(republished from twodotphoto.com)Needing some fresh air, a break from all of our indoor Christmas activities, and a reason for Sanford to try out his new camera, we took a family hike to the top of the butte (wherein “the butte” affectionately refers to the portion of Two Dot Butte that falls within our ranch boundaries). More accurately would be to say that Rachel took a hike to the top of the butte, about a 2.75 mile trek.
The original game plan was for Rachel and I to start out from the house on a hike. As she is a 21-year-old in great shape, and I am a…in so-so shape, I told her to just go on ahead of me whenever she felt that I was holding her back. That was the third step. I followed her for about 200 yards, struggling through soft, sandy snow, and decided it was time to catch up with the guys. They were in Big Red (which is actually green) and the rest of the game plan called for them to meet us – the hikers – now just Rachel – at the top. We caught up with Rachel and Leonard (the cow dog) about half way up, meandered the rest of the way, and met her at the top. One hour, 10 minutes flat. All in a day’s work
The top of the butte is one of our favorite spots. We can see Big Elk Creek to the south, the middle portion of the Crazy Mountains to the southwest, the town of Martinsdale and Martinsdale Reservoir to the northwest, the Belt Mountains to the north, the Snowy Mountains to the northeast, and check water in “the basin” below. So after taking some great photos and reflecting on life’s pasts, presents, and futures, we all gathered up in Big Red/Green and headed for home.
Happy New Year to all! May 2013 bring you amazing treks, beautiful views, tranquil reflections, and family harmony.
~Susan and Alicia
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Alicia and I traveled to Spokane last week to serve breakfast to the employees of Rosauers Supermarkets corporate offices. We were accompanied by Andy and Charlotte from GM Food Sales in Spokane, our new brokerage firm (that’s Andy in one of the photos above, Facebooking about our morning!).
We served four of our hot cereals – Roasted Wheat, Organic 7-Grain, Roasted Ranch Oats, and Organic Wheat ‘n Rye – complete with all the fixings! The hot cereals were accompanied by a cold dish of Mountain Mix Parfaits. As these gracious and hungry folks dished up, we took the opportunity to promote our cereals’ healthy, all-natural or organic properties. The discussions were spirited as many questions were asked about our company and products.
Alicia and I would like to extend our appreciation to the accommodating and gracious crew at Rosauers. We felt right at home as we cooked breakfast in their well-equiped kitchen and served about 50 hungry and inquisitive folks. Look for us in their stores for a fresh start to a healthy new year – January 2013 – coming to 16 Rosauers Food & Drug Stores, 4 Super 1 Foods Stores, and 1 free-standing Huckleberry’s Natural Market!
We awoke to this beautiful view this morning, a welcome site after many months of drought and smoke…clear skies and blessed snow in the mountains! Many thanks to the courageous firefighters who have tirelessly battled forest fires this dry summer. And on a local note, heartfelt thanks to our volunteer fire departments, who have given much of their time putting out grass fires.