I have just taken a new job in Great Falls, Montana. A new state and new areas to explore.
By: joealaska , 5:45 PM GMT on August 19, 2014
Still having trouble uploading photos. There is a new page that starts OK and then it just stops. I found a way around it, but I have to load a photo, get out, get back in, and load another. So not a lot of photos lately.
Sunday was the first day in a few that looked sunny and warm. Bruce my buddy had been concerned about cold water temperatures. I may die 30 different ways, but I do not see drowning as one. Still, Bruce knocked on my screen door and said KAY? I responded YAK.
Even though I had charcoal burning, we were on our way in 45 minutes. We headed for SULLIVAN LAKE a few miles away. He had a friend who had a couple kayaks tied up on shore. We got them untied and stumbled on slick rock and 3 feet of water on shore to get to a much shallow stretch where we could get in. We took it slow and steady, as it was obvious stability was not a high priority with these boats. I got in with no problem, even though I could see one bad move would be an issue. Suddenly I was headed out on the open water of a lake maybe one mile wide by 5 miles long. We were not slowed down by any of that training crap…
We stayed near shore, but maybe a few hundred feet or so. It was overcast and dead cam at first. The paddling was easy, but it took a while to keep a straight course. I did feel it was a constant job in maintaining balance. I could see someone rolling over with little cause.
But it was lazy ride today. I could get a little speed going and coast for 30 seconds. The water was crystal clear and I could see the bottom 30 feet below. Along one stretch of beach we saw about 10 golf balls down below us. What crazy person would do this?
We crossed the entire lake at its northern tip, where the swimming beaches were. Then we came back. The wind did pick up a bit, and the smooth surface was made choppy.
It lasted less than two hours, but I was happy. Oh, I did have my cell phone in my pockets, and they were wet right away. I heard some frantic beeping at one point, and it was a job getting my phone out of wet tight short pants pockets. That balancing thing and all. But she seems to have made it OK, after 2 days of drying out. The inside screen did not come back until a day later. Will test it later today by calling home.
A couple days ago I was talking to HARRY, a nice guy camping out next to me. He and his wife are up there in years, and he is looking pretty frail. Cannot hear very good either. His wife seems to be picking up the slack. Setting up an RV is not rocket science, but there is some physical work involved.
I was talking to him and babbling on about something, and he is facing me and my RV is behind me. In my mid sentence his eyes bugged out and he yells THAT CAT WENT THROUGH YOUR DOOR! He did not know about Dutchie, so I am sure he was surprised to see her break into LEGGS. The scree door has a handle that works from both sides via a port in the screening. It is about 10" by 10" with a sliding hatch door that can be closed to keep out the bugs, or opened to use the handle from the other side. Often this hatch is just left open, and Dutchie has LEARNED. Early in the trip she figured how to get out through it. From the inside steps leading out the door, she just hops out having to go up about 2 feet, through the hatch on the fly, then dropping down to the ground about 4 feet. I still have not seen her actually do it. Must be impressive. To come back in she just climbs up the screen and wiggles in. Which is what HARRY saw. I have learned to shut that hatch all the time now. I still catch Dutchie on one side of that door or another checking to see if HER DOOR is open up top.
We are in Thompson Falls, Montana now. Another great campsite. More later, looking at playing course #690 today, BLUE SLIDE.
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