Let’s Celebrate

It’s a cake, it’s a pie, it’s a PIECAKEN!

Tomorrow is my husband’s birthday and I wanted to make something special. His favorite pie is blueberry so I needed to find a cake flavor that would pair with it. I chose lemon.

Step one was to make and bake a pie.

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Next, I mixed up a lemon cake mix and spread about 1/2 inch of the batter on the bottom of the spring form pan. The instructions called to flip the pie upside down and place it on top the cake batter…a little frightening….but it worked.

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add the remaining cake batter and bake for 1 1/2 hours

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The finished product! A Bluebery Lemon Piecaken with lemon buttercream frosting

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Happy Birthday

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Low Tide

First hard frost in the morning, Seymour was covered in frosty ice. We stayed comfy inside. The day warmed quickly.

We went back to Hopewell to see what is was like a low tide and walked around on the sea floor.

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Kelp at low tide.

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We ended the day in the shadows of Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park Maine. Katahdin is the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, and is located near a stretch known as the Hundred-Mile Wilderness. After dropping off Seymour, we drove to Baxter State Park but found we could not enter because we had Copper with us. No pets allowed! This park is 200,000 acres of wilderness. Inside the park boundary there is no electricity, running water, or paved roads. The leaves are really starting to change, the trees must have communicated with each other that the time has come. We have seen some vivid reds and yellows!

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From Boom to BUST! (Sorry North Dakota)

Yesterday, July 1st, we drove from Shelby, Montana to Watford, North Dakota about 450 miles on US2. It was a long day! We did pass through Moscow, Zurich, Malta and RUDYARD! The road was great, little traffic but also very little interesting scenery. Lots of barren fields and scrub land. When we hit the North Dakota border we started seeing many, many oil rigs, and oil field equipment emptytravel trailers and temporary housing. This northwestern part of North Dakota was the hub of the oil boom . Now most of the housing sits empty.

 

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We had a very difficult time finding an RV park. Everything we saw had been converted to more long term stays instead of the overnighter. We did find one in Watford. I think we were the only short term unit there. I found it uncomfortable, but we made do.

Today, the winds were quite strong and after driving about 80 miles we decided to turn west again and check out Theodore Roosevelt National Park. We found an RV park and decided to relax for the day instead of fighting the wind.

We did drive the scenic loop in the park. The landscape is just like we saw in the Badlands. This has made me curious about what makes up badlands…..check this out

Tomorrow we will start heading east….not sure how far we will get, but St. Paul is in the not too distant future.

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Typical badlands view

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Wild horses, prairie dogs and…….

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the iconic bison!

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…our navigator and relief driver………..

Oh Canada, Your National Parks are Glorious!

Take a drive along the Trans-Canada Highway and you come to not one but two national parks. The first is Baniff which is a city actually within the park. Click here for info on Baniff.

We were lucky enough to find a campsite at the Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court (gotta love the name) where we stayed for two nights.

The iconic site in Alberta and the Baniff area is Lake Louise. Not only iconic but BUSY! We circled the parking area before scoring a great parking spot (thinks to my golden ticket).

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From our campsite in Baniff we drove up to the Columbia Glacier Fields. This was the most beautiful drive our our entire trip…to date. Mountains, lakes, rivers, glaciers, waterfalls plus the roads were great, had guard rails and many pull offs (unlike the Going to the Sun Road at Glacier which I refer to as the Driving to Your Death Road). We drove perhaps 2/3 of the way to Jasper before heading back to Baniff.

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Here is Seymour as we were leaving the Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court….mountains all around us.

Lastly, Alberta is certainly diversified geographically speaking. From mountains, glaciers, foothills, hay fields and some glorious bright yellow fields. These yellow fields are acres and acres of mustard!

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We are now back in the US. Canada Day is tomorrow, July 1st and there are no campsites available anywhere! We have started to head east and will be traveling on US 2 for a while at least….yes….that US2!

 

Glacier National Park

The sun that we had been enjoying disappeared when we got up to Glacier National Park. Gray skies, wind and rain were the order for the day. We drove out to Many Glaciers area and did see our first bear of the trip. 


Saturday we drove the Going to the Sun Road from our campground in the east and went west. Currently, we are in a restaurant in West Glacier having lunch and waiting for the sky to hopefully clear for better vistas on the drive back over. (Note- the skies never cleared Saturday) . Sunday we revisited the Going to the Sun Road. The skies were blue and the scenery beautiful….if you like edges! 

This road is very narrow, no guard rails and extremely curvey…..in fact we had to take off out trailer mirrors and fold in the rear view mirrors so as not to scrape the sides of the mountain as we passed.  Not my cup of tea…. Gets me longing for the flatlands of Kansas! 

Saturday evening we saw three bear, two we being watched closely by park rangers with rifles as they were in the near vicinity of a campground. The other best was just minding his own business in a nearby field. 

On Sunday’s trip on the Going to the Sun Road we saw our first big horned sheep resting on the side of a mountain.

Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, Sacagawea and Us

This morning we left Bozeman and headed to Great Falls following the Missouri River most of the way.

According to Wikipedia -Great Falls takes its name from the series of five waterfalls in close proximity along the upper Missouri Riverbasin that the Lewis and Clark Expedition had to portage around over a ten-mile stretch; the effort required 31 days of arduous labor during the westward leg of their 1805-06 exploration of the Louisiana Purchase and to thePacific Northwest Coast of the Oregon Country.

We visited the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center and got a better idea of the trials and tribulations the expedition went through.

Weather continues to be beautiful…sunny and in the 80’s.

Not sure where our expedition will lead tomorrow….stay tuned.