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Mount Rainier

We enjoyed our October trip to Seattle so very much.  As we were sight-seeing with friends, we weren’t really thinking about Mt. Ranier.  We had not had a glimpse yet, and I guess other things were on our minds.  As the clouds were burning off during our lunch atop the Space Needle, we had our first indication of where Mt. Ranier was in the Seattle skyline.  If you look below the arrow, you will see the SLIGHTEST rounded indication of where the mountain is (you’ll have to practically put your nose up to the monitor!).

By the time we finished our lunch and went out to the observation area, more clouds had burned off and we had a better look — and of course the camera’s zoom helped too.

The following day we took a ferry to Bremerton for an watery outing and lunch.  On our way back, we were treated to this view:

During the second half of our week, our friends took the Amtrak back home and we switched to “family mode”.  Nephew Bill hosted a fun gathering at his home.  This is the view Bill has from his house:

At this point, we knew we might as well come back home because it couldn’t get any better than that!

Chickens and Cows…

we must be on the farm!

Last week we took a trip to western North Dakota for the Hubster’s class reunion.  We stayed on Don & Ruth’s farm (BIL & SIL) in their absence.  Of course we had to walk around a bit and check out the livestock.

The calves were glad to have visitors (other than the hired help that come by to feed them):

We were inside their enclosure, and for a city girl (me), it was a little bit of a heart-pounding experience to have a pretty good size calf rushing straight towards you!  Jim was much more at east with the calves…

…which kept coming out of the trees!  We were mobbed with six friendly calves.

The chickens were much less intimidating — they were afraid of us!  They have a lot of room in their fenced-in area, but they seemed to like to be crammed into a corner to take a look at the interlopers:

We hadn’t been out west for a while.  We knew the Bakken oilfield was changing the western part of the state, but we were still amazed at the number of oil wells going in everywhere, the HUGE increase in truck traffic, and the general busy-ness of the area.  Life has really changed for the long-time residents.

I wish I had a picture of this, but when Don & Ruth returned, I got to help Ruth feed bottled milk to the calves.  Through the gate!  Those calves go crazy when you have milk!  It was a lot of mud (it rained the night before), a lot of calf slobber, and a lot of fun!  It was a great note to end our trip on.

You’ll have to use your imagination and picture this city girl in her new Berki gold sandals feeding the calves!  It was an impromptu helping session, and I definitely wasn’t dressed for it.