BIG sky country, MONTANA!
Left Wyoming on July 5th and headed north to Montana.
We LOVED Wyoming and it’s always hard to leave.
Reservations at a campground outside of Red Lodge
Having been in Red Lodge three years ago and we loved it so wanted to visit again. The challenge with booking campgrounds on-line (which you have to do now or you will not have a spot!) is, it’s “site- unseen”. They tell you your rig will fit in the spot but as we found out, that is not always true!
Arriving at the campground in a major thunderstorm, poor Ed had to get out and walk down into the campground because the sign at the entrance said “no turnarounds”. That is a scary sign for a rig that totals about 50 feet!! What he found was a spot that would absolutely be a disaster if we would have tried to get into it…..Plan “B”. We stayed in an RV park for two nights and headed north to Dillon MT but not before an unexpected Vet visit in Bozeman MT! Cooper somehow ripped two of his toenails down to the quick the morning we left and was bleeding pretty good. Life on the road with a dog 🙂
Why we extended our stay in Dillon
There is so much to see and do around Dillon and we fell in love with Montana too! We went to a ghost town called “Bannack”, it was almost like yesterday everyone was living there. People where a lot tougher back in the 1800’s because the winter “lows” around here are sub-zero!
Ed and I have hiked a couple of times in the National Forest and the mountains are spectacular on either side of this valley. We could spend a month here and not get tired of it, but alas, our reservations in Darby MT have us leaving in a couple of days.
It has been five weeks since we drove away from our “sticks and bricks” home. The most challenging thing for me is not having a routine. I’m a routine person when it comes to exercise, prayer, healthy foods etc. Finding my “spot” (which is the bedroom now) for my morning quiet time and rolling out my Yoga mat and “just doing it” even though I want to get outside, has been the hardest transition. Locating healthy foods can be a challenge in these small town but I have found Safeway is the main chain and they carry quite a bit of organic foods. I can’t wait to hit a Farmers Market though!
Below you’ll find a recipe to wash non-organic fruits, vegetables and meats. I’ve used this when we haven’t been able to get organics. This is called the Parcells method. Hazel Parcells was a pioneer in the field of nutrition. She was diagnosed with tuberculosis in her thirties and was told to go live in a sanatorium until she died. Instead she went home and healed herself! She lived to be 106 years old and was still doing nutritional consultations before she died! This recipe is in the Smithsonian Institute under “kitchen chemistry” and is used by the Peace Corp and missionary’s in third world countries to kill bacteria on their food.
The Parcells Method
- 1 teaspoon of Clorox (use the brand name with NO scents)
- 1 Gallon of water
- Thin skinned fruit (grapes, berries etc.) – 5 minutes
- Fruit, medium skinned (apples, peaches etc) – 10 minutes
- Thick skinned fruit (oranges, bananas etc.) – 15 minutes
- Leafy vegetables (spinach, lettuce etc.) – 5 minutes
- Root vegetables (potatoes, carrots etc.) – 10 minutes
- Thick skinned vegetables (broccoli, brussel sprouts etc.) – 15 minutes
- Meats – 20 minutes
Rinse VERY well when done, dry and refrigerate.
“Follow” the Parcells Facebook page here is the link https://www.facebook.com/Healer-Dr-Hazel-Parcells-in-Her-Own-Words-at-Age-106-455832434543102/
Farmers Markets are in full swing so get out there and enjoy the bounty!
See you down the road,