|Our Trip to Montana
July 24 - 31, 2004
|We started our trip with a relatively calm day
spent at Dan & Tracie's house. Everyone came by to visit us at
one point or another so we had a great day. It was a very nice mix
of relaxation and socializing. The second and third day were spent
on a camping & floating trip on the South Fork of the Flathead River.
I spent a few days relaxing at the ranch in Eureka while Eric went off on
various adventures: rock climbing with Kristi, hiking and fishing with
Mark, fishing with Jeb, and hiking with Danny. We spent one night
back in Kalispell then I headed back to Oklahoma. Eric stayed on for
a week of training in locations in Montana and Canada.
|My favorite room of Danny & Tracie's new house||Madison and Ashley making jewelry|
|Dan feeds the deer around his house and they've become quite tame||Eric and his makeshift hat, avoiding a sunburn on his head while he cooks.|
|Tracie bought this new lounge set and we put it to great use||A view of Dan & Tracie's house with Rose and a streaking Madison out front|
|Coulter doing his daily push-ups||Eric tried the hammock without success - it's a bit droopy|
|They've trained Coulter to eat the rind|
Coulter was learning to pee on his own and he practiced often
|Two Eric Casazzas in one picture, too much cuteness at once!|
| Lucas and baby Eric
||Dan, eating his 18th and 19th pieces of
watermelon of the day. He really likes watermelon.
| More scenes of the deer and
Ashley feeding them
|The river on the way up to our camping spot||Jeb, getting lots of help with the camper|
|Here we are all bedded down for a nap. Eric is the lump in the back.||Coulter almost never put that fishing pole down.|
|The river just down from our camping area.||Cody and Madison getting sandy|
|Speaking of getting sandy...||That water was COLD!|
|Looking at the river from our camp site|
|Cami, telling what must have been a very good story||Monday - our day on the river|
|Dan with one of the fish caught that day|
|Dan & Jeb fly fishing|
|Me & E by the river||Jeb, hanging on to Amy as she fishes from a ledge|
|My view while the others fished|
|Showing the clear water and colorful rocks||More fishing|
|Eric & Amy on the small rock island where we ate lunch, it was beautiful||Dan, Tracie, and Mark relaxing after lunch|
|Caves across the river from our lunch spot||Heading back to the boats|
Eric, trying his hand at fly fishing
Eric, since he wasn't paddling he decided to be the boat's figurehead.
Views of the front and back of the boat while Amy, Dallas, and I paddled
|I think there were little ducks over there but they don't show up|
|Beautiful waterfall along the way|
A shot of some of the whitewater along the way. Thankfully, it was pretty calm.
|The end of our trip. Notice Eric in the back providing supervision.|
A dark shot of the river on
|A hummingbird in flight at the ranch.||Mittens, the wonderful kitten at the ranch. This is rare moment of calm.|
|Rose made a water garden, Tipper thinks it's a doggie pool.||A view from the top of Dan & Rose's new house|
|Rose showing off the amazing view from her future living room.||Visiting Trevor & Amber's new house|
|A lovely shot of our future neighbors' place (Amber & Trevor)|
|The 'back' view from our Costich Lake land||The 'side' view from our Costich Lake land|
|Below is a shot of my favorite view from our land|
|This is a shot of me enjoying that view||This is the intake for Costich lake. The water has been running
in a system of ditches from Glen Lake and is warmed by the sun.
Then it flows into this area and makes a sort of jacuzzi.
More views from our land
|Looking over the back side of the ranch at a couple of the horses||Here are two other horses. They are beautiful, aren't they?|
|Overlooking the horse barns.||The ranch from above|
Two shots of the sunset from the ranch house
|A shot of Mittens basking in the sun||A view of Glen Lake and Terrialt Pass from Larry's cabin|
|My view as I sat in the sun on the porch at Larry & Mary Beth's cabin||Here it is from the front - they call it Whitetail Lodge|
|Here we are back at the ranch. Dallas and the gray kitten are snuggling.||This one fell off the bed but decided to keep on sleeping.|
|Here's Mittens, wishing the pond had some fish in it|
|Below is a view of the ranch at sunset|
| Another shot of the ranch
||And an attempt at being artistic with the old
tree on the lane up to the ranch house.
|Another beautiful sunset from the yard at Dan & Rose's|
|Dan & Rose's new home from the Forrest Service land|
|Lake Koocanusa||Eric, Dan, & I went to our Burma road land for a little
Here Eric locks up on our way out.
|The family plus Marion Knorr fixing the irrigation pipes||The sweet kittens taking a nap. They are so adorable!|
Eric & Marion resting on the porch
|Eric & Danny, heading out for a hike|
Me & Dallas on the porch