Under Montana Skies

The pie-cherries are here again. Man, these cherries really pack a punch, puts a pucker on my lips. Just heavenly to have cherry pie with vanilla ice cream. Guess we should pace ourselves, we still need to watch those calories.

Our garden bounty overflow-ith this time of year. It’s now time to dig them gold potatoes. We like to cook and freeze-um, mashed -n- sliced. Potatoes aren’t the healthiest food, I hear, so we’ll be adding a few beets to each bag. Beets have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support, so adding them to the potatoes makes them pretty and healthy. Beets are fairly new to us; as kids neither of us liked beets. Now we seem to enjoy beet roots and the beet greens. The beet-greens taste a lot like spinach to me. They’re good mixed into many different dishes. Becca made lasagna with beet-greens instead of the pasta, it was just dandy.

More great hiking in Glacier Park this week. You really need to be watchful of the animals in the National Parks though. You don’t see them all that often, but they’re out-there. It’s easy to forget when you are out enjoying the day that-they are also enjoying the day. Did you hear about the guy who, while riding his bicycle ran smack into a big bear, it didn’t end well. Like usual there have been a few bear attacks lately. I know that it’s just not at our parks here, wherever you find wide open spaces you are bound to have dangerous wildlife. Enjoy the great outdoors and be watchful of the animals.

We had a chance to tour a beautiful garden this last week. The work that they put into growing and arranging the plants is phenomenal. Bibler Gardens, a private display garden in Kalispell, Montana designed by Louis A. “Sam” Bibler. Sam landscaped, planted and maintained the gardens at his home from around 1979 until his death in 2002. The extensive gardens, including ponds, waterfalls, sculptures, arboretum, and a log stable with a menagerie of miniature animals, are maintained today according to Sam’s desire to preserve the site as a place of lasting beauty that could be enjoyed by the Kalispell community and visitors to the area.

I’m proud of Becca for falling out of the boat. Look close at the 3rd picture, they call this particular rapid ” The Bone Crusher”.

To find a leader for this hour, would there be any hope?

Perhaps I could view them under my integrity fluoroscope.

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You need 100 points to make it into Heaven.
Have a wonderful weekend and may it be filled
with Peace, Love and Joy!

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Poetry by Ken.
Renew in my strength as we stroll,
For I will comfort and console,
We will while away pleasant hours
Beneath the fragrant rose bowers.

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Once there were four business men.
They were sitting on a bench in a hospital waiting room because their wives were having babies.

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Recipes Below
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Becca’s Organic Mandarin Medley Salad Recipe.

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Steven’s Orange Blossom Cheesecake Recipe.

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Thought for Today –

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

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Under the Big Sky, Steven and Becca

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Bears In Glacier Park

Happy 4th to everyone, we do live in the richest country on earth, and still we find it hard to prosper. Lucky for me, a good garden, good chicken hens, and my good wife, make me one of the lucky ones. I got all I need to be happy.

All American Pie
Blueberry, Strawberry and Rhubarb

I have figured out why one fruit tree has been plagued with aphids. My plum tree has aphid trouble every year, even after spraying. Spraying was the wrong thing to do, seems I killed most of the aphids for a short time only. There were ants protecting the aphids, ants were the problem. Aphids should be controlled by ladybugs and other good insects. So all I needed to do was to get the ants out of the tree. A product called “Tree Tanglefoot” gets rid of the ants. If you have aphid problems, give it a try, sure worked for me.

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 fireworks fire danger. I would like to see a standard light show that was not so dangerous to us or the environment. Maybe a trained flock of birds connected to laser lights. Have a fun-and-safe Fourth of July.

Cutbank Bridge Glacier
Bridge in Glacier

Ideas matter. Ideas have consequences. Our free American Republic was founded on an idea – the idea of individual liberty. Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The sanctity of contracts and private property. The freedom to try. The freedom to fail. The freedom to learn from our mistakes. The freedom to prosper and to keep the fruits of our labors. The freedom to exercise our conscience when it comes to charity and our religious beliefs. It is nothing less than the fundamental principle of self-ownership – that your life belongs to you – not the state – and that the goal is to live free. We Americans were the first in all the history of the world to claim freedom as our inalienable right, granted to us by our Creator and this is the week that we as a country celebrate that right.

Happy Cycling in Glacier Park.

It’s a perfect time to go for a bike ride, but if you ride around in the Rocky Mtns. you must be aware of the bears and other wild critters. This week one of the rangers was out riding with a friend in a secluded area not far from the hwy. when a chance encounter with a grizzly ended badly. This doesn’t happen often, however a reminder that we live in bear country.

General Biking Information,

First of all, make sure your bike and equipment are in perfect working order, and wear proper gear: helmet, cycling shorts or tights, windbreaker jacket, cycle gloves, etc.

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Fishercap Lake In Glacier National Park

Howdy all you fine folks. Becca and I planted Dahlia tubers that we dug up last year. We have never gotten any of our dahlias to bloom a second year before. I’m hoping this will be the year. We have friends that have a pretty good size dahlia garden. They store their tubers and take care not to let them get moldy or dry up during the winter. This year we really tried to keep ours good. We shall see.
It sure is a nice time of year, all the new flowers blooming and so many trees in full flower. Love it, Love it!

Wow, we just had a huge thunderstorm blow over. The first good one of the season. We like to sit on the deck, under the roof and watch as the lightning lights up the mountains surrounding us. Sure did make my dog nervous. All is fine now. Tomorrow I’ll check out my driveway. It may have a big washout where all that rain water rushes down and out to the road.

It’s that time of year, the crews are working hard to clear the snow from the Going To The Sun road in Glacier National Park. I don’t think I have ever seen that big of a snow plow before, it is huge. Pretty amazing that they can drive that small road with those big rigs and clear that much snow. The snowpack over the winter gets pretty deep up there. Looking at the pictures you can’t tell where the road is suppose to be. They have the east side of the park going to Many Glacier, clear and you can get into a few more places over there. The west side is closed just beyond McDonald Lake.

This week we have photos of Fishercap Lake in the Many Glacier Area.

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Glacier Park, Spring is Coming

McDonald Lake in March
Lake McDonald in March the snow is melting.

It’s melting, melting, melting, spring is on it’s way.

About this time of year I get pretty anxious for spring, the flowers and the birds. Snow is still plentiful up in the park, however you can see signs of the big melt down. It won’t be long and we will be heading up for a little hiking without our snowshoes.  The road is not usually open all the way until sometime in June. Hopefully this year will be an early one.

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