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    Ken and Marilyn

Day 4 – Onward to Montana

It was really nice to stay in one place for a day and see the area a little bit. It was a beautiful day and we did a lot of relaxing. Ken’s brother Ron says “it ain’t easy doing nothing” and our internet friend John, http://travlinwithjohn.blogspot.com/, calls it “enjoying the good life”. I do believe John is closer to the truth, at least while camping.

We love the birds and wild flowers. Just sitting in our little camp site Marilyn identified several tiny flowers.

She has plant books similar to our bird books that really help.

We went down to the park area of the camp and it is really nice. The lodge has a nice swimming pool, game room with pool tables and ping pong tables. There was a group playing bingo when we walked through but decided not to join in. Instead we went to the Little Diamond Lake and rented a row boat. Marilyn rowed me around the lake while I took pictures.

There was a lot of wildlife on the lake and here are the pictures to prove it.

We’re not sure what this bird is but it looks kind of like a Turkey Vulture. Any ideas out there?

Great Blue Heron in a tree.

Red Necked Grebe nesting in the middle of the lake. It’s an interesting bird that builds it nest on top of lilly pads.

We don’t have a turtle book so if any of you know that this is we’d like to hear from you. Also I’d like to thank John, as mentioned above, for recommending the Canon SX30IS which we bought especially for this trip. The Heron, Grebe and Turtle were all a long distance away. The Canon has a 35X zoom and great stabilization. All these pictures were taken from a rocking row boat, very cool.

We also saw some spectacular cloud formations with rainbows mixed in, here’s a sample.

 

After the boat ride it was back to the campground to enjoy some more of the “good life”. While “doing nothing” we saw some more quad’s and motor bikes go by as we had mentioned yesterday. I caught a quick picture of one that we thought was especially cute.

This is an older lady and it appears that she takes her little dog everywhere she goes.

All in all it was a really nice day that ended with dinner and a movie. Our campsite didn’t have a fire pit and besides it was a little chilly for sitting out.

Today it’s off to Nugget RV Park in St. Regis, MT. It’s only 154 miles away so it should be an easy drive. It will give us some opportunities to look for that big ball of string.

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3 Responses

  1. Ken, good job on enjoying the good life. The pictures are outstanding and I’m particularly impressed with your ability to convince Marilyn to row you around the lake. Safe travels as you move east.

  2. I think the bird in the second photo might be a Great Blue Heron. Looks like a beautiful trip so far.

  3. I believe that majestic bird is the avian aerial acrobat and keen-eyed diving fisherman, an Osprey. On your return spend a night at Sparks Lake, Century Drive outside of Bend, OR or Crane Prairie Lake an Osprey observation point – http://www.tripcheck.com/Pages/SBcascadeLakes.asp

    I opine the turtle is a PAINTED TURTLE, Chrysemys picta,

    Enjoy your trip and if you pass near to Cody, Wyoming, the Cody Museum is magnificent. http://www.bbhc.org/home/

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