16 Aug: Flying Saddle Resort, Alpine Junction, Wyoming is nestled along the banks of the Snake River. On this coolest morning we are getting the earliest start. By the end of the day when we arrived in Salt Lake City, UT it was hot! The ride was pleasant and especially scenic; just as we crossed into Utah we rode past the the Bluebird Inn, a great B and B situated across from Bear Lake, its lovely blue color is due to minerals. Several spectacular homes clustered the lakseshore for over a mile. Logan Canyon was mesmerizing. So was a mile long cattle drive on the opposite side of highway 89! Thankfully, the cattle were not on our side of the highway; this was a first time ever sighting for us. Lunch at the Old Grist Mill Bread Factory was a turkey sandwich and greens for Cynthia, Ron won’t eat bread; they had little Ron would eat; by the time we left Logan we were shedding layers of clothing. The Homewood Suites had a vegetarian dinner, except the vegetables were canned, loaded with sodium. After dinner we walked to the family history Library. A large city park across from the hotel had many homeless and is unsafe at night. We met a group of young adults dressed in fancy evening clothes, evidently returning from an event. Upon meeting a trio of scantily clad young girls Cynthia said, “Its hard to tell the nice girls from prostitutes today.” Ron said, “They are prostitutes.”
15 Aug: Leaving Cody, Wyoming and riding onto Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons was an all day trip. While haze from wildfires was a disappointment, the scenery was splendid, takes your breath away glorious. The only wildlife we saw were water fowl, a deer and fawn planning to cross the highway in front of us, but we startled them and they jumped back. Beautiful blue lakes looked like glass. Gravel, highway construction, plus areas of beetle infestation leaving devastation were downsides to a mostly perfect 75 degree day. Lunch at the Jackson Lodge was a treaty We arrived at Alpine Junction Resort at 4:30 PM and ate wild, fresh caught Alaskan salmon for dinner, waddling along the Snake River for a brief walk. Now it is bedtime.
14 Aug: Oh, no! Oh, yes! Scheduling errors compounded. Cynthia must have been looking at another month on the calendar causing us to miss check in on two hotels. Arriving in Cody WY it was a huge surprise to discover we were to have arrived at the Comfort Inn on Sunday night. And the hotel was sold out. Thankfully, the Holiday Inn next door had one rom left. The ride to Cody from Billings was breathtaking, crossing the peaceful, wide Yellowstone River twice and several forks of the placid Clark Fork River many times. Leaving a Rest Area, vast golden fields of newly baled hay presented against lavender hues of the Pryor Mountains. An antelope played alongside the road. A couple of black clouds hovered above us, spitting a few rain drops until we out rode them. A most surreal sight was mist rising up from the hot concrete after the rain; shafts of sunlight were streaming through breaks in the clouds, like spotlights dancing on the mountains. We arrived in Cody dry! And hungry.
13 Aug: Its a Mir-A-cle, A high today of 80 degrees means a trip to a hiking trail or at least to enjoy the view from the rim. Cooler weather tomorrow means we leave early morning to begin the journey to Salt Lake City.
12 Aug: Sunday Offering:
Dear Lord, Its one of those Sundays! Our hearts overflow with thanksgiving for your presence that comes in surprising ways: it is a Facebook post about gratitude for friends; it is fat, furry, bunnies bouncing on the patio; it is a beaming smile from the chef; it is a swaddled newborn; it is love from a spouse. Transform our hearts to radiate your presence to a hurting world; open our eyes to recognize your presence in others. Amen. P.S. Thank you for our blog friends.
11 Aug arrived on schedule. We woke up glad to be alive, continuing to enjoy a great life. Venturing forth to walk a couple of miles, at 80 plus degrees, we were surprised we weren’t fried. Ron’s Jones family group sheet package ran into a glitch; after an entire afternoon it s seems like not a lot was accomplished. Cynthia is upbeat after a DNA discovery confirmed Linda B’s 11th great grandfather was the Puritan Robert Coe who emigrated to the Colonies in1634. We must be the most well known couple in the hotel as we walk the halls and stairs at after dinner unti it cools off enough to walk outside. This is Saturday night, bath and laundry time, Cynthia boogied the laundry down a flight on the back stairs in her robe praying no one would see her. Yuk! Spotted! And the guy had the nerve to chuckle. Good night!
10 Aug: Our satirical blog title should be obvious: there is no escape from August heat. A 9:30 AM ride to the hair salon was pleasant, not yet hot. Cynthia had a haircut, a new wife? What happened to my favorite wife? By noontime, the heat had escalated, yet, it was quite pleasant having lunch on the shaded outdoor patio by the ponds. Ron is keeping out of trouble working on Sudokus OKIE mailed to him! Hi Okie! The fitness center worked for afternoon exercise, and a long walk after dinner at the Rib Chop rounded out the day’s exercise except for hand feeding a couple of the fat, furry bunnies. Amazing these bunnies are so tame and seem safe from predators, except for the four wheeled ones.
9 Aug: A severe heat warning was issued for Billings so we walked early, but we waited too long in the afternoon for the walk to lunch; it was beastly hot, but it helped to jig and jag from the shade of one small tree to the next. Ron walked again in the evening. It was fun to talk to Mark, the owner of the Moto Guzzi motorcycle parked outside. And it was interesting to see a couple more Hells Angels at breakfast again. Perhaps they are part of the Sturgis Rally that is just about over. Ron is nearly finished with another Family Group package.
8 Aug: Brett and Jen had a beautiful baby boy last night. They are over the moon in love with this guy.
7 Aug: The heat is creeping up! Ron completed his GEDcom and uploaded it to Gedmatch.com delighted to find DNA matches to known ancestors. Sistah Carol will be so pleased to find more chromosome matching to do when she returns from her trip to a reunion in Iowa. We are interested in learning if she found takers for the four DNA test kits she passed out to relatives. We walked early. Cynthia is engrossed in texting family about a new great grandson expected to make an appearance today.
6 Aug: Billings, MT on a cooler than usual day: we forgot to blog. Imagine that.
5 Aug: Sunday Offering: Find someone you disagree with, someone you think is wrong, and decide to love that person the way you want Jesus to love you. We might be thought well of for our opinions but we will be remembered for our love. Become love.
(from Bob Goff, Everybody Always Becoming) —-
We walked, we ate and we slept the rainy afternoon away. Now it is time for Ron to go grocery shopping before the thousand year flood arrives. The rain ceased and we walked for nearly six total miles today.
4Aug: Yesterday’s rain cooled Billings a bit. The morning was quite pleasant for walking. A big surprise was seeing 4 Hell’s Angels in colors staying at a Hilton hotel. The two women looked pretty tough, covered in tattoos. Ron cleaned the bike’s Fareng. Email consumed our afternoon followed by a walk to an early dinner at the Rib Chop Restaurant and a later, and longer, walk. The sunset was glorious.
3 Aug: Happy Birthday Jon! The smooches are in a Billings, Montana hotel, all cozy, during a deluge. After months traveling a very dry SW crying for rain, it is deeply pleasing to be inside watching a down pour outside. The cleaning crew arrived earlier this morning, leaving the room fresh and enjoyable. Our chores done for the day, we are relaxing after a noon walk to the Windmill Restaurant; the salad was yummy. Last night we stayed awake almost to the rooster crowed, looking at weather options and routes for going to Salt Lake City. The coming two weeks are forecast to be roaring hot no matter which route we take; we would burn up riding in the heat, so we opted to stay here until the 12th of August - departing very early AM to ride to Cody,WY. From there we ride through Yellowstone on the 13th - repeating a very early AM departure, arriving in Alpine, WY by evening. The 14th, we have a Grandaddy of a ride to Salt Lake City. God willing, we arrive by evening after a long, hot day.
2 Aug: Bunny rabbits and prairie dogs are the story for Aug 2. Ron fed them carrots. We walked to the Windmill for super sized salad in 88 degree weather. Tonight we will walk in Walmart!
|Terry the Prairie Dog|
|Bunny Eats From Hand|
1 Aug, Billlings, Montana, Homewood Suites - we tried escaping the heat by riding to Montana, it didn’t work the first time we tried it either. The temperature was 92 degrees today. Fat, furry bunnies on the hotel grounds are capturing our attention. Very cute. Cynthia was pleased to find a tailor to alter too loose blue jeans in short order. Nearby was a five story Hilton hotel that begged us to walk the carpeted floors; we amuse ourselves by walking the floors of hotels to we can stay cool. Lunch at the Windmill Restaurant was very pleasant with nice grounds and lakes for walking. Our noses were buried in computers for the afternoon. The hotel has free suppers besides free good breakfasts. And that was our day.