before we could go anywhere on our mini geological vacation,
we had to convince Dexter
that he could not take tomaz's extra soft bed
with him to doggy jail
yes, Dexter sneaks naps on that tiny little bed when Tomaz isnt looking.
here he is trying to tell us to tell Tomaz to get off...
AND then just as we were packing for our mini geological vacation,
it started to rain-
the first time in TWO MONTHS!!!
look at all those things starting to turn green before it all drops off and dies!!!
of course this put us in a really great mood!
So in the car we go,
picking up our Daughter Annabel the new Bride and our Son in law Christopher, her handsome Husband in the biggest city in Montana...
and after two and half hours of driving,
we saw this ~
why post just one picture of the Absaroka mountains when three will overwhelm you?
Absaroka is a Crow Nation word, which means "children of the big beaked bird" ...
and once it was its own state
peoples actually tried to secede from the United States in the 1930's!
Gotta love those Montanans for their independence!!
so one more mountain picture ~
okey dokey then!
these photos of mine really dont do justice to these majestic mountains in Paradise Valley,
so I suggest all of us go there again and again :)
And what is exactly in Paradise Valley?
Our first night layover, in Pray, Montana!
im sure "Sarah Palin and her blending in with the background bodyguard" here
were thinking of doing exactly
after they had told us that they were treating us to a night at
I danced when they told us thats where they were taking us!!!
because i have never been in a hot thermal springs pool EVER!
and since they are supposed to be healing waters,
I wanted to see if I would be healed of this perpetual optimism that I have been cursed with!
more exclamation points !!!
So we followed Sarah and the inconspicuous bodyguard into the resort...
First thing we noticed was all the cool old stuff they had in the lobby!
i took lots more pictures but because I was so excited they all turned out like fuzzy moving otter pictures...
so i deleted them.
the resort was built in 1900...I know, a long time ago, right?
And the main lodge is exactly like an old western rooming house
all rooms are old timey inside,
and you have to share bathrooms like the olden days!
or like if you had more then one person in your family!
we didnt stay in the main lodge though because its kinda nice having your own bathroom.
So we got a really nice room at the Fisherman's lodge,
a newer addition above the main lodge!
heres the only picture of our room ~
the best part of the room ~ "the snack bar" ...
we also heard that the main lodge is haunted by the ghost of "Percie"
and we since we didnt want to share the bathroom
with strangers let alone spirits from another dimension
it made it extra nice to stay at the Fishermans lodge...
heres a picture i snuck took of one of the spiritual bathroom in the main lodge...
ok, confession time-
I made my family go into a bathroom with me at night and we turned off the lights.
nope. nothing happened.
it was time to go into the thermal pool!
and not scald ourselves like we could at Yellowstone!
more exclamation points !!!
first we read the long set of rules...
okay, not really.
then it was time to get healed and get wet!!!
Yes, its outdoors!
And the water temperature is always at 110 f!
my favorite memory of Chico Hot Springs?
We relaxed in these springs at night,
while blue cold air temperatures
to 20 f
in the steaming warm mineral water
eyes sleepily focused upward
all the stars
the big sky.