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Last Weekend in Montana

Our time in Montana is drawing to a close (we head to Idaho on Friday), so I wanted to make sure we filled our last weekend with a bit more Montana beauty. We put about 200 miles on our truck again on Friday, but all of them were paved. And I think all of them were lovely! Our destination – Flathead Lake – one of the largest natural freshwater lakes west of the Mississippi.
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We came up Rte 28 from the west (bottom of map) and drove the entire circumference of the lake. The drive TO the lake (almost 50 miles) was lovely in and of itself!
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But when the lake came into view – Oo-la-la!
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We made a couple of stops along the way – either at fishing access spots or pulling into some of the many state parks that dot the edges. Each little mini-stop was full of delights!
A panorama from one of the fishing/boat access areas –
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A glimpse of just how clear the water is –
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Lakeside camping at one of the state parks –
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As the road continued around the lake,
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we stopped at a pull-out that seemed to have a little access to path down to the lake.
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Look, there’s a dock down there! With Gary shaking his head, I traipsed down the path with my Croc sandals on (only slipping a time or two and never with any bodily injury) and was greeted with this beautiful view-
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Seemed like a random place for a dock, but no one asked me. ūüôā
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This area is also known for Flathead Cherries. Along the Eastern shoreline there are a myriad of cherry orchards, and we finally gave into the temptation and purchased our own bag.
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Which may or may not have been empty by the time we got home. Just sayin’.
We enjoyed a great lunch out at one of the many lakeside eateries, and finished up the drive in style.
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As we drove home I was once again struck with the the pioneer history of this area. Seeing these random shacks, still standing in the middle of a field, makes me wonder-
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Original homestead?
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Cattle drive shack?
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We passed an old barn that I tried unsuccessfully to get a good clear shot of (always a challenge in a moving truck with traffic behind us), but when I cropped it down, I really liked how it turned out.
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Oh, the mystery of the history!
It was, to be sure, a great day!
Saturday was a bit quieter. We stayed around camp, which had just said good-bye to their last batch of summer campers. The summer staff took the opportunity to have some end-of-summer fun
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by getting the director’s car up on the dining hall porch. (Not so sure he was that thrilled when he returned from his board meeting, but at least they cleaned it out before they moved it, and got his wife’s permission.)
That evening we gathered by the river and got to witness the baptism of one of the summer staffer!
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It is so exciting to see the Lord working mightily in the lives of these young people! Not to mention all of the lives that were touched throughout the summer. 

This morning all of the staff left for their end of summer staff retreat, so it’s especially quiet around here today. But the sun was shining as we drove to church
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and we were blessed to be worshiping outside on this glorious Lord’s Day!
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And it didn’t hurt that the worship service was followed by a picnic and some great fellowship!

So that about wraps up our weekend here at Camp Bighorn. We did get a couple of chores done over the weekend (let’s be real – mostly I was sewing!), and as the week progresses we’ll be tying up loose ends and finishing up our SOWER assignments. ¬†Seems like we just got here – and soon it will be time to move on down the road!

Thanks for stopping by – hope your weekend was blessed also!

Steph

PSSST – there are a couple more Flathead Lake photos HERE if you’re interested!

Pennsylvania’s Barns

We’ve done a lot of driving around Pennsylvania this summer. ¬†Let’s see, there have been a couple of trips to Lancaster, a drive to (and through) beautiful Perry County, a drive to Greencastle and of course, there were the two drives across the state to Washington, PA (just this side of the WV border) to pick up and deliver Ellie for our Big Adventure.
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Lots and lots of miles. And for some reason, this summer I have been totally enamored with Pennsylvania’s Barns.
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Some that are beautifully maintained
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And some, not so much!
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But they all seem to want to tell a story – either from today
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or from days gone by.
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And every now and again you come across one that actually does tell a story!
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Of course there are always the beautiful barns in Lancaster County
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that never fail to calm my soul.
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I even noticed this barn on one of our parts’ runs. Sweet Gary actually stopped the truck so I could get out and ¬†take the picture –
This barn caught my eye this morning (on another parts run). Next time maybe I'll catch some blue sky.
Barns. I love ’em!

The other constant, it has seemed, during our traipsing around the state, is the Susquehanna River. Really, it’s everywhere!!!¬†I knew we crossed it in Harrisburg, GoingHome-2
and we watched the trains roll across it on the historic Rockville Bridge in Marysville, PA.
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But when I drove to Towanda last week to meet my high school BF for lunch, I was surprised to cross it once again. (No picture – too much traffic and I was, after all, driving!). But on the way home, I stopped at the “Marie Antoinette Overlook” (I think the French settlers in the area were hoping that she was going to settle in the area back in late 1700’s. Something else apparently came up (or down, as the case might be!).)
And that was one fine view – combining both the river, and a couple of beautiful farms.
To the left –
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To the right –
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And all together!
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For a girl who lived the first fifty-two years of her life outside of Philadelphia, I have to confess that the different faces of Pennsylvania continue to beguile me.