Summer in the American West

 

 

 

 

 

 

Got a Dream Boy?

 

            Got a Song?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Come Along…

 

 

Polson, Montana

July 25-28, 2019

 

Flathead Lake at Polson. (Web capture)

Flathead Lake in Montana, is the largest natural fresh water lake west of the Mississippi in the lower forty-eight. It has about 185 miles of shore-line.

 

It is named for the Salish (Flathead) Indians, whose Tribal Land is at the south end of the lake.

 

 

 

The glacial damming of the Flathead River formed Flathead Lake. The Kerr Dam near Polson, provides power and irrigation to the area.

Today The Kerr Dam provides electricity to approximately 125,000 homes, and is a major source of revenue to the Salish and Kootenai tribes, as it resides on Tribal property.

Kerr Dam Photo curtesy: G.L. McDonald

 

 

 

 

 

The Happy Hippo is a military grade amphibious vehicle from the Vietnam era. Captain Bob proudly motors his guests about, to show off some of the highlights of the town he loves…

Dad and Mom: After performing a rendision of “The Chicken Dance” out on the water.

 

And then; he drives right out onto the lake for a very fun water adventure!

 

 

 

 

When the notion strikes Captain Bob-

 

VIP’s are treated to his first love… music!

Since Flathead Lake lacks the nutrients necessary to promote algae growth, this body of water has become world famous for its clarity.

 

Its maximum depth is about 371 feet.

 

 

 

McDonald Lake

 

This beautiful oasis is:

McDonald Lake.

It is located in the Mission Mountains. And is also on Tribal Land.

 

Gary and Mary McDonald

 

Gary and Kim McDonald

 

 

 

 

A perfect place to celebrate our namesake.

 

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Along the Lewis and Clark Trail

 

 

 

Along the Lewis and Clark Trail

May 26th 2019

In response to The Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark, and their men were the first Americans to discover a path across the West to the Pacific. In their wake came the mountain men, prospectors, cattlemen, sodbusters, tracklayers and then finally, the city builders.

Our journey this day, started on Highway Thirty on the Washington side of the Mighty Columbia. Along the old “Lewis and Clark Trail.”

 

 

“Ocian in view! O! The joy.”

These words are written in Captain William Clark’s journal dated November 7, 1805.

On that day though, he was not standing on the shores the Pacific Ocean, but rather the banks of the Columbia River Estuary. “The Corps of Discovery” entered these marshes and was forced to its banks for days do to rough weather. It would be another couple of weeks before Captains Lewis and Clark would actually reach the Pacific Ocean.

The explorers passed this site on November 26th, 1805 and found hundreds of migratory birds. “They were immensely numerous and their noise horrid!” Captain Clark was quoted.

 

 

But seriously folks, I never saw a thing.

 

 

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Bonanza Diamond Jubilee Feb. 22-24 2019

The Ponderosa II. Photo by Bailey
From the Ponderosa II Collection

 

 

Sixty years of

Bonanza!

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 28, 2019

 

Ponderosa Nevada Post Card

 

 

At The Round Up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Hand Skip

 

 

 

 

And I are getting our horses ready..

 

 

 

 

 

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Southern Utah Trail Ride

Thursday October 4, 2018

St. George Utah

About 1,077 miles from the end of the Oregon Trail is a quaint little “Jumping off” place called St. George, in the Southwestern corner of Utah.

Our Journey to Utah was a smooth one. That is until we reached the shores of The Great Salt Lake!

Here we were delayed by a passing thunderstorm and forced to take cover, and wait it out. But fortunately for us, it did not last long, and we were once again on our way. Consequently, it did not succeed in dampening our spirits one little bit! We arrived safely with our team, in the High Desert territory of St. George (2,860 ft.), late in the evening but in good cheer! Here the weather was warm and clear!

And lucky for us we were just in time for their famous Marathon!

Saturday October 6, 2018

St. George, Utah

The Marathon begins near the base of Pine Valley Mountain just out side of St. George, and runs a course made of a slightly downhill slope into St. George.

Pheidippides.

Let me tell you, with a name like that, I am glad to be recounting this story literarily, rather than in the oral tradition!

Now the reader may ask; what does Pheidippides have to do with any of this? A fair question indeed! I beg your indulgence for just a moment. And I will tell you.

 

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