Boring?

Oooooh how I hate that word. I finally understand why my mom would get so upset when I’d tell her ” I’m bored”. She’d always tell me to clean when I’d say that… so I learned quickly to keep it to myself or come up with a more creative way of saying it! As you get older you dream of being “bored” …. well I do anyway! Always something to do, for my household, well 5th wheel, that usually is clean… everything!! One thing I don’t understand is why they named this town Boring, OR. Yes it may not be as easy to find something to do as it is in the city ( Portland) but in my opinion there is so much more to do here!

We’ve been staying here at Barton Park. Our first time we stayed here was only for a few days, and I was trying to get over my long drive back from visiting my home town, so I didn’t get to full explore this magnificent place, and I wish I would have!!! Between hiking and fishing and swimming ( oh my) there is a small thing to do that I promise will have you talking for years to come…. boring, it may sound like that to some… but it is anything but!!

Floating. Lol, yes…. plain old raft floating. Something I’d like to call myself an expert in ( before I was a mommy). I’ve got some tricks you may not want to miss, stocked up from hours of floating down good old Kelly’s beach ( RIP) located on the Kings river in Reedly, CA. We once took a 7 1/2 hour float there and I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun, the end got a bit blurry… some would say he had a bit to much ( fun). Yesterday we went down to the water around 5:00pm, it was over 100 degrees out side and we all needed to cool off. We sat and watched floater after floater float on by, Ella thought it was a private parade just for her she shouted “More,More” as the drifted on by into the sunset!!l

Barton Park ( our home for two weeks) is the end of the line for most floaters, they get dropped off down the road a few miles with their tubes, boats and in some cases giant swans! The time your on the river fully depends on a few things, #1 how fast the river is flowing. #2 how much you have to drink, and I’m not talking about water. #3 show many times you hit the side of the river. Finally #4, how far you make it without popping you floating device!

With that being said here are a few pointers:

-Pick a smooth flowing river, with plenty of water in it! I highly suggest coming right here to bordering and getting your self a camp site here at Barton… but plan they fill up very fast, still not sure how we got in here!

– Drink, yes having a little buzz makes this so much fun, however it isn’t allowed here, in fact no booze are allowed here at Barton Park… so put it in a different cup… or Jell-O shots work well, also gummy bears overnight soaked in your favorite vodka, rum, or even gin. But please drink reasonably and remember you need your wits about you to make it to the end. Please pack lots of water and drink it regardless of weather you are catching a buzz or not… the sun will ware you out!!

-Bring a paddle or long stick to push yourself away from the side of the river. Tie your tubs together with the rest of your group… I always chose to be tied to the ice chest floaty 😉

– Bring a trash tube/ ice chest tube. When or if yours pops because you hit a stick or a tree on the side of the river, you can carry on in the trash tube… kinda like the float of shame, but hey it beats walking in the heat, or sinking your friends float because you think you can both use it… I’ve done all of this, trust me!!

– Enjoy the beauty of the river, sometimes we get going so fast in our day to day like a we don’t take the time to smell the roses… stop along the sides of the river and explore all this beautiful park has to offer, you won’t regret it!!

– and finally have an exit plan, I saw an awful lot of people walking a very long ways back to there cars parked where they entered the river. You will be so tired and it’s still very hot, so do yourself a favor and get a campsite here…. again trust me on this!

I was afraid of getting my phone wet so I left it at the trailer… these are some pic Jim took… I loved the long bearded guys…. but there was really so much more we didn’t get a picture of!!

If you do have kids, to young to float I suggest doing what we did and head down to the river for the show… they have all kids of little water spots off the main flow of the river to sit in and stay cool and the entertainment is truly endless… especially and the end of the float, way to much fun!!!

Abandoned Adventures

Ever since I’ve known Jim he’s had a strange amusement with exploring abandoned buildings. Over the years it’s grown on me and I too find myself looking for giant old rundown buildings! I remember this one time we set out for a drive and ended up in a whole abandoned neighborhood near Monterey, CA, apparently it was an old military housing area and tho I still don’t know why there was 100s of houses abandoned, it looked as if they rebuilt 100 more down the street where military families currently live. To me it’s such a waste of money, I mean why not rebuild what is there? I’d think it would be much cheaper than re building all the houses? The abandoned houses seemed nicer than the new ones even… something I’ll never under stand… like wastefulness, I just don’t get it!

It was only natural to the both of us to see the old paper mill our first day in Portland, of corse the job site was across the street which is what led us to it, it seemed to have such a beauty to it and I could seem Jim’s uncontrollable urge start taking over! Without saying a words I knew as soon as we say that old warehouse he’d be in it within a matter of days, to my surprise it took almost a month, but that’s because work had kept him busy! I’m sure you’ve seen this picture in one of my earlier posts but I figured I’d repost it here so we don’t over work your imagination 😉

With so much to explore the second he got a chance Jim was there… yes probably braking the law by entering the building, and I don’t think anyone should do this especially alone because you never know what shape the bones of the building are in and at any moment it could come crashing down on you…. but this is Jim we are taking about here, he loves the rush and has a whole lot of experience in “exploring abandoned buildings ” ( I like the word exploring, because breaking in seems so criminal) but if you don’t break anything and leave no trace you where there and you don’t take anything and your careful not to hurt yourself what harm is caused? Honestly if we could afford to Jim, Ella, Loretta and I would do nothing but explore the abandoned buildings of the world and I think we’d do a much better job than anyone you see on TV or you tube for that matter… but chance are wed break a lot of laws and we are parents now so we can’t be going to jail… in Jim’s case prison ( everyone has a past and I don’t like to live in the past so for now we will not talk about that). I guess Jim had gotten lost on his way to the gym one foggy morning because I started receiving the strangest snap chats from him… I’d have to say I was pretty jealous but Ella is way to young for that kind of dangerous exploring, so I understood his going on for the both of us! Now what I didn’t expect was what he found inside… I’m still not to sure what it all meant or weather it was done for a movie or an actual gang/ group did these paintings… either way I’d probably be peeing my pants if I was with him anyways, I’m definitely the wuss in the family!

Here are a few of the snap chats I received. After some serious Google time I discovered that these some how relate “Wesen” which was some sort of vampire thing? Idk I’m not all that in to vampires, but it was a interesting read if you get a chance google it! Here’s a pic I found online that Jim swears was taken in the old paper mill… which would mean the paintings where done for a movie or tv show because that’s what this picture is from

Apparently they would burn people alive for inter species marriage, that was my first clue that it must be from a movie because here in the real world we don’t have werewolves… and tho the paper mill is very old, it isn’t old enough nor is the fairly newer art work to have been around when people hunted that sort of thing… Well digging threw the inter webs, I discovered a group or gang that was the ” real life” version of the Wesen called the ” wolves of Vinland” they are said to have originated in Oregon City, Clackamas county…. hmmm strange that’s exactly where the mill is located… this is where I got a little confused and of corse I don’t have a ton of time on my hands to be digging much deeper, I don’t understand how they are the “real life version” I’m not exactly sure what it is they believe… at first thought it seemed they were a white power gang that disagreed with gays and lesbians… but reading on, it seemed that most of what I read as written by a well known gay man by the name of Jack Donovan… who talks about being gay… if your gay you are a man who likes men, so why do men that are gay act like women, which leads to the stereotype of a “gay man” truth be told I thought it to be a very good question…. but going down that road just lead me away from what it was I wanted to know… here are some pic I pulled off the inter webs of the Wolves of VinlandAgain this last picture seems to have been taken in the paper mill… there was a painting of that same eagle on one of the walls in there… for some reason I can’t find it but I’ll add it as soon as I do!!

Any feed back? Maybe help me fill in some blanks would be appreciated… thank you so much for reading of our adventures xoxox💋

4TH of JULY

First of all, I’d like to say thank you to anyone and everyone who has fought for this great country, you are the real hero! I’ve had many friends that have given there time to serve, and I even have a friend that is over seas now. I come from a long line of brave men on both sides of the family and I don’t feel our troops could ever receive enough thanks! For everything you’ve given up, everything you’ve done for this great country and the things you had to endure thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Being in Glide for the 4th was wonderful, apparently it was graffiti week! Not exactly what you may be thinking, it was a week full of old cars and rat rods ( which I love). We start our day with a big delicious breakfast at Elmer’s in Roseburg, then headed out to find Little Lake in the Woods… we stopped off about 30 mins into it to take a little hike and of corse check out some big old rocks!!

It was so hard to capture the whole hill mountain in one photo… it looked like there had be a great rock fall years ago and the mountain was covered in giant broken rocks… pretty awesome in real life!!

After a little stretch we carried on for our hunt to find a fishing hole! On our drive we came across a truck who’s owner must have been having to much fun already… I thanked God immediately for our little hike, as we could have been right in the middle of this mess! The truck was abandoned, and it didn’t seem like anyone had even tried to clean it up… beer bottles all over the place…. I do believe everyone was ok and no one was seriously injured because we didn’t hear or see an ambulance at the bottom of the hill… hopefully it just shook some sense into them!!

We carried on to the Little Lake in the Woods completely enjoying our drive!!

When we arrived I couldn’t believe there was no one there on the 4th!! I told Jim next time we should camp there! It was beautiful!! It was like it was made just for us!! My favorite was the old log that was plenty wide enough to walk out into the water… perfect place to get our poles wet and let Ella and Loretta run a muck… 4th of July isn’t fun if your don’t get dirty, right?

After spending a few hours trying to catch something, anything with no luck we decided to head back and pick up some fireworks for our little firecracker to enjoy!! Yay, most people probably would have gotten their fireworks in advance… but we are very last minute kinda people… They didn’t have anything good, everything we’d deem good is illegal here lol ( should have purchased some in Wyoming) so we got the kids kit and a few other small ones for Ella and we had just as much fun watching her tiny little face light up!!!

She’d scream no, no!!! Then as soon as they were over I hear More!! More!! Funny child of ours!! We wrapped it up with bbqing some amazing steaks and hitting the bed early, jim didn’t have much to do the next day so we planned on hitting the rat rod show!!

….. and we did lol, the creativity people put into there car always amazes me! And to watch them in action was fun too!! I couldn’t believe how excited Ella was about all the cars she is truly daddy’s girl!!

The rest of the week was fairly uneventful we hit some more fishing some more hiking and some amazing family time, hope you all had an amazing 4th xoxox 💋

Birthday Month

I remember when I was little as soon as July hit I was excited… we celebrated my birthday all month long, usually we would have a big party, but I’d get presents threw out the month…. so of corse I’m doing the same thing for my daughter…. the big trip home and birthday party extravaganza was over but I still had one more trick up my sleeve… maybe it was more for me than her, but I knew she’d love it!

After being back on the road for two days, we got word from the boss man the boys couldn’t work the week of the 4th because the city was afraid it would cause to much traffic… so we headed back to Glide on the 1st. I was overly excited not only is Glide beautiful and low key I had recently tracked down a zoo my parents took me to as a child that was only and hour away!! This isn’t any old zoo…. no no, this is the coolest zoo I’ve ever been too!! It is a petting zoo full of baby animals!! Oh yes I’m talking about the Game wild life safari in Bandon, OR. They are a breeding zoo, that breads and trains animals that are born in captivity and then send them out to other zoos, or nature preserves!! I couldn’t wait to take Ella there, and her Birthday month is the perfect time to do it!! I still remember when my parents took me I think I was maybe 6ish then… I remember thinking that I wanted to live there and love on all the baby animals everyday!! As a visitor to the zoo, you could buy food to feed the deer goats and donkey that ran free threw out the park…. the grain cane in an ice cream cone that the animals could also eat! As soon as you walk in they swarm you cause they can smell the food… that was the coolest part by far… I think it scared Ella a bit, but as the day went on she was chasing the baby deers threw the park, pretty sure she was responsible for a stampede or two lol!

We walked threw the park and saw everything they had out, the big old bear, elk, strange sheep…. oh yes and of corse they had the tiger… they even had a white tiger!!! The leopards and the big sleeping lion… the list goes on. Now these animals where what they used for breeding and where not out for us to pet, just for us to see… and it is so amazing to see a white tiger up close… they are truly beautiful creatures…. and very playful…

Once we walked threw the park we came to the “show” area this is where they would bring out baby or young animals for everyone to see well they fed them, then if you were lucky like us you got to pet them as well!! We got to pet a baby raccoon, a beautiful mink, and of corse Ella’s favorite the baby rarrrr lol

We had such a wonderful time and I can’t wait to go back to see what they have in store for us next time!!!

So little time

Wow it’s been way to long!! I’m going to do my best never to wait so long again, but I’m not making any promises! I’ve been so busy! Last week we headed home ( California) for my beautiful baby girls 2nd birthday, and we were swamped with friends and family that missed us, we tried to get everyone in with short amount of time we were there, but we did miss some dear friends that we didn’t get to see! Ella had an amazing birthday party tho surrounded by everyone she loves, except dad of corse who stayed behind and worked his buns off in Oregon city well we were gone ( 12 10 hour days in a row). We were able to hit the beach, and my favorite lake ( Santa Margarita) for a little fishing… and Ella caught her first bass!! That’s my girl!!!

We got out for a beautiful summer ride… truly all Ella wanted for her birthday was a good ride on Lindy, she loves that old mare… but I stole her for pictures so she HAD to ride Jack for a little bit too… she didn’t mind that much hehehe!

Great bonding time with my mama too!! Danielle, my moms bestie and landmark/landlord and her daughter Ginger are family for sure, Ginger has always been a big sister to me and so to share this special moment ( Ella’s first big trail ride) was amazing!!

After 3 days with my parents we headed further South to Santa Maria to spend some time with Nana ( Jim’s mom) and prepare for the big Birthday extravaganza!! We had a wonderful visit with her, Papa ( Bill, her husband) is an amazing BBQ-er and fed us some outstanding tortillas and artichokes, we got to swim every night in their giant hot tub… jump on the giant trampoline and play with all the pups… and of corse shopping was a must as well!!

I really wish I would have snapped some more pic, but I was already so tired lol I didn’t really think about it! The weather is always perfect in Santa Maria… and I really just enjoyed sitting out side well Ella and Nana ran around with playing… poor nana had to be beat after we left lol! It was all worth it the finished product was amazing, I’m not going to lie I really didn’t do much this was all nana… from the decoration to the park to the food to the gift bags nana out did herself yet a again and we are so blessed to have her!! Really all I did was the skirt, I decided last year I was going to make her one every year as her birthday outfit, and yes I will make her wear it when she gets older!!

Well the drive home was a whopping 15 hour drive + stop time which with a dog and a kid was often, so instead of leaving when she woke up like I did on the way home, I decided to leave after the birthday party and drive threw the night! I was a courier for years and drove in the night and I kinda miss it, plus with a sleeping child and a sleeping dog we rarely had to stop… I was about dead when we got back, but we made it!!

The new campsite I had gotten us was beyond beautiful, Barton Park, we got a spot right on the pond!! The bugs were bad but it was sure nice to be in nature again and out of the city! Yes, it was a longer drive to drop Jim at work in the morning… and he hated it because they lock the gates at 10 pm and don’t open them until 6am!! Some days we had to park outside of the gate aways away from the gate just so jim could get to work on time, but when we got back we started our day off with a beautiful walk around the pond…. even snagged some wild blackberry’s!!!

On our way home one day we saw this deer… I’m not sure if it’s a rare breed or just an odd ball but I always get excited when I see an animal I’ve never seen before…. if anyone has any ideas of what they would call this deer please let me know!!

Well I think I’m going to end this post here… I’ve got some much more to share but I need to get a post out…. Oregon is sorta growing on me, although I don’t think this is where we want to make home… it is a pretty cool state to visit 💋

A Different Type of Beautiful

I can’t believe it’s been almost a week since my last blog…. I am so sorry, sometimes life just takes over, that and a almost two year old refusing to give me 5 secs on my phone. Her big birthday party is next week, thank goodness for her nana who planned and paid for it, even a rental car to get us home!

We are here in Oregon City…. but my heart is stuck in Wyoming. I’m not going to lie, I don’t like it here even a little bit, but I am bound and determined to make the best of it, after all we are stuck here until September and we don’t know yet where we will go after this. There are so many things that make me want to get away from here, I’m hoping after a week home I can come back with a better attitude and find the good here!

Our first day here, we came in late ( about 7pm) we couldn’t find a single place to put our trailer so we stayed at a truck stop for the night and came back in the morning. We were lucky enough to find a spot at the Clackamette RV Park right on the river, it’s beautiful here, but it’s right down town which means there isn’t a day that goes by we don’t see a looney walk by talking to them self. We can only stay here for 10 days, problem is there is absolutely no other place within a half hour of the job that we can stay park this darn thingy here I go getting ahead of myself that’s today’s problem, let’s go back to day one here in this “city”…. After getting our trailer set up we decided to drive around a bit and get any idea of what was around, gas stations, grocery stores etc. two blocks away from our campsite we see a extremely large man with his butt hanging out…. ok, that’s not that strange as we pass him we can help but notice his butt was hanging out because his paints where down and he was playing with him self, right there on the side walk in the middle of town…. oh my gosh get me out of here!! I spent the next 5 mins keeping Jim from turning around and hurting that guy, I lost but luckily when we did turn around the jerk was gone!

So with that hot image in our minds, we continued on to the big city of Portland… not to bad, lots of people… they had just had their annual rose parade and people were gathered in the main park for a festival…. when we saw a big old riot break out… Jim got us out of there quick, we had Ella with us of corse, but you better believe if we hadn’t had our sweet baby girl we both would have been in the middle of it standing up for the country our fathers and fathers father had fought for!! I think it’s sick the way people act when it comes to our flag and stand for the pledge I personally think we are big trouble now that God has been taken out of our pledge… some people just didn’t do well in History apparently…. they say history has a way of repeating its self, which is dumb because we could learn from passed mistakes, but instead we choose to repeat them… So anyway all and all our first day here was rather eventful to say the least.

Getting ready for our trip home Ella and I will be leaving daddy the day before Father’s Day so that I can spend Father’s Day with my daddy… Jim of corse we as all for that, saying he will in enjoy the peace and quite…. but we better come back! Hopefully our little bed full down a bit here, but you never know what can happen in the city!!!

Gliding Threw

So one more night here in Glide, OR. It’s so beautiful here, wish we could stay longer.. 4 night isn’t enough!! Yesterday we made friends! We took a morning trip to the jungle gym, in the super awesome camp ground his boss got us, and Sarah and her daughter Hazely pulled up shortly after we got there… We got to talking well the girls played, next thing you know we hung out again today. Hazely is 5 but Ella just adored her, and Hazely was so cool to Ella holding her hand and pointing out all the cool spots in town… it was super awesome! Ella and Loretta played in the beautiful river that runs around the camp… so amazing, and perfect warm weather about 75 or so…

So I feel like I can tell you guys This because we are friends right? I’m not going to lie I’m really dreading our next stop. Oregon City. I thought it was out in the hills, but from what I am hearing it’s a big city… Big cities are cool when you can take a day trip, and then return to your quiet remote camp site… but to stay in a trailer with the dog and unruly toddler… HELP! I’ve got to take Loretta every where we go, cause if I leave her in the trailer she will destroy it, if I leave her tied up she will bark and squeal like she’s going to die… I really can’t win! And then there is Ella… I love her so much but this kid… if things aren’t exactly how she wants them… oh goodness, hair brushing.. enough said, point is I feel horrible for anyone in ear shot… lmao But I guess it’s all part of the adventure, it may be a bit of a challenge but I’m determined to make ever stop better than the last.. I’m sure we will see some amazing beauty there and have a great time!

My tribe

We’ve covered a lot of ground the last few days, and are now here in Glide, Oregon! A very very tiny town outside of Roseburg (which is also pretty small). We left Wyoming and headed to Oregon got a call to stop off in Montana for a few days after all so Jim could help with some scaling ( knocking rocks of hills) he hates it, but I couldn’t be happier because I’d finally get to meet some of the other moms crazy like me! May only be a few days, but at least we got to stop!

There where 3 other moms there, and one very soon to be first time mom which I was unable to meet! I met up with other 3 and all the kids… 5 between the 3 of them… and one of them was about to have baby number 3! I had so many questions, I tried to control myself so I wouldn’t scare the off lol! I found all the girls had grown up here in Glide with most of the crew… and most of the rest of the crews wives… non of them live in their rv full time, they came and left as they pleased with the kids… but non of them worked well on the road. I was hoping I’d find some get tips on a side hustle… but nothing lol. They told me they usually all have a big dinner together when the boys get off, every one usually stays for dinner before heading back to their room/ trailer. That’s like 20 plus guys! Unfortunately it rained the two nights we stayed and I didn’t get to participate in the big dinner, which Jim would have hated lol. Ella and I hung out for lunch, bubbles and rock painting, she loved the other kids and they were so sweet to her!!! One of the other moms had an oil addiction too so we instantly hit it off… Got to love Young Living Essential OiLs!!! The next morning that same mom and me took a hike to the top of the mountain to watch the guys work! Of corse Jim was on the rock knockin then back! ( video above) Unfortunately, I’m a bit slow and every time I’d put my phone down he’d knock a giant one down so I only got the little stuff falling!

We were in Basin, MT another tiny tiny town between Billings and Butte about 40 mins from Montana’s capital, Helena. There was a few healing mine, including where we stayed ( Merry Widow). The mines were full of Radon… a form of radiation, I guess…. yeah, I’m good on all that, thanks anyway. We checked out Butte first, and the next day Helena. Butte was a cool city, tho in most people’s opinion it would be a normal size town lol… Helena didn’t even seem that giant to me… but I have spent a bit of time in LA, CA lol

Basin, MT

Butte, MT

Sorry Just some random pic lol and here’s some more just random stuff on our way to Oregon 😉

Missoula, MT

Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho

Washington

Oh yeah then this happened… what a way to finish of two big days of traveling. With our destination 4 hours ahead of us, Jim quickly changed the tire so we could get to Glide and get some dinner lol! Luckily he caught it right away and didn’t damage the rim at all!

… Now our first day here in Glide… well I went to do laundry and there was no quarters, the coffee shops next door didn’t have enough and the Dollar General has a policy against giving change… so I took all my laundry to Roseburg, again no quarters… I was able to buy some at the bar next door… if I wasn’t I would have given up and we would have all worn dirty clothes all week!! Lol. All in all I love this tiny town it’s beyond beautiful here it’s warm… and very county, I wouldn’t mind settling here, as long as I never needed quarters 😉

Paradise

Day 34

We were off! Off to Butte, Montana, Earth Angel Healing Mine. The trip: 5 1/2 hours… taking it slow since Jim had a three day weekend, but I couldn’t wait to get there and meet other road moms with crazy husbands… 4 hours into Montana and Jim’s phone starts beeping… ” We are going to have you guys stay in Wyoming until the meeting Tuesday, just in case they change there minds”

You see, a rockfall project is designed by engineers, then the rockfall crew comes in and makes it happen, basically builds the design. Well, the engineers on this project didn’t do all there homework and over looked the fact there is no place to buy 40ft mesh without seems… the longest is 36ft, but to make it even the best way would be to get two 20ft and weld them together, causing a seem. So when the guys took the mesh up the hill and it didn’t fit in place, they knew they had a problem. To fix the problem they needed the city to approve the 2 20ft pieces…. which somehow could have lost all funding for the whole project, not just the rockfall portion… so they denied it Friday. They did schedule a telephone conference to bring in the big guns and discuss this and other issues… mostly just to fill everyone in… and Jim’s boss wanted to have his men there ready in case they change there mind. That’s readers digest version, of corse I really have no idea what I am talking about… this is just what I’ve put together talking to all the different crews out here working.

So I was bummed we had to turn around, Andrew, the crew leader lives in Montana and suggested we stay at the Gallatin National Forest about an hour back towards Cody….. oh my gosh guys, I want to live here!!

I have so many pictures of this place it’s hard to pick which ones to publish!! It was hot when we got there… well we were setting up camp we were sweating, something I haven’t done since I left California… get a big beautiful fire going, baby in bed and crack!!! Beautiful lighting across the sky, then thunder.. about 10 mins after we got the fire going it was pouring!! So we retreated inside and watched the show in the sky until we both fell asleep! We woke up to a drizzle but perfect hiking weather… exploring all around our camp area. Then we packed up and headed out, but stopped by the water fall on the way out and hiked all around and down it!! Breath taking!

Because we didn’t have phone service, and Jim was worried he’d miss the call from his boss we started heading back to Cody, planing on staying in the Sunlight basin once we got there. Sure enough as soon as we got service his phone was going crazy ” well these drills are a mess and I could really use you on at yard getting everything ready for this Oregon job, so after we see what is happening there in Cody Tuesday I’ll have you come straight here” Man I wanted to cry… I so badly wanted to meet the other moms!! But I will at some point, they have everyone moving around a lot… this will just be a new adventure for us!

After that poop news we headed to the Basin for the last of our 3 day weekend… but we kept going and ended up at the Shoshone National Forest… Also amazingThe next morning we packed up and headed to Cook city, a very small old mining town of 140 people… one school house… only 4 kids last year? What? All different ages of corse! Wow! It was very high up and still pretty snowy… I wonder if they ever see the ground without snow.. super cool little town and if you find yourself near it stop by, it’s worth the drive! But because it’s so small, and so far from any big town everything is very very expensive so come with food… they wanted $41 for hi def fluid… it’s only $7 at Walmart… just a heads up. I guess if you think about it they need to make money somehow and I’m pretty sure that town is only open maybe 3 months out of the year? Any way… zoom in on the pic of the old mine contracts… a real bit of history right there and so cool to read!!!!

After our exploring we dropped the trailer in the yard in Cody and headed over to the condo for showers… we started having some small trailer problems… like the trailer brakes and the water heater… Jim’s fixing that now well we wait on this ridiculous meeting…. Ready to get on the road!

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