Monday, July 26, 2010

Back from my Stay-cation!

We live in such a fabulous city that we can enjoy an entire week of fun without ever leaving or spending a bundle.  My mom came for her annual summer visit and the first thing we did was head up 7000ft to Fairy Lake to picnic, hike,fish, geocache hunt, and letterbox hunt. I have to say this lake ties with Hyalite for being the most gorgeous lake. It's no wonder it's named after fairies! (Fairy Lake is behind the peak in the center of the pic)
And to make it more memorable for our family, the boys accidently left the van door wide open before we left for our 2 hrs of fun at the lake! Our purses were in there and let's just say all my mom's travel funds. There were about 17 cars in the parking area.  I love Montanan's - no one even touched it!
The next day we were off to the Museum of the Rockies. I buy family passes because it's always so fantastic I want to go back every time they change their main exhibit. MOR has the largest TRex skull and is headed by Jack Horner who's research Jurassic Park was based on. The current exhibit is Leonardo DaVinci's Machines in Motion. They just opened a new Kid's level upstairs with operational geysers! (parachute type water pops up and the floor rumbles)  Next we were off to the Bozeman Hot Springs - WAHOOOO! Splash all ya' want boys! The next day we were off in search of Pirate Treasure!!!ARRRGG! Turns out it took us THREE days to actually best ol' Blackbeard and loot his treasure (Letterbox).  Mom and I got "inked" (with the letterbox stamp) Found the Treasure!  Here's our Letterbox stamps: Hers is LC ours is "6Jeepers"  We made some delicious-smelling soaps and I will be giving the most gorgeous one away soon!  And wrapped up the week with our annual "Dinner Out-IN" as my Mom calls it. Instead of dragging all the boys to a restaurant and rushing to eat before one of them "expires" we learned years ago to just go buy some crab legs, baked potatoes and salad and really enjoy ourselves at home. It was sad to see her head back to her home state but hopefully the memories will keep until next time we can whoop-it-up together. We wrapped up our family week Sunday by taking them all to church, to the neighborhood bbq meet-n-greet and took 6 boys fishing at the great little city lake - And, yep, "I got one!" Stay tuned everyone, this next week or so I will have a couple giveaways!!


  1. It looks like you had a wonderful holiday with your Mom! (smile) I'm glad it all worked out well. :)

  2. ....and we'll have fun,fun,fun...till my daddy takes his t-bird awayyyyy...

  3. This looks like such a great place to visit!! Makes me want to take a little trip out there. So glad you got to spend some time with your mom!
    Big Fat Mama

  4. Christine (Bean)July 27, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Looks like such a fun time! And great idea for dinner IN! The lake is georgous by the way. We went backpacking over the weekend to Desolation Wilderness (Up by Lake Tahoe) and it was beautiful...but were almost ate alive by all the mosquitos!

  5. Yes, one of THE most gorgeous lakes EVA! Chris and Mom called it "mini Lake Tahoe"! I took that picture too so that's what it really looks like. I hope you posted picts on your FB.

  6. Sounds like a blast!! :) I need one of those!

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  8. Yes, a blast it was, Palindrome! Come on over and bring your fishing pole!

    Hi Kari, welcome! I'll check out your blog, too.

  9. Christine (Bean)July 28, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    I didn't post pics yet, but I will. One of my friends insisted on having a campfire...(which campires are strictly prohibited in Desolation Wilderness)...and promply got a $375 ticket by a very nice El Dorado Forest Ranger named Brent. OUCH. Luckily my friend took responsibility for it, otherwise that would have been "my" ticket...since I was the permit hold and thus the "group leader".

  10. Finally, I hear about your week together. Still haven't talked to Mom about it. Love the pics and so glad it was better than last year. I know you needed the fun as much as Mom did. I must say . . .J-E-A-L-O-U-S here!

  11. Hi Angie, yes, much better - no stomach flu this year! Next time we'll do all that with you guys if you come in the summer.

    Christine - saw the pict - looks like your friend caught his shorts on fire too? Do you need a permit in CA to light your own shorts on fire?

  12. Christine (Bean)July 30, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Ha ha...yes he did burn up his shorts. Classic. He swore that everything was fine and they were just drying. They had been wet and he layed them up on a rock next to the fire the night before....and they were smoking away when mentioned to him about moving them. Next morning....burned!

    The funniest question was when the ranger was giving him the ticket...he asks "will this effect my application to the BLM"...we all erupted in laughter.