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!

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08.17.15 Yay for Western States CAT!!!!!

UPDATE ON OUR TRAVELS:  Monday morning, August 17, 2015.

We pulled out of western states catour RV spot at Indian Creek Campground in Deer Lodge, Montana thinking we were headed for Spokane, Washington.

HOWEVER – Roy saw that Dora’s batteries weren’t charging and knew we must take action.  He got on the phone with a Caterpillar (our engine) shop, Western States CAT in Missoula, MT about 90 miles away.  They said to bring her in so we headed that way.  Not knowing if the batteries would give out we prayed the whole way there! God does answer prayers!

When we arrived they took us into a work bay immediately.  They determined it was the alternator that is not working at all, causing the batteries to drain.  They called around, found a new one and received it within the hour.  Thankful again that we have an extended warranty, what could have cost us several hundred only cost us $100 (our deductible).  This place is fantastic, all their employees have been more than helpful while we sat comfortably in our RV playing on the computer or watching television!!!

Scott and Cody who kept us in the loop the whole time and sent us off with a smile!  Here’s Cody!

20150817_173613 We were able to leave the same day we pulled in, go to Walmart to do some much needed grocery shopping and spend the night there.  This turned out to be just a hiccup in the big scheme of things!  It puts us behind schedule by a little bit but not enough to affect too much!

Can’t tell you how much we appreciate how quickly they took us in and serviced Dora.  Thanks Western States CAT for being a great company!

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08.17.15 Frontier Museum and Yesterday’s Playthings – Deer Lodge, Montana

Monday, August 17, 2015 – This morning as you are reading this we are on the road to Spokane Washington.  The park we were planning to stay in was Lewis and Clark RV Park in Kamiah, Idaho.  We received word that they were evacuated due to a huge forest fire in the area.  Many buildings have been destroyed and one person died.

So our plans changed.  We will be traveling across Idaho to get to Washington where we’ll do our Walmart shopping and spend the night.  Then on to Oregon!

The last two museums we toured in this amazing small town were “Frontier Museum” and “Yesterday’s Playthings”. First was the Frontier Museum.  We entered to the strains of Happy Trails to you! 20150814_132213 (Medium)

“God created man, but the Colt made him equal” is the title on one exhibit case in Frontier Montana Museum. This is the largest collection of handguns, spurs, chaps and all the cowboy collectibles between Cody and Calgary.  The items on display are the real items used during the period of 1829 to 1900, not the props seen in the western movies.

There are over 300 handguns and rifles on display. In addition, the museum displays hats, a large spur collection, many varieties of chaps used on the frontier, horse bits, saddles, – those items a cowboy took pride in owning, and in many cases, the only items he owned.

I don’t know if she loves or has horses, but I thought of our friend Elizabeth Halpin-Smith and how she would love seeing all this.  Could be my crazy brain but if you do Elizabeth you should plan to come visit Montana!

The items on display represent Don Cappa’s lifetime collection. What an amazing thing for Mr. Cappa to share his collection with all of us to enjoy!  Come along as we travel back in time to the days of the Wild West!  This place was very well organized and displayed.  I just wish the glass didn’t reflect so much light which messes with my photographs.

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7347Next, we went to a neighboring museum, Yesterday’s Playthings.  I must say Roy walked in, took a look at the overwhelming amount of dolls and said he’d wait for me outside!!!

Montana’s foremost doll and toy museum features playthings dating back to 1835.  The collection of doll carriages, prams, and a bed are in pristine condition. Furniture, dishes and accessories round out the displays.

The Princess Diana exhibit was really neat.  Lots of Barbie like Princess Diana dolls dressed up just like she did.  I especially love the tiny wedding gown!20150814_132009 (Medium) 20150814_132004 (Medium) 20150814_132026     20150814_131658 (Medium)   20150814_131522 (Medium) 20150814_131140 (Medium)20150814_131209 (Medium) Yesterdays-Playthings-Museum-Deer-Lodge-MT-05222014_03620150814_131251 (Medium)I was afraid that so many museums would put Roy into Museum Overload but he survived, mostly by staying outside on the last one!

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08.16.15 Old Prison Museum – Deer Lodge, Montana

20150814_120818 (Medium)Sunday, August 16, 2015 – Our second stop on Friday touring local museums was the Old Montana Prison which is now used as a museum.

Bands of outlaws and Vigilantes roamed early Montana Territory leaving a path of destruction and death.  In an attempt to tame the Wild West, a prison was established in Deer Lodge in 1871.  Constructed primarily with convict labor, Old Montana Prison was an active prison until 1979 when it was moved to a new site four miles west of town.  The Old Montana Prison is listed on the national register of Historic Places.

As you will see, a lot of the prison is still set up as it was when in use.  It was kind of creepy knowing we were touring where murders and other criminals were housed while incarcerated.  They gave us a booklet that walks you through the self guided tour.  Numbered markers in front of a specific spot correspond with information about the spot in the booklet.  Really well laid out.

The Gallows inside the TheatreThe Gallows inside the Theatre.; This execution scaffolding is one of few hanging gallows remaining in the United States. It’s called the Galloping Gallows because it can easily be moved from one location to another.

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Outdoor prison cells
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Rosalyn having even more fun at the front gate to the old prison
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Prison Chapel
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General population prison with the guard in a fenced in area to the right.
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This is one of the works of art inside a cell – freaked me out!
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One of the cells they put you in if you were a problem.

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20150814_121348 (Medium)  20150814_121221 (Medium) Some very odd artwork was found in a few locations around the prison.  Here’s pictures of some of it! That ended our tour of the Old Montana Prison.  Ya’ll come back now,ya’ hear!

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08.15.15 Super COOL Montana Auto Museum – Deer Lodge, Montana

20150814_105217Saturday, August 15, 2015 – Happy Saturday everyone!  It’s beautiful here in Deer Lodge, Montana and we’re looking forward to a wonderful weekend!

The Old Prison Museum and Montana Auto Museum are both in Deer Lodge, Montana.  The auto museum is inside of the prison museum building.

Having rested for two days we’re off for another adventure to check these out!  Here’s contact information if you want to visit. Old Prison Museum, 1106 Main Street, Deer Lodge, MT 59722  (406) 846-3111

We saw the Montana Auto Museum cars first and man were they beautiful!  It is so hard to believe that in this little town there are over 150 old

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We had a 1967 Mustang and this one is being raffled. Roy REALLY wants to win it!

restored cars on display.  Because of the amazing beauty of these automobiles there were a lot of pictures taken.  Today’s adventures will become three separate blog posts with the Montana Auto Museum being today’s post.

While touring the museum we met another RVing couple, Jennifer and Denny from California.  They were really nice and we enjoyed visiting with them.  Denny has a history of owning Corvettes just like we did and that was neat!  Hi there Jennifer and Denny, sure hope I spelled your names correctly.  We look forward to seeing you all again in our travels.  Don’t forget to check out RVillage.com!!

If antique cars aren’t your thing please pass this blog post along to someone who loves them.  We’ve always loved them and this tour really rang our happy bell!  Hope you will enjoy coming along this adventure into the past with us! Nov. 2020 I removed most of the photos to free up space for more current photos.

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1935 Ford V-8 Phaeton

1951 Chevrolet Deluxe Coupe (Medium)

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Thermidor Car Cooler up close
Two 1957 Cherolet Bel Aires (Medium)
Two 1957 Chervolet Bel Aires
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Two 1968 Camaro SS

I hope you enjoyed this abbreviated tour of the Montana Auto Museum.  There were at least 140 more cars I didn’t take pictures of.  We really enjoyed reliving owning or driving in some of these old cars as we walked along.

Tomorrow’s blog will be about the Old Prison which itself is the museum.  That tour was self-guided and actually sort of creepy.  Lots of pictures of the prison to share too!

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08.14.15 Forest fire damage in Glacier National Park

Friday, August 14, 2015 – On Monday, while driving through Glacier National Park we saw the area along Going to the Sun Road that recently suffered from forest fires. Signs were posted saying to not get out of your car while driving through the burned areas. Most of my pictures were taken through the car windows. Some even look like the trees are leaning to the left but that’s just because I snapped pictures as we drove by. One time we had to stop in a line for about 5 minutes and I snuck out of the car to snap a few photos! I believe that around 4,000 acres were burned. It was very sad driving through the area.

It was amazing to see the beautiful blue waters of the lake next to the burned trees on both sides of the lake.

20150811_11554820150811_115425Well that’s it for the burned tree pictures!  Not very exciting but it concerned us while we were planning to visit this area so I wanted to share.

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08.13.15 Our Football Teams!

footballThursday, August 13, 2015 – Last year, while we were parked in Louisiana, I wrote this blog post.  Since we have a lot of new followers this year I thought I’d prepare you for the football crazed couple we are!    The New Orleans Saints take on the Baltimore Ravens tonight!

Here we go, from August, 2014

If you’re new to our blog we want to catch you up on where we stand with our favorite teams now that it’s FOOTBALL SEASON!! You’ll see them below and a little about why they are our favorites.

saints girlThe New Orleans Saints have been in my life since Junior High when the whole city voted on the name of the team. We watched as the team grew in power and as they plummeted to being the Aints when everyone wore bags on their heads in shame at their horrible performance. We got past that and the team started making us proud again. There is a saying something to the effect of that the mood of the City of New Orleans is directly connected to whether the Saints win or lose. Something happened over the years that made Saints fans be loyal whether they lost or won or what happened. The year they went to the Super Bowl was the happiest season in the history of the Saints. Saints fans are ferocious, deeply loyal and over the top with our Game Day apparel. I’ll collect some pics of this and share later in the season.

slu our team The Southeastern Louisiana University Lion’s are our hometown University team. Chip and I graduated from Southeastern. Roy and I worked at Southeastern for ages. Southeastern football didn’t exist for many years when the state went through a budget deficit and was brought back several years ago. it’s taken a while for the team to break out and make themselves known but last year they did. And they did it big time. Fall on Southeastern’s campus is now filled with the sounds of a band playing, people cheering, green and gold pride banners everywhere and a deep love for our school. When football first came back to Southeastern the spirit level was low, it took time to grow and man has it. School apparel and pom poms fly off the store shelves and they are starting to receive the respect they deserve. Some of their games are starting to be shown on television which is a major treat!! The team has earned all this love and accolades by being the 2014 Southland Champions and are No. 3 in the FCS coaches poll for the current season. I hope we can attend a game while we’re here in Hammond and show our Lion’s Pride!! Lion Up Ya’ll!

lsu fanaticOkay what do you say about LSU Tigers football. I grew up an LSU fan, my oldest son graduated from LSU and one of my favorite memories in life was going to a home game with him and his friend Greg Blanchard. We sat in the student section and while you may have to put up with some crazed, possibly tipsy students it’s the best place to sit. The atmosphere is electric and rarely does anyone sit down the whole game. We try to watch all LSU games but never again have I been to one in person. That one experience will last a life time. They are a powerhouse that teams cringe when they see on their schedule and fans are devoted to.

Football season in the South is one bright light in our extended stay in Hammond. Sure we can watch them (not always) on TV from elsewhere but the atmosphere here is very much a part of the experience.

New Orleans Saints, Southeastern Louisiana University Lions and the Louisiana State University Tigers! Our Teams!

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08.12.15 A day in Glacier National Park!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 – What an unbelievable day this was!  Glacier National Park in northwest Montana is open to tourists after the horrible20150811_105809 (Medium)

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Our RV park is almost 4 hours from the West Entrance to Glacier which made for a very long day of continuous driving to the park, through the park, and home from the park!  It was worth all that driving, as I hope you’ll see from our pictures.

We left at 5:45 am and returned home at 7:50 pm.  The drive there is very pretty along lakes, creeks, hillsides, mountains and many cows, sheep, and mountain homes.

I’ve never heard of Going to the Sun Road before we planned this trip.  It is a two-way road of approximately 50 miles from the west entrance to the east entrance.  Then you turn around and come back the same way.   Some of the drive, near the east entrance of St. Mary’s, has been closed because of the forest fires.  It just opened last Friday and we are quite glad it did!

I plan to publish a blog post tomorrow with several pictures of the burned-out area.  They are quite sad.  Today’s post will be pictures of the beautiful sights we saw today.

The park encompasses over 1 million acres and includes parts of two mountain ranges (sub-ranges of the Rocky Mountains), over 130 named lakes.

The pictures below are in the opposite order to how we drove through the park.  Too many pictures to rearrange.  At our last stop, we bought huckleberry shakes and other huckleberry related items!  The first picture is Roy in our truck enjoying his delicious treat!

Get comfortable wherever you are and enjoy this adventure with us!

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I thought it was interesting that drowning is the number one cause of death in Glacier.  I would have thought it would be cars going over the edge of the sharply winding roadways!20150811_144315 (Medium) 20150811_144304 (Medium) 20150811_144202 (Medium) 20150811_143942 (Medium)While driving along the road we saw these beautiful white mountain goats.  I’m not that great at identifying animals so I could be wrong.  There are five of whatever they are in the picture!

20150811_140302 (Medium) 20150811_140132 (Medium)Across the road from where water was gushing from above down onto the road.20150811_135419 (Medium)Roy, as Superman, flying across the mountain!20150811_135240 (Medium)The water gushing from the top flowing down to the road.  20150811_135231 (Medium)My cutie, patootie, resting with this glorious view as a background!20150811_135213 (Medium) 20150811_135207 (Medium)Me acting silly under the waterfall by the road.20150811_135200 (Medium) 20150811_135153 (Medium) 20150811_134946 (Medium) 20150811_134536 (Medium) 20150811_134531 (Medium) 20150811_134525 (Medium)A group of young Chinese folks offered to take Roy and my picture! We did the same for them!20150811_134038 (Medium)A young family going where we could not go, up a creek flowing down the mountain!20150811_133758 (Medium)We saw this young painter on our way in and stopped on our way out.  His painting is of the scene on top.20150811_133152 (Medium) 20150811_133137 (Medium)Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park.  It is very long.

20150811_130642 (Medium) 20150811_120529 (Medium) 20150811_114129 (Medium) 20150811_114027 (Medium)We loved the two tunnels, one near the beginning and one near the end.  You’ll see more pictures of them down the line.  This is the west tunnel and is 192 feet long.   The second tunnel is way cooler so be sure to check it out!20150811_114009 (Medium) 20150811_114006 (Medium) 20150811_113951 (Medium)Water cascaded down the mountains in several places along the road.20150811_113305 (Medium) 20150811_113057 (Medium) 20150811_113024 (Medium) 20150811_112826 (Medium)This is known as Triple Arches. Look at the bottom left part of the picture.20150811_112753 (Medium) 20150811_112639 (Medium) 20150811_112618 (Medium) 20150811_112539 (Medium) 20150811_112400 (Medium) 20150811_112000 (Medium)This is a panoramic picture that can be viewed better by clicking on it. 20150811_111945 (Medium) 20150811_111709 (Medium) 20150811_111654 (Medium) 20150811_111634 (Medium) 20150811_111555 (Medium) 20150811_111319 (Medium) 20150811_111009 (Medium) 20150811_110902 (Medium) 20150811_110847 (Medium) 20150811_110844 (Medium) 20150811_110828 (Medium) 20150811_110643 (Medium) 20150811_110638 (Medium) 20150811_105824 (Medium)This is known as Heaven’s Peak20150811_105641 (Medium) 20150811_104729 (Medium)This tunnel is the East Tunnel which is 408 feet long and runs through Piegan Mountain.  This first picture is through one of the openings on the side of the tunnel overlooking mountains and valleys.20150811_104721 (Medium) In the picture below you can see on the left the two openings, one of which is the picture above.  20150811_104700 (Medium) 20150811_104646 (Medium) 20150811_104641 (Medium)The view driving down the road.20150811_104105 (Medium)Cutie, patootie again in his cowboy hat by a beautiful creek.20150811_103407 (Medium) 20150811_103206 (Medium) 20150811_102923 (Medium)Look at the color of this water – it was a beautiful blue-green and so clear!20150811_102840 (Medium) 20150811_102435 (Medium) 20150811_102418 (Medium) 20150811_102349 (Medium) 20150811_102300 (Medium)This last picture is of the Weeping Wall.  There was very little weeping going on that day so I found this one on the internet when it was really weeping!  The information we found says it gushes in the early spring and just dribbles in the early to late summer.20150728_170523 (Small)I reduced our 300 pictures down to about 80.  Every corner, every curve, every minute there was something new and beautiful to see. We drove inches from10252138_10152148187178773_4635180290016292912_n the rock walls in many places and as the passenger, I could see straight down into valleys along our way in.  RVs longer than 21 feet or 8 feet wide are now allowed through most of the park.  After seeing it, that is very understandable!

God is so amazing and creative in His world-building and growing that I have to give Him praise for this place!  I’ll never forget all we saw and am thankful for all these pictures to help me remember it in the future.

I hope you enjoyed going on this ride with us.  I hope you don’t just zoom through the pictures but look at each one for a while before moving on.  They can always be seen better by clicking on them to enlarge them.

We were so exhausted from this trip that we’ve decided not to go further north to Canada since it’s so far away.  We’ll be touring the Old Prison and Montana Auto museum tomorrow.  Saturday and Sunday we’ll spend some time at the Tri-County Fair which is practically in our back yard.  We’re planning to attend the parade and check out the craft booths on Saturday and the Demolition Derby on Sunday evening.

Tomorrow my blog post will be of as much of the burned area as we could photograph.   There is a new fire burning right now but it is not near the Going to the Sun Road but we saw the smoke from that fire.

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