Friday, July 10, 2009

Big Timber, Montana and a Computer "Uh-Oh"

Once again, we were up early, eager to wrap things up in Hardin, Montana and be on the road to Big Timber, where we planned to spend some time visiting Janna and Mike Clark. Jim and I met them 2 winters ago in Tucson and have been keeping in touch through our blogs ever since. Janna's blog is Tin TeePee-Log Cabin.

The day's journey was around 125 miles, all interstate, so it was a very easy travel day. We stopped on the eastern edge of Billings and filled up our diesel tanks, then continued on.
It wasn't long at all before we saw this sign for our exit. The Crazy Mountains are in the background:

And shortly after that sign, here was the one to the Spring Creek RV Park:

A few days ago, Janna sent us an e-mail with detailed directions, not only to the campground, but to their house, which is way in back of anything! Mike was born and raised in this area, which by the way, is where the movie, "The Horse Whisperer" was filmed. They owned a large number of acres, and sold most of it a few years ago, but kept a few acres to build a house on.
We found the campground with no problem, but we were a little concerned about getting to their house. However, Janna's directions were perfect and we went right to it. What a beautiful spot! I now understand why they are so eager each spring to return from the warmer south to get back here.
Janna took us to the main attraction in the area, a natural bridge. The bridge actually fell in 1988, but the Boulder River flows into the rocks and comes out below in an amazing gush where the bridge used to be. Janna said that as recently as a couple of weeks ago, the river was so high that it was flowing over the rocks as well as under them.
In the picture below, you can see the river gushing out at the bottom of the rocks. It's harder to see the water as it flows into the rocks above, but if you look at the middle of the picture where the shadow meets the sun, that is the spot where the water flows under the rocks:
After our excursion to see the falls, we headed back to Janna and Mike's house, where we enjoyed happy hour on their deck, visiting and enjoying the many hummingbirds that frequent their feeders.

Janna was finishing up the salad while Mike carved the tenderloin. What a wonderful afternoon and evening, thank you again, Janna and Mike!

Now, as to the computer "uh-oh", I knew this day was coming and just didn't get my act together sooner, or more consistently. I have run out of space on my hard drive, primarily because I am not good about getting my pictures moved to either an external drive or cd's. So, until I get them off the drive and free up some space, I'll be posting a limited number of pictures. This computer is running so slow!

The other thing I want to mention is a big thank you to all of you who sent us greetings and good wishes for our anniversary. Since we've been living this nomadic life, we have met so many wonderful, caring people. It made us both feel good to have you comment on the blog, send e-mails and phone calls! You made our day even more special.

1 comment:

AJ3 said...

You just brought me home......I grew up in this area and know the Boulder river like the back of my hand.

"A River runs through it" was also filmed on parts of this river. Many stars own land back there: Brooke Shields, Whoopi Goldberg to name a few.

We have a cabin way back the road on the main boulder. We were there almost every weekend including the winters. My parents are back there right now.

Happy Travels.....