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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
Cooking School with M
Dust, Dips, and Bear Tracks
Family Forestry Expo
Grinnell Glacier Hike
Hoar, Ghosts, and Pits!
Lost on Father's Day?
M&E:Kids in the City!
Marmot Mountain Fun and Terror!
Mystery in the Rain Forest
Shuttle Bus Adventure
Snowshoe Fun on Winter Trails Day!
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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Great Falls, Montana
every Friday, we run errands and go grocery shopping. One
Friday morning, we woke up feeling as though it was like any
other day of shopping. And it was, up to that evening.
As "M", was preparing the Friday meal, she overheard Mom and Dad
talking about suitcases. Then, they mysteriously went to
the minivan to get the winter sleds. They put the sleds into the
garage. "M" spoke of what she had heard about vacation to "E".
That night, we began packing for the trip. The next morning, we
woke up, got dressed., and headed for Great Falls, Montana.
Our travels took us over the Continental Divide. We
traveled south to Great Falls with the Plains to our east and
Rocky Mountain front to our west. To our dismay, a
museum in Choteau was not open that day because of a lack of
customers. We went on driving all the way through the rolling
plains of northern Montana. Dad announced the good news,
that Great Falls was near! Our family entered the ugly
city of Great Falls. Our vacation continued as we went to
the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. "M" made her time
with the kiddie quiz about Lewis and Clark. To earn a patch,
children search for answers, in the museum, to questions about
The Corps of Discovery. "M's" favorite part was seeing how
far she could pull a huge canoe uphill like the Corps of
Discovery did. Her record was 4 miles per day. "E" could
only go 3 miles a day. Dad went as far as the scale could go -
at 13 miles per day! Mom said that she was 6 or 7 miles
per day. After we toured the Lewis and Clark Interpretive
center, everyone took a walk. This was the very same
location where Lewis and Clark had to
portage. It was desert-like and pretty hot at 70
degrees. After the walk, and back in the van, Dad picked
out a motel. Near the motel, there were some men showing off
their race cars. In our motel room, mom ordered pizza.
While the pizza was being delivered, everyone went down to bring
up our luggage to our third floor room. We donned our swimsuits
and ate pizza. It was late when we went swimming in the
indoor pool. "E" liked the Jacuzzi better than the pool.
The next day we all went to the Charlie Russell museum. This day
happened to be the free day for every museum in the city.
Some of "M's" favorite paintings were not by Charlie Russell.
They were portraits of his parents. She liked them because
they were very real looking. "E", who likes to draw, liked
his early drawings. After the museum, we began a boring