Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Back in Billings

Billings, MT    High 93  Low 60

It was finally time for us to move on from Helena. The smoke continued to be terrible and breathing was difficult.

This is what our view from our spot was in 2015

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This is what it looked like when we left Helena. You can’t see the mountains at all.

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Today it has been really smokey in Billings. Air quality for the entire state is ranked as unhealthy. But there is good news in the weather department. The state is supposed to get rain starting tomorrow and snow at the higher elevations. Hopefully this will put an end to the fire season up here and most of the firefighters can go home.

We have been busy since we’ve been here. Monday the truck went in for oil change, transmission serviced, alignment, air conditioning checked out, and a couple of other things.

Tuesday the Bungalow went to Jim and Tracey’s to have both axles aligned. Good thing we did that because they were really out of whack.

Wednesday morning we were at the DMV office at 7:00 a.m. to get the title work done on our new Cottage. Then I had my eye appointment. In the afternoon I got together with the Class Reunion committee to see if there was anything I could help with. The Reunion starts Friday.

We’re also going to try and make time to visit with friends this trip. We’ve had dinner with Todd and Michaela a couple of times. They are doing great which makes us happy.

Jim’s Velcro Dog

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Shortly after I wrote this post, the wind started to blow and the dust was so bad I thought we were back in Arizona. The cold front is starting to move through. Please bring rain.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Scenes From The Road

Helena, MT  High 94  Low 60

We are finally back in Helena and our solemn vow is that we will never, ever, make that kind of trip again. We took four days to return which was easier on us than the two day trip down. But we are still exhausted and are going to take a few days to recover.

I must admit, we were almost ready to just stay in Arizona. Sure do like our new home even though it was 110 both days we were there.

This coming week, Jim will once again start playing phone tag with Camping World about the oven. My hope is that it is repaired by Thanksgiving so I can fix a turkey. Wish us luck.

I took a few pictures along the way and for you to enjoy.

Smoke from a fire in Idaho.

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Beautiful blue skies not filled with smoke.

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Scenery worth looking at.

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If you look really close at this picture, there are about 25 paragliders sailing over this hilltop. It was really neat to see all of them.

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This is 9:30 traffic through Salt Lake City. But I was happy to see that most of the road construction is done.

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That’s it gang. Time to recover and get ready to move on in another week.