Weekend Memories

It doesn’t seem to matter how old I get, I love it when my parents come to visit for my birthday. Something about it makes me feel like a little girl again. Which, now that I am officially in my mid-thirties, is a welcome feeling.

We visited the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center (where I learned of a new birthday buddy),

relaxed at Giant Springs,

took a stroll through the flower garden,

enjoyed the ducks and geese at Gibson Pond,

took some photos at the Visitor’s Center,

swam in the hotel pool, ate some cake (though lying about your age is not advisable…),

and enjoyed a yummy breakfast down at Tracy’s, my dad’s favorite place to eat.

I can see their hotel from where we are parked, but their car is now gone from the parking lot. As all visits do, this one went by too fast, and the time has come to say good-bye. Thank you for the wonderful visit, Mom and Daddy. We treasure the time we are able to spend with you. Miss you already.

Until next time…

Lewis and Clark Festival

Last weekend was the 23rd Annual Lewis and Clark Festival. Rob is fascinated with the history of Lewis and Clark so we decided to stop by for a visit. There were different tents set up so we could learn about all the different aspects of the journey. We stayed for the beginning of a native dance, but had to cut it short because I had to go to work.

After they dropped me off at work, Rob and the kids went back and learned about snakes and were also able  to see the entire native dance. When the dance was over, Rob, Catheryn and William got up and danced with them. I am sorry I missed it. I am not sure I would have been brave enough to get up and dance with them, but I would have loved to take some pictures of the family dancing. Nathan, like me (poor boy), was content to watch from the bench. 

They all had a great time and the kids were able to trade their gold coins for trinkets. We had missed the festival the last couple of years, so I am glad Rob and the kids were able to go. 

Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center

The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center had free admission recently in honor of Martin Luther King day, and we took advantage of the opportunity to visit the center again. It is a great place full of hands-on fun for the kids and excellent exhibits. The kids were able to be Junior Explorers for the day and earned a certificate and patch. Their Grammy is going to make them brag vests so that they can keep all of their patches in one place. Hopefully there will be many more to follow. William thinks it is pretty cool that his name is William Clark. He loves to be a part of the great adventure that took place so many years ago. It truly is a beautifully done center, and I highly recommend going if you ever have the chance.

The Portage

How far can you pull out a dugout canoe in a day?

Buffalo hide

Winter Film Festival

The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center’s “Best of the International Wildlife Film Festival” is in full swing. Every Thursday for six weeks they are featuring a different wildlife documentary. Tonight was the fourth week and they were showing Bear Wars. It was a great documentary about the controversial reintroduction of grizzly bears into the Bitterroot Mountains. This was the first film we had managed to make it to, and we really enjoyed it.

Next week they are showing Thunderbeasts, which is a National Geographic documentary about America’s last wild bison herd in Yellowstone National Park. We plan on attending that one as well. The films are all free with a donation to the food bank. If you happen to be in town, you should check it out.