August 19, 2005
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So the days in Montana were mostly cloudy. The image of the dome shows what it looked like. The temperatures rarely got out of the 60s in the daytime and dropped as low as the 30s at night. Usually we’re trying to stay cool in 80 degree days.
As a result we fished a lot. Here are some fish we caught in the front pond. Most we threw back, but we decided to keep a couple of the big ones for dinner. They were good tasting.
The last night was good for stargazing through the telescope so Dan and I stayed up until about midnight and saw about a dozen Messier objects (The Messier objects are a set of astronomical objects cataloged by Charles Messier in his catalog of Nebulae and Star Clusters first published in 1774. The original motivation behind the catalog was that Messier was a comet hunter, and was frustrated by objects which resembled but were not comets. He therefore compiled a list of these objects).
On the last day, our departure day, Dan had an 8am flight so we got up at 5am and drove to Bozeman. Dan got to his flight in good time and I had time to kill while I waited for my 1pm flight. I decided to check out the Museum of the Rockies at the University in Bozemen (Home of the Bobcats). It is an excellent museum. I recommend it if anyone gets up there.
Triceratops as big as an elephant.
August 12, 2005
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Today we woke up to heavily overcast skies. It started raining about mid-day and let up around 8. Dan and I decided to drive down to Yellowstone.
We headed South to Mammoth Hot Springs and then headed east to Tower Falls, and then up to the highest place we could drive which was the Mount Washburn trail head. We hiked up the trail a bit and decided that being on top of an exposed mountain top was probably not the best idea in a rain storm. So we hiked back down and stopped at Tower Falls and the Calcite Springs overlook and headed back to Dennis’. The cloud cover was too heavy so there was no opportunity for stargazing or even watching foe Perseid meteors so we called it an early evening. Hopefully this weather will blow through and tomorrow will be a better day for fishing and stargazing.
August 11, 2005
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Dan Fishing in 6 Mile Creek behind the main house.
Yesterday I flew to Montana to stay at Dennis’. I woke up late at 5am (after a 3 hour nap) and raced through the house gathering all the items I thought I had together and tried to make the 6am flight. Aurora and I finally made it to the airport at 5:45, but the lady at the ticket counter said, “Too Late”. So she fixed me up with a 7:15 flight that made my connection in Seattle and all was well so I went and got in line at the security check and got over my heart attack.
Arrived in Bozeman and met up with Dan and we drove to Livingston and shopped for liquor, groceries, and fishing flies. Drove on out to Dennis’ and by then it was cocktail hour. After a couple of stout Martinis we prepped up some seafood (crab legs) and brocoli and as we were finishing dinner the “day” caught up with me and I went to lay down for a rest.
At midnight I woke up in total darkness wondering where the hell I was. After a few moments I realized that I was in bed in Montana with all my clothes on. So I stumbled downstairs and made my way outside to see a few early Persied meteors then went back to bed.
This morning, after breakfast, Dan and I went fishing in the creek behind the cabin and I had a few stikes and had not caught anything. Dan and I were leapfrogging each other up the creek and as I moved up about 30 yards beyong the main house, I saw a bear in the brush across the creek. It was black and had the biggest square head I’ve ever seen on a bear. Based on its color I suppose it was a black bear, but because this is Grizzly country, I decided not to take any chances and backed down the creek.
This bear sighting shook me up, so I want over to the front lake and fished there, in the open, where I could see any approaching bear. Caught 2 nice cutthroat trout.
This eveing Dan and I looked out for Persieds, but didn’t see very many. The sky is fairly hazy and seeing isn’t very good. It is about 2am Friday morning and sky looks like it is closing in…
Ah well, we’ll try again tomorrow.
One of the Cutthroat trout I caught today.