Went for my first run. The altitude is killing me. Went into full on sloth. As I was switching between running and walking as the songs changed I started approaching some elk. They were on both side of the road. A was in my sloth run as I was getting closer. A few got up and crossed the road. It looked like I could easily go between the two groups. Just then I was in my on episode of the Weather Channel “Would you survive?” A buck came running down into the middle of the road standing as tall as he could and eyeballing me. He clearly didn’t like me running up on his woman, so I decided to give him that side of town and go back the other way.
After a mile or so the other way I came up on a pull off for viewing. I noticed something in the middle of the river on a rock. Some other people were watching it as well. It thought it might have been an otter. As I got closer I saw it was a bald eagle. I couldn’t believe it. I asked the other people and they confirmed that it really was a bald eagle. America the beautiful.
On the way I saw the guys. Don’t want to mess with them.
Attended Gardiner Community Church. Received a very warm welcome by all. Saw a number of people from work. Good open Sunday School discussion from John about Jesus knowing us (good and bad). Children’s church had a good example about if we put our hand in the cookie jar and grab all the cookies we can’t get our hand out. The same with sin. To get forgiveness we have to let go of our sin and not hold on to it. Pastor Jeff talked about “Just as I Am”. Asked us to think about who we were in the prodigal son story. Was a good message. Met others that work for Xanterra, National Park Service and National Forestry Service. Happens to be the yearly church business meeting and luncheon. Learned more about the church programs, and ate some really good food. They sent me home with a bag of pulled chicken.
I had to learn to cook since no Chick-fil-A trip with Janet this Saturday. So I made mini-waffles with the super cool waffle maker Janet gave me for Christmas.
Since I don’t get trash pickup at home I have to drop it off. I was told last night that you need to make sure you only do trash drop off during the day due to bears. So I am off to the trash dump.
Followed that up will a little walk in the park.
Went down to the river.
Have to watch your step.
Think I need to learn more about tracks (wolf, coyote, or bear).
Go to start back to the car. Think I am a little lost. Was it that hill I came over? Think I see my elk friends looking at me in disgust again due to my lack of skills.
No I think it was that hill?
Wow, what a view as I walk around lost.
Ah, car lights. I am saved. I see my car from the lights of the cars going by. I was just a little off.
Got home and the night sky is so clear I can see the Milky Way. The stars are so bright. The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas. Wait I am in Montana. I wish Janet could see them. A picture just doesn’t show the grandeur. I miss Janet.
Today I am going to get a Post Office box so I can have an official address in Montana.
To get there I need to scrape the ice off the car window first. Not the best job. God is good, no door issues or check engine light on the car.
My neighbors are not impressed with my winter living skills.
Just another day in the office….
Where an ice skating rink and campfire is made at the end of the work day….
Some co-workers invited me out to dinner after work. It was really nice. I enjoyed the evening. Back home and now really missing Friday night date night with Janet.
Car door opens just fine. I got in and it closed just fine. Success, no door issues! When I got to work I have the same issue as the night before. I can’t open the door. This time I even roll down the window and try to open the door from the outside. No go, off to the passenger side to get out. Hope no one I work with sees me doing this …..
All is well once I am inside my office.
Sprint sent me a love note telling me that I am about to run out of roaming data minutes. I call them and explain I am in Montana and will be here for some time. After thirty minutes the answer is once I hit my roaming limit on an “unlimited data” plan they will just turn my data off until the first of the next month.
Go out to the car. Holding breath….door works fine. I need to get the snow off the windows. Front and back wipers do just fine. Rolling all the windows down some I find that the driver window is not working. Then as I start the car the “engine needs service soon” light comes on. Come on get me home…..Thank the Lord I get home just fine.
Now this may look like a perfect winter post card picture, but not as much fun when your car door will not close.
- Plan one is to hold the door by the inside handle and drive…….didn’t work because the inside lights kept coming on plus a bump would cause the door to open some letting cold wind and snow in the car.
- Plan two is to pull the door closed as much as possible with one hand and press the door lock with the other. This worked, but the door is not close and is rattling something bad. I think the door could just swing open as I am going down the hill. I stop and pull as hard as I can with both hands the the door closes. Success!!!
Once I am home I am in for another surprise. I can’t open the door! I have to crawl over to the passenger side to get out.
The view from my office window.
Walked past this on the way to lunch today.
Odd going out and seeing the moon so high as I am leaving for work.
HR offices for check in.
And my new office….
Taking Janet to the airport and saying goodbye was so sad. When she waved to me from the other side of TSA and walked around the corner it felt like everything inside of me just melted into nothingness.
A little hard to see but people are kite boarding on the snow. David (my friend and family by marriage) has to try this.