So we traveled 3123 miles from home going to mount Rushmore via Walla Walla WA then through Lolo Pass and the Clear Water river to Montana. Our goal was to see mount Rushmore and the badlands and we also went to Deadwood and Bear Country USA.
Before reaching Walla Walla WA we came upon this view point where the Walla Walla River joined the Columbia river.
Leaving Walla Wall WA we entered Idaho and Lolo Pass where we had the Clear Water river along side of the road for most of the trip.
Here is the first stop in South Dakota the Iconic Mount Rushmore exhibit.
Next stop was the Badlands Still in South Dakota.
And last but not least one of the Tetons Peaks leaving Wyoming on the way home
Replaced the net style door pockets (why Jeep used them is beyond me) with custom made hard pockets. Only did the front passenger and driver side door pockets as the others are not ready to throw away yet. Makes a real difference in appearance and holds things safely in place. About a twenty minute project using a sharp knife and small sharp scissors to remove the netting, no tools required to install the new pockets except patience.
Another image from our trip to Mount Rainier WA of one of many ridges visible through the trees! There are so many things to see and enjoy on this mountain that you could spend weeks there and not see it all.
Another image from one of our trips to Mount Rainier, this one is also on the east side of the mountain. Cloudy day some rain but no snow this trip!!!!
Taken a while back with Russ
What it looks like at Longmire Lodge in the winter time!
Today I finished the 7 day process of making Canadian style bacon. Out of the Traeger Pellet smoker at 150 degrees and now on the cooling rack, then into the refrigerator and tomorrow I will break it down into three chunks for future use. Sliced like thick bacon fried or just heated up in the microwave it is ready to eat.
Cooling before a night in the refriferator
We went to Utah to visit my fathers small farm after not having been there for many years and on that trip we included an excursion to Bryce Canyon national park. Below are some of the pictures from with in the park that I really like. In a few short miles the landscape just keeps changing.
Panoramic view across the canyon looking towards the ever poplar Moab Utah area!
Defiant trees cling to life
Amazing how this one pinnacle stood the test of time
A group of Hoodoos
Notice the vegetation on top
Entire rim of this part of the canyon is made up of Hoodoos.
This lone dead tree is on the edge of the canyon standing in defiance to the weather
Hoodoos on a ridge
A fine Balancing act
A friend of mine and a co worker for many years is a motor cycle enthusiast both off road and on road and he was wanting to create a GPS record around the perimeter of Capital Forest. Since I had the jeep we decided to travel the route together in the jeep and record our route which came close to 90 miles of forest roads and took most of a day, but we now both have our own route usable with our GPS devices. We traveled from roughly 200 feet elevation on up to 2600 hundred feet. I learned a lot about a new software and had a great time.
Steve on our first stop and where we had lunch
Log landing with Steve
First break and lunch time at a Landing turned into a primitive camp site with a view
Lunch break in Capital Forest
From the landing across a valley you can see a logging tower where they drag the trees to load on trucks for the trip out!
Logging/ Tree Farming
A bonus view while working our way across a ridge. A view of Summit Lake through the trees.
Another view of Summit lake, clear cuts and homes.
Another View of Summit Lake
And the result is a GPX route for our future use.
End of the day results
So as I did a few slabs of regular bacon I decided to do some Canadian bacon one to see if we liked it and two we think with the less fat it has it might be better for us in the long run. Time will tell but it sure does taste good to me!!!!
Ready to slice
First BLT Canadian style