Supplies for a Thanksgiving feast

Turkey

This morning we picked up a fresh Hutterite Turkey. For those who don't know about the Hutterites, they live in communal Colonies and are known for their excellent farm and livestock products that they sell. Last year, we had a group of Hutterite women pick the crabapples from our trees. They told us stories, sang songs, laughed and smiled, and worked very hard.

We are very happy to a Hutterite Montana grown turkey for our Thanksgiving dinner. It should fuel us for a busy weekend of skiing.

Here are a couple of pictures from Sept 2005 when the Hutterites picked crabapples in our trees:

 

Hutterites in treee\

At work

Thinking about a Turkey weekend

We've had some good snow, the bulk of our remodel will be finished within days, and we're both in need of some time away from work. Thanksgiving sounds like just the ticket. Initially, we had plans to go to Colorado for a wedding, but the wedding was postponed. In the meantime, however, we've been too busy with work and other projects to make effective plans. At this point we're looking at spending Thanksgiving Day with the just the two of us and don't have any plans to take advantage of a long weekend. Cooking a turkey seems like overkill, and four days seems too short for a driving trip. Yikes, it looks like Thanksgiving caught us off guard this year. But no need to fear! We are very fortunate to have a comfortable home, good friends, wonderful families, and live in a spectacular region. Our home feels even more cozy as we enjoy the fruits of our remodeling efforts. Maybe we should cook up a feast and spend the weekend in repeated cycles of eating, skiing, eating, playing, eating, ... New snow tires are planned for the truck this week, and just maybe that big old High pressure ridge won't be as strong and persistent as they forecast, giving those new tires a good Montana welcome. Hey, that's the spirit. Ok Turkey weekend, here we come! I think I'll go wax some skis...

Nov 13 - Big Sky opening day

Big Sky opened for one day on Sunday, November 13th. Several skiers from Bozeman met up at Momma Mac's at Four Corners for breakfast and then headed down to Big Sky. Filled with eggs, cheese, and coffe, we were ready to brave the canyon down to Big Sky. Upon arriving, we survived a 45 min wait in line to get our tickets before we could ski. Challenger lift was open, and we promptly headed for expert terrain, rocks, snow, wind, and fun. Overall the snow was good, in the right places, and we enjoyed our first "resort" ski day of the year. I hear that Big Sky will open for the season on Saturday Nov 19th. Hmmm.

One lift ride

Another lift ride

BSR

Nov 12 - skiing at Bridger with Julie and the dogs

Julie and I took the dogs (Jack and Maddie) up to Bridger Bowl for a soulful ski day. We enjoyed a couple of inches of fresh snow, skinning, skiing, and enjoying the mountains. Overall, we enjoyed a gorgeous snowy day that we hope is a prelude to the entire season.

Although still not yet open for the year, Bridger Bowl has a very nice snow cover for this time of year. There were numerous skiers, boarders, and sled riders all over the mountain.

Sadly, we left the camera in the car, but we did take one picture from the Bridger parking lot.

BB

Nov 9 - dawn patrol to Bridger Bowl

Five of us (Brendan, Susan, Hugh, Brian, and cowdog)left town for Bridger Bowl at 5:15am this morning. We skinned up to the top of Bridger lift, stating out in the dark, and made turns in the first light of the day. And then, sigh, we all went to work, back in our respective offices by 9am. Dawn patrol skiing is a beautiful way to start a day. The only hard part was the 4:30am alarm. The snow, due to yesterday's 7-10 inches of fresh, was very nice for skiing. We hit a few rocks, but nothing serious. Edit: I looked at my skis and, oh my, I had 2 core shots and many other semi-serious gashes. This explains why my skis felt sticky. Apparently the rocks that I did hit were on the serious side. Fortunately, all was repairable with a few hours in my shop.

Sunrise

skiers

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