Tuesday, June 30, 2009
If you haven't, you might want to. Ours has been on the fritz for about a week now. Another joy of living in the country: no one wants to come and fix things when they break down. It's not so bad, I guess. The dishwasher has a cycle that heats the water on its own, and I got some cold-water Tide for the wash machine. The kids have been soaking in the kiddie pool in the back yard, so they're relatively clean. But if you start to smell a particular funk when you're around the Glasscocks, that would be why. I guess I'd rather have no hot water, than no water at all.
Monday, June 22, 2009
That afternoon, Allison was due for a nap, and I had some homework to do for my Esther Bible study, so we headed back to the cabin for a little quiet time. Dad and the three oldest kids headed back for more fishing at Lily Lake. They again slayed the fish! And if you guessed that the Lightning McQueen pole, caught the most fish, you guessed right. In two days of lake fishing, we caught 16 fish and all but four of them were caught with old Hot Rod, Lightning McQueen! Alli took quite a nap, and so did Mom and we were all refreshed for a great dinner of roasted chicken, roasted root vegetables, salad and strawberry crisp with ice cream for dessert. We strolled along the Clark's Fork after dinner and had a rock-throwing competition, which Dad won, going away.
After a great night's sleep, biscuits and gravy for breakfast, and good-byes, we packed up the Suburban and headed north toward Billings and the water slides. We enjoyed a drive up the Beartooth pass again, and descended down the hill to Red Lodge. A person can't travel through Red Lodge without a stop at the Candy Emporium, so we had a detour there and watched Ben and Allison's eyes widen in amazement at all the candy! Especially the salt water taffy which is a favorite of Ben's. We traveled on to Billings and lunch at McKenzie River pizza. We had to stop at the Mall (YES!) to get some football gear for Adam's camp in Helena the following week and then we took a visit to Action Farm toys which all the boys thoroughly enjoyed.
We finished up our trip with a stop at the indoor water park where everyone got into the action. I forgot my camera in the car, so I don't have any photos of that particular event, but suffice it to say, even I got into my suit and went down on the inner tube with Scott, something I haven't done since I was in college. Fun stuff. Benjamin was a little intimidated by all the activity and noise, but by the end of our time, I convinced him to go down the kiddie slides. Alli couldn't get enough, and Haley and Adam had a great time too, until there were no more double tubes available. By that time, we were all pretty water logged and ready to get home.
It was a great vacation! Something we need to do every year.
The pictures are kind of random because I can't get them to float here on the blogger screen, but here are some last day photos:
Haley and the "Hot" Rod
Thursday, June 18, 2009
We find a spot about a mile to the north east that had a big rock that was anchored into the water. It was perfect!
Even though there was no wind, beautiful sunshine, a quiet still mountain lake, and beauty all around, Adam was not quite satisfied. There were no fish biting! I explained to him that catching fish was usually the just the side-benefit of all the above mentioned things. When fishing, it was best just to enjoy the day, the people, the surroundings and then if we caught fish, that was just an added bonus. He didn't really seem to agree with that, but we adjusted our expectations, and set about casting and reeling, casting and reeling. Eventually the knot came loose on the wheel-lure on Lightning McQueen, and Ben was pretty upset. I wasn't about to shed my clothes and make a dive for it, so we decided to put a hook on his rod, bait it with a worm, and see what happened. While Scott was untangling Ben's line and getting it ready, I decided to help Adam with his, and after getting everything untangled, I half-heartedly cast the line and got my finger caught in the process. I kind of laughed and tried to reel in the line, when it got snug, and Scott made a comment about catching some kind of a log. I tried again and it came, but it was no log: I had a fish on!! I reeled it in and made everyone else kind of disgusted. After all, they had been casting and reeling, casting and reeling to no avail. I snagged a fish on my first try!
At the top of the hill heading out of the lake, there's a beautiful view of Pilot and Index Peaks. We got on the highway and by that time, 2 of the 4 children had fallen asleep, so we decided to drive toward Cooke City and back, to give them a much-needed nap. Then it was time for dinner. Wednesday night, Shelley made spaghetti and meatballs, salad, corn on the cob, and German chocolate cake and coconut-walnut frosting topped with ice cream. Yummmy! We all headed back to the cabin for a game of Monopoly, which Dad won and Adam a close second, and kettle-popped popcorn. What a great day!
Bridge over the Clark's Fork on the Chief Joseph Highway
The sun was really shining when we arrived at our destination, so we took advantage of the beautiful surroundings and played a little volleyball to stretch and get some exercise after the trip. Allison and Mommy stretched out on a blanket with some books and the cameras.
Haley and Adam, challenging Dad and Ben
Ben trying to get it over the net!
Looks like Dad's on his own.
Allison, reading and watching the game.
After a wonderful dinner of rice, roast beef, broccoli salad, and apple pie ala mode, served by Shelley in the dining room (no cooking or dishes for Mom woohooo), and a walk down by the river, we headed back to our lodge for a little relaxing after the long trip. We stayed in the Pilot Peak Lodge, where the boys slept in the loft, the girls on the fold-out couch, and Mom and Dad in the bedroom. The lodge was complete with a kitchenette, so we unpacked our lunch supplies and hit the hay to be ready for the rest of the week.