Thursday, June 11, 2020
Two 'lido decks'......
7:53 am - Thursday - June 11th - Island Park, ID - 45° F, 91% humidity, wind 1 mph out of the north.....clear, blue, cool skies today with a forecast high of 72° F.....YAY!!! The view this beautiful morning.......↴
Henry's Lake in all it's blue sky glory!
It has been cold, and dreary since last Saturday, but Wednesday we finally had a mixture of clouds and sun......more sun than we've seen in days. I actually spent some time in shorts, a t-shirt and flip flops in the afternoon. It's amazing how such small pleasures make life seem glorious. We are so loving Bill Frome County Park. It's the first time we've found a new 'IT factor' place on our own in some time. Most of the dry camping/boondocking places we have found have been suggested by fellow nomads, and for their help we will be eternally grateful, but it's nice once in a while to stumble upon one all on your own.
TLE hadn't been anywhere by ourselves in a few days so we drove into West Yellowstone to do some grocery shopping. We haven't run into anyone wearing a mask in days, and were quite surprised to find both workers, and patrons at the supermarket wearing masks.....not everyone, mind you, but about 50% of the customers, and about 25% of the employees were not wearing masks. West Yellowstone is in Gallatin County (Montana) and has had one death, and 165 diagnosed cases in 4+ months.....nothing to set your hair on fire about, right?
We found everything we were looking for including some coveted Wilcoxin's 'Stuck In A Rut' ice cream. Wilcoxsin's is a family owned and operated creamery centered in Livingston, MT for over 100 years. They supply ice cream exclusively to all of the General Stores in Yellowstone......I personally scooped hundreds, and hundreds of scoops of this ice cream when I worked in the fountain at the Mammoth Hot Springs General Store back in the summer of 2017. 'Stuck In A Rut' is triple caramel....TLE actually served me some for lunch Wednesday......once again.....proof of love....lol!
We were home early afternoon, and spent time helping Claude deploy his Wanderlodge patio awnings (yes plural), which have been stowed for 7 years. One of them required some friendly persuasion from a hammer, and some penetrating oil to free up one of the support arms, but we finally got them deployed, and working as they should.........
Claude's Wanderlodge has two patio awnings
stretching some 30' along the passenger side
.....I have to say I am somewhat jealous of all the shade he has on his 'lido deck'.
We are both getting plenty of sunlight upon our solar panels, and both got back to 100% by noon time, even with as many clouds as there were in the sky Wednesday. We spent the rest of the afternoon sitting in the sun, talking, and enjoying the local ambiance. As would be expected there were a couple of naps thrown in for good measure.
Around 7 pm we lit the fire in my portable fireplace, and were joined shortly thereafter by Glenn and Laureen who drove over from their full hookup spot at Henry's Lake State Park. They will be leaving Thursday to begin their 3 week trip back to Austin after visiting a few more National Parks along the way. We talked, and laughed until almost 9:30 pm before it was time to say our 'until next times'. They will both be missed.
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