Friday, July 29, 2016

Special Friends

Helena, MT   High 91  Low 62

I forgot to tell you about the steak dinner we had with Paul while he was here. We took him up to the Marysville Steakhouse. I’ve written about this place a couple of times before. It’s an old mining town and offers one of the best steaks you can have. Jim and I shared the rib-eye and it was seasoned and cooked perfectly. If you come to Helena, you really need to treat yourself.

Last Saturday we took a drive over to Anaconda. Our good friends, Sharon and George (I’ve posted about them from when we did the cancer walks in Death Valley), were camped there and we really wanted to see them. We took Skitz with us because it was about 80 miles one way.

yakWe stopped in Deer Lodge to have lunch. Another great find. Yak Yaks sandwich shop. Homemade bread and fabulous fixins. Put that on your list also. They have an outside table so we took Skittlez with us and were going to sit outside. A neighbor’s cat decided to come visit. He was up on the table and when he/she saw Skitz the back came up and the hissing started. I wasn’t sure how Skitz was going to react because she has never been around a cat before. She could have cared less. Paid absolutely no attention to the cat.

We found George and Sharon at Big Sky RV Park and had a wonderful visit. Sharon loves to fish and had told us about the brown trout she caught. So the three of them went traipsing down to the creek.

anaconda - george and sharon

Warm Springs Creek is just across the road from the campground.


I stayed at the truck with Skitz cause it was time for her to eat. They didn’t catch any fish but Sharon said she learned a whole lot of things about fishing.

anaconda - george and sharon2

anaconda1You can see the old Anaconda Copper Company smelter stack for miles. It was completed in 1919, and is one of the tallest free-standing brick structures in the world at 585 feet. The inside diameter is 75 feet at the bottom, tapering to 60 feet at the top. In comparison, the Washington Monument is 555 feet tall. The stack dominates the landscape like the company once dominated the area's economic life. Since the smelter closed in 1980, the stack has become a symbol of the challenges that face communities dependent on finite resources.

Back in Helena it was time to treat Jim to an ice cream cone from the Big Dipper.

big dipper


  1. It looks as Skittles had a great time! root beer float?

  2. I'll take the ice cream, you can keep the fish.

  3. Good weather, good food, more good food, and good friends make for an excellent outing. Glad you enjoyed it.

  4. What great friends you two are to drive 80 miles one way. Glad y'all had a great time.
    I LOVE ice cream!

  5. Glad to see you enjoying your time. You deserve it.

  6. The smelter stack was very interesting. I've never seen one and had no idea they could be so big.

  7. I believe all the smelters in AZ have been taken down. It was a big event at some sites.

    Lots of good food eaten on that little road trip. And even Skitz got to go.

  8. Terry and I often split meals. Usually there's just too much food for just one person. One of these days we might just surprise you and end up in Helena.

  9. I wonder who they got to build that stack back in the day. I hope they paid him well to work up that high, and without a parachute to boot! ;c)

  10. Sounds like Skittlez may get used to be an only child! Deer Lodge. Isn't that where the prison and the antique car museum is? If I have it right, Rich and I stopped there for about 4 hours on the way to some place. I was out fiddling in the trailer, today. I'm getting excited. I'm going to try to get in a nearby COE campground for a couple of days for a shake down trip, but first I have to see when they can put the awning over the slide. I think what I'll do is take it in and leave from the dealer on August 26, if it works out. We'll see. Glad to see you and Jim out having a good time with Skitz along.

  11. Looks like a nice day trip - we thought Deer Lodge was a nice little town - ate our first pasties there.


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