Beartooth Hwy Best Friends
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June 29th, 2007
Three porches with columns or porticos will adorn the west, north and east sides of the house. Each will have a slightly different character. A classic, wrap around set of stairs, with two pedestals, 18 Greek Ionic columns, multiple coffers in the ceiling and a second story balcony above, will grace the south portico. The west portico is more modest and intended as an everyday entrance. It has eight Greek Ionic columns, a single coffer ceiling and a small set of steps with two pedestals for urns or statues. The north portico is more formal and designed to be used by guests and visitors. A long and wide set of stone steps with marble railings leads from the driveway to a small landing. Then another set of smaller steps flanked by two pedestals, perhaps decorated with statues of lions, ascends to the north portico which is adorned with a coffered ceiling, seven Greek Ionic columns and a second story balcony above. All of the porticos and balconies will have intricately designed porcelain tile floors sculpted to look like rough faced quarry stone.
Rich fills four foot holes with concrete.
Keith smoothes over the concrete in preparation for vertical beams.
ABF Truck
ABF delivers a truck load of furniture just like they did in July 2005 when I first moved to Montana.
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Bill Wallace
My best friend from Connecticut, Bill Wallace, is dwarfed by a centuries old Douglas Fir.
On July 1st my best friend from Connecticut, Bill Wallace, flew out to Bozeman. We met almost a quarter of a century ago when Bill walked into my bike shop looking for size 16 cycling shoes. I had them in stock and we quickly became friends. We often went out for dinner, talked about politics, world events and a multitude of other subjects when I lived in Connecticut. In July, 2005, I moved to Montana. Bill and I kept in contact by phone and we went out to dinner when I flew back to Connecticut for Christmas and July 4th. This was the first time Bill set foot in Montana since in over 30 years. I thought about the things Bill liked to do. I thought about the cultural differences between Montana and Connecticut and laid out a plan accordingly.

Bill experienced Montana hospitality even before the Northwest airplane landed in Bozeman. He sat next to a woman who owned a coffee kiosk at Four Corners. Together, they shared pleasant conversation from Minneapolis to Bozeman. On the way out of the airport Bill was surprised by the "Welcome Home" sign and the free airport parking. We stopped by a pita place in downtown Bozeman and then headed home to Emigrant. The night was dark and a million stars shone overhead. The Milky Way galaxy stretched in a thick, silvery white band from one horizon to the other. In Connecticut, outdoor lights and haze often dim the sky, so only the brightest stars and planets are visible.
Mount Washburn
A knife edge trail clings to the top of 10,243 foot Mount Washburn in Yellowstone National Park.
Rocky Trail
Bill and I trudged up the twisting and rocky trail towards the weather station which sits at the summit of Mount Washburn.

A faithful friend is a strong defense: and he that hath found such an one hath found a treasure.
Ecclesiasticus 6:14

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.
Henri Nouwen
July 3rd, 2007
Two days earlier Bill and I tackled an easy hike; the Beaver Ponds trail. Bill loved it. As an accomplished geomorphologist, a person who studies how land is formed and shaped, Bill intimately understood how the ponds, hills and valleys came to be. He pointed out glacial deposits, hanging valleys and runoff plains as we hiked the short and easy trail. Along the way we met a lovely woman whom we both happily protected from a female black bear and two cubs. No pepper spray was needed and the bears passed by peacefully.
Quiet reflections and a steaming hot spring adorn a small pond at the Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park.

Full of vigor and confidence on July 3rd, Bill and I tackled the lofty, 10,243 foot, summit of Mount Washburn. In a few hours we scaled that peak. Then we headed off to the Yellowstone Canyon lodge for a buffalo burger and fries. Still feeling strong we stopped by the Norris Geyser Basin and walked on the boardwalks for another hour or so until the late summer sun finally dipped below the western horizon around 10 PM.

Truth springs from argument amongst friends.
David Hume
Hot Spring
One of many grand and beautiful hot springs and geysers in Norris Geyser Basin.
The sunset's afterglow lingers over Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park.
Heaven's light mightily sweeps across the Beartooth mountains in the Absaroka range.
July 4th, 2007
Bill was an avid mountain climber in his youth and pre-marriage years. He scaled mountains in the Pacific Cascade range in Washington state during the winter by climbing through ice and snow and traversing across treacherous glaciers. Back east, he climbed the Presidential Range in the White Mountains in the winter, and also took up ice climbing and cross country skiing. I thought he might enjoy a leisurely drive along the Beartooth Highway which gently climbs to almost 11,000 feet above sea level. Bill enjoyed the tremendous views and cool, crisp air. He picked out a couple of the highest peaks and carefully plotted routes to their top for a future climb. Bill pointed out glacial cirques and cornices while explaining the proper techniques used to ascend them.
Frigid, snow melt lakes dot high mountain tundra like meadows, that are just shy of 11,000 feet above sea level.
The author, Tim Brockett, on a flower speckled mountain meadow high in the Beartooth mountains.
Moss Campion
Moss Campion - often 10 years old before it flowers and is generally found above 9,800 feet in elevation.
The American Globeflower, a member of the Buttercup family, abundantly blooms near the edges of melting snowfields.
Lyall's Rockcress - a member of the Mustard family and often found in alpine ecosystems.
July 5th, 2007
Our area is blessed with two world class museums; The Cody Museum in Cody, Wyoming and the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana. A bit tired from all our mountain climbing Bill and I opted for the latter since it was only 75 miles away. After a short and leisurely fast drive on the uncrowded roads of Montana we arrived in Bozeman and were soon at the museum. An extensive dinosaur collection, comprehensive American western history display, homesteading living history exhibit, Indian history, geology and even a traveling King Tut exposition awaited us and occupied our entire afternoon.
Full sized dinosaurs roam the floor at Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana.

All men by nature desire knowledge.
Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)

There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.
Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC)
A homestead prairie house on display at the Museum of the Rockies.
Note the balcony, classic shaped windows with sills and peaked gable over the entrance. All are classical elements often employed by Andrea Palladio in the 16th century.
King Tut
King Tut and many of his treasures stayed at the Museum all summer.
July 7th, 2007
The west portico rises! Note the fluted Greek columns topped with Ionic capitals. Legend says that the slender and tapered column and the swirls on an Ionic capital were inspired by the figure and curls of a beautiful woman. I mused for a few moments about how fortunate I will be, to come home and be greeted by the likeness of eight lovely women, from ancient Greece.

Bill and I continued our adventures by visiting Yellowstone Lake, Lake Hotel and Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park. We saw herds of Bison in Hayden Valley, got caught in a powerful hail storm by Lake Lodge and passed away time people watching and eating in the lobby of the Old Faithful Inn. Of course we also watched Old Faithful geyser erupt listened to the crowds gasp and squeal with pleasure.
West Portico
The west portico will eventually have eight fluted Ionic columns.
Lake Lodge
Greek columns with a Scamozzi version of an Ionic capital grace the Lake Hotel in Yellowstone National Park.
Bison with young calves graze in Hayden Valley in Yellowstone National Park.
Kitchen Cabinets
Justin "Jubby" Gray and Don "Dooney" Thivsk.
July 7th, 2007
Justin "Jubby" Gray and Don "Dooney" Thivsk skillfully installed cabinets in the kitchen, basement workshop and laundry room. It is reassuring to see progress resume on the house. Eventually it will be ready to live in. I often remind myself that the house is a very big project with lots of detailed work so patience is always in order.

Bill and I idly wandered around West Thumb enjoying the juxtaposition of the cold lake with boiling springs. After a short nap in the warm, humid afternoon sun we cruised in my Jeep to Old Faithful.

Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.
Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)
Yellowstone Lake
A steaming, turquoise hot spring, contrasts sharply with the frigid, gray blue water, of Lake Yellowstone.
The kitchen cabinets extend over the breakfast bar and surround the south portico double entry doors.
Richly colored algae adorn hot springs. Each color represents a different water temperature.
Old Faithful
To the delight of the crowds, Old Faithful erupts on schedule and often presents a grand, elegant and breath taking show.
Work Shop
Neil sands and clear coats the basement work shop fir floor.
The south portico rises with Greek tapered and fluted columns and beautifully detailed, Ionic capitals.
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