DeerLake Weekly Letter, Chief Mountain and Feeling Fall

   My dear old dad taught me that fall colors are to be enjoyed. Fall is when Becca and I love to go over the Rockie mountains looking for bright Montana fall colors. We have quite a bit of aspens which give us a lot of golds, and I mean we get a LOT of gold, so much so, it seems as if our streets are paved in gold. Don’t know why it is but the other side of the mountains always seems to have brighter colors. Have you ever been to see Chief Mountain, our first page this week has many nice photos of the Chief mountain area.

  Becca has been trying her hand at growing some Dahlias. This her second year and they are looking good. Just amazing how big and colorful they get. I love the purple and pink ones. Kind of nice to bring in a bunch of flowers for our enjoyment. In a vase, Dahlias seem to last alot longer than other flowers. I can always count on an extra smooch for a nice bouquet.

Slide Lake Trail and Campground – 8.6 miles,
a backpacking trip from Hwy 17 to Slide Lake and Campground.
Cosley Lake Campgrounds – 8.8 miles from Chief Mountain customs.

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Have you ever found a friend that just touches you deep inside?
You feel a special bond that you simply cannot hide.
You give them a piece of your heart.

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Autumn has shown it’s fresh face,
Scenery is changing everyplace.

Not much to do but go to school
And church on Sunday as a rule,

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Recipes Below
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Steven’s Chocolate Raspberry Filled Cupcakes Recipe.

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Becca’s Vegan Mac And Cheese Recipe.

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Thought For Today –
A true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination. Dream On.

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Enjoying Fall Colors, Steven and Becca

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DeerLake Weekly Letter, Man In Here and Country Boy

   Things are cooling down in Montana. Our first frost has stopped all the squash. Everything else is still growing. This year we received our first substantial amount of apples. Have you ever had Honeycrisp apples. We tasted them for the first time, a couple of years ago, while traveling through eastern Washington state. They’re crisp, sweet and store pretty good. Ripe just in time for the grandson and his family’s visit from Kentucky. Our great grand daughter started school this year. My how time flies.

  How about that Hyper Loop idea. People will be able to travel, at 700 MPH, I think that is faster than planes travel. Wonder what would power the Hyper Loop. Maybe I could deposit a couple of apples to pay for my ride. That would sure make for a fast trip when visiting across country. It would take two hours back to Kentucky, instead of the all day flights and layovers we have now.

  Lucky us have a 16 year old granddaughter that loves to play soccer. I think she has been playing for 8 years and she’s pretty good. What an effort, she makes amazing plays. Becca goes to many of her local games, nice to see all the kids play so hard. It’s a wonder they don’t put-on more protective gear. Nearly every game there are injuries that knock players out of the game. Destiny has had her share of injuries, she hopes to stay healthy enough so playing-soccer might help get scholarships for college.

  Well with all the close fires this year, it should make for a good mushroom season next spring. Did you know that the black morel mushroom grows the best in burned out areas. For reasons not yet understood, black morels will grow in massive quantities the year after an area has been hit by a forest fire. Before you can find the fire morel, you must first find old forest fire sites. Although fire morels will grow for multiple years after a wildfire hits an area, the first year after the fire will by far produce the most morels. Typically, you want to seek out an area of coniferous forests that has been hit by a large wildfire. Usually, the larger the area, the more of a chance you have to find morels mushrooms.
We’ll be out hiking about in search of the black morel this coming season. A dirty job, but we love it.

The Country Boy.
The country life is gone but not the country boy
He’s got his memories that still bring him joy

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What is a Miracle?
A miracle is an extraordinary event showing
evidence of a supernatural work of God.

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Jesus never threw a party.
In My Name.

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A sky show raises over mountain peaks
The heavens light up with vivid streaks
As late September’s sunrise surprise
Is painting pictures in autumn skies.

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Recipes Below
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Steven’s Old Fashioned Potato Bread Recipe.
Boil the potato and when soft, put into blender for bread starter. and

Becca’s Apple Rhubarb Crisp Recipe.
I used quick-cooking steel-cut oats in this recipe.

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Thought For Today –
Remember to forget the troubles that pass your way,
BUT NEVER forget the blessings that come each day.

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Honeycrisp Smiles, Steven and Becca

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DeerLake Weekly Letter, Bears and HOLY MACKEREL, I STILL USE MOST OF THESE

   Hello fine folks. It’s harvest time. After a few days of canning and freezing, we are now all caught up. Lucky-us glazed up 40 pieces of pottery, then fired them up-to 2400 degrees. Many are practical pieces like mugs, bowls, larger serving bowls and plates. No matter how long you spend glazing, you are always surprised at how they turn out. The glazes do not have the same look before they are fired, so it is hard to get a true picture of the finished product. It’s hard to put your expectations on hold and not let them cloud the first impressions of the fired pieces.   Now that the fires have slowed and the smoke is gone, many are looking forward to visiting Glacier park. With the weather cooling the animals are getting more active. The St. Mary Campground, located on the east side of Glacier National Park, has been closed temporarily due to an increase in bear activity. There have been no reported incidents between humans and bears in the St. Mary Campground at this point. Better safe than sorry I say.

  Watched a show today and it has me dreaming of New Zealand. Sure sounds like my kind of place. Hawaii sounds like it could be a little expensive and busy. I think I might rather rent a car and drive around New Zealand, a friendly, quiet place. I might just be adding it to my bucket list. Sure is fun to learn about new places to vacation. What places are on top of your bucket list?

  Fall is our favorite time of the year. The days are cooling down and everything seems at peace in the world. Fall colors are happening now. I always feel I must find some fall colors and capture them in photos and movies. Be sure to take a drive and if you get any great color photos, send them our way.

  Becca has put together another interesting movie for you to enjoy. Alphorns, I don’t think we really knew what an Alphorn was until now. The trio plays their horns in Glacier National Park in the summer months. The echo off the mountains really make you feel as if you were in the Swiss Alps. They say the calmer the water, the more echo you will get.

If You see a Bear.
Even when following these guidelines, you may encounter a bear at close range.
If you do, stay calm and slowly leave the area.

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Listening to the Alphorns in Glacier National Park.
What a treat, Montana’s Alphorn Trio.
The alphorn is a remarkably simple instrument. It consists of a long flaring spruce tube with a mouthpiece–and that’s it.

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HOLY MACKEREL, I STILL USE MOST OF THESE!
I hope you are Hunky-dory after you read this, and chuckle… It’s a trip down “Memory Lane” !!!

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Believe in yourself totally,
you’ll find when given a chance.
By examples you display humbly,
other lives you will surely enhance.

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Recipes Below
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Steven’s Tex-Mex Baked Spaghetti Squash Recipe.

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Becca’s Homemade Apple Coffee Cake Recipe.

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Thought For Today –
Always end the day with a positive thought.
No matter how hard things were, tomorrow’s a fresh opportunity to make it better.

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Harvest Time, Steven and Becca

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DeerLake Weekly Letter, September and School Days

   Hello weekly readers, we’re sure glad you take time out of your weekend to spend some with us.

  Everything in Montana is big. Big mountains, big sky, big lakes, and big fun for families. From the great prairies of the east to the steep Rocky Mountains of the west, there is a large variety of activities. With all the grandeur, families will find that spending time outdoors is much more enjoyable than indoors. Relax Montana-style and get ready for an amazing visit. It is one of the biggest states in the U.S. after all!

  Yellowstone may be mostly claimed by Wyoming, but the only year-round entrance is in Montana. The town of Gardiner is proud of the Roosevelt Arch that welcomes visitors to Yellowstone, the geo-thermals, and abundant wildlife. Whitewater rafting, hiking, and horseback riding are the exciting things to do in Gardiner and nearby Big Sky during the summer. The winter snows bring a hush to the landscape and wildlife can be easily seen with fewer crowds.

  Do you know what the biggest lake west of the Mississippi River is? I would have said Lake Tahoe in California. And I would have been wrong! Flathead Lake in northern Montana claims the title. Flathead lake, take a leisurely all-day-ride and drive around the lake. There are many parks to visit along the way. Everything in Montana is big, including the little town next to Flathead Lake, with the name of Bigfork. Flathead Lake is fed by glacier run off from Glacier National Park and is filled with crystal clear water that lets you see down to the bottom in many spots. It gets warmed up by the sun enough that swimming is perfect! I took a small motorboat out, with 6 of my friends in August and we visited, fished, and spied on 3 bald eagles nesting in a tree. It was a wonderful afternoon. On summer days, the surface can be calm and ideal for water-skiing, wake boarding, and stand-up paddle-boarding. I think water-skiing might be a little much for me now, but I did get out and try some paddle-boarding. The wind coming across the lake makes waves, pretty much like being in the ocean, making it quite the challenge for sure. It also provides enough wind for the many sailboats that grace the waters. In the summer months it’s also a treat to take a lake cruise with Far West Boat Tours, or sail on a 1928 Q-Class 51-foot racing sloop from Flathead Lake Lodge. Enjoy a picnic on the shore at Wayfarers State Park and jump from the small cliff to swim. There’s a lot to do in our little corner of the world, make plans and stop by.

The more I grow old,
the more I look back
to warm autumn days—
my books in a pack.

By Tamara Hillman.

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The calendar on my kitchen wall
Boldly proclaims it’s fall
But I need no pin-up to inform me
Of autumn’s coming weather spree.

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She owned two prize-winning chickens.
One afternoon, the chickens worked their way out of her yard and into her neighbor’s garden.

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Recipes Below
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Steven’s Pear Cream Breakfast Cake Recipe.

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Becca’s Roasted Beets and Zucchini Recipe.

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Advice from a Tree –
Stand tall and proud, go out on a limb, remember your roots, drink plenty of water, be content with your natural beauty, and enjoy the view.

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Tree Huggers, Steven and Becca

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