Ennis, MT 2018 travel blog

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Mule days

Visit to Ringing Rocks geological area

Digging at Lake area, YNP

Banded obsidian, possibly 900 years old

June 17, 2018 Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all of you who can claim this day. It's good to be a dad. Keep up the good work with your off-spring. No typical BBQ here today for Jeffrey... it's pouring, and predicted to keep pouring most of the day. That's OK, we count on getting moisture at this time of year...and will appreciate it come late summer when fire season hits.

I haven't written in this journal for so long I have no good excuse! We are not working full time at the park, so one would think I'd have lots of free time to write. It seems the 'honey-do' list is now ever present (instead of just the weekends) + it's summer and that equals play time as well. Suffice to say, we've been hiking, kayaking and exploring. Montanans have to pack a lot of activities into the summer because it's gorgeous... and it's short! Every weekend there is something going on. Our former neighbors from GA, the Libengoods, paid us a visit at the end of May. We got them out and about in the 4-wheeler, toured historic Virginia City and relaxed on the deck.

Two weekends ago we drove about an hour away to Whitehall, MT to enjoy 'Mule Days.' It was rather eye-opening to find that many folks prefer a mule to a horse. The events there included all sorts of riding, roping, packing and pulling...even chariot races. Very close to Whitehall is a large BLM recreation area known for The Ringing Rocks geological area. A bumpy 5 mile drive + a short hike brought us to this interesting place. Due to the mineral composition of the rocks, they "ring" when wacked with a hammer. For great coverage, go to YouTube. Who knew??

This past week took us back into YNP as volunteers. Before NPS can build in the park, an archeological survey is conducted. There is a campground at the Yellowstone Lake area that will be expanded next year. NPS knows early native people lived seasonally on the shore, and have documented these sites. So, before the campground can be expanded, they wanted to check this area for significance. We assisted with the digging and spent hours sifting dirt in large screened boxes. Since obsidian was not natural to the area, finding flakes meant it was brought in by early native peoples to fashion tools. Well, ta-dah...we found obsidian and chert flakes. Because of the dirt layer Where these rocks were found, the lead archeo gal figured they were 900-1,000 years old. The process of digging and documenting was so interesting. Measurements, pictures and notes were constantly taken, and the specimens were bagged. As the day drew to a close - we could hardly stand up straight! "A good tired" as they say. But, we had one more day in YNP which involved our EMS refresher before we headed home. One take-away from the day regards bats. It seems there have been documented cases of people getting rabies from bats without being bitten! A rabid bat can spread the deadly rabies to victims by just being in the same room. Pretty darn scary. There is a series of 3 shots to prevent rabies should you find a bat under your pillow. (true story)

Now that summer is in full swing, the only thing we're missing is our pay checks. It's been great to enjoy the summer activities that MT has to offer. The calendar is chock full of visitors, rodeos, parades and local trips. Hopefully I'll do a better job of sharing the adventures with you.

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