Yellowstone to Bozeman to Glacier National Park
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had a picnic by a lake, he was hoping the whole bear family & Goldilocks would join us, but the only critters that came to visit were cute little squirrels, who really didn't like us, & disappeared down their burrows! So after a great time in Yellowstone, we left for Cody, a beautiful scenic drive through the park, which is a total of 1,000,000 acres. Parts of it were burnt in a fire in 1988, and still hasn't recovered.
In Cody we enjoyed dinner at Irma's restaurant which has a bar that was given to Buffalo Bill by Queen Victoria over 100 years ago. The Buffalo Bill Historical Center is a complex of museums in Cody, founded in 1917 & displays artifacts and art of the American West & is the oldest museum in the West
From here we drove to Bozeman & parked our huge van in the driveway of Mark & Terri Bittenger, who are so friendly & lots of fun. We had a wonderful weekend with them and their daughter Briana. On Friday night, we attended a school play , & Naomi, a young girl from
Bozeman Ecclesia, was one of the actors, & did really well.
We enjoyed a buffet breakfast at Looies Down Under with Mark & Teri & Jo & children. Shane, Darren & Mick, you would love the 'Toy Haulers' we looked at - the back of these caravans open up as a ramp, so a motor bike or ATV or all the kids bikes can be put there while travelling. They are awesome, the ramp, then becomes a balcony, and 2 beds that are stored up by the ceiling, come down electrically, as queen size bunk beds for the children
Sunday school & the memorial meeting was held in Mark & Teri's home & we enjoyed our time with the Bozeman Ecclesia. They are such a great group of people, and very friendly. On Sunday night we had a great evening with Steve & Mindi who came over for dinner. We are hoping to return again, God Willing in August to go away with them all camping. (we will be roughing it in our RV!!)
From here we went to Deer Lodge, where we visited the old prison that is no longer in use,
but up until 1972 it had many prisoners in it. The old car museum, was enjoyable as Michael didn't go round checking every tyre & bolt! From here we went to the old toy museum, & hobby
shop. We travelled to Augusta which is the start of Glacier National Park in Montana & Mike enquired as to where we could stay, & was recommended Sun Canyon Lodge about 30 miles away. It is only a small place in a National Forest, but to get there we had to drive on a dirt road, and after about 5 miles, we stopped wondering if it was worth it, as everything in the RV shook around so much
It is so pretty, tucked down in the valley, surrounded by mountains, trees, river, and not many people. We were able to park where we wanted, so backed up to the river, on a beautiful
stretch of lawn.
There was only 4 other vans, it was Memorial Day weekend & the weather was overcast & had rained during the day, but once we got settled, we cranked up the heater and it was so cozy in the van. Apparently this weekend is synonymous with rain, similar to our Anzac day. We had no Internet or phone signal for a few days.
We went over to the lodge for dinner, such a quaint log cabin, with stuffed animals on the walls.
It was a very relaxed atmosphere with a number of families who had come here for the weekend. A couple of dogs wandered round eating the scraps that fell from the table! We chatted to some of the children, & 2 little boys that we had seen during the day, came in with their cowboy hats on, the littlest one, nearly 3 had his toy rifle with him
We woke up Sunday morning to a blanket of snow on the ground, van & car. The trees had a dusting of snow on the leaves, which looked so beautiful.
During the day we went for a drive along a lonely dirt road, that went up the mountain. The
further we drove, the more snow, until side tracks were completely covered. We had our memorial meeting down one of these little tracks completely surrounded by snow laden pines. It was so nice.
Mike tried hard to get the car bogged, see a grizzly, he left me filming while he drove across a bridge, hoping a bear would appear, but nothing like that happened. He is SO determined to see a bear close up & personal............ his next plan is to hang some meat in a tree outside the RV, with a bell attached, so we will hear the bell ring, and I will probably be shoved out the door with camera to film, while he watches from the confines of the RV!
By the time we got back to the RV, the snow on the ground & trees had all but disappeared.
Quite amazing. We went over to the lodge again & had a long chat to 2 teachers of some geologist students on subjects of Creation, the Bible, Israel, American politics, Australia etc. As they didn't believe in God, it was a very interesting conversation.
We have been blessed with such beautiful weather, which has been wonderful, so it was a contrast to have a bit of snow & rain.
Well it came time to leave our little bit of paradise, and I wasn't looking forward to the bumpy road back. I am sure the road was rougher maybe due to the rain & snow & within a few miles we came across an RV that had got too close to the edge, slid down into the ditch and was at a precarious angle
The driver of the van couldn't get out, as the door wouldn't open that far, his wife was able to just get out, and had to dig out a bit of dirt so they could open the door a bit more & he could squeeze out. From the angle they were on, I am sure a lot of their cupboards would have opened!!
Anyway, they were ok, but now had the task of getting in contact with someone who could get them out & no phone signal. I felt my smashed blender wasn't so bad after all!!
That's all for now, sorry it is so long this time, Bye for now, thanks for reading the blog, and we LOVE reading your comments, keep safe and well, God bless....Miss you all.
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