Sunday, October 31, 2010

Laurel Rides Too!

Just so you know. I am not the only one in the family who enjoys riding. Laurel caught the bug this summer.

This summer has not been the greatest for outdoor riding. It was really pick and choose the day and hope for the best, but we did manage a couple of fun rides together.

This was the beginning of our ride to the creek. First we work and then we play. See the momma and her baby on this side of the fence? Not good. Laurel and Dixie did a great job getting this pair back to their friends.

"Good job, Laurel, getting the momma and her baby back to the herd. It's fun isn't it"

Look at Old Chief in the background. He is actually in Montana, but we have the very best view of him here in our very backyard. See the winding creek there? Nice!

After work one evening, Dixie and Laurel met me on the road to Red Rock for a quick ride. We rode a little, had a picnic dinner that Laurel made for us, took some pictures (of course) and then continued on our way. It was a bit cool and windy, but we did manage a few decent shots before the sun set too low behind the mountains of Waterton.

Where The Prairie Meets The Mountains.

I'm not sure I will ever get Michelle on a horse. She had a bad experience when we first moved here. She went riding with some friends on a very cold day, and I mean a really cold day, was not prepared for the wind and yuckiness, rode forever and ended up in a cabin in the middle of nowhere with no matches and got bucked off. Yah, not real fun. Maybe next summer we can talk her into it. Ok Laurel?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Official Results

The results are in and I did better than I thought. I didn't think, or realize, or even know, to look at a score board so I was just guessing on my time. We are all here. Kaylynn, Barb, Dixie, and I. The number after our names are our ages. ( yes, they spelled my name wrong, but who really cares!)

54 29:50:00 106 Kaylynn Nunn 34 F
55 29:59:00 6 Connor Zimmerman 11 M
56 30:03:00 164 Debbie Carnell 58 F
57 30:38:00 74 Tammy Smith 43 F
58 30:39:00 83 Sam Schultz 10 M
59 30:44:00 58 Sienna Wagnon 30 F
60 30:53:00 188 Randee Benson 31 F
61 31:02:00 215 Michael Smith 7 M
62 31:03:00 212 Adam Smith 35 M
63 31:12:00 211 Bob Hayes 84 M
64 31:39:00 220 Erica Olson 25 F
65 31:52:00 30 Kelsey Lee 20 F
66 32:15:00 124 Haley Kendley 12 F
67 32:16:00 94 Hannah Potter 12 F
68 32:36:00 184 Dixie Bevans 48 F
69 32:43:00 125 Laura Kelley 46 F
70 32:58:00 170 Marilee Calhoon 50 F
71 33:14:00 153 Quentin Denton 16 M
72 34:15:00 222 Pat Santos 31 M
73 35:17:00 46 Peggy Young 50 F
74 35:19:00 213 Jennifer Fisher 36 F
75 35:27:00 77 Anita Skane 41 F
76 36:47:00 88 Barb Salmon 35 F

Monday, October 25, 2010

Party In The USA!

I want to start off by saying, Yahoo! Right on! Booyah and YeeHaw!

Guess what I did on Saturday? Ran a 5K, uh huh, me, I ran a 5K with 3 of my friends. Good friends that is. Barb, Kaylynn, Dixie, and I left Friday morning to drive to Polson, Montana for the Live Locally 5k Walk/Run. Barb says that she is her own party, but she invited us "in" and we had a blast chatting and singing in the car on the way down. Barb dances in her drivers seat like I do. Way to go Barb!

We have been preparing for this run for about a month, with each of us training individually, but one Saturday morning we decided to do a run here in Leavitt together where afterwards Dixie made us all a yummy breakfast. Here we are looking "lovely".

From left to right. Barb, myself, Dixie, and Kaylynn.

Just one of those funny shots you have to take. Kaylynn and her family moved here this summer and she is a real gem of a gal. Her husband is the new principal at the Jr. High School and Neals Teacher's Quorum advisor.

Here we are before the run. We are standing with Melinda Owen. She is from Polson and is training for the 2012 Summer Olympics in Track and Field. The sponsor of the Live Locally 5k run presented her a check for $10,000 afterwards. Such a nice girl. Go Melinda!

Here we are looking "lovely" again after the run. We got the greatest goodie bags and then they fed us spaghetti, fruit, and cookies afterwards. So so great!

Oh, I bet you want to know how I did. Well. My goal was to run the whole thing (3.2 miles) without stopping and...........I did! The time was around 33.20 my fastest time ever. I am pretty happy about it. Hopefully I will keep running a couple of times a week to keep it up. I may just want to run another one and I need to be ready.

And of course we had to go shopping. I am not sure you understand how fun it is to cross the line and go shopping in the USA. Everything is cheaper, believe me. I won't go into a price check comparison for you, but just know that I am right. We did the Costco run, the Target, Ross, TJ Maxx run and the Walmart run. And yes, we brought coolers. A trip to the states is not a complete trip without coolers. Butter and cheese prices are crazy up here with a lb of butter selling for over 5 bucks in Cardston. It's real bad.

Are these t-shirts not great? This picture was taken outside our hotel room. We stayed at the Best Western with a beautiful view of Flathead Lake.

So you may be wondering what has gotten into me. Well, it is the Bloom Where You Are Planted thing. No sense in living against the grain. It is much more fun to join in! There are such wonderful people here in Leavitt who are so genuine, caring, hard working, and who don't bat an eye when someone needs help. I have learned what it means to serve each other. People who are perfect examples of everything good and true and right. I feel at home here.

Barb is the one who started this all. In the past year she has lost over 85 pounds and she ran a 1/2 marathon this summer. Talk about an inspiration. She is always happy, friendly, smiling and fun to be around. Who could resist a run with Barb? We had a blast and are planning to do this 5k run again next year. Hopefully the group will be bigger, but not so sure we would have any more fun than we did this weekend.

Party In The USA, our theme song!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Riding and Branding

I thought I had better do an animal post. It has been awhile hasn't it, and so to make up for lost time I am going to post about cows and horses. Nice aren't I? The plan for the day was to just ride to Beaver Lake and enjoy what might possibly be the last day to ride outdoors. It was pleasant when we started out, but you can't get too comfortable around here, so yes, the wind kicked in and the wind was not against our backs, we rode into the wind which is not real fun.

The ride was nice despite the wind as it settled right down and warmed up a bit on our way back. Just Shauna, Dixie and I this go around. Shauna came up to Dixie and I after church and said, "Hey, when are we going to go riding again?" We all three love to ride so that was that.

On our way back we stopped for a picnic/snack break in the trees (leaves have changed color and are gone already) and then headed back to Shauna's place to find her husband and son branding calves. I was sure they needed my help, I was just sure of it.

Have you ever smelled burning cow flesh? It smells awful.

I am not sure what I thought was so funny here, but I guess this just goes to show you that I think branding is fun. I really do feel bad for these calves though. First they are taken away from their mommas and then they are branded-not once, not twice, but three times. My job was to do the number 9 under the other two brands. But I think I feel more sorry for the mommas. Nursing one minute, then bamm, no baby. Kinda cruel don't ya think?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Weekend Visit

Here are the pictures from the kids visit a couple of weeks ago. We had a great time just hanging out and having fun. We watched old family videos, visited Waterton, went to the creek, celebrated Neal's birthday, played Ticket to Ride, and laughed a lot. We missed Mark and Clark though. Mark was out of town and Clark is in Hawaii finishing up school. We will all be together for Christmas though. Enjoy the pictures below. No explanations needed.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Working in Waterton Lakes National Park

This is the store that Michelle worked in this summer, her second year here. It is quite the commute( 30 minutes one way) but with full time hours it was worth the drive.

Akamina Gifts is a great store to buy the touristy things that people look for on vacation, such as T-shirts, cool and inexpensive toys for kids and all things Canadian. (no, this is not me with Michelle, it's Megan, her co-worker)

Here is the store that I worked in this summer which was only part-time and exactly what I wanted. Worth The Splurge has very little touristy things, but has quite the variety of "stuff".

Pretend you are standing at the front door...........look at the next photo below..............and this is what you will see.

Pretty sweet, eh? (I threw in the Canadian accent for fun)

So for lunch or break time, Michelle and I would meet here, which is literally across the street from my store. This picture was taken while sitting on a log on the shore of Waterton Lake.

I really can't think of a better lunch break spot, can you? I know some of you would say the beach is the best lunch break spot and that's A-OK with me.

This picture was taken from the top of Bear's Hump. It is a mile hike straight up the mountain. In fact, if you look at the picture of Michelle's store you can see the mountain from behind the trees. This is the townsite.

See the triangle parking lot in the center and to left slightly? Now count 5 building over. Mine is the little A-frame store. Michelle's store is the second building over. You need to click on the photo to enlarge so you can see the building better.

Michelle made money this summer for school and I made money this year for me? Mark thinks that I spent all my paychecks on "stuff" from the store. Not really. I saved some. Next year, if I work there, I would like to save the money and buy a ti-pi for a corner of our yard. Clark spent the night in a friends ti-pi a couple of summers ago and said we need to get one, that it was the coolest thing ever. I am with ya Clark.

PS. If you click on the pictures they are much more interesting and the quality of the photo seems to improve, at least on my computer.