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Aug 5, 2020 - Caverns to Headwaters, Buffalo Jump to Ennis

Date: August 5, 2020 Weather: mostly sunny Temperature: start 53º High 87º Wildlife count: Mule Deer, Pronghorn Year List: 325 Birds: We left Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park around 8:15 and drove up to Missouri Headwaters State Park, where we hiked up several ridges to see where the 3 rivers, Jefferson, Madison & Gallatin came together to form the Missouri River. Lewis and Clark and co camped here for 3 days, so it was neat walking in the same places they had walked 215 years ago. We arrived at the Madison Buffalo Jump State Park and...

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Dec 14, 2018 - Holiday Greetings 2018

Happy Holidays from Ennis, MT 2018 Isn't it great to get those cool Shutterfly holiday cards with the framed pictures of family and friends highlighting their travels and events during the past year, complete with good wishes and holiday cheer? Guess what... you're NOT getting one of those from us. Instead consider this your electronic "Season's Greetings from the Sussmans." Yeah, sorry...we tried. No patience, no 12-28 year old handy to help us plow through the uploads and downloads. Maybe next year, but don't hold your breath! The most...

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Ennis, MT 2018

Aug 14, 2018 - Ennis, MT

/// Tuesday - August 14, 2018 A Travel Day: With a trip of just over 100 miles on our agenda today, we took our time working through our departure routine. We finally left the Lincoln Road RV Park shortly after 10:00 a.m. Our route today would take us further along the Missouri River (upstream) to Three Forks and then north to Ennis. The road conditions today were very good, traffic was light and the weather was warm and mild with a hazy/smokey overcast. We drove straight through, arriving at the Ennis Village RV Park at 1:00 P.M. Check-in...

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Aug 12, 2018 - Summer Marches On

August 12, 2018 Ennis, MT For six days she was unseen, unnoticed. No one knew she was there. Hundreds of people passed by her every day fishing and floating the Madison River and driving forest service roads. That was until Saturday, Aug. 11th when she made her presence known with a huge plume of smoke. They call her the Monument Fire. For the past three days the temperature had pushed well into the nineties - and Sat. the wind picked up. That combination got the attention of everyone in the county. She went from 3/4 acre in size to 2,000...

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Aug 5, 2018 - Madison

The Madison River & Madison Mountain Range were named in honor of future President of the United States, then U.S. Secretary of State James Madison by Meriwether Lewis as the Lewis and Clark Expedition travelled through Montana in 1805. The town of Ennis, at 4,941 feet, is located in the Madison Valley. The town is flanked by Tobacco Root Mountains to the northwest, the Gravelly Range to the southwest and the Madison Range to the east. Ennis is a town that proudly admits it has an identity crisis. Ennis is a cowboy-ranching town with a...

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2018 RV Adventure

Jun 17, 2018 - No summer pay checks

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....

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Jan 31, 2018 - The Twlight Zone

Norris Hot Springs, Jan. 28, 2018 The piano music of the Twilight Zone plays in the background...hear it? Dodododo, dodododo over and over again. I invite you to come along with us on a journey to a remote dot on the map. A rustic hot springs located in the middle of southwest Montana - 20 miles north of Ennis, and about 30 miles west of Bozeman. It's just a junction in the road, a small town named Norris where "The Water of the Gods" has warmed Indians, pioneers, hunters, fishermen, skiers and hikers alike for over 100 years. This became...

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Jan 3, 2018 - Holiday Happiness

Jan. 3, 2018 Disclaimer: If you are not excited about football, stop reading now. We were so happy to fill the house up once again with family over the Christmas holidays. Melanie, Steve and Noah Glick arrived in Bozeman from Chicago on a snowy Xmas day. Even though the roads were slick, we got home safely to stockings hung by the fireplace and presents to be opened. The next day Jeffrey's nephew and family arrived from Long Island, via a few ski days in Big Sky. (Alan, Lisa, Josh and Sam). Each of the boys (Noah, Josh and Sam) passed their...

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Dec 15, 2017 - Dashing through the Holidays

December 15, 2017 Here we are in the midst of the Holiday happenings! We were delighted to fill the house to capacity at Thanksgiving with members of the Dowd clans from St. Louis and Pasadena. This wasn't just any gathering to eat turkey and watch football...oldest brother Jim and wife Kathy (St. Louis) chose to celebrate their 50ieth wedding anniversary in Ennis over pumpkin pie. We were delighted to capture two of their three children, one wife and two of their six grandchildren. Alas, the missing family unit lives in Australia, so they...

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Nov 6, 2017 - Hyperphagia

Nov. 6th, 2017 Temperature: 10*, 8-10" of snow How do they figure it out? Bears know that there are subtle changes in the length of daylight come August. The temperatures dip ever so slightly. The mornings are crisp and frosty. Termination dust hits the top of the mountains signaling the end of summer. These small changes trigger a huge response in bears. It's a stage called hyperphagia. Let the eating and drinking begin! Can you imagine consuming 20,000 calories a day of fresh berries, delicious pine nuts and yummy moths and grubs. And...

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Oct 5, 2017 - "COB"

September 28, 2017 was our COB at Yellowstone. COB is the lingo used in the National Park Service to mean Close of Business. It's your last day of the season... but for us, this year it's more. We're not just done for the season, we're done done! We are retiring from our career with the park service. See, the summers are sweet in Montana and we aim to enjoy them paddling, hiking and playing with the horses. So, we close another chapter in our lives and open a new book. We're excited to have more leisure time if that darn honey-do list ever...

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Sep 9, 2017 - The day the park stood still

The eclipse was coming! All hands on deck in YNP. No leave, no days off, no sick days - everyone had their assignments and others were asked to work overtime. Traffic signs were in place, traffic cones were lurking at busy corners, construction lighting was brought in for the major intersections, flaggers would position themselves in the middle of dangerous intersections to move traffic along. But...there was NO traffic. There were NO cars on the roads of YNP. It was quiet, peaceful, still. My job assignment was changed for the day of the...

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