pups in my lap - I figure I'll take pictures when we stop to let them out for a potty run - when what should appear but a MOOSE right beside the road - Now this is a state road - not a little country road so, of course, we can't stop and I don't have the camera in my lap and I can't get to it right away. Now this moose was feeding right beside the highway - we are not sure if it was a cow or a bull because we couldn't see it's head as we were driving by, but it was definitely a big moose. Now, I'm talking to Dan about who would have thought we would see a moose right beside the highway and we are just tooling along when I look out my window and right beside me…

Dan caught a FISH!

Okay - we went back to that little stream that Dan fished in the other day and lo and behold he caught a fish - I didn't get a picture of his fish before he threw it back - but let's just say it was way too little to keep, but the fact is he caught a fish (actually he caught two last night but they were too little to keep also!) He caught some fish and at this rate he is down to about $75.00 for each fish he has thrown back! That's okay - give him time and he'll catch one or more that he can keep!

I did the laundry today and Dan stayed at home and worked in the yard - he used the weed eater and watered the yard - he also washed the front of the 5th wheel that still had bugs on it from the trip out here. I went by the post office and picked up the mail - I paid the three bills that were in the package and went through the rest - some was insurance information and stuff like that. There was some confusing information and I had to make some phone calls. Dan asked m…

Grocery Day

Hello all -today was a day at home and the grocery store and getting things organized again. Since it was a sorta boring day I wondered what I was going to talk about today on the post and realized that I had never shown you pictures of the inside of the 5th wheel. So, I decided I would do that today - now forgive me for not having them in a more organized manner (this is our bed - duh - and the dresser is two pictures down, but I really wasn't thinking when I was downloading the pictures - sorry!) Anyway, I think you will be able to see how things are. We are getting rid of the "fu-fu" - we can't stand it and adding a more country/wood theme - we took down the "fu-fu" headboard that came with the trailer and added our own picture (of the Grand Tetons) - added our bedspread and pillows on the bed. Of course, when you see the dresser you will notice we added our own moose also!
Now you see what I meant when I said the generic table lamp on the dining ta…

Yellowstone - South Loop

Well, here we are sitting in front of the Lower Falls at Artist's Point. Isn't that the most beautiful scene you have ever seen - okay take us out and it's one of the most beautiful. Anyway, we had a great time today - we saw lots of water falls today on the north side of the southern loop. We did see a little wild life- I have some pictures of a Bull Elk and some of buffalo. Not much else - I wanted to get pictures today of the hot springs, but we made the mistake of taking the northern side first and by the time we got over to the western side we were ready to come home. Soooo - I told Dan that the next time we come into the park I want to take the hot springs picture and he said okay. Once again, the girls traveled well - we let them out a couple of times to go 'potty' but the rest of the time they rode in the back seat. We stopped at the Lake Lodge for lunch ($23.00). This is the oldest lodge in the park - I always thought Old Faithful Lodge was the ol…

Dan's Fishing Day

Well, today Dan finally went fishing - and I even have pictures as proof. In fact, he walked down to the Buffalo River right after dinner to try a little more fishing. This picture was taken on a little back road that we drove today - one of many. While he did not catch anything on this little trip at least he FINALLY went fishing!!! He was somewhat excited to be able to go out in the middle of nowhere and try his hand at catching trout - he'll catch some - it's just a matter of time.

Tomorrow we are going to do the south loop in Yellowstone - it is more of the geysers and hot springs - I don't know how much, if any, wild life we will see, but I will have my trusty camera ready. I look forward to taking some pictures of the hot springs - some of the colors in them are breathtaking. We will take the pups with us again - so if it's a long day we won't have to worry any.

This afternoon I bought tickets for a musical that is being presented by a theater group in W…

My two little excavators

Friday I gave my little darlings a bath and just yesterday we put their Frontline on them and gave them their heartworm preventative. Silly me thought I wouldn't have to worry about them for another month. So, imagine my surprise and my irritation when cleaning the kitchen this morning and fixing our lunch I look out the kitchen window and see dirt flying. I look again and Jessie (whose butt is toward the camera) is waist deep (if dogs had waists) in a hole and Samantha is on the other side digging just as hard. They had found a chipmunk hole and were digging furiously trying to catch this poor little creature. Dan comes to the door and tells me that the dogs were now officially mine and he didn't have anything to do with them and their past time. Yeah, like I'm really buying that one!
I finally get finished in the kitchen and walk outside with the camera - these little pups where making the dirt fly and when I called them Samantha tried to hide. I did finally get a…

Another Day in Paradise (or close to it)

Hello all - sorry I didn't get my blog posted last night - I had done the blog and when I started to post it I realized that I was not online anymore and I lost the entire blog. By that time it was so late that I decided I would catch everyone up on our activities today.

Yesterday was a day that we got a lot accomplished. Not only did I do housework, I rearranged some cabinets and got rid of some things that we will never need. You know, it's funny when you are getting ready for an adventure like the one we are on how you think you will need all this "stuff" and you don't. For example, I brought at least 8 towels - now what do I need with 8 towels when it is just Dan, the girls, and I? When I do laundry I wash the ones we have used then we use them again. I don't get new towels out everyday. Anyway, when we get back to Florida in November that is one thing that I will change - get rid of stuff you don't use or need. But I guess it just takes living…

Grand Tetons National Park

Grand Teton

Today was another absolutely wonderful day - we drove over to Jackson (by the paved road this time) and shopped a little on the square - I should say we walked through some stores. My kids would be soooo proud of me - I haven't bought anything in all the stores we have been in - okay, I take that back. I did buy a Grand Teton National Park sticker to use on my scrapbook pages when I get my pictures developed. But I have not bought any thing for the trailer - no little something to decorate with. I know they won't believe me, but it's true. Maybe it's because I don't have anywhere to put anything. I did see a lamp that I told Dan would be pretty on the table instead of the Wal Mart special we have there now. But, the $75.00 price tag changed my mind very quickly! After we walked around for a little while we went into the Million Dollar Saloon and had lunch - I had a regular cheeseburger while Dan had a buffalo burger ($25.00). I saved some of my cheesebu…

Pictures on web and today's update

First let me see if I can get the link to the pictures from Yellowstone yesterday on here. This should be the link to those pictures. Just click on the highlighted word in the last sentence and you should be able to get all the pictures from yesterday - Let me know how this works to make sure I've done it right. (Thanks go out to my daughter Crystal - thanks for coming to your mom's rescue!)

Okay, now, what did we do today - This morning we straightened up around here - Dan has the yard so nice and clean now - he has burned all the clippings from the trees and has raked the yard. It looks so nice! I sat down and paid the bills that came in the mail on Monday (thanks Joyce!) So after all that was taken care of - we ate lunch (Dan ate leftovers, I had a bowl of cereal) then it was off to do laundry- we tried a different laundry mat - it was closer to us and it actually cost less - only $7.00 instead of $10.00, but I did have one less load of clothes. Anyway, while we we…

Trying to get pictures on the web

Here is a link to the all the pictures of "My first moose". I'm trying to see if I can actually get pictures on the web so all can see. Let me know what happens.

Bear and Moose and Elk - Oh My!

Today was an absolutely amazing day as you can tell from these pictures - I am just giving you a single shot of each of the three main wildlife sightings we had today - I was so excited today that I just can't explain it to you. Well, can you tell we went to Yellowstone again today? We got up this morning and decided it was a Yellowstone day - so I took a shower, got dressed, made the bed, straightened up the kitchen and we were out the door by 9:30 - Pups and all! (We didn't know how long we were going to be gone today, so we decided to take the puppies with us - am I glad we did - we didn't get home until after 7 o'clock - Long Day!) We went into West Yellowstone and decided that we would head for Silver Gate - a town at the northeast entrance to the park. So, basically what we had to do was start on the west side, and travel the upper loop of the park to get to Silver Gate - and we knew this was the section of the park roads that are under construction - every…

Our work week is over!

Hello everyone - hope you had a nice and restful holiday weekend! Dan and I had over 700 people come through the cabin this weekend - we were very surprised at how busy we were today. We thought we would be busy yesterday but we didn't think that we would be that busy today. Boy, were we wrong! The good thing about being really busy like we were is it sure does make the day go faster! However, it was another day without any pictures. Maybe I'll just go back to some of our other pictures and post some of those.

Dan wants to get his fishing license and go fishing some this week - maybe I'll work some on my scrap booking. I've just about read everything that I brought with me - I've read four books since we have been gone - has that only been two and a half weeks ago???? It seems like it was forever ago - and I don't mean that in a bad way. Maybe I'll pick up a few more books when we go into Wal Mart in Rexburg. Or, I might check out the local library…

Happy 4th of July

Hello all - Sorry I did not post last night - Dan and I bought a frozen pizza and I fixed it in the convection oven (I'm beginning to like that thing) and then we watched a movie ("Night at the Museum"). By the time the movie was over we decided it was time for bed. We did have to work today - and will work tomorrow also.

Boy, was today busy!!! We probably had over 300 people come through the cabin today - at times there were so many people inside they all couldn't get up the stairs to see the bedrooms and had to wait in line. I was really pooped when we got home - BUT I fixed dinner (ham steak, macaroni and cheese, and green beans) then cleaned up the kitchen. I figured I needed to let you know that the last couple of days have been sorta quiet. We knew we would be really busy at the cabin today and probably tomorrow morning - then things should slow down as people have to pack up and get ready to go back home after the holiday weekend.

As of right now we don&…

Let's Talk Money

Hello all - today has been a day to get things done. We did not leave the campsite at all today - Dan worked outside - weed eating around the camper and getting the yard cleaned up - hopefully it will help with the mosquitoes but I don't guarantee it. He also got the door hung back up today - we (I did help by holding the flashlight again) reinforced the rail that holds the door and HOPEFULLY we won't have the problem any more.

What did I do, you ask? Well, first I balanced the bank statements - then I paid the credit card bill - then I figured out the money situation - what it cost us to get here and what it will cost us to live - of course, some things I won't be able to finalize until we get our mail from Florida - I know that we will have some final bills to pay - you know things like the final light bill and final water bill. The only reoccurring bills we will have are: Verizon Wireless (cell phone and air card), the storage facility in Florida (I paid for 6 months…

First trip to Yellowstone!

Yellowstone - when most people think of Yellowstone National Park they think of Old Faithful Geyser. Yes, Old Faithful is a part of Yellowstone, but just a part. There is so much more to this wonderful creation. This is a picture of one of the thermal pots - the colors are magnificent - and this is just one of the pots. Dan and I went to Yellowstone today and only traveled 30 miles within the park. Yes, we went to see Old Faithful erupt - even ate at the Old Faithful Lodge, but there is so much more to see and witness.

For example, not only did we see this thermal pot we saw lakes formed by small geysers - beautiful rivers that hold all types of trout. We saw a Bald Eagle in its nest with babies - a herd of elk grazing beside the river - a lone deer lying in the grass - antelope feeding on the hillside - a bison herd grazing in the distance. We saw magnificent waterfalls that are hard to imagine they would be so large. And all of this in one 30 mile southern loop. Do you want to know …