Cross Country Ski Lesson

Janet and I went to church. It was a good message and everyone wanted to meet Janet. I did embarrass her a little bit when the pastor asked if we had any new people and I introduced her.  Janet was offered a spot on a mountain lion photo search on Monday.

We went home and got ready for our cross country ski lesson. It was a lot of fun. I was on the ground more than Janet. Andrew our instructor was really good at explaining things. I had a really hard time stopping, which is why I was on the ground more.

OK, done with the sappy stuff. Janet is here.

Picked up Janet at the airport. She had Leviticus in tow. We made a quick stop and then on our way to Gardiner. Janet got to see a full winter storm. Coming over the Bozeman Pass it literately was a blizzard.  The snow was blowing sideways due to the strong winds and visibility was almost zero. I hugged the right side and drove about 10-15 miles an hour. To give you an idea how bad it was I followed the right side off an exit and didn’t know we had left the interstate until I saw the stop sign. Had to get back on the interstate. Saw multiple cars in the ditch. It was bad. It took 3 hours to get home when it should have been an hour and a half.

Janet is here!!!!

Did see a few elk on the way to Bozeman.

Well today is the day!

Been cleaning the house and getting ready for Janet’s arrival. I can’t wait! On the way to drop off the trash today I saw something different. The wind was blowing so hard that it was creating what looked like dust storms, but with the snow. It was really wild looking.

Well off to the big city to do some shopping before I pickup the love of my life!

T-1 until Janet touches down in Montana

I had a bad day at work. I had someone send me a very disrespectful email. The Lord had to help me to not lash back at them. Good thing I had been to my men’s prayer breakfast and we had talked about having faith in bad times. I stood my ground, but in a respectful way.

I want to end the week  of song dedications with Come Monday. One reason is because this coming Monday I will be able to hold Janet. The other reason is just for Janet.

More snow and wolverine discussion | T-2 Days until Janet arrives!

Getting more snow today. Tonight I went to a discussion on wolverines. I learned a lot about them. Very interesting and tough animals.

This is what it looked like as I left the house this morning. The low clouds were very cool looking.

This is what it looked like at work.

This is American Top 40 I’m Casey Kasem. Now we are up to our long distance dedication and it is from a man with no sunshine in his life. While the cold and snow can have a beauty all to it’s self. This letter is from a snowman who is ready to see the sun. The letter begins, “Dear Casey,  I always wished for snow any time it might happen where I was. Now I am surrounded by snow each day. It is beautiful, but to quote someone else “only miss the sun when it starts to snow”. I have moments of excitement and joy and I immediately think of sharing them with Janet. This creates an incompleteness inside of me. It causes me to not be able to hold them. They float away like the snow floats downs. I need Janet to complete me and allow my soul to hold onto the beauty around me. As the time is getting closer to her arriving it seems to be getting harder to wait. On this T-2 day will you play A Picture of Me (Without You) signed Dillard”

Dillard here’s your long distance dedication.

T-3 Days until I see Janet!

This is American Top 40 I’m Casey Kasem. Now we are up to our long distance dedication and it is from a tired telephone man. It’s from a lonely guy who is ready to see his sweetie in person. The letter begins, “Dear Casey, while it is wonderful to speak with my wife each day, I would really love to see her and hold her tight in my arms. The anticipation is killing me and it makes me think about all the times I have picked her up at the airport. The buildup you have looking at everyone coming out. Is that her, no. Is that her, no. Then that moment when you lock eyes and you know it is her.  When that happens I have this feeling of completeness and happiness. Sometimes it can be an over whelming feeling. On this T-3 day will you play So Far Away signed Dillard”

Dillard here’s your long distance dedication with a 80’s headband bonus.


Heading out in the park

Today I am going to Grant Village. Leaving at 8:00 am and it will take until about 11:00 to get there so it will be an all day thing. I am dressed warmly and I have a lunched packed.

This is what we are rolling out in.

We traveled for about an hour and 46 minutes and one of the tracks blows out. Radio in for mechanic and find that they don’t have the parts at Old Faithful which is where we are close to, so they will have to come from Gardiner. That means they are two hours a way coming in on the snow cat.

The trip to Grant Village is now a no go. Start checking for a ride for me back. A snow coach will pick me up in about 30 minutes. This is what I hitched a ride back on.

Made it back at about 11:30.

The views were gorgeous and the curves were treacherous. Snow pack covered the guard rails.




Back in the office I had a bison parade.

T-4 Days to Janet arrives!

This is American Top 40 I’m Casey Kasem. Now we are up to our long distance dedication and it is from Yellowstone. It’s from a computer guy working in a wilderness with a girl far away on his heart. The letter begins, “Dear Casey, during our many wonderful years of marriage we have been separated for short time periods as we moved. Those other times we knew about how long we would be apart. With this move things are more uncertain. It makes me think of the uncertainty of us getting together when we were dating due to rain. You may find this hard to believe but my wife (girlfriend at the time) had a car that would not start regularly when it rained so she had to be very selective about driving it when it was raining. Many times you think about the big things in life and if you had a do over how you would change things. When it comes to my wife I find myself thinking more about the little things and how I would have changed them. I think about the time we didn’t spend together because of the inconvenience of her anti-rain car when I could have fixed that by just driving more. I think about things like that especially since our time together is very precious to me as we are separated by so many miles. No matter what distance separates us she is always on my mind. On this T-4 day will you play  Here Without You signed Dillard”

Dillard here’s your long distance dedication.

T – 5 Days until Janet arrives!

This is American Top 40 I’m Casey Kasem. Now we are up to our long distance dedication and it is from Gardiner, Montana. It’s from a Georgia boy living in Montana that has a story to tell. The letter begins, “Dear Casey, over 17 years ago a tall and thin man with a little too much of an attitude had a conversation with a tall and lovely lady at a river side restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia. From that moment he was smitten and over time he would prove his love to her. One day as they were leaving work, as they worked in the same building, he asked her if she would like to do something after work. The beautiful lady said that she wasn’t in the best of moods and would not be good company. The man who was losing some of his attitude said that he wanted to be with her in the good and bad. They agreed to take a walk which he will always remember as every civilized man should always carry a handkerchief. He knew that she was the love of his life. Later that year at Christmas they were engaged right after a bow fluffing incident that they both look back on and laugh about. On April 6, 2002 they were married. After many life challenges that included multiple un-welcomed moves.  They are still together as they were both hand picked by God to be together. Casey for this T-5 day will you play The Right Left Hand signed Dillard”

Dillard here’s your long distance dedication.

The road less traveled

I went out for a hike.  On the way there I saw a coyote. He was actually very pretty.

The scenery on the hike was gorgeous.

Looks like a wall.

The snow is a little deep here.

Hello Mr. Bison. A very different view when you are close and you don’t have the metal of the car around you.

This will give you an idea of how powerful the bison are by seeing him run in snow knee deep to me.

End the day with another bison jam.