Friday, July 17, 2020

'Rusty Gold.......'

7:30 am - Friday - July 17th - Harlowton, MT - 55° F, 83% humidity, wind 5 mph out of the southeast......partly cloudy today with a forecast high of 88° F.  On this day in 2012 we were in Raymond, WA on the Olympic Peninsula walking around the town looking at 'rusty gold'.......↴

I'm still getting used to my new Holy Stone HS120D drone, and since we have dropped anchor for a few days I thought it time to fly her again, this time from a much higher altitude....about 30.3 meters (90.5 feet) above our campsite......

 Over 90' in the air!

 You can see me (the pilot) at the bottom center of the frame

 Antelope Creek in the foreground, and the town of Harlowton in the background

A drone video of the surrounding area

.....and I did all that before breakfast!  TLE used our Cowboy Disc Wok to prepare a sumptuous breakfast for the two of us....why does food cooked outside, and eaten outside always taste better?  That's the kind of breakfast that sticks to ones ribs.....for sure......

....after breakfast we all decided to take a walk into town......

 Crossing over Antelope Creek 

.....our first destination was the local train museum which tells the story of the Milwaukee Road Historic District....

.....regrettably, as is often the case in small towns, the museum building is only open Friday through Monday, but we could still view the railroad pieces outside......

 That's a very big snow plow!

 A Fairmont Speeder

.......below is an example of hand cut railroad ties.....back in the day a single man could hand cut 80 ties per day, and be paid 8¢ per tie for a whopping daily average of  $6.40......

 Hand cut railroad tie

....from the museum we moseyed up Central Ave. past some quaint homes with lot of yard art.....

.....soon we arrived in the 'old town' area....the ever majestic Graves Hotel was built in 1905..... still is open for business with an operating

.....the entire 'old town' area was full of very cool vintage neon signs.......

....surprisingly, there were a number of thriving businesses still in operation, but the majority of storefronts showed no current activity.  After checking out the local Napa Automotive/Hardware store we sifted through some old treasures in a local thrift store (Claude found a couple of things without which he could not live) continuing our long loop walk back home..... all we covered some 3.21 miles, gained an amazing 95' in elevation, and consumed 576 caloric units in the process.

I spent the rest of the day in air conditioned comfort watching the Memorial Golf Tournament being played at Jack Nicklaus' Muirfield Village, as it is every year.  This is the first tournament Tiger has played in since the Wuhan Flu farce shut everything down.  Tiger finished the day at one under par......5 strokes behind the leader.

By the by, we are currently in Wheatland County, MT (Harlowton is the County Seat) where there have been just 2 diagnosed COVID cases, and zero one in town is wearing a mask, and why should they, right?  All of us continue to be asymptomatic, and why would it be otherwise?  Unless you live in the highly populated areas of California, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Michigan, Florida, Texas, or Massachusetts (or any other high density population area) the odds of you catching, or dying from the Corona Virus are almost zero, and we are free from the the fascistic, overbearing, dictatorial whims of politicians on both sides of the aisle.  Fortunately for us most of the U.S. land mass is rural, allowing us to live our lives free of and far from the mask police.

And with that I bid you all adieu until tomorrow, and thank you once again for stopping by!

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  1. Oh we so agree with you about the farce! Glad you are in a state where you can live mask free..what a joke! I told Ken when we get the trailer's warranty work finished I want to leave this state for awhile and head somewhere normal! Love the old town area and all the bars LOL. Looks like a wonderful little town and a good afternoon for you two! Keep on enjoying! I

  2. What a great little, old the history and Historic relics that are still around. It's sad to these these little rural towns dying out. Happy you guys are finding alot of places to live life on your own terms. I'm back in Washington and it's chaos!


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