Friday, June 30, 2017

Summer Trip 2017 - Big Horn National Park

Dear Readers,

So Celeste and I had woke up in Deadwood, SD and were planning to do a hike or two on our way to Powell, WY the second airbnb of our trip...Powell is between Yellowstone and Bighorn National Parks, close to the North East side of Yellowstone.  I was constantly amazed at how beautiful a country we get to live in and how much wide open spaces are still out there!

After breakfast we drove to our first real hike Roughlock Trail near Lead, SD.  It was rated an easy hike of about 2.1 miles up and back hike.

After that hike we drove through Big Horn National Forrest where it was snowing (!!) on the 28th of May!

I was sure we were not getting the second hike in as it was so bad, but about a half hour out of the snow, it was nice and dry so we took the second hike of the day at State Line Trail near Grass, Montana by the Bighorn River.
This trail, while short, less than a mile,  was very rocky so I really relied on my hiking poles.  Celeste started calling me Two-poles Turnage and I was calling her Mountain-goat McKeon as she was capable of scampering up the mountain while I was using my poles to get up or down best I could.

See that white speck? Almost at the edge of the scrub brush...  That is my car!

After the hike we headed to the our next Airbnb in Powell, WY.  We were met by a very nice girl and a lot of beautiful Huskies!  She showed us the puppies and let us pet them.  I spotted a robins nest with 3 babies in it and pointed it out to her.  She knocked two birds out of the nest before I knew it and the huskies got them.  :(  Said they didn't like birds.... Anyway other than the bird drama it was a good night.

Tomorrow .... Yellowstone day 1!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Summer Trip 2017 - Mount Rushmore

Hey Readers,

There are going to be series of posts on a trip I took with my daughter, Celeste.  They are not quilt related so if you are looking to read about quilts...look for posts that are not titled with Summer Trip....

For everyone else....

We took this trip at the end of May and the beginning of June.  I don't like to post to social media when I travel.  But I don't want to forget this trip as it was a trip of a lifetime!  So I decided to blog about each of the days adventures.  Every day we took a hundred or more photos, but I am going to limit the number I include to my favorite 10 to 12 photos.

I had driven to Denver and got there on a Thursday night late.  I was late coming in Thursday as there had been tornado warnings on the interstate, so I had sat in a Hampton Inn lobby near the Kansas Colorado border for about an hour and a half waiting for the weather to clear.

Friday I ran a number of last minute errands, bought a couple of books on CD for us to listen to, bought a rain jacket, socks, bought a new camera, picked up our national park pass, filled the car and just got ready in general.

Saturday morning Celeste and I got up fairly early, loaded the car and hit the road.

We drove to Mount Rushmore and did the hike around it even tho it was raining off and on.  This hike is rated an easy hike and is fairly short...  6 tenths of a mile.  It is a loop trail that has a lot of stairs!!  Even tho it was short, I had to rest a time or two...but pictures needed to be taken anyway.
Wink, wink!

Took a lot of pictures out of the car window...If you zoom in you can see the profile of Crazy Horse.

First view of Mount can see the storm clouds rolling in but we pressed forward anyway.
After entering the park, you can really get a good view.

As you do the hike around there are points that you can get the best view of each president.

Here is a photo of a sculpture of the guy who was the is an amazing monument to see and to see the story of the process to sculpt it was amazing.  Definitely worth the trip...

After we left Rushmore we were headed to the city of our first night in a Airbnb.  On a whim we stopped at a drive through animal park.  While we saw a lot of neat animals, it was painful as the you crept along at about 2 miles an hour...

Our first airbnb experience was a good one.  Although the first place we rented was  studio... I need to confess that I am a noisy sleeper and Celeste is a light sleeper, so that is not the best combo.  We quickly came to the conclusion that we were better with accommodations that gave us separate sleeping quarters.  Fortunately we had only booked two places that were the rest of the trip should be more restful for Celeste!

First day on the road was a success.  Next day heading to Big Horn National Park.  :)  That will be another post!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

TWO, (count'em) FINISHES

Dear Readers,

I finished two quilts since I posted last.  TWO!!  That has to be some kind of least for me.

I picked up the quilt for Laura and Will Temple from Betty Lewis and did my first flanged binding.  It  was a good way to get in on quick as I only had one day to get it bound.  I had planned to take it Birmingham on our next trip, but I had thought I would have more days between pick up and delivery just didn't work out that way!

I had posted a photo of it, before Betty quilted it, and lots of Facebook friend had suggested names.  When I got it back and looked at it, I decided "Hip to Be Square" would be it's name.  We have had a lot of rain in Missisissippi this last month and my fence is not tall enough for me to hang the quilt on it so I hung it on a rail outside the welcome center in Columbus...all is good except they have some convince outlets that prevent it from hanging straight.  The pattern is called Sassy 16 from the book Bust your PreCut Stash.  I changed the background from solid to scrappy and used a jelly roll for the colored parts.  I didn't measure it but it is about 93 x 75.

Here are a couple of shot of the binding and Betty Lewis's quilting!

The second quilt was a baby quilt for a first grandchild that a dear friend is having.  I did an eye-spy quilt and put number fabric on the back as she used to teach math....she teaches Chem and Physics now.  I used Pat Yamin's Eye Spy Templates to fussy cut each of the hexies.

I quilted this one by stitching in the ditch around the eye-spy blocks.  Then free motion quilting on the border.  I did a swirling star thing there.  This one finishes about 50 by 47...

Here is close up of it.

While we were in Birmingham I asked my dad to tell some he is.  The video is 3-4 minutes long.

Happy sewing...