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A Miserable Day in Yellowstone!
A Test of Endurance
Bear Charges Trail Riders
Brother No.1 Takes a Hike
Camping,Boating and Bears!Part I
Camping,Boating, and Bears! Part II
Canoe Collision
Cooking School with M
Dust, Dips, and Bear Tracks
Family Forestry Expo
Fire Season!
Fowl Feast!
Great Falls
Grinnell Glacier Hike
Hoar, Ghosts, and Pits!
Lost on Father's Day?
M&E:Kids in the City!
Magical Missoula
Marmot Mountain Fun and Terror!
Mystery in the Rain Forest
Shuttle Bus Adventure
Snowshoe Fun on Winter Trails Day!
Splash Pass
The Big Fair!
The Blood Red Moon
The Great Goldfish Adventure
The Swan Rangers and the 79 Switchbacks!
The Tough Trail
Ticks, Elk, Buffalo, and More!
Too Much to Bear

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The cloud of smoke from the Chippy Creek and other fires made the sky purple, gray, and scary.

On that day in August, as we walked through the Rosaurís parking lot gazing up at the ominous smoke overhead, we imagined ourselves as actors in a disaster movie. We wondered if something was going to happen. Would the ground start shaking, the wind start howling, and then giant hail fall in torrents upon our heads? Perhaps aliens would descend from their spaceship and start killing us off. Whatever happened, we would be stuck in Rosaurís grocery waiting for it to be over.

None of this happened though. The hail did not fall and the spaceship did not land. It was just another ordinary day, except that it was fire season.  Fires surrounded the valley. It smelled like smoke and dark brown clouds loomed in the sky.

One evening, our dad took us to Lone Pine State Park. After we had walked to a good vantage point, we saw plumes of smoke coming up. It was astonishing! It appeared as if the fire was right over the nearby hills. We looked towards Mt. Aeneas where we had seen giant plumes of white smoke from a fire burning in the Bob Marshall Wilderness a week before.  Blue sky peeked around dirty brown smoke and bright orange sun shined through dark clouds.  It was eerie!

Our house smelled like smoke and smoke lingered around the valley.  We're glad it's over.  But all in all, it was an exciting fire season!

Views of smoky valley from Lone Pine

Smoky skies at Northwest Montana Fair

Bob Marshall Wilderness Fire as seen from Mount Aeneas 


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