DeerLake Weekly Letter, History in Names and Cow Camp

   Record wildfires in the west have everyone choked up. Three weeks of breathing smoke and they say the smoke may continue for another month. I just scratch my head. Someday wildfires will be controlled burns, better land management, and quick response. Why can’t fires be put out when they are just one acre? Seriously, what would be the problem with having a large fleet of planes and helicopters equipped to just fight fires. With the past several years of fires all across our country, you would think this to be a priority. Where is the common sense in this destruction?

  Becca, started her second year of college today. Mostly she goes just cause she can, its challenging and fun. I’m so proud that she can do it and get good grades. Next she’ll want me to send her out the door each morning with her lunch box packed and a cup of coffee in hand.

  We are winding down the gardens here. So far things are still growing good in our garden, however several of our friends in the valley have been hit by frost already. The pumpkins and the squash are just about ready, and you know what that means. Yep it’s Fall !!! Hard to believe, but the smell of apple pie and apple sauce cooking is just around the corner. I might say this about every season, but I am really looking forward to the cooler weather and the changing of the leaves.

 GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, History In Names and Video.
The Kootenai, call what is now Glacier National Park’s Apgar Campground Ya-kit Haqwilnamki —
The Place Where They Dance.

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Turning to her granddaughter, she asked,
‘Tell me what you see.’
‘Carrots, eggs, and coffee,’ she replied.

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As he looked to the stars in the sky
He Said “ LORD It’s been a mighty long day “
I would like to visit with you a while.

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Recipes Below
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Steven’s Carrot Cake Cheesecake Recipe.
If you love carrot cake as much as I do, I’m sure you will be ecstatic about this twist on an already good traditional recipe.
Get creative when layering the carrot cake and cheesecake; making sure that a layer of cheesecake is on top.

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Becca’s Orange Zucchini Fritter Recipe.
Though they were no longer warm by the time we finished snapping photos,
the fritters filled with sweet bites of orange, with a swirl of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, were fabulous.

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Thought for Today,

One small crack does not mean that you are broken.
It means that you were put to the test and you didn’t fall apart.

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Smokey in the Rockies, Steven and Becca

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DeerLake Weekly Letter, Rodeos and Happiness

   Gettin lots of smoke around here. We have had so much smoke that Becca and I are staying inside, running an air-cleaner. Guess it could be worse, the nearest fire is 50 miles away. Ok, there are fires in every direction, north, east, south and west, all 50 miles away. We live in a mostly forest area, our 20 acres and most of the neighbors keep their land clean from brush or other fuel-for-fires. We feel pretty safe from the fires, but today we made plans just in case of evacuation, we would grab a few things and head for a nearby lake. On the good side, we like smoke flavor, maybe the garden zucchini will be smoke flavored.   This week was Fair time in our town. They haven’t changed that much since I was a kid. The Four H. kids and all the animals, the judging to see who could raise the best looking cows, goats, sheep, horses, ducks and rabbits, along with all the moms and their canning and garden items.   What was your favorite thing to do at the county fair? We love the rodeo, pig wrestling, bull riders, bronc riders, and the whole show. Them guys and gals work hard to put on a great rodeo show. There is a special local rodeo event we have here, wild stallion riding. You have to be under 12 years of age, three or four kids on a team, try to hold the horse long enough for one of them to jump on, bareback and ride away. Sometimes they do it, other times they just try and try. Fun to watch, check out our video with the Braxton Kids giving it a good effort.  Some of you have asked to see some of our granddaughters artwork. You can see a couple carved bears and moose on this site. GreatNorthern Log Works  Braxton Kids Ride a Wild Stallion Pony – Video. Here we go, to the rodeo, For a rousing, rollicking time. Give a cheer, For the go-rounds fastest time. ============================== GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, Twin Falls. A pair of cascading waterfalls can be reached by either the north or south shore trails. You can also take a short ride on the tour boat and get there in just under a half mile. ============================== The Almighty, the Creator and Savior! Prayer is worship addressed to the Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, and in the power of the Holy Spirit. =============================== Trust HIM! And now I pass the Secret on to you! So once you get it, what will you do? ============================== Recipes Below —————————- ============================== Steven’s Strawberry Rhubarb Rice Pudding Recipe. It’s always more fun baking with fresh from the garden ingredients. If you don’t have a garden, I’m sure that there’s a farmer’s market, with fresh from the garden produce close by. and Becca’s Teriyaki Salmon Steak Recipe. Cooking up a good salmon steak is always delicious. I wonder why I don’t do it more, after tasting this wonderful recipe. ============================== Thought for Today, Tell me and I forget, Teach me and I remember, Involve me and I learn. We do know one thing, and that is that smoke alarms save lives. That’s real food for thought. ============================= Smokey in the Rockies, Steven and Becca ]]>

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DeerLake Weekly Letter, Miracle in the Snow, and Burden Bear

   Let’s go fishing! I think all the national parks let you fish for free, no license necessary. At Glacier Park, Becca and I love to fish many of the lakes and rivers. The fishing is pretty good too. What we catch is mostly trout. Every way works for catching trout, I prefer to bobber and fly, while Becca prefers to attack with her fly-pole. Go ahead and ask me if Becca ever hooked her shoulder with that fly-pole. Well I’m not sure, but oh ya, a fishing trip is not complete until she hooks into something. Our different styles of fishing seems to bag the same amount of fish. Some days I catch more fish, some days she is all smiles. I remember a day when my son and I both caught a 19 inch trout. Wow, fishing days make for good memories. One time I went fishing at night with glow-in-the-dark lures. That was something, the fish would follow but never bite, shucks. Guess those fish were half-asleep.

  Last weekend we went fishing up the Stillwater river out of Olney MT., an earthen-dam separates the river from the lake. They have a cafe and bar right there, with a deck that overhangs the water’s edge. Inside are several very large Pike (fish) mounted and hanging on the wall. The men are telling fish stories of the large pike that come up and eat the small ducks on the lake. After a few stories we are off to catch a few of those pike.
The dam is made of large logs and pilings where we stand while fishing. Becca, as always is standing in the middle with bare feet. The day goes on with not much action, when all of a sudden, she throws her pole and is running for the shore. Yep, you guessed it!!  She caught a pike, it came right towards her and all she could think of was that pike coming up and taking a bite out of her toes. Quite the fisherman for sure… Pike are a scary looking fish.

Miracle in the Snow.
Was a mighty cold night
Wern’t nobody in the barn
But that old horse and me.

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Up to the tree-house boys went
I think to worsen my torment,
Teasing they taunted from up high
Hurling acorns at girls passing by.

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Paradise lies before my eyes
Lush green under golden skies,
Arranged as a beautiful bouquet
Decorated in a splendid array.

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I am your little “Burden Bear”
I’ll give you comfort if you have a care:
No matter how big, no matter how small,
Just come to me and tell me it all.

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Recipes Below
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Steven’s Black Forest Ice Cream Cake Recipe.
It’s summer and time for an ice cream cake.

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Becca’s Poppy Seed Bread Recipe.
The flavor and texture of this Poppy Seed Bread is perfect. It is super easy to make and is a crowd favorite. You will LOVE it!

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Thought for Today,

Giving-Up doesn’t always mean you’re weak,
sometimes it means you are strong enough and smart enough to let it go and move on. =============================

A Fishing We Will Go, Steven and Becca

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DeerLake Weekly Letter, Goat Haunt Montana

   Are you looking for a neat place to take a drive, try the Beartooth Highway.

  There are many beautiful highways in Montana, but you would be hard-pressed to beat the Beartooth Highway for pure magnificence. The road was built in 1937. It never was a primary travel route before it was built. The main reason it was developed was to bring in tourists. The road goes for 68 miles running from the town of Red Lodge in the east to Cooke City in the west. Most of the road is in Wyoming, but the Beartooths that you are constantly gazing at are in Montana. The road reaches almost 11,000 feet in elevation – it is the highest road in both Wyoming and Montana. In the east, the road switchbacks up canyon walls towering above the South Fork of Rock Creek topping out atop the Beartooth Range. The road traverses the range at high elevation across tundra plains and travels past two beautiful alpine lakes – Beartooth and Island. In the west, the road meets up with the Chief Joseph Highway coming up the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone – this is another magnificent road to travel if you have the time – just before you reach Cooke City and Yellowstone Park beyond.

Our granddaughter is an artist. At age 16, Destiny, has excelled in art. Now she is carving logs into beautiful pieces of art. Learning to carve logs with a chain saw and finish the carvings with a torch and other tools.
We are so proud that she is using and developing her talents.

Rainbow Falls Goat Haunt Montana, Glacier National Park.
Sure did enjoy this hike,Rainbow Falls – 2.0 miles round trip, fairly easy hike
with just a little uphill grade to it.
Taking the boat built in 1926 from Waterton town site might not seem like the easiest way to get to Goat Haunt Montana.

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I’ve learned that whenever I decide something
with an open heart,
I usually make the right decision.

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Have I been the best I could be
As I reflect backward to see,
Did I make living worthwhile
And did I go that extra mile.

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The wonderful, gifted, talented, and nervous comedian
who brought us Deputy Barney Fife on “The Andy Griffith Show”.

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Recipes Below
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Steven’s Fresh green beans and potato recipe.
My grandma called them Snap Beans. I guess ’cause the green beans make a little snap when you take off the ends or break the green bean in half. Growing up, we could not wait for the first crop of green beans and potatoes to come out of the garden.

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Becca’s Chocolate Love Cake.
A combination of chocolate cake and cheese cake, with a dark chocolate topping; this recipe has all the goodness of a chocolate Éclair.

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Thought for Today,
Rocky Mountain High, it’s high enough for me.

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Beartooth Highway bound, Steven and Becca

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