Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Day 34- Uncle Bob's

We had a late start to our morning because we didn't arrive until 9:30 p.m. and the kids were too wired to go to bed, so they didn't make it to bed until close to 11:00 p.m.  For kids that normally go to bed at 6 p.m., that was a very late night.  We did get moving around lunch time and headed out for Uncle Bob to show us around their beautiful neck of the woods.  
We went up to this view of the mountains (although it is not visible in the picture due to our poor photography skills- it was nice in person).  We climbed a few levels onto the fire tower.  As we left here, we did see a bear.  We had to laugh because at Yellowstone and the Tetons, the bears didn't care if you were around- they knew they were safe.  Out here in Montana, bears can be hunted during the appropriate seasons.  This bear starting hauling it into the woods as fast as he could go.  We did get to see him, but couldn't get a picture of him.
We headed to Holland Lake, just a few miles down the road from Bob and Dani's house.  People in Montana have a different view of hot than people in Atlanta- but I guess 75 can be hot when it is normally so cold that you burn wood in your wood burning stove from October until May.  In addition, my kids have a different tolerance for cold water than I do and they didn't mind the lake that is filled with water from the snow melt off.  It was way too cold for this Georgia girl, but my boys had a great time frolicking around while David and I visited with Bob and Dani.
The lake in front of the mountains was just beautiful and the picture below does not do it justice!

When we got back to their house, Bob let the two little boys sit in the Sheriff's truck and play with the lights and sirens.  They don't get to play with the sirens on Daddy's car because the neighbors would not be happy.   Out here, the nearest neighbor is 5 miles away!
They had a wonderful time exploring the sheriff's vehicle.
In addition, several years ago, Uncle Bob build a double decker tree house with a trap door and a rope escape.  In addition, the ladder could be pulled up to protect against any unwanted critters.  In Georgia, unwanted critters are usually people.  In Montana- they are almost always animals.  The two little boys LOVED the tree house and wanted to spend every spare minute up there!

They also had a baby kitten- which both of the little boys loved!
Bob and Dani's youngest son is a year older than Jimmy- so they had a great time riding bikes down to another creek and going fishing and Jimmy was thrilled to spend time with someone his own age and not have to spend so much time with the little people.  After dinner, we went out and picked fresh rhubarb right from their backyard.  For those of you that don't know- strawberry rhubarb pie is my favorite, but I don't make it very often because rhubarb is so expensive in Georgia.  Dani made a rhubarb sauce and we had it over vanilla ice cream.  This was heaven on a spoon.
Did I mention how much we love Montana?

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