Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Montana, We Have Arrived

Pintler Mountain Range, Montana


We left Florida on June 1.  After visiting my brother, two daughters, The Trout's brother and sister, a fishing friend in Big Sky, we arrived in Montana on June 23.  We drove 3500 safe miles and were so glad to finally unpack and set up our trailer.  

There is more snow on the mountain range than in many years in the past at this time of year, and the sight is beautiful.  I have loved the mountains since the first time I saw them as a 16 year old girl.  We are adjusting to the climate change and the altitude also.  Slowly, but surely.  

A couple of years ago, we had help from our friend, Jim, and had a mattress built for our 26 foot trailer queen bed.  What a blessing that has been.  This is the best we have slept since we left home.  I think the 6 inches of bedding helps also.  Sheets, a blanket, a down comforter and a bedspread.  With the mornings dropping down into the lower 40's, it is difficult finding the gumption to get out of bed.  Soon though, the sun starts warming up and all is well with the world. There is also a lot of daylight by 5 a.m. around here. 

We had a winter visitor in the trailer.  So, we went into town and bought some mouse sticky pads.  It seemed he was liking to hide in the stove.  The label on the mouse traps said scented with chamomile, a mild sedative.  "What, said the Trout?  We don't want to put him to sleep, we want to get rid of him permanently."  And so we did last night.  Have not had to trap a mouse since the early 70's when we built a chalet style home in Michigan on a lake and surrounded my cornfields.  We can still get the job done......

Hold on one second.  I just heard a trap snap under the stove.  We just caught 3 babies in 2 traps.  Oh no...there may be more.  This might drag on a while.  I guess it beats mosquitoes?.......maybe.....

On an opposite note, we finalized the purchase of our new home in Arizona this last week.  The paperwork was long and drawn out and tested our patience a lot.  But, it is done!  The plan is not to move in until after we leave Montana in early October, but we are already anxious to get down there and do some painting and getting settled.  It is only a 16 hour drive from here, so that is nothing compared to driving from Florida.  New areas of this beautiful country of ours to see.  Looking forward to it.  

The Wi-Fi we are using from our friends works great.  In fact, we have not even attempted setting up the Dish TV yet.  Just enjoying the fresh air and the quiet.  It looks like it will be a good summer.  The Trout is tying flies and getting ready to hit the streams. 


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    1. Sounds like you are off to a good start, minus the mice of course, but as you said, you guys will overcome that. Could have been much worse. Many people returned home around here from winter in Florida to find broken pipes and their house a mess due to the really cold winter. Fortunately we weren't one of them.

      Sorry for deleting the comment - I couldn't find the edit button. Glad you are settled in and looking forward to your home in Arizona. You guys rock.
      Sam

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    2. Thanks, Sam. Glad you are safely back home as well. This winter was a bear. Hoping more people will be interested in buying in Florida to get away. Our home is still for sale, but we do have a winter renter.

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  2. I wish I were up there with those 40* morning temps and the snow-on-the-mountains views. When we get up it's in the 70's with very high humidity.

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    1. Larry, come on back. Montana is beautiful this time of year.

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  3. Wonderful to hear from you. I think it will keep you young, having adventures and moving to another part of the world.....Enjoy a beautiful summer and a gentle moving in in the fall.

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  4. How fun, so happy you can enjoy such great adventures like this.

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  5. I've been to Montana once, for a week. We loved it,especially the mountains (reminds me of Bavaria). Ick on the mice and hopefully you got rid of them. So, you get to be a snowbird back and forth from Arizona! It sounds a whole lot more convenient, distance-wise.

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  6. So happy you have finally "landed" for awhile and can settle in and relax. I love those cold nights and not too warm days. The picture of the mountains reminds me of Central Oregon. Good luck with your visitors. Sometimes they can be hard to get rid of.

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    1. Cathy, the visitors (which numbered 7) are gone. Back to normal here. The West is truly beautiful. We love it.

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  7. Hi Susan, happy to hear you had an un eventful 3500 mile drive! Enjoy your summer & good fishing to the Trout!

    I'm looking forward to posts & recipes from the South West!

    Happy 4th!

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  8. Montana is a gorgeous place!

    I have mouse traps set pretty much all the time out here. It's just part of living in the mountains...

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  9. There you are! I was going through my emails and our last correspondence and was thinking you might be settled by now.

    Welcome to Montana. I know you are happy to have all that driving behind you and in the midst of that lovely environment.

    An unseasonal 95 F here yesterday_today 82, and I'm into already wishing for cooler temperatures. And don't forget you are only about 14 hours to here. :) I have a 10 pound head of cabbage for you.

    Congratulations on the closing!

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  10. Susan, thank you so much for your note. Oh, the perils of home buying and selling... wore me OUT this past year. I will be sending good thoughts for smooth sailing on both the AZ and the FL fronts for y'all. Enjoy those good nights of sleep for me, too!! blessings and hugs ~ tanna

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