Yellowstone to Bozeman to Glacier National Park

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Monday, May 28, 2012

We didn't see a single bear in Yellowstone, but it wasn't from lack of trying on Mikes part.  We
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.  It features general western articles and historical items that help tell the story of W. F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody's life. We spent quite a few hours looking round at the various species of animals that are resident in Yellowstone.  The galleries of guns & rifles, ensured Mike was in his element, & we thought how much Lance & Levi Wolfe would love this place.  The artwork, clothing brought to life the history of the Indian people & was most interesting. 

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.  It is so well laid out, comfortable & roomy, with everything one needs in a van, including a bathroom & a separate bedroom for parents. 

 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.  Someone stopped to see if we needed help & told us it was a gem of a place, & to keep going.  We went very slowly & were so glad we did.   

 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.  After learning we were from Australia, a  young girl asked me if I had ever seen a kangaroo jumping!  Just as we were leaving, we heard the little boy, in his cute american accent, telling his dad who was reprimanding him for going outside alone, 'But dad, I just killed a bear'!  He sounded soooo cute!  We miss our little darlings!!!! 

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!!  We have seen what a Grizzly can do to a van, if he can smell food, so I am not keen at all on his wild, whacky & wonderful ideas!!  I think it is getting to him as he had to make a scary video for his grandchildren, while out in the snow, and it is definitely NOT going on to the blog.   

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.   Just as we were getting close, we drove over a few potholes, and with that, one of the top cupboards opened, and out fell my glass blender  - my smoothie maker hit the bench & smashed into a zillion pieces!  We stopped & Mike got out to see if the people were ok, while I vacuumed, swept & found slithers of glass in every crevice!! 

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.  

NEXT BLOG .......Crossing the border into Canada & handing over illegal goods!!!!

 
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Ursula and Bob on

Sounds like you having a good Time ,Stay away from ditches and other upstickles .I know my english is bad you jast have to make the best of it .hope to see you before you go back to Australia.Bob and Ursula

Shane & Kat & your Grandkiddies.... on

Honestly....could you go to any more amazing places & the scenery is just spectacular. Love it & seeing pics of you both makes us all miss you SO much. Glad your having a great time, can't wait to skype again soon. Luv ya both xx

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