09.01.15 Rosalyn’s list of Brain Healthy Foods

11924906_703229289807044_2385748290395118961_nTuesday, September 1, 2015 – Several months ago the focus of my shrinking brain journey turned to eating brain healthy foods as a way of pumping up what’s left of my brain!!!  I really don’t know if it’s working but I have lost 20 pounds and know that just overall healthier eating is good for my whole body, not just my brain.

I also have Type 2 diabetes and have had difficulties controlling my blood sugar.  Since eating most of the items below and cutting out most of the junk I previously ate, my blood sugar levels have also come down some.  If you’re concerned mostly about sugars look each food item up and learn about that aspect.

I’ve been asked several times what is considered brain healthy food. Sometimes I forget some of it, so I thought if I put it all down here you’ll know it and I will have one place to go to remember it!!  This information comes from various sources.blueberries

Every source I’ve checked lists blueberries, spinach and nuts as the three highest foods to improve brain health.  I can’t say in what order all the rest are ranked in brain healthiness so pick what you love and eat those!!

The list below tells the name of the food, the recommended daily amount if it is known and what I actually eat.  I consider this a list of foods I previously would have felt were splurge foods.  Since I’ve cut “almost all” unhealthy foods out of my diet I have the money to eat the “splurge” foods and really enjoy them!

I offer this list as someone who is absolutely not an expert in great brain food.  If you’re 60 or older and have noticed some cognitive decline, give it a try.  If you’re young and want to eat foods now that may help you later in life, give it a try!

Eliminating as much sugar and bad fats are key!  If something below contains that, eat in moderation if you must eat them.  Also, WATER, WATER AND MORE WATER are a must. As much as you can, as often as you can and then drink some more!

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Blueberries – 1 cup a day in any form, fresh frozen or freeze dried – These are the very best for your brain and I avocadoeat them everyday.  Always keep frozen ones available for when the fresh run out.  Adding frozen blueberries to hot oatmeal is delicious!!!  Haven’t tried freeze dried but I’ve had blueberries covered in yogurt which are delicious.

Strawberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, huckleberries – Not as high as blueberries but delicious and worth adding to the diet.  I eat all of them whenever I can get them.  I try to keep on hand frozen strawberries, pineapples, blackberries and mangoes.

yogurtYogurt – a cup a day – I buy low fat Dannon vanilla yogurt because of the low fat, it tastes good and it’s fairly cheap.  I buy two large containers each week and that gives me a cup a day to add to smoothies or fruit bowls.  I’ve learned that smoothies are best for if you don’t have time to sit down and eat a bowl of fruit but the bowl of fruit is the better of both choices for you.  I daily make either a smoothie or a bowl of three types of fresh fruit, granola, flax seed and chia seeds mixed together.  You don’t taste the flax or chia seeds but they are very good for you.  You can buy small pouches of them for under $1 each that last for a couple of weeks.

Salmon, albacore tuna, sardines – 4-ounce serving, two to three times a week. – I love tuna in just about kaleanything!  The others won’t make my grocery list!!

Mangos, bananas, kiwi, grapefruit, pineapples, cantaloupe, watermelon – at least two servings a day.  I eat all of these as much as I want!

Green and black olives – a few a day – I eat a can of black olives whenever I want to about once or twice a week.

Nuts and Seeds – an ounce a day of walnuts, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, filberts, almonds, cashews, peanuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flax seed, and unhydrogenated nut butters such as peanut butter, almond butter, and tahini. – Walnuts and Pecans are the best, I eat at least 10 a day of nuts2walnuts, pecans, almonds, cashews, shelled or in the shell peanuts, and sunflower seeds.  I sprinkle flax seed and chia seeds on anything I’m eating in a bowl.  See my note about this in Yogurt. Also sunflower seeds (peeled) make a delicious addition to any salad!!

Avocado – 1/2 of an avocado to one daily. – I make avocado and sliced cucumber sandwiches , put them in salads and eat them with some italian dressing, and guacamole!!!  If you like mayonnaise (which I don’t) use the avocado instead of mayonnaise on any sandwich!!

Red wine – one glass a day – I don’t drink this every day but sometimes.

Celery, carrots and peppers – I buy a bag of fresh carrots and whole celery every week and much whenever I feel the need for something crunchy.

Broccoli and Cauliflower – 1 cup a day –  Raw is best – I love it that way and cooked (I only buy fresh, not frozen)

Whole grains –  Whole grains, such as oatmeal, whole-grain breads, and brown rice – I choose oatmeal and whole grain breads.ark Leafy Vegetables –

Kale (a super food), collard or turnip greens, spinach – a handful a day – I stick with kale and spinach.  Kale or Spinach in a fruit smoothie is my melonspreferred method of eating it.  You do not taste the kale in the smoothie but you’re getting the benefits!!  Kale can also be baked in the oven – toss in some olive oil, salt and pepper it, layer on a pan and back until crisp.  Spinach I love in salads also.

Beans – 1/2 cup of any beans will do.  I prefer red beans but then there is the sausage and fat that goes into the flavor so I skip beans mostly1

Pomegranate juice – Because pomegranate juice has added sugar (to counteract its natural tartness), you don’t want to go overboard,so approximately 2 ounces a day, diluted with spring water.   – This hasn’t been on my list but I’m going to give it a try!

Freshly brewed tea – Two to three cups a day of freshly brewed tea — hot or iced – Must be fresh brewed, not powdered.  Don’t add all the sugar and cream, a day of lemon juice adds an interesting twist!

Dark Chocolate – One-half ounce to 1 ounce a day

crabs shrimp crawfish crabsCrabs (also shrimp, lobster, crawfish to a lesser degree) – Eat as much as you want, I do!!! Crabmeat salad and boiled crabs, shrimp and crawfish. Fairly certain that only boiled seafood should be eaten for any type of diet!!

Tomatoes – one a day, don’t really know.  I buy enough to eat one a day whole if I want to.  Feels more like a treat that way!!

Curry contains Turmeric.  Haven’t tried it yet.

Eggs specifically, the yolks – one a day or more at once.  We eat egg salad sandwiches, scrambled eggs, sliced eggs on sandwiches, omelets, etc. but  not very often.

Pumpkin seeds – a handful a day – gonna add that one soon!

Add high, but safe, levels of B6, B12 and folic acid through vitamins.

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I’m sure this isn’t every food that is brain healthy.  If anyone has additional items that should be on this list, let me know and I’ll add them.

I’ve enjoyed getting to splurge on these treats knowing they are helping, not hurting, me!

We are enjoying some quiet down time right now in La Pine, Oregon before we move on this Wednesday.  The night time temperatures are in the 30s and will dip to the high 20s mid week.  If anyone has must sees for California round San Francisco, Fresno and Bakersville let us know!!

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08.29.2015 La Pine State Park in La Pine, Oregon

lpsp 1 (Medium)Friday, August 28, 2015 – La Pine State Park, located next to the Deschutes River, is a beautiful place near our RV park. After resting all day yesterday I woke feeling my lungs had recovered enough for us to take a trip to see this State Park. the air quality must be really bad today because wee smelled smoke as soon as we left Dora which is normally not the case.

The park is home to Oregon’s largest ponderosa pine. Nicknamed “Big Red,” the tree is 162′ tall, with a circumference of 326 inches, diameter is 8.8 feet, and may be in excess of 500 years old. It is also recognized as an Oregon Heritage Tree. It’s estimated volume is 25,000 board feet. It was quite impressive, larger than we thought it would be. lpsp 2 (Medium)

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The bark on these types of pines is very different than normal pines. Here’s a picture of each so you can see this.

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The other stop we made in this state park was the Don McGregor Viewpoint which provided an amazing view of the Deschutes River as it made a bend right in front of us.

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We’re looking forward to a few days of rest before we get back on the road next week headed to the Redwood Forest in California!!

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08.28.15 Lava River Cave in Bend, Oregon – oh what a day!

lc 1 (Medium)On Wednesday we made it to Lava River Cave, which is a mile-long lava tube. It takes approximately 1.5 hours to tour the entire cave. Initial access descends 55 stairs to a combination of flat boardwalk, uneven surfaces and stairways.  Average temperature in the Cave is 42 degrees.

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This was probably the worst thing we could have attempted and we paid for it.  I was only able to make it about 1/4 of the mile into the tube.  I waited there for Roy to complete the mile and come back to where I stopped.  He made it back fine so we then headed back to the cave’s opening.

I’m not totally sure why the exit was so difficult for me.  The air quality has been dangerous recently here in Oregon because of smoke from local forest fires.  I have asthma but haven’t really felt different because of the smoke, so going into the cave didn’t seem to be a problem.  It was very damp and very cold (and I was in there over an hour) and all the fungus or mold (which I’m highly allergic to) that must be in a damp dark place like that, and I guess coupled with me having breathed the smoke for a while caused me to have extreme difficulties breathing while getting out of the cave.   A very nice young lady tourist who happens to be a Cardiac nurse stayed with us until we got out.  Also, a forest ranger brought me some water when we were near the finish line.  There were many steps to climb to get out and I could make it a few steps before having to pause for several minutes.  I was dizzy and had extreme difficulty breathing and standing up.

The last time we toured a cave I had a little difficulty near the end, but nothing like today.  We will not be planning anymore underground cave tours in the future.  We’ve toured several over the years and need to be happy with those experiences!

There aren’t many pictures to share since it is pitch black in there and the tourists have to bring their own to see a little bit in front of them.  Roy set us up with head lights and a strong hand held flashlight and we both had our Southeastern jackets on to HELP keep us warm. I forgot my gloves so they were near frozen even while keeping them tucked into my jacket!

The first picture shows the pathway through the cave.  Then you’ll see us with our very fashionable head lights on before going into the cave.  the other pictures are from the hundred feet or so into the cave where there is still some sunlight shining in.  After that it was all blackness!lava river cave pathlc 4 (Medium)lc 5 (Medium)lc6 (Medium)lava-river3lc7 (Medium)lc 10 (Medium)This is the view I had while waiting for Roy to return of the people entering that part of the cave.   They are coming down the steep steps which we had to go up to get out.  When there was no one coming from either direction it was pitch black and extremely cold.   This was absolutely one of those times I wanted to trip the young adults just be-bopping their way up and down the stairs!!!  When our mind thinks it’s still that  young and our body knows different, we get ourselves in these pickles! lc 13 (Medium)

Roy saw these two signs with good information further down the passage way so I’m sharing!lc highway crossing (Medium)lc tube in tube (Medium)I’m use to writing about the things we see and do because I’m excited to share it with ya’ll.  This was a different story and actually quite humbling.  I am staying in the RV today to let my lungs and body recover from whatever they went through yesterday.

We want to go to La Pine State Park tomorrow which will be non strenuous and hopefully will give me an outing without doing further damage.  We have a campground BBQ Saturday, work Saturday and Sunday for me with RVillage and then we’ll see what Sunday brings.

As I shared with ya’ll, our plans have changed as Russ and Annie’s plans changed.   We still hope to meet up with them along the way!  The overall plan for the rest of our trip includes:

Redwood Forest for a week

San Francisco/Napa Valley for two weeks – this is where my boss Hillary lives and I’ll finally get to meet her and Cam in person after working for them for over a year and a half!!

Los Angeles to hopefully see some TV shows taped

Las Vegas to see all that’s there

Grand Canyon – hopefully north and south rims

Sedona Arizona

Southern Arizona – where our real big boss, Curtis lives to finally meet him in person!

El Paso Texas to see the White Sands Monument.

Roswell New Mexico to see the alien places

See whatever we want as we go across Texas and then land in Louisiana for Christmas!

There will be lots of small stops along the way but these are our must see stops.  Any suggestions around those areas are greatly appreciated!

From where we are now in Oregon to Roswell, NM will take us 2500 more miles.  Roy hasn’t given his final blessing to this plan so it may change!  From Roswell NM to Amite, LA is another 1000 miles.

Next year’s plan is to explore the east coast and all that has to offer!

Here’s our most updated map of all the states we’ve visited!

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08.26.15 Lava Land in Bend, Oregon

thursday almost fridayWednesday, August 26, 2015 – Monday after we toured The High Desert Museum we drove nearby to Lava Land, toured the visitor’s center then boarded the Shuttle for a trip to the top of Lava Butte.  A Butte is described as an isolated hill with steep sides and a flat top (similar to but narrower than a mesa).  Do not know why they can’t call it a hill, but perhaps Butte sounds better???!!!

Lava Butte is a cinder cone rising 500 feet above Lava Lands Visitor Center. A cinder covered trail encircles the rim of the cone with outstanding views.  We walked this trail which in long stretches was very steep to climb.  Not easy at all for us, but we are proud to say we made it!!!  This first three pictures was taken off the internet as we have none that show the cinder cone like this.

filename-lava-butte-cinder Nebe_lava_butte23753l Newberry-National-Volcanic-Monument-Lava-Lands-Visitor-Map.mediumthumbThe next pictures are from inside the Visitor Center, our ride in the shuttle to the top of the Butte and from our hike around it.    We could see the area around it a bit but I don’t think it came out well in the pictures because of the fire smoke in the area.  We receive Air Quality Warnings on our phone each day saying the quality is at a Danger level because of the smoke.   We were about 300 feet over the area where the lava flowed leaving the are black.  We brought home some black, red and gray lava rocks.

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THE DARK AREA IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PICTURE IS WHERE THE LAND SEPARATED AND THE LAVA FLOWED OUT.ll 4 (Medium)

YOU CAN SEE THE WALKWAY THROUGH THE LAVA ROCKS DOWN BELOWll 13 (Medium)THE LOOK OUT AT THE TOP FROM ONE PART OF THE HIKING TRAIL

ll 7 (Medium)From a sign by the hiking trail:  Pouring from a breach on the south side of Lava Butte, lava moved in a series of overlapping flows.  The lava spread dowhill to the northwest covering nine square miles and filling six miles of the Deschutes River channel. Within the Lava Butte lava flow there are several islands of trees on higher ground that were not overcome by the lava flows from their eruption.    ll 11 (Medium)  ll 14 (Medium)

Another sign:  Lava Butte is one of many cinder cones that erupted about 7,000 years ago from a Northwest trending fissure (crack) known as the Northwest Rift Zone.    ll 18 (Medium)

AT THE TOP OF LAVA BUTTE THIS SIGN SHOWED THE ELEVATION TO BE 5,020.ll 19 (Medium)    US ENJOYING THE HIKE!ll8 (Medium) ll9 (Medium)That’s it for today!  We plan to rest a day and then head to the Lava River Cave on Wednesday.

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08.25.15 The High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 – We set out this morning headed for Lava Land but ended up stopping at The High Desert Museum first.  I’d read rave reviews of this museum on Trip Advisor but didn’t realize it was on our way!  It is another location within the Deschutes National Forest in Oregon.

HDM Ent_0It is both an indoor and outdoor museum on 35 forested acres.  The indoor part is what we toured first. I really love seeing old stuff that was actually used in days gone by and this place has lots of it!  Volcanic eruptions and rivers shaped the museum site.  These exposed lava flows probably originated about 250,000 years ago from the Newberry Crater area, near here.

These first pictures are from the various areas of the indoor museum.

b13 (Medium) b12 (Medium) b11 (Medium) b10 (Medium) b9 (Medium) b8 (Medium) b7 (Medium) b5 (Medium) b3 (Medium) b2 (Medium) The next pictures are from the outdoors portion of the museum set amongst beautiful pines and flower bushes.  bo18 (Medium)  bo2 (Medium)bo3 (Medium) bo1 (Medium) bo roy (Medium) bo rosalyn (Medium) bo prey (Medium)One of the major outdoor exhibits is the Miller family ranch from 1904. The history of local homesteaders becomes vivid reality when you see the buildings on the Miller Ranch including the cabin, barn, corral, bunkhouse, root cellar and sawmill.  We got to see what life was like for local homesteaders more than a hundred years ago.  Kids get to do chores around the ranch such as digging in and watering the garden.  They could also enjoy playing one of several vintage games.

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Another outside exhibit was the Otter Exhibit.  Two adorable otters played in the water and entertained us all!  There is a pathway that leads to an inside area where you can watch the otters above and below the water from a glass wall.  Very cool!  They are so cute to watch either inside ot outside.

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We received word from our friends Russ and Annie that they will not be at Cape Blanco in Oregon as planned.  Russ’ dad is dying and his mom needs their help.  He’s now in hospice care and they are on their way to Nevada now.  Please pray for Russ and his family during this time.  We’ll catch up with them somewhere along the way!

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08.24.15 Newberry National Volcanic Monument in Deschutes National Forest

1970900_10152129760108773_764938210_nMonday, August 24, 2015 – Names like Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park are known by all.  Names like Newberry National Volcanic Monument in Deschutes National Forest are little known, certainly not at all by me.  The road our RV park is on goes directly into the Deschutes National Forest.  On Saturday afternoon we went out for what we thought would be an under two hour drive which turned into a five hour drive with many amazing beautiful sights!a visitor center monument sign (Medium)

Our first surprise was the beautiful Paulina Lakewhich a lot of people were enjoying and the Paulina Lake Lodge.

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Like many first-time visitors to Oregon I was not aware of the degree to which the topography of the state was (and is) shaped by past and present volcanic activity. One can get a sense of this by visiting this Volcanic Monument. The Monument encloses some of the massive Newberry Caldera and lava flow. The Newberry lava flow is the largest in the country, covering an area the size of Rhode Island. The sunken caldera now includes two large and picturesque lakes.

a4 (Medium)To see the lakes and caldera from the top of Paulina Peak you drive a four mile, extremely wash boarded road.  Wikipedia says “Washboarding or corrugation of roads comprises a series of ripples, which occur with the passage of wheels rolling over unpaved roads at speeds sufficient to cause bouncing of the wheel on the initially unrippled surface.”

We could go no faster than 10 mph or we would have bounced apart and lost traction causing us to slide around the road.  This made the 4 mile drive took us around an hour.  The extremely rough ride was worth it to see the view from the top but then you have to drive down the same four mile road.  Going down was not nearly as trying as the upward drive.

The first picture is of the Peak from partway up the road.

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Huffing and puffing we made it to the top, took some pictures and headed back down.

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From there we went to Paulina Falls which are two waterfalls near each other flowing way down to the valley below.

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08.21.15 Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint – A Must See!

use sign 20Friday, August 21, 2015 – The Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint, in Terrebonne,Oregon is the amazing sight we zooomed by while driving down the Oregon highway! It is a state park on the Crooked River along U S Highway 97. Thank goodness there was a place to pull over just past it and a pathway to walk back and see it. After walking down the pathway to the dramatic cliff, the view from the center bridge down to the Crooked River and to the bridges and views on either side is breath taking! I said to Roy, “This is absolutely the most beautiful sight we’ve seen!”  The pictures cannot possibly capture the beauty of it all.

To see the pictures bigger double click on them to enlarge them. They will also open in a new window.  I highly recommend doing this because they pictures are amazing!

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Roy on the bridge between the other two bridge. This bridge is closed to traffic so you can walk around and enjoy the magnificent sights.

 

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One of the side bridges with the larger than life breath taking sight!

 

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Pictures below of the other bridge on the opposite side of the middle bridge.  The Crooked River runs under it also.

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08.20.15 On the way to Oregon

Idaho-welcome20150818_111508 Oregon_welcome_sign Thursday August 2019, 2015 –   The photos along the side and at the bottom are from our drive leaving Montana, through Idaho, Washington and into
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We left Deer Lodge, Montana on Monday, stayed at the RV repair shop at Western States CAT for several hours, and then on to Walmart in Smelterville, Idaho Monday night. Beautiful cool night with temperatures in the low 50s.

Tuesday morning we set out for Washington where we spent the night at another great Walmart in Kinnewick, Washington.

The parking lot at the Kinnewick Walmart had a sign saying no overnight camping. I asked about that at the Customer Service desk.  I  was told that we could in fact park there, but should stay at the front of the lot. It’s always best to ask especially if you see one of those No Parking Signs. We’ve always been told it’s okay, even at places with the signs.

We loaded up with groceries for the month and struggled with the 80 degree heat making it difficult to fall asleep. Brilliant me bought a pizza to cook which made it even hotter in the RV. The highlight of our evening was Skyping with Madisyn and Chip. Love those two and love skyping with them!

Wednesday morning we set off for Oregon where we will stay for two weeks at La Pine, Oregon at Cascade Meadows RV Resort – a Coast to Coast resort.

The night before we Washington, Roy and I checked our four house batteries and found they needed replacing.  In the morning we went straight to Tri County Batteries shop in Kinnewick where the ugly old batteries were replaced by brand new shiny ones.  Again we received immediate great service!  No warranty to cover this, so we shelled out $700 and went on our way in less than an hour.

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Traveling through Washington and Oregon was fairly uneventful – at first.  A beautiful large lake ran by the road we drove through most of northern Oregon.  The middle of the lake was the state line for Washington and Oregon. These are some of the sights along the way.

We saw two signs along the way we’d never see in Louisiana.  One is a sign showing where to drive your Run Away Truck and the other indicating where to Put on or Remove your tire chains.  Here’s the pictures

use chain sign use 2 Along the way we were getting on the interstate and Roy saw a bunch of large white onions on the side of the road.  Crazy folks that we are, we pulled over and he went back to pick them all up.  Around a dozen very large white onions, just there for the taking!  I spent quite a bit of time today peeling, washing, chopping and slicing them getting ready to use them at some later date!!

Here’s Roy on the interstate picking the onions up!

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The couple in the next picture were set up at a rest area entering Washington.  They gave out complimentary cookies, juice or coffee from the Lion’s Club

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This was a hard three days of traveling since we stopped for repairs twice and it was just a long distance.  We originally planned to stop in Idaho for two weeks but fires there caused us to make new reservations further away where we are in Oregon at Cascade Meadows RV Resort.

On our way traveling through Oregon we passed by an amazing sight but we whizzed by it.  Then we saw right up ahead a place to pull off the highway to walk back and see the sight!  I’m going to work on a separate blog post about the gorgeousness we saw there.

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08.19.15 – Cottonwood City in Deer Lodge, Montana

11846591_889165267831831_2583002519265157605_nSunday afternoon I drove into town (Deer Lodge, Montana) to check out some things we didn’t see last week. Roy chose to stay home and nap! Being a small town most everything was closed on Sunday afternoon. However, the Cottonwood City was open! It’s a neat little replica of Deer Lodge in the old days. All of the buildings are furnished with items they used back then. A school house, post office, jail, chapel, gold miners house, regular western house were among the buildings I got to see.

Here are some pictures of this little town!

20150816_151425DSCN2839_zpsbebfc30d20150816_150649The School House

20150816_151958 20150816_150804 20150816_150829The school teacher lived in a room off to the side of the school house.20150816_150909 20150816_150953The all important Jail and an open coffin in front!20150816_151216Inside the Jail cell was awfully corroded but the Sheriff’s area was much nicer20150816_151251 20150816_151303The church20150816_151337 20150816_151350The Post Office

20150816_15182620150816_151442The old house complete with a man in the tub!

20150816_151837 20150816_151501 20150816_151630 20150816_151636 20150816_151654 The gold miners house20150816_151926 20150816_151936 20150816_151941When I first started seeing these tress I thought the orange things were persimmons and I got very excited. When looking at it close up it’s a bunch of little orange berries. Anyone know what this is?20150816_152743 I like to drive through the residential areas of as many towns as I can and I did that today. Here’s some houses in Deer Lodge, Montana. It’s a very clean little town.20150816_15272120150816_15231020150816_15325120150816_153204One of these days someone’s going to come out and fuss at me for taking pictures. So far I am in the clear!

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