--> Large hay mounds in the fields as we approached Mato Tipila, Bear Lodge (White Man’s name Devils Tower National Monument) Patrick commented that small mounds were once common in Ireland and now like here in the US of A , more bailing with large --> bails with tractors.
--> We arrived at the Wyoming National Monument in the late afternoon, and drove up the visitor’s center to walk around the base on a trail. Then we noticed people pointing up, and sure enough we witnessed 3 climbers through my binoculars, half way up to the top by one of the grooves. Also noticed around the base, colored prayer flags and ties, here as I sense this is a place for hanblechia and other ceremonies
--> Day 3 Moorcroft WY to Butte MT via Greasy Grass Battle Field in MT - We arrived in the heat of the day at the --> Greasy Grass (Grass that makes the horses fat, in indigenous language) ,Little Big Horn Battlefield, as the dominant culture refers to the river that flows through the site, where Custer met his end, on Sunday . We watched the movie that named issues on both sides of this conflict and the cultural misunderstandings that still arise for some folks, and then sat in the shade looking at the hill of Custer’s last stand and listened to the spiel the Park Ranger memorized for the event. .
We stayed in Butte MT, and Patrick was able to watch his Armagh Gaelic football quarter finals on the computer late at night. For more info see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaelic_football
He explained that there are some 32 counties in all of Ireland, and that Gaelic Footboll is very popular I have to say the short shorts are much more attractive than the over stuffed helmeted American collision "sport" that damages so many American men, more to see and appreciate. :-)
DAY 4 Longest Driving Day. Butte MT to Vancouver BC - About 730 Miles and 11 hours of Driving. Patrick was up early and we got on the road soon after 7 AM. First long stop in Wallace ID. I had visited here in 1969, and visited a family of a Carleton Guy I only remember as "Dode" in Kellogg ID when the silver mines were active and I put on a hard hat and went down a 1/2 mile or so, where it was really warm , Bill Benson I think was a Carleton Guy from Wallace.
Arriving in Idaho in time for a late breakfast, I pulled into downtown Wallace with my magnesium pony, Dodge Caravan here on the left. Across the street we spied the The 1313 Club Historic Saloon and Grill,
Remembering from Bill and "Doad" that the area was infamous for a lot of bars and prostitutes, it is interesting to see all the memorabilia in this cafe' bar. Wonder if Bill or Doad ever come back to the area....
Downtown Wallace with the old buildings and the valley trees in the background.
Patrick leaving the 1313 after our warm breakfast with our chosen beverages of tea and coffee. From here we drove back the big lake in Idaho, through Spokane into the dry palouse and noticed it is very dry. Temps were up to 103 F as we drove toward the Columbia River Crossing, then up across the pass into teeming traffic of Seattle. Followed I 90 to I 401 North and entered Canada after being asked about how many weapons I owned :-) by the Canadian Border guy - We drove through the dark on BC 99 straight into Vancouver through Surrey and other suburbs, to find that Niko, my Rosen Method roommate lives with his partner, within walking distance of the Granville Island Market.
Patrick and the author here, in the market. Happy for the friendly rainbow flag over my left shoulder. Patrick and Niko went back to Niko's flat as Patrick had a friend from Ireland to visit and I wanted to take the ferry over to downtown Vancouver to check out the Gay Pride Neighborhood.