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Day 235

There is a good reason I don’t like to edit photos after 10pm.  Apparently I shouldn’t build stuff after dinner, either.

We finished up about 11:30pm after working most of the day it got to 102F in Kalispell.  We broke for dinner at Famous Dave’s..and came back and put the bed board base section on backwards.  We got the lid on the right way though!  Something I had to fix when I got home…

The cargo compartment is accessed through a fold down door on the right side.  We got locks for it, and the top part hinged okay, even if with the reversed bed board.  Then we tied the lid down with a cargo strap.  This is in Seeley Lake at lunch on the way home.

I had a really good, and very hot, cheese steak from…

…Chameleon out of Missoula from the summer traffic.  Yum!

The trailer towed nicely.  It isn’t quite as heavy as I thought it would be.  I got 30 mpg on the way home, down about 3 mpg from riding without a trailer, but I did try to keep my speed down to 60/65 mph.  I may have to put a :bee: air dam on the front.  I could feel a little tug for every little gust that hit that broad flat spot.  More to come!

A bonus photo from a recent Avis trip!  I am not sure the trailer matches the bike’s colors, but I use wouldn’t mind riding one of the new Indians!

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>

Day 234

More trailer building!

The master cutter at work!  We kept coming up with stuff that fit and was straight or an actual 90 degrees.  That worried us a lot.

The cargo portion nearing completion.

Somewhat dubious looks…{!-{P

Fitting the tent/sleeping compartment on top of the cargo section.

And no, it isn’t a coffin.

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>

Day 233

The beginnings of trailer construction.  The planning has only been 31 years in the making…

The basic under carriage.

Checking on the frame fit.

It is easier to paint before construction on some parts.

Starting to attach the pieces!

And as a reward for our hard work, I made a pineapple upside-down cake!  In a crockpot!  Really!  It is an easy recipe at  The reason this one looks a bit…funny…is that the Dailylife GreatGramma only has a crockpot for two.  It is round and about 5? inches across, so half the regular size or less.  It only fit a few pineapple rings on the bottom so I added another layer in the batter, and I used the full amount of brown sugar so it was SWEET.  It also had a bit of a drop from the crockpot to the plate, and didn’t hold together the best.  It still tasted good!

Why I got the urge to make pineapple upside-down cake?  I have no idea…I didn’t even like it as a kid.  This was pretty good, too!  The Dailylife Canadian Quilter Sister helped me with some support for the new recipe, and then she made muffins with the left over batter.  They were pretty darn good also.

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>

Day 232

Another great change at Big Mountain (whoops!  Whitefish Mountain Resort…) is the summer activities. The Zipline that the GrandPop went on is one of them.  Here are a couple more:

This is called “Strider”.  It is a motocross course…for little kids.  They ride bikes without pedals (see the closeup photo) and just push around the course.  The little girl in the closeup had been on the course for an hour or so when I got there.  She was still going strong when I left an hour later!

(A cellphone panorama!  Click on it a couple times to enlarge it; BACK to return here.)

You can see some of the push bike, or Strider, better here.

Another change is there is a “Summer Tubing” waterslide for inner tubes.  You can see it at the top of this photo.

This shows it a bit better, with two kids who didn’t make it all the way down…the really neat part I didn’t get a photo of.  The handrail you see in this photo isn’t a walkway to the top (the course is about 200 feet long? and a total rise of maybe 12-15 feet): it is a MOVING walkway to the top!  Just like the moving walkways in big airports.  Only this one comes apart at the end of the summer inner tubing season.

Here is a photo of the whole thing (without riders…it did have quite a few, just not when I got a photo of it!).

Across the Strider track is another Zipline related activity.  There is an obstacle course in the trees!

It features ziplines, rope climbs and monkey bridges, and probably more!

It looks like a lot of fun to me!

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>

Day 231

The real purpose of my trip to Kalispell, besides the Dailylife Grandpop’s 93 Birthday, was to build a camper trailer to pull behind my 1995 Goldwing.  My old trailer sacrificed a lot of parts for this!

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>

Day 230

From my recent trip to the Dailylife Grandfolks: Naptime!  Okay, my niece’s dog is awake.  For the photo.  He left me a present in the night, too.  No, not quite that…a sock he had eaten and barfed up just for me.  Left it in front of the bedroom door where I was sure to, errr, find it.  Better than the alternative!  Or a dead mouse…{!-{P

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>

Day 229

I was down by the River yesterday.  Here are two Kormorants.  And a couple interlopers…

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>

Day 228

I was down by the River yesterday.  Here are a California Seagull and a Redwinged Blackbird.

~Curtis in /\/\onTana! {!-{>

Day 227

I was down by the River yesterday.  Here are three views of the sunflowers, from the same image.

~Curtis in /\/\ontana! {!-{>

Day 226

Early morning in Kalispell.

The Sun in One, Two (sort of…one and two small ones, anyway…), Three!