Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Picture Time!! (I did this once, and everything magically disappeared)

Karen Cooper's picture; from Bay View, WA ride
Wild Horse Sculpture above the Columbia River, Vantage, WA

East of Spokane; fields of golden grain, for as far as the eye could see.

Trail Head at Couer D'Alene, ID  The Couer D'Alene tribe erected this in honor of their warriors and veterans.

Out the front window of my hosts

Along the Couer D'Alene trail; the camera can't capture how turquoise this water was.

I got this chipmunk to climb up my leg and do other stupid chipmunk dancing for his food.

Couer D'Alene trail

 Mission of the Sacred Heart Church at the Cataldo Mission, the oldest standing building in Idaho, built 1848.

The ceiling was painted with huckleberry juice 

"Example of the newspaper wallpaper and tin can metalwork"

This wall paper was made with old newspaper

The walls were made by the wattle and daub method.  No nails were used.  It took 3 years to complete.

This raptor was not happy with my presence; soon Dad joined here.  Anyone know what kind of bird this is?

Couer D'Alene trail

Couer D'Alene trail

Couer D'Alene trail

What is Smokey doing?

Big, big haystacks in Montana

Helena, MT is down there somewhere

Long and windy road in Montana

Wolf Creek, Montana

Pesky cows.

Big Sky Country

Absolutely nothing out here but me, cattle and endless miles.  Montana

Do you see the waning moon?

Montana ranch land

Believe it or not, the is the Govenor's Mansion for Montana!

Montana's Capitol building

Gates of the Mountains, near Helena, on the Missouri River.  Named by  Lewis and Clark
(the 'gates" are just starting to open)

"Captain Lewis wrote on July 19, 1805,

this evening we entered much the most remarkable clifts that we have yet seen. these clifts rise from the waters edge on either side perpendicularly to the hight of 1200 feet. ... the river appears to have forced its way through this immense body of solid rock for the distance of 5-3/4 Miles ... I called it the gates of the rocky mountains."  (Wikipedia)

The 'gates' are open

Indian pictographs in red.

Missouri River, the longest river in the US

Kids trying to get up the nerve to jump off

Early French Voyageurs used the name "les Trois T├ętons" (the three breasts). It is likely that the Shoshone people once called the whole range Teewinot, meaning "many pinnacles". (wikipedia)

Four antler archer at each corner of the park in Jackson, (also called Jackson Hole)  I have been told
these are elk antlers that fall off naturally.  Thanks, Sherry Wells, for that info.

Famous Cowboy Bar; I was too tired to partake....

Smoke in Jackson Hole from a nearby forest fire.

Ruts from the Oregan Trail are still evident in Wyoming

Can you imagine travelling this way, on foot, in a heavy, long dress!!

The Oregon Trail--those settlers were tough people!

Storms brewing in around Grand Junction, CO


  1. Great pictures, Sue!!

  2. awesome photos Sue

    thats an osprey landing in the nest

    I like the huckleberry juice church and Smokey
    did you place his hands like that LOL