Beartooth Highway Part 2

by Karen on August 22, 2014

in animals, places, Travel

There was just such pretty scenery and things it is always hard to limit myself on how many to post – sorry if I bore you.  My girls look through this though to so I am sharing with family as well as my readers.

Here nibbling at some greenery is a “pika” kind of like a mouse or something.

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A chipmunk – fat little thing and of course people were tossing them food and they shouldn’t do that.

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A smaller one and little different specie?  Hubby had his back to it and thought it might jump on him – had to warn him – didn’t want him screaming like a little girl (right Anna – Thimbleanna will know what I mean Smile )

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Almost at the end of the drive is a pullout area with a small trail where you can walk around this waterfall – it is amazing the water is so full and runs fast.

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You walk across the bridge and look up and then look to the other side and see more – walk back to the parking area and cross the road and see more

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And close to the parking area the tree tops are almost level with the road – and here are pine tree cones so close I could almost touch them – the bridge is very, very high.

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On to Yellowstone National Park in the morning – I wrote this on the 14th and should be able to schedule a lot of post that I have written the last couple days of things we saw – we know we always find spots in the park where we can get on our cell phone hot spot and check mail and in with family – always make time to schedule post too Smile  We will be in Yellowstone for 5 days – hope to get some good shots of the animals – I’m not sure if we are driving down to the Grand Tetons too – we have seen these areas so many times over the years that it is ok if we miss it this time.

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Beartooth Highway

by Karen on August 22, 2014

in places, Travel

A beautiful scenic high into the sky drive!  This is the second time we have seen it and it was as great this time as it was 7 years ago when we saw it.  This highway runs on the Montana/Wyoming border, some in each state.

It is going to be really hard to whittle my 140 photos down to a little bit so I might do two post on this one too like I did on a different one.  This drive started for us in Cody Wyoming after we picked up the part we needed for the pump in the camper.  The rain had stopped and it did look like it might clear up.  We will end up in the alpine tundra country high in the sky.

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Pretty little brooks and creeks along the way.

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Some sections of the road you just look like you are going to drive over the mountainside.  this is a very curvy road – not for everyone!  Take your time – don’t go fast and watch for animals and crazy drivers of which we didn’t see any – everyone was taking their time.

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Trees growing out of rock the higher you get.

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Almost to the top of the highest point of the road you come to a rest area and a very scenic walk out to an edge.  They were actually working on the rock walls 7 years ago when we were here last.

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Got someone to take a photo of us– it was windy off and on – excuse the bad hair day – had it pinned up in back – need a hair cut again.  I think my hair is getting whiter!  I’m still not used to it since I stopped dying it last year.  It is almost easy to let your hair grow out when traveling so you can pin it up or put it in a pony tail – mine isn’t long enough for a tail but I manage to scrape it up in back and pin it with a clip and barrettes.

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Long way down!

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Beautiful lakes

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We are right up to what is left of the winter snow here – about 10,500 feet elevation

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Edited:  August 20 in the evening.  I have been scheduling posts as I come to a place with service.  It has been few and far between!  I planned on catching up with my blog reading tonight but found I had over 300 blog posts in my feeder – hopeless to try to read them – I have glanced at many quickly and left no comments, just didn’t have time.  I have been thinking of all of you though and thank you all for so many nice comments of our trip. If you have left a comment which needed an answer I have tried to do so but sure I missed some here and there – real time – we are now in Montana and have left Wyoming behind us although I have a weeks worth of posts scheduled – hope you enjoy them!  I have been able to check my email and respond on my phone but have not had success blogging from my phone.  I like to keep blogging almost every day and go through my photos at the same time.  With the program I use for blogging “live writer” I can write the post save it, and then when I have service I go back in and schedule it.


 

“Tumbling into Insanity” has been moving right along.  When I get done with the second set of 10×10 row rectangle I might put it away and reach for one of the other projects I brought along for a change so far though 11 days into the trip I have not gotten bored with it.

It has been growing!  I timed myself out of curiosity and each row of 10 tumblers takes me about 15 to 20 minutes to sew because I am looking at scenery at the time – when I am sewing in the camper I’m sure it is a little faster – to sew a row to another row it takes about 10 minutes.  So this little amount has taken somewhere between 6-7 hours to do – and all while sitting back and enjoying the scenery or relaxing in the camper.

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Oops wasn’t watching what I was doing in the car good enough and messed up not once but twice – the one on the right is upside down – had to rip.

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My sewing kit in the car – believe it or not I rarely have to use that clover needle threader, even in the car I can normally thread my needle with out it.

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We had a minor problem with our hot water heater/pump and had to run down to Cody from the campground we were at – 1.5 hour drive! to get a small part for it (luckily Mike knows how to fix things like this) – it was a rainy start to the day so that was ok – I checked as soon as I had cell service and there was a quilt shop in the small town – Friends and Company quilt shop (Cody, WY)– the name is on the opposite side of the building as that is where the street is but you actually go around the building to the parking lot. this shop too mainly aimed at machine quilters and machine embroidery – the staff was very friendly!   I wanted to see if they had some “thread heaven” to coat the thread I am using to make it easier to use – they did!  I picked up that thread I am using at the last quilt shop I visited in South Dakota and I find it twist and frays a little on the end (the shop I bought it at looked like it was mainly aimed at machine quilters and even though I did ask the lady if she had any hand quilting thread – I don’t believe she really knew now if it worked good).  How I wish I had tucked my white YLI spool in the basket – I had thought I would use a different color that was more of a blue/white color – but I do believe I am tossing that one – the Mettler cotton with silk finish is not what I like either even if it is a good thread – YLI as soon as I find it – if I find it before I get home.  At least for the Lemoyne Star wall hanging I do have some gray YLI.

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All of the places out here seem to have a lot of hanging baskets and they are so pretty and big!

(as of this post we have left Yellowstone and are now in Montana – where I’m not sure – we are winging it and will end up in Glacier National Park eventually but watching weather – well put it off until next week as cold weather is moving in there right now and I want it to be warmer than 45 and 30 for a low when I am there so I can enjoy myself!)


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I just checked the sales out while I was on line and saw that some of the quilt kits are priced really low and you get a lot of fabric in them – one thing I do is look to see how much fabric is in the kit – if I don’t like the pattern but I do like the fabric it is a great time to get it.  Some of the 50 fat quarter piece boxes are way low also – Free Spirit has one that is marked down to $63.99 – I have ordered these in the past and they are a great collection of fabric pieces.

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Flower Baskets

by Karen on August 20, 2014

in places

Cooke City is very close to the campground that we are at for the 13th and 14th and it is a cute little town – a tourist trap in a way but a nice place to stay if you want to go into the Yellowstone park from the northwest side.  They have the most beautiful flower baskets which I cover (over cover?) in this post – but they are so pretty!

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These are something like my tree log planters at home – except more decorative.

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And we made a stop in to the general store – a landmark

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I hope to have some progress on my “tumbling into insanity” soon, we will see -

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Drive Across Wyoming

by Karen on August 19, 2014

in Dutch Oven Cooking, places, Travel

On the morning of the 13th we headed out early to drive about 5 to 6 hours to a campground about 20 miles or so from Yellowstone.  Our reservations for one of the campgrounds in the park didn’t start until the 15th so we had two nights to stay outside of the park.  The drive across Wyoming was beautiful, going out of the mountains to the high desert country and then back to the mountains again.  It was a tiring day though and I was ready to get to the campground.  It is pretty but not as good as the previous campground.

Here is some scenery on the drive across from the middle of the state to the northwest corner.

Looking up at the mountains I could see a window in the mountain I guess you could call it – that is what I am calling it.

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And here we are down in the desert area which is about 5000 feet elevation – we had camped the previous night at 7600 ft and drove up to 9600 in the morning, we are now camped once again at about 7600 feet elevation.

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See that twisting road down there – that is where we are headed.

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It got cloudy for awhile and that mountain peak is what we see from the campground.

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The campsite

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All set up for the evening meal

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This time brownies are in the Dutch oven – you put charcoal under it – about 6 to 8 pieces (you start the charcoal first) and about 12 – 20 pieces on top depending on what you are making.

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They turned out ok, but as brownies go these were a bit too moist – but edible as you can see by the half empty pan – but they were very thin! we weren’t total pigs. Smile

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I really and truly have made progress on the tumblers and I haven’t grown tired of them yet.  My first “block” finished – 10 tumblers to a row by 10 rows.  For some reason I thought this would end up being a square it isn’t obviously.  This piece isn’t pressed but I have a rough figure of 16” x 20” so now I need to figure out how many I need to make for a quilt about 104 x 104.  I’ll deal with that later – Smile math not being my strong suit – I will need to get the calculator out!

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I mentioned I was going to get a new light to put around my neck for when I didn’t have good light – I have had the opportunity more than once now to try them out – I have two and I brought them both with me.

Not great photos but here they are – the one on the left sucks big time! Total waste of money in my opinion – I got it for $15 from Keepsake quilting.  The one on the left works great. I have actually had it for 3+ years but didn’t use it much as the strap that went around my neck itched like crazy on my skin.  I took it off and put a ribbon in it’s place – I have to tie it in a bow at the back of my neck but it works – the light is much more powerful and bright.  I got that one from Karen Kay Buckley’s site.  I do not have internet as I write this so I am not linking to the products – I will if I think about it before this post and if I remember otherwise ask me about it and I will get the info to you later or google the name.

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Someone asked what does Mike do for relaxation on these trips – I have my sewing and reading – he has his computer Smile really this is what he always does – he edits his photos and if we have connection he is on it off and on just like I do in between our hikes and stuff – can’t hike all the time you know and sometimes it is not nice outside – between some places having more than their share of bugs the weather is not always the greatest.

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Some else asked “Are you really comfortable in a small camper” not all the time no – sometimes the chairs get uncomfortable, if my back starts to ache or we want to stretch out – there is always the bed!  Use it like a couch with pillows tucked behind you.

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big pillow brought along, lovely view out the windows and I’m ready to recline and stretch out!

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And of course I must enjoy looking at this quilt – shoes off before getting on the quilt!!

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