Goodbye Montana, see you next year!
November 4, 2023
Our time to leave Gardiner, Montana came and I was a bit sad.
Why is it that vacations go by so fast? It seems like it takes forever for vacation time to get here. You finally get to leave on vacation and just like that, BAM!, you are home again!
I’m thankful we are able to take the newspaper and go on vacation, but I wish time would slow down a bit while we are away.
Our winter vacations are a little better since we are gone more than 10 days, but it still goes by pretty fast, too!
I did sneak in a quick trip to the Black Hills after the Montana adventure and it was fun!
I will write a bit about it next week. We got the paper done by Wednesday that week and left Thursday morning. We had Thursday through Monday off and it was a REAL vacation. By real vacation I mean the newspaper did not come with us. We had five whole days and no newspaper! Ok, I did have to do a couple things, but basically it was a vacation free from work. It was very nice and I will add it to our list for next year, as well.
Back to Gardiner, it is a beautiful part of Montana with a lot of fun things to do in Yellowstone National Park and in and around the town.
We did check out Chico Hot Springs. The primary draw of the resort is the two open-air hot spring pools. It was very relaxing, but not as nice as the one we went to last year.
We ate at quite a few great places, too.
I think my two favorite things we did were seeing the animals and just seeing the mountains. I guess I could add a third favorite which would be finding some cool rocks.
There was a bison in the road on our way back to our rental, on one of our adventures, and Brian jumped out of his vehicle and grabbed me a rock.
He ran to the rock, grabbed it, and ran to our truck and put it in. He then ran to his truck. It was my first rock of this Montana adventure.
Don’t tell Brian, but that was pretty sweet of him! I think all my adventure buddies are on the lookout for cool rocks for me. I have them trained! Lol
Luckily I have Brandon trained to be on the hunt for rocks, too. A couple of years ago when we were in Idaho while Brandon and Kyle were out hunting B found some cool BIG rocks and brought them back to the rental for me.
If he hadn’t been so thoughtful I wouldn’t have ended up with any rocks that vacation. That was the vacation I decided to spend in the hospital. I thought I was having elevation sickness, but it ended up I was having a heart attack. It was two years ago October 23, 2021. A vacation I will never forget!
2 lbs. ground beef
1 T minced garlic
1 large onion
2 packets taco seasoning
10.5 oz. cheddar cheese soup
1 bag frozen shredded hashbrowns (The next time I make this I am going to try the diced frozen potatoes. The shredded potatoes made me think it was rice and not shredded potatoes.)
2/3 c sour cream
2 cups shredded taco style cheese divided ( I used more since I like cheese!)
Brown your ground beef with garlic and chopped onion and drain. Add your taco seasoning to the ground beef and follow the directions on the packet.
In a large bowl, mix 10.5 oz. cheddar cheese soup, shredded hashbrowns, sour cream and 1 cup of cheese together. Put into a 9 x 13 pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes. Top with your remaining 1 cup of cheese and bake 5-10 minutes.
Joke of the Week
Tim decided to tie the knot with his long time girlfriend. One evening, after the honeymoon, he was organizing his golfing equipment. His wife was standing nearby watching him. After a long period of silence she finally speaks: "Tim, I've been thinking, now that we're married maybe it's time you quit golfing. You spend so much time on the course. You could probably get a good price for your clubs."
Tim gets this horrified look on his face.
She says, "Darling, what's wrong?"
"For a minute there you were beginning to sound like my ex-wife."
"Ex-wife!" she screams, "I didn't know you were married before!"
"I wasn't," he replied.