Saturday, November 27, 2010

Marvelous Mainland Vacation! "Mama! It's a REAL COWBOY!"

We were nearing the end of the trip! Time to take a journey out into the Highwood Mountains and visit the ranch.
I tried to get a shot of all three generations of James but the youngest one did not cooperate. I did catch the youngest and the oldest, however.

Joey's always ready to cooperate for the camera!

Looking out into the field behind the barn. A beautiful setting for a beautiful wedding!

Of course the boy found the only train within 100 yards! A mysterious boxcar out under the trees... 

The ranch is so beautiful this time of year, it is hard to stop taking pictures of it.  Also having lots of great childhood memories out here doesn't hurt, either!

Grandpa Jim showed the kids around, and had them all try out his old saddle.

We couldn't convince him to show us how it was done, however...

The horses were very curious about the day's events. 

They were also very pleased with the many small hands offering tender greens, as well!

Up Next... the Grand Finale!

Marvelous Mainland Vacation! Anaconda and Great Falls

Welcome back!

As we left off last time, the boys and I left Bozeman and headed a bit off the beaten track, ending up in a sleepy mining town with a giant mountain of coal.
This could only mean one thing...

Great Grandma Mary! 
We were able to stop by for a quick lunch before we headed off once again to our destination for the next few days...

Anyone recognize this butte? If you do, you know we were headed to Great Falls!

We spent one day out at Aunt Tippy and Uncle Keith's homestead to celebrate Tippy's birthday. We got a tour of the hen house, and were able to find one egg in the nesting boxes. 

The boys liked chasing the chickens around in between popsicles and Jimmy discovered he was able to fit into the hen house chicken sized door  

As we fueled up for the next adventure, the boys discovered the joy of buffet dining!

And Grandma Terrie discovered the joy of dining with two almost feral boys! 
Up next... ranch day!