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North America » United States » Montana » Bozeman March 27th 2014

Has anyone out there ever participated in IFRE volunteer program? I am looking for testimonials that aren't being provided by the organization itself!? I am hoping to go to Cusco, Peru this summer with my 10 year old daughter to do volunteer work and would love any feedback!?... read more

North America » United States » Montana » Missoula December 15th 2013

It's time to depart Missoula for several months of traveling in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast states. The first mission is to relocate Barbara's parents into an assisted living residence and close out their rental home of 19 years. This will all transpire in Eau Claire, WI, where the weather promises to be even more inclement than Missoula. The second mission is to visit with Drew in Chapel Hill and spend some time on the North Carolina coast. Finally, we hope to vagabond about as events, weather, and whimsy dictates. As we head towards the Great Frozen Midwest, we pass by a heron on the Clark Fork River in downtown Missoula, who no doubt is likewise reconsidering his winter travel plans.... read more

North America » United States » Montana » Bozeman September 25th 2013

A few days ago, I was running errands with my mom, when we bumped into one of my high school teachers. I told her I was about to leave for graduate school in Applied Theatre. She said, “Oh…really? That’s not what I would have chosen for you. What made you interested in that?” I briefly told her that theatre had always been important to me, but that I wanted to work with non-professionals; that I am interested in teaching, but not necessarily in a school; and so on. But what I wanted to say was, “What wouldyou have expected me to do?” As I sit here about to fly off to another country, I can’t imagine much else for which I’d be willing to leave the family and place I love so much for ... read more

North America » United States » Montana » Billings August 31st 2013

Today we traveled 222 miles to Billings, MT. We went from the flat lands to some hills and green fields. At one point we came over a hill and there were hundreds of wind generators. I took some pictures of three of them in a row. Close up they are pretty darn huge. This area is mainly ranching and farming so the scenery was interesting.... read more
Billings, MT 1
Billings, MT 2
Old silo

North America » United States » Montana » Great Falls August 30th 2013

Happy Birthday to my wonderful daughter Jennifer… We didn't do too much today. We decided to go to a matinee and see "The Butler". It was a really good movie, but we found out there are several parts of the movie that were not true. The basis of the story was great so why Hollywood has to put so many untruths in a movie is crazy.... read more


North America » United States » Montana » Great Falls August 29th 2013

We decided to stay another couple of nights here in Great Falls. The camp is nice and the price is right. Joe wanted to do some minor work on the trailer and I needed to do some inside cleaning. Just a totally fun day, NOT! We at least went to the visitor's center to see what we might check out tomorrow and Sunday on the way to Billings. We did go for a nice bike ride tonight before the crazy thunder storms and rain came.... read more

North America » United States » Montana » Great Falls August 28th 2013

Today we headed to the commissary for our monthly groceries. As I said earlier the base is small but the commissary was a pretty decent size. That was about the extent of the activities for today.... read more

North America » United States » Montana » Missoula August 28th 2013

We are here at Jim an Mary's RV Park west of Missoula. A flower-filled RV park, work of one man who works seemingly constantly to keep gardens, pots, areas along walkways, you name it, vibrant with color. What a treat. We had had our mail forwarded to Charmaine's sister, Marlene; and Marlene graciously met us at Cracker Barrel restaurant and treated us to supper Tuesday evening! Thanks, Marlene! Wednesday, we did RV chores, then headed out to the Montana Smokejumpers Center for a real treat: a tour of the center, explanation of the smokejumpers work and skills (ranging from parachuting, firefighting, CPR, camping, sewing their own suits and jump bags, and repairing their own chutes) and conversations with smokejumpers themselves. This is the largest contingent of smokejumpers in the U.S.: 60-strong, among whom 4 are women. ... read more
sunset through the truck windows
a cat vet on Broadway with a sense of humor
Marlene and Ron

North America » United States » Montana » Great Falls August 27th 2013

We checked out the town of Great Falls today. It is not a very big city, but they have the basics. We were surprised the base here is not big either, but then we found out it's a missile base so that explains that. I had my infusion this afternoon so now I wait for a few days for it to kick in. The infusion center was pretty uptown with heat and vibrating recliners. A nice comfort for the two hours I was there. After dinner we headed out to see the movie "We're the Millers." It was very funny and we would recommend everyone to see it.... read more

North America » United States » Montana » Great Falls August 26th 2013

The morning started with saying goodbye to Ron and Carolyn. We will miss traveling with them and exploring new places. We wish them safe travels. Today we went from mountains, trees, streams and lakes to the flat lands of Montana. It was a 222 mile drive from West Glacier Ntl Park to Great Falls. We are here so I can get my infusion done tomorrow at the Air Force base. The drive was interesting and the scenery very different from what we have been used to.... read more
View at lunch
View at lunch - it even has a kids seat
What a change in scenery

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