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My vacation w/pics

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I tell people that the family cabin is 40 miles from anywhere; this is not true but... Pony, MT is only w0 miles away - it just seems like it because you can only go 25 mph. If you go 30 mph, the ride gets really bumpy but at 35 sometimes all 4 wheels are off the road and control is lost.

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I try to go to MT for the first 2 weeks of August to celebrate my B’day alone (or w/sis and bil). I usually manage at least 5 days at the cabin by myself

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The cabin was built from a kit, the concrete pad was laid down, and the company delivered the wall, roof, loft and stairs. We later added the little room you see on the right (called the honeymoon suit for my sis and her 1st marriage)

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This is some of the inside with the kitchen to the left and what used to be my grandparents bedroom to the right.

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This is the deck from which we gaze fondly at the trees, sipping our beers - also the external shower. This used to be deep in the forest but the borer beetle blight caused the loss of about 50 trees for our camp alone. At night it was so dark that you could not see your hand in front of your face; now, even on moonless nights, you can at least see your hand. Not shown is what used to be the outhouse; my fear of the dark remains from the long walk through the forest (10 yards) with only a flashlight (I grew up visiting this cabin, my earliest memories are of the old cabin that used to be somewhere in the lower right of the photo) - knowing that something was out there just out of the tunnel of light provided by the flashlight.

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The top image is the entrance to the cabins; since this is on public lands, we are not allowed to lock the gate (we just chain it shut with a dummy lock).

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This is the creek down a really steep embankment behind the cabin; the sound of the creek would lull me to sleep at night.

*digression: GG just came by on her way from her food to her bed for some scritches*

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I would have stayed alone at the cabin for the whole 2 weeks but I love my sister and b.i.l. They have a very nice house in Helena but he is bored so he is constructing a hanger for his hobby rebuilding airplanes. He took me by the plot where it is to be built to show me $80,000 worth of metal for the frame (did I mention that my sis and bil are pretty well off!). He is pretty cool for a 74 year old fart, my sis is 4 years younger than me;; we had a really good time just sitting around chatting.

I drove to and from Seattle to Helena with a stop in Spokane to get gas. I learned something important from traffic court, if you are busted going 9 mph over the speed limit (and get caught), it does not count against your insurance - most people who get caught speeding faster than that and go to court, plead to 9 miles over the limit. I grew up in Montana which only recently set a speed limit (we once had an old 56 Chevy going so fast that the windshield wipers blew off). I promise I did not go much over 100 mph on this trip - and that only to pass.

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