Sept 28- second night… Montana!


Found a lovely lunch spot.  It was next to a babbling brook teaming with life.  There were so many Water Striders that I had to take a picture (although you can’t really tell what it’s about…LOL).  They happen to be one of my favorite bugs.  I used to sit for hours watching them when I was in junior high.  I had a secret pond that I’d hike to with my little white dog.  We’d sit for hours and hours watching the swallows, beavers and bugs.

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All those little black dots are Water Striders

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Just some water action over plant life

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Gravel and plants

We got our first sighting of snow!

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Little did we know that in less than a week we’d be in for more snow than we’d bargained.

It was such a beautiful spot I considered camping here.  Until…….  Mica and TinTin disappeared for about 5 minutes.   I wasn’t worried since they never go very far and everyone had been romping in the stream with frequent ‘check-ins.’   Soon Mica and TinTin showed up but something was amiss.  TinTin was smacking her lips.  I thought she’d found some Deer candy.  Then I saw Mica with a rim of red around his mouth and smeared across his muzzle.  I knew immediately he’d found a carcass.  At our early camp I found a deer skin drying on the side of a stream and, while driving, I’d seen a significant number of guys out with guns.  IT’S HUNTING SEASON IN MONTANA!

I asked Mica to lead me to his ‘kill,’ and he was more than enthusiastic to share.  The deer wasn’t that old but I could see that the belly was starting to swell.  I’m sure it had been shot but never recovered. Two of its legs were well chewed.  I wasn’t concerned about the dogs eating the meat but it brought to mind the possibility of a bear coming across this and the fact that the dogs are out romping around… basically looking like big silver deer.  We were in a National Forest so technically there shouldn’t be any hunting but I decided that I needed to get some fluorescent jackets for the dogs.

PS.  Aren’t you glad I didn’t get pictures?!

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After lunch we hit the road again and the dogs dropped off to sleep.

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The Changing Scenery

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Once more Evening was approaching and I scouted out a camping site.  Since it was only to be one night I decided to sleep in the car once again.  I found a Forest Service Road that wound its way up a small mountain.  We went about 5 miles in.  It was open range and the small meadow I found was full of old Cow Flops.   The wind was picking up and the weather was threatening rain so I decided to back down the road a bit and find shelter under the canopy of Pinion Pines.

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Camping food doesn’t have to be bad!

My prediction was right and we woke up the next morning to high winds,  lots d sleet and a DEAD battery.  Ironically, I think I drained it charging up the Auto Battery Charger.  I was charging it while driving and forgot to unplug it that night.  Luckily it did its job and we were on our way.

2 thoughts on “Sept 28- second night… Montana!

  1. Jeanne Titcomb says:

    What a beautiful picture you paint. I felt I was part of your journey. Keep painting that canvas….we are eager to see more….Jeanne

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