Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Westward Tour is Over

Our two weeks in Hungry Horse, MT were very relaxing.  Clear blue sky, crystal clear and blue waters rushing by, and when you leave the built up areas vast wilderness areas with "Beware of  Bear" signs everywhere.  We found Montana to be a very nice place with so much diversity it was amazing.

Last week we found out that Carolyn's BIL Jimmy had been admitted to the hospital.  He has been battling cancer for almost a year.  Despite several reports of getting better it has just kept up the endless march forward.  He has faced it head on and has continued to fight it at every turn. 

We decided to curtel our westward tour and head back to Georgia and Thursday after checking for our mail we pulled out of Hungry Horse about 10 AM. We drove for 10 hours and ended up in Billings, MT at a Burger King.  At least we got dinner and breakfast :)

Friday found us heading west about 7 AM.  We covered a lot of ground (after missing a turn and taking a leisurely 1 hour drive up I94. At least it was all new stuff) and ended up in Imperial, NE about 7 PM and saw Nancy and Randy.  They have been friends for about 20 years and it was very nice to see them and see the big city of Imperial.  We will definitely get back and see them in the future.

Saturday saw us pulling out at 8 AM and arrived in Boonville, MO.  We pulled into a rest area and were only going to stay for a couple of hours to grab some sleep about 8:30 PM.  It got hot and I turned on the generator and didn't get up until 5 AM.

Sunday we pulled out at 6 AM and pulled into the south side of Chattanooga about 7 PM.  We're plugged up and kicked back.  We only have a couple of hours to get to the Dacula, Ga area tomorrow morning.

We plan to be in the area to assist the family in whatever they need.  That is one of the benefits of this lifestyle, that you can do what you want when you need to.  Most people have to work around their work schedules and while, would like to, it is just not practical for them to give the time necessary.

I've sat  in the driver seat except for filling up for fuel for 45 hours over the last 4 days.  I'm one tired puppy, arf, arf!

This is just to let everyone know where we are and what we are up to.  Posting may get a little slower, sorry.


Sunday, August 5, 2012

Fishing at Glacier

I have been a little remiss in posting.  I thought I had posted about my fishing trip, but had just put in on FB, so sorry fans.

On Tuesday of this week I had scheduled to take some fly fishing lessons with a guide and have a float down the Middle Fork River on the west boundary of Glacier National Park.  It was a beautiful day and I had done nothing for a few days to save my shoulder for the trip.  The boat could hold 2 for the price and they had no singles that wanted to go.  I decided that Carolyn would like to float the river also as it was supposed to only be 4-5 hours of fishing after the lessons. 

We showed up at 8:30 to get started.  The guide said if it was alright with me, we would do the lessons on the river instead of a little fish pond at their office.  It was fine with me. We drove about 30 miles up the river to put in and were on the water by 10 AM.  My lessons consisted of stopping on a sand bar and throwing about 10 minutes and then we were off.  Great!  It was about 55 degrees about that time and a little cool.  The first couple of miles the guide had me getting out and walking/wading the bank.  It was cold.  I only had water shoes and shorts on, but we caught a fish every now and then.

I caught fish and this was my biggest.

It was a nice day and the fishing was pretty good even for a novice.  I caught 13, hung but lost a couple of dozen, and got 30 - 50 bumps or hits. It took awhile to learn that I didn't have to set the hook. :)  Carolyn ended up having a great time and was real tired when we finished.  I thought she would get pictures of all the fish I caught, but as you can tell she did not.  There are more scenery pictures though and they are great.

Steve and Debbie from Sioux Falls stopped by on their way through and we went fishing Thursday before they left on Friday.  We just waded up and down a few spots for 3-4 hours.  I ended up catching 3.  Steve got this picture before we got separated.
It has been a good time here with the weather being in the mid 80's most of the time and getting down in the 40's at night.  Daytime humidity is under 30% so it is real nice.  A lot different than Alabama right now.

May have found an area to spend the summers, but then there are a lot of places we haven't been yet. :)

Life is pretty good.  If it gets better I might not be able to stand it...