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Jul 19, 2015 - In the Land of Cedars and Hydro Power

Gary and I drove to another area of Kootenai National Forest, the Ross Creek Cedars near the Cabinet Mountains. These western red cedars are estimated to be 500 to 1,000 years old. We took the .9 mile hike through the cool, shady forest. The bigger trees are eight foot in diameter. Impressive! I'm not sure how they were spared from the saw since they were not actually protected until 1959. Later, we drove back to the Libby Dam and took the free tour. For security reasons, be sure you do not have cameras, cell phones, weapons, or pocket...

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Jul 18, 2015 - A Scottish Irish Highland Gathering

Picture a deep valley flanked by mountains covered in a variety of dark green conifers. Down the center runs the sparkling, beautiful Kootenai River, reflecting sun and trees and blue Montana sky. On one side of the river is the railroad, a train whistle occasionally breaking the calm with its echoing call. On the other side of the river is Highway 37, gray and winding, beckoning those seeking adventure. A deep curve in the river is the site of the weekend's activities, right behind Riverbend Restaurant, a fabulous setting. Today, the games...

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Jul 17, 2015 - Kootenai

This morning it was 57○. We slept so well with the cold, the quiet, and no lights. Wow! Our day started with a very long conversation with our camp host, Pat. His dad was a stuntman who worked with Roy Rogers, John Wayne, etc., and Pat grew up in the movie environment. He has had an interesting life and is such a likeable guy. He told us how they trained the horses for special scenes--a lengthy and complicated process involving two bridles. Pat makes regular rounds in the campground in his side-by-side with his lab, Shotgun Sally, in the...

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