Thursday, September 19, 2013

Montana 2013 - Part 2 - Fun Times - Trout

Garry Mentzer and Trout

Old friend Garry Mentzer first invited us out to the Flint Creek Valley to enjoy the fishing, hunting and scenery over 30 years ago.  So great to see him again.  I wish him a good retirement.

Yes, there were sad events during our stay this year in Montana, as I described in Part 1, previously posted.
But, there were plenty of happy times as well to make it a typically nice summer.  Our weather was really perfect with plenty of big sky sunshine although more rain would have been welcome.  We really didn't need our furnace till this week as fall approaches.

Before we settled in for the summer in Montana, we took a very nice week trip to the Willamette Valley in Oregon to see Susan's nephew Micheal and his wonderful wife Susan who hosted us for the day and night doing wine tasting and shopping for treats.

We then stopped by to see blog friend, Cathy, who prepared us a lovely lunch and we enjoyed a very nice visit with her.
Lovely fellow blogger Cathy

Then on to Diana and husband Pete's wonderful home and gardens.  We had a laugh a minute I think and very much enjoyed wine touring and some fine cuisine thanks to Diana's garden and talents.  Super people!!

Diana and Pete and us enjoying a  wine tasting

Then back to settle in Montana for the rest of the summer.  Surprisingly, we are quite comfortable in our 26 foot tin can all outfitted with water, DISH TV, electricity and "indoor" plumbing although I prefer the "one holer" for more privacy and good telephone reception most days.   We grill and eat most meals outside in the clear air.

Our summer home - 26' of comfort

Most afternoons we wander over to our host family's picnic table for 3 o'clock cocktails and treats over looking one of the best trout holes in the creek.

Great trout hole

We love our little neighboring town. Philipsburg, for two new additions to the local scene.

P-Burg Brewery has been going for a full year now and produces 6-7 brews on tap of excellent quality.
After a hard day of fishing, my car just seems to head to the Brewery for a Porter to wet the whistle.

P - Burg Brewery
I even will sometimes order the sampler to take down the street to another favorite spot.

The Trout with the beer Sampler - I like them all!!!

These samples should be enough to help down a delicious platter of ribs or pulled pork from another welcome addition to the P-burg scene.  Up n smokin does a great job on preparing BBQ treats to enjoy with the local brew.  A great combination.

Up n smokin BBQ
So much of our comfort is provided by our host couple, daughter of Harold and Alvina Lundgren, Sherry Armstrong and her husband Tom.  Anything we need, they will help out on which is plenty with my lack of mechanical skills.    Tom and I enjoy a fishing outing or two and we both enjoy a good brew or glass of wine together.  Thank you guys, so much, for looking after us.

Sherry, Tom and granddaughter Kenzie.
May we return to this beautiful setting for many more summers.  Thank you all, dear friends.  Schnitzel and the Trout!!
Boulder Creek valley


  1. Safe travels home my friends, glad we had a chance to get together and catch up during our busy summer. See you both next summer!

  2. Good friends and beautiful surroundings. Hard to beat. Travel safely. blessings ~ tanna

  3. So beautiful in every way! No wonder you love to spend your summers there, even though it certainly is a good hike from Florida! Wishing you a good journey back!

  4. All-in-all, it sounds like a fine summer. What could be better than a beer sampler and BBQ?

  5. Beautiful spot for your tin can... have a safe trip home!

  6. What a great place to spend the summer. I think the thing I would would miss the most were the cocktails by the stream. How relaxing to enjoy the simple life.

    Hope you have a safe trip home. If you get our way, be sure to let me know.

  7. Great times, friends and photos! Love that beer tray of samplers!

  8. You covered a lot of territory over the summer. I was so happy you came out my way and hope that will be in your plans again soon. After our lunch I felt I had made lifetime friends.