DeerLake Weekly Letter, Funny Dogs and Cards

   We harvested all of our cherries this week. I can’t remember the name of the cherry, but it’s a pie cherry and has quite a tart taste to it. We made cherry pie filling and canned a few jars with rhubarb. They should make a nice combination, don’t you think. They both have a tartness to them. Of course the girls needed to have cherry filled crepes made also.
The harvest season is always a busy one around here. I still enjoy canning and freezing from the garden. Maybe it’s just the old-school girl in me, raised on a farm, with my mother canning all the time. Store-food just doesn’t taste the same to me.

  Hi, I’m Katie, daughter of Steven and Becca. What a wild ride this summer has been for my family. Next week my kids go back to school in Kentucky and many families prepare to fall back into the same ole boring routine. This summer we have had the opportunity to take part in many new activities and have had a few unforgettable adventures. By trying something new, we have discovered new passions and learned to appreciate things that I never imagined before. Skydiving, scuba diving, paddle boarding in the ocean and hiking volcanos are just a few of the fun activities that we have tried. We tried many new foods too, I even ate a termite, which I learned is very nutritious. And we met and made friends from all over this beautiful planet.

Enjoy this truly inspiring video too.
As he was sitting there, he got out an old deck of cards and laid them out across his bunk.
Just then an army sergeant came in and said,

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Back in time, many years ago,
when I was a little boy.
And like all kids everywhere,
I had my favorite toy.

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For if yor’ a straight shooter,

yor’ life will be real tame.

A handshake will be good ‘nough

ta trust yor’ family name.”

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Many times we wonder
When life holds us under
Why didn’t God prevent
All the heartache spent?

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Recipes Below
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Steven’s Cherry Filled Crepes Recipe.

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Becca’s Blueberry Zucchini Spice Cake Recipe.

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Thought for Today,
Remember you reap what you sow, what you put into the lives of others comes back into your own.
May your days be as special as you are.

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Hot Summer Time, Steven and Becca

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DeerLake Weekly Letter, Fires in Glacier National Park, and the Church in the Dale

   Sun Point in Glacier National Park is one of everybody’s favorite places. It has tremendous views and several trails, many short day hikes and just as many long hikes for the hardiest of hikers. This last week a wildfire started and is traveling through this area, changing the views of this magnificent spot forever. They have closed the camp grounds in the area and are getting ready to evacuate the surrounding areas. Becca and I have been here many times and love it. It’s heart breaking to watch as our park goes up in smoke again. Many people rely on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, but you and I know there is so much more to Glacier. As the east side of the park closes down from the fire, the west side is still open and fully operational.

  Steven went in for a small Hernia surgery this week, so I guess you know, I am picking up the slack. Keeping up with the animals and the gardens, running my errands and his, keeps me on my toes. Funny how you never really know what your partner does all day until you are doing it all yourself.

 Sun Point at Saint Marys Lake.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015, smoke from the Reynolds Creek fire rises above the landscape of Saint Marys Lake.
Sun Point features a wonderful picnic area and supports a
self guided 1 – mile hiking trail that leads along the beautiful shores of Saint Mary Lake.

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The six-year old had been staring at the plaque for some time,
so the pastor walked up; stood beside the little boy; and said quietly, “Good morning, Alex.”

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After a hundred years it still stands
Built by the forefathers strong hands
And dedicated to The Lord above
As a symbol of their devoted love.

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Recipes Below
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Steven’s Cherry Pie Bars Recipe.
It’s cherry time and here’s one of my favorites.
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Becca’s Easy Stuffed Manicotti Recipe.

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Thought for Today,
One bad chapter doesn’t define the rest of your story.

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Watching Smoke in Glacier Park, Steven and Becca

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DeerLake Weekly Letter, North Fork and Quartz Loop Trail

   We love this part of Glacier National Park. On the far northwest corner of Glacier Park, the roads are bumpy and dusty. This section is most remote, less people visit these big beautiful lakes and mountains. Becca and I don’t need paved roads, we like to explore every part of Glacier park. Quarts Lake Loop trail is on our agenda this year. Should we try the 13 miles in one day, or should we spend the night with grizzly bears, is the question right now. Only twice have we braved the wild and stayed over night while hiking. Hike fast and light or slow and heavy, I think fast and light is better. But 13 miles is far, 7 hours of hiking will be a long day. We better hit the trail 7:00 AM, I think we will not only need lunch, we will also need a nap at the lake, before heading out for the second half. Who wants to go with us?

  Cradled between the Continental Divide and Whitefish Mountain Range and located a mile from the northwest entrance to Glacier National Park is the electricity-free community of Polebridge. Made up of a handful of houses, cabins, a hostel and small ranches along the North Fork Road, the hub of this area is the historic Polebridge Mercantile and its neighboring Northern Lights Saloon. The bakery in the mercantile is known valley wide for their breads and pastries. Every Saturday they bring fresh goods to sell at the local farmers markets, what a treat.

 This is a quiet place except for the soft breeze in the tree branches.
The trail follows the ridge and then drops into the Quartz Creek area and enters the Red Bench Fire landscape, which burned in 1988.

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Glacier National Park North Fork Area.
An often bypassed section of Glacier park: ‘it’s too remote, too much time’s consumed on an uncomfortable trip,’ is what they might say.

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On our journey we pray for health
And we work to gain some wealth,
We hope for happiness on our way
To ease us along to our final day.

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Barefoot and dirty, the little girl just sat in the park
and watched people go by.
She never tried to speak, she never said a word. Many people passed, but not one person glanced her way, no one stopped, including me.

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Steven’s Peach Upside Down Cake Recipe.
One of the better points about summer is having all the fresh fruit and vegetables to eat.
Cook up one of these tasty cakes, it’s moist and delicious.

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Becca’s Bacon and Tomato Spaghetti Recipe.
Bacon is the meat of the day. Try it in this spaghetti recipe.

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Thought for Today,

Enjoy life to the fullest…

It has an expiration date.

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Hiking Together, Steven and Becca

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DeerLake Weekly Letter, Magic Bank and You've Got Mail

   Take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply and enjoy life!

  Sure was a quiet 4th around here, how nice. This is the first year ever that fireworks on the 4th of July were cancelled (fire danger). As for pets and livestock, our animals sure didn’t miss the fireworks. I bet all the wild animals are happy too. I purpose we use the space-station for the next 4th of July fireworks. How about a laser light show instead. Why can’t those guys living up there, figure out how to put on a light show. What else are they doing anyways, only thing I been hearing is that they always want more stuff delivered. Lets send them some cool laser-light technology. I’ll be glad when we change from fireworks to light shows, who’s with me.

  During the hot summer days, we tend to stay indoors more. Don’t forget that the warm evenings are a great time to enjoy the night skies. Taking a walk is a great way to get out and see the lights in the sky. Many of the last dark skies in the country lie over our national parks. As over-lit skies become the norm, the search is on for finding those star-filled skies.

  Many visitors to the national parks are surprised to witness such a beautiful sight at night, perhaps having never seen an unfettered view of a starry sky. Many come to the parks specifically to enjoy stargazing through telescopes, walking among a natural night-time scene, or camping beneath the stars.
Glacier Park is hosting a stargazing party on the summit this weekend. I was amazed last year, when attending the party. I don’t believe that I had ever really looked at the stars through a telescope. I am looking forward to trying it again. I have always wanted to get a photo of the stars as they travel through the sky. It takes being able to leave your camera shutter open for long periods of time. Several national parks have regular stargazing programs or night appreciation events. Examples include the bat flight breakfast at Carlsbad Caverns, star parties or moonlight hikes at Bryce Canyon, telescope viewing at Rocky Mountain, the firefly show in Tennessee, and the observatory at Chaco Culture.

The Magic Bank.

Here’s wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day.

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I stand on the sandy shore
Seeking solace at sunset’s door,
Summer winds from off the sea
Soothingly caress and refresh me.

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Today, I need the promise of Your strength.
I have looked ahead at my near future and what I see will take tremendous strength.

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Recipes Below
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Steven’s Sauteed Radishes and Zucchini Recipe.

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Becca’s Blueberry Rhubarb Crisp Recipe.

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Thought for Today,

They laugh at me because I’m different.
I laugh at them because they’re all the same.

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Laughing Together, Steven and Becca

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DeerLake Weekly Letter, Happy Independence Day, Time for Babies in Montana

   The video this week shows our geese at 6 weeks old, they’re pretty big already. They are Toulouse geese. Each day I feed them a little grain to make-um grow. Mostly they just eat grass. Some of the geese are to be sold and the rest will be in our freezer. Perhaps we will raise a few geese for breeding also, sure would be nice if we had a momma goose to do the work of raising the gaggle.

  Why is it that I have just one fruit tree that is plagued with aphids? My plum tree has aphid trouble every year, even after spraying. I have tried using dish soap before on other plants, but the plants got hurt from the soap. I think I will try to pressure-wash off the leaves tonight with just hose water. I hear that you can get most of them just by hosing them off. Working with clean water sounds like a good choice to me. Wish me luck, I’ll do whatever it takes to win.

  We’re all about celebrating the fourth of July, however with the heat in the western states this year, we would just like to caution everyone of the dangers of fireworks. I would like to see a standard light show that was not so dangerous to us or the environment. Have a fun-and-safe happy Fourth of July.

I don’t have white hair.
I have “wisdom highlights.” I’m just very wise.

My people skills are just fine.
It’s my tolerance to idiots that needs work.

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With barbeques and picnics

And fireworks in the air

The flag we own is proudly flown

To show how much we care.

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Sunburned faces worked the land
to make large plats their own,
with horse teams for the plowing,
they cared no more to roam

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Our Flag.
Do you get a feeling of pride
When you see our flag
Do you react with anger
When it is burned like a rag.

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Steven’s Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cheesecake Recipe.
I make mine with oreos for the crust.

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Becca’s Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt Recipe.
Refreshing on those hot summer days.

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Thought for Today,

I have been putting a lot of thought into it and I just don’t think being an adult is gonna work for me.

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Watching Geese Grow, Steven and Becca

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