Howdy folks! Look what we did on one of the warmest, most beautiful evenings of this season so far!
Doesn't James especially look the part? He'd wanted to get some real cowboy boots for a while (ever since we got a Texan mailing address.... ;) and when we arrived at our neighbours, the Double P Ranch, for our (complementary!) ride he bought a pair of used ones they sell at the barn.
None in my size, unfortunately, because they were only $35!
The ride was a lot of fun (for the first half) and we were so lucky with the weather since it had rained for 3 days solid until this very morning!
We went on a trail half way up the mountain from were we had a nice view looking back at the ranch and the Lions Head Mountain behind it.
From there we split up in 2 groups, one being the 'fast' group and one the 'slow pokes'. We ended up in the former thanks to James who wanted a little more action, thank you very much dear, and from there things went (literary) downhill!
Well, lets say, I managed to stay on and not embarrass myself but it's been a week now and although I can sit again I still walk with difficulty!
The next morning we went for a Sunday drive around Hebgen Lake and had breakfast at a highly recommended local 'hot spot'.
It's one of the smallest, coziest cabins you've ever seen and the food is very, very good!
We split some delicious french toast and a huge plate of chicken fried steak.
While eating you enjoy a nice view of Cabin Creek that flows right in front of the cabin. The very friendly owner offered to take our picture outside:
Afterwards we kept following the road around the Lake.
This is Hebgen Lake as seen from an area where in 1959 a fairly big earthquake brought down a complete mountainside and buried a small campground and everybody in it. Horrible.
We continued our drive over a small pass down into the Missouri Flats towards Henrys Lake.
|The Madison River|
The weather wasn't very nice this morning so the pictures are a little gloomy but it was a beautiful area.
We'll probably be back at one of these lakes to do some fishing later in the season!
It does slow things down though and with the busy season starting he's now scrambling to finish it up, making lots of over-hours and probably going to work through the coming weekend!
|Installing the plywood (after adjusting electricty and plumbing)|
|Covering a niche outside to enlarge the handicapped bathroom on the inside|
We've got 2 different kinds of swallows here at the moment that are all very busy building nests and sitting on eggs.
I'm pretty sure these are Cliff Swallows:
Their gourd shape nests are build entirely out of mud and saliva.
A whole colony has made their home here under the eaves of the maintenance shed.
And the following are Barn Swallows:
I think this is the female, the male is supposed to have a buff underside unless these are a (Eurasian) subspecies who both have white bellies.
They build their nest on top of a night light of the group-pavilion opposite of our RV.
I left some raw wool and cotton out for them on the barb wire and they quickly snatched it up to line their beautiful round little nest with it.
Earlier this spring I saw this pair of tree swallows but I haven't seen them since.
'Nough for today, me thinks. Here's some sunsets for 'the end'.
|This is actually the super-moon rising a couple of days ago!|
And in contrary to the previous pics that were from the eastern sky right in front of us, this is the side at our back where the sun actually 'went under' .
Doesn't it look like there's a forest fire?