I have made a little more progress on the Tumbling into Insanity and it is growing – I had taken these photos on 8/24 so it has grown more by now I’m sure. The bed in the camper is the only place to lay it out so excuse the log cabin quilt underneath it – I am working on the 3rd section each measuring 20 x 15 I believe.


Now back to the Ghost Town, this building had been a store at one time.


I like how they left the wall paper on the walls, just hanging there – you really have the ghost town affect.  Dishes in the cupboards, some furniture you can get a better feel for a room with these things in here I think


I like how they had signs by these items on the table – I never would have guessed what this wire contraption was  – a baby walker! wonder how many safety filiations that would break now days!



I have no idea what these berries are but they sure looked good – wish they had been raspberries! but all I saw were finished off by critters I’m sure!


What lovely pine trees.


This was a neat exploration for the day – lots of walking and going in and out of buildings.  Nice people working there that were available to answer questions and chat with.  The day was chilly but at least the rain held off until after we got back to our campsite.

Next post will be from Glacier National Park


Garnet–A Ghost Town

by Karen on August 29, 2014

in places

Off the beaten path a little bit we found a ghost town on the Montana map and decided to find it – a dirt road leading to it was ok, a bit bumpy in places but not too bad.  We pulled into the parking area and found that there were about 10 other cars there – parts have been reconstructed to make the buildings safe to go in but not to the extent that it is noticeable – fee was $3 a car load 0r free if you have the senior pass Smile  two walking paths – we only had time for one as we got there already in the early afternoon and it was quite a drive back to the campground – we choose the town.


an over view of the town – the green roof buildings are for staff and a visitor center – the rest is the real old stuff!  It reminds me of old west movies – doesn’t it look like a movie set for filming?


part of the path that leads to the ghost town


An old stove in one of the buildings



A display of old washing machines.  Wouldn’t you just love to do your laundry this way LOL – think about all the exercise involved – no fitness membership required!  Old furniture and artifacts are scattered throughout the buildings.



Look what I found in this building that used to be a hotel.  Couldn’t find a name on it.


Here are some dates on it though – 1891 when it was patented and dates go to 1909 so I don’t know how old this one is



Now we head out of town back to the interstate to get back to the campground.  The volunteer at the town asked us what kind of vehicle we had and said the dirt road that continued on to Drummond was fine – curvy, bumpy and narrow but was ok for our kind of car – said they had to warn some people off of it as it is very narrow.  This section is wide compared to what was ahead in places.


All the way out in the booney’s and here is a sign for the interstate – was surprised to see that.


And of course wouldn’t you know it we are on a narrow stretch of road when someone is coming from the opposite direction in a camper of all things – no campers should be on this road!!  We had to back up quite a distance to a wider part of the road so they could get through, but we stopped them and told them that if they came to a wider part in the road where they could turn around that camper and go back they should as it was a bad road for a wide vehicle to be on.  The man said that they were on this road as a different one said no campers so they took this one instead – he spoke with a German accent so you could tell they were not from here!  I do hope they made it either to the ghost town ok, or turned around when they could.  They should have the road marked better at the beginning of it.


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.


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


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 )


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.


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





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.


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.


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.


Pretty little brooks and creeks along the way.


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.


Trees growing out of rock the higher you get.


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.


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.


Long way down!


Beautiful lakes


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


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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!




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


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



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


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.


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.


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


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


The campsite


All set up for the evening meal


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.


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