Moving slowly through Montana and Idaho

Monday 18th August 2014

Driving through southern Montana, the landscape changes to huge expanses of cropped hay fields.  These guys must supply quite a few states with animal chow.

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We stayed a few days in Dillon.  Dean was trying to figure out how to get this vehicle up and running.

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The tacos were authentic and delicious at this converted school bus/ food truck.

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The sign at the bottom of this sculpture reads “Binding Contract”.  Remember those handshake days?

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A local ghost town had this prison still in working order.

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Dean looks a little anxious behind bars.

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Dean felt a lot more comfortable in the schoolhouse.  By the way Dean and his brother Melvin actually attended a schoolhouse like this back in the day.  We were comparing inkwell use.  In England in the late 50’s we were also still using a dip type pen in the ink well.  A bit later onto the fountain pen and once the biro came on it was easy peasy.  My kids have no idea what I am talking about!!!  We are ancient parents.

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Onward to Arco, Idaho. As you can see from the pic we are in a pretty historic town.

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A trip to the closed down nuclear power plant was very interesting.  I needed Jay to decode some of those 20 letter words.  Why do scientists use a vocabulary of extremely long words that are unpronounceable to most of us?  Jay’s expertise is in chemistry/biology but still those pesky 20 letter words.  Can you imagine,  he asked us to spellcheck his papers in graduate school!

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With a population of less than 1000, Arco is actually not much of a town but the county fair was fun to watch.  After the animal showings the kids put their animals up for auction.  This lad got $4.50 a pound for his 1200 pound steer.  We found out parents and other family members mostly bid on the  animals.  Chickens were bid up to $70 each.  Hopefully they would be good layers or make a nice chicken soup.

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A trip to Craters of the Moon National Park  was fun.  Dean was showing his strength holding this volcanic rock on his noggin.

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O.K now he is showing off.

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My turn, O.K, O.K, the rocks are light weight volcanic stuff. But I am going with the 2 rock heave up in the air.  Rose is the winner.

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Goodness knows how long these dried out limbs have been around. ( I mean the tree limbs)

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It sure feels good to be back in nice warm sunny weather.

 

 

 

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4 Responses to Moving slowly through Montana and Idaho

  1. tmshabo@yahoo.com says:

    Love the pictures!! Love the little school house 🙂 Looks like fun and adventure everyday!!!
    love you!
    Tina

  2. jon says:

    Miss u two!

  3. Melvin kirkwood says:

    The school sure brought back memories of Nevada Ia. Glad your back in the lower 48. See you in Oct.

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