10:01 pm - Wednesday - August 30th - 69º F, humidity 39%, wind 4 mph out of the southwest.....I'm about 14 hours behind in writing my blog post about Tuesday....had too much fun last night.
Back in July I began planning our 46th wedding anniversary celebration for August 29th. My initial thought was to travel down to the Yellowstone Lake Hotel for dinner, and to spend the night there before returning to the north entrance. Unfortunately, I was to learn that I should have been trying to make a hotel reservation a year in advance as every hotel in the park except for the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, was booked for the night of August 29th. I was able to get dinner reservations for 8 pm on that date, but the thought of having to drive 70 miles back to Gardiner, MT after 10 pm, so I began working on plan 'B'.
Plan 'B' ended up being a spa day at Chico Hot Springs (Pray, MT), dinner in their world class dinning room, and spending the night in their hotel. TLE booked 1 hour massages for us at the Chico Hot Springs Spa, and I took care of the dinner and hotel reservations.
So, Tuesday was the day we headed north on US-89 for Chico Hot Springs where we had visited twice previously. We left the Newell around 8:55 am to make the 30 minute drive to Chico and arrived there just before 9:30 am.....TLE had the first massage at 9:45 am, so she dropped me off at the hot springs to secure 5 lounge chairs for us including three of our friends who were joining us later in the morning.....
......TLE was back from her massage by 11 am just about the time our friends (Roscoe, Geni and Dodge (Kristen) began to arrive.....by this time I had been soaking in the hot pool for about 45 minutes.......
After dinner we retired briefly to our rooms to change back into our bathing suits, then rejoined everyone at the hot pool for about a 30 minute soak before finishing the evening playing card games, and drinking some of Roscoe's bourbon.....he is a bourbon guy. We played, and talked until almost 11 pm (closing time). We were in bed by 11:30 filled with good feelings about our wonderful day spent celebrating 46 years of marriage (50 years of knowing each other)!
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