BEFORE (08-05-03) & AFTER (12-31-05)
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season has been crazy and the yard has suffered a great deal of
neglect. Weeds are breaking through the bark layer at a frightening pace
not sure if all the birch tree's will make it either.
we've made zero progress on the finishing touches over the last two
we'll share Christmas vacation photos with you instead...
12.19.05 My very generous parents, Don &
Chris, flew the whole family out to
Butte, Montana for a week of snow-filled winter fun. On the left, is the
stayed in at the Fairmont Hot Springs. Right, looking the other direction,
7:40 sunrise and fresh animal tracks. The tempatures were predicted to be
between -10° and +10° and there was about a foot of snow blanketing
valley we were in.
hours later, Julian and I are at about 7,700 ft up on Rumsey mountain at
Ski Discovery outside Anaconda, MT, ready to carve the powder. The Northern
Rocky Mountains are in the background.
12.20.05 On Tuesday, we drive to Bozeman to
visit the Musuem of the Rockies.
Here, Julian and Quinn hang out with "Big Mike". The musuem had
Lewis & Clarke, Rocky Mountain and mining history exhibits.
12.21.05 The sunrise view of the condo balcony
was amazing on Wednesday.
It seems to take forever for the sun to finally break over the mountains.
took 50 shots over 30 minutes waiting for the sun. Notice also, how the
snow on the
has melted away. The tempatures changed from 0°10° to 30°40°
in two days!
12.22.05 On the road to somewhere, a look at
a farm and Diana and Quinn in the
back seat of the truck.
12.22.05 On Thursday, we took a 3 hour drive
to Yellowstone to do a day-long
guided snowmobile tour. We had to leave the condo at 4:30am to get there,
didn't get back until about 10pm. A long day, but it was well worth it.
waving from the back of Diana's arctic cat. (If you haven't tried it before,
to go snowmobiling sometime... what a blast!!)
The whole group bundled up and standing over one of
several waterfalls we got
to see. From left to right: Don Jr., Don Sr., Diana, Quinn, Julian and Chris.
A heard of snowcats on break and a heard of bison
A walking tour of the Lower Geyser Basin. Quinn clearly
doesn't enjoy having a
camera pointed at him!
Diana and the boys sit near Old Faithful waiting to
view the eruption. Most of my
good geyser and nature shots are on the video camera, so unfortunately,
share them here with you.
The family and the parents with Old Faithful spitting
up in the background.
On our way out of the park we were fortunate enough
to pass by a small heard of
bison. They appeared very tame an curious.
A coyote trying to catch a mouse by the river and
another lone bison.
I was taking some shots of a family of deer near a
river when all of a sudden a
helmet-wearing yeti jumped into the frame and started waving his hands.
One of our last views on our way out of Yellowstone.
On Friday, we went
snowboarding at The Great Divide outside Helena, the state capitol. Really
day, but no photos.
12.24.05 Boarding the Horizon Air 70-seater
twin prop from Butte to Seattle on
our way home. It was awesome trip! Thanks mom and dad!
12.26.05 Back home and Quinn is posing on his
shiny new Shwinn Stingray bike.
This is also the first wide shot of the front showing the screen walls with
grey vinyl strips.
Another year gone... and a Happy New Year to everyone!
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