This picture is dark but you can still see inside the adorable cabin. Within the first 20 minutes of arrival, Sonna fell off the ladder from 5 feet. Oh, this child takes MAJOR falls at least once a year and we thank God that she has been okay every time.
The girls helped Jedd prepare the fire in the wood stove each night so it was all ready to be set in the chilly morning. The temp was in the mid to upper 40s early morning and reached 90 degrees by the afternoon.
We were pretty impressed with our minivan for making the drive up to this lookout. We just hiked the last 1/3 mile to reach the top.
We spent the warm afternoons swimming in Seeley Lake, playing in the sand (we have rocky beaches on Flathead Lake so the sand was extra fun), and reading in the shade.
Check out Sonna's new shoes. She picked them out at Payless and I knew they were 'Sonna Shoes' even though the sales lady showed Sonna a different pair and said, "These have been very popular this year". I took this picture on a one mile hike during which Sonna cried and moaned the majority of the way saying, "Uppy". (Pick me up). I figured it kept the bears away. We were seriously in bear and mountain lion country in the national forest and didn't have bear spray so I was mildly comforted by her noise. *Mildly*
This is the tallest Tamarack/Larch tree in the country. It is over 1,000 years old, 153 feet tall (taller than the Statue of Liberty) and has survived over 40 forest fires. Can you see Mara and Sonna at the bottom?
Mara took this picture of us.
Mara in full, intense action at the local school playground. The wise woman at the Visitor's Center recommended the playground to us. She must have seen my fatigue because she recommended that I bring a chair and a good book. :)
Jedd enjoying Sonna. We got ice cream everyday. Ice cream makes most things a bit better.
If you look closely, the sign says Deer Xing Next 53 miles. The road is also known as Meat Highway. When I drove it in May on my way back from Great Falls after returning all my office equipment to Planned Parenthood, I stopped counting deer around 40. The deer seriously stood in the middle of the highway and stared at me in my minivan.