Winter 2007 Campout at Thompson Guard Station

Friday
Most of us met at 1 pm at White Sulfur Springs. I had come from Kalispell, and they from Billings. The forecasts where horrid, blowing snow with subzero temps, and I wondered how many would really come, but everyone made it. Actually, the weather turned quite nice. Subzero temps to be sure, but calm and clear. On the way in we saw elk, many elk, those that chased them over the mountain said about 200. No snow on the way in, but inside of 100 yds, it went from no snow to enough to stick a 4x4 with 4 chains. Anyway we wanted to run the snow machines and we did. At the cabin, Emit built a fire to warm some very frozen kids, and soon we were warm and cozy in the cabin with all our stuff .
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After dinner we built a huge bond fire in the snow and sat and watched the many very bright stars. Orion and the Pleiades were ready to sail down to meet us. At 10 pm the rest of the group came and the group was complete. The group, of course had to catch up on all the latest news and several folks talked until 1 am or was it 2.

Saturday
What a gorgeous day, clear, calm, and 2 above. After breakfast, and a huge pillow fight held in the kid's quarters.
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Then we all went out to enjoy the day. The older girls were off on there own on the old Yamaha 440.
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They are very good on that machine. Emmitt and I pulled 3 sleds each behind the bigger snowmobiles.
With tipovers every minute or so, progress was slow, but who cares when we are having so much fun.
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In the afternoon we decided to go over to the big sliding hill. Getting everyone over there was an accomplishment in itself. By then someone had managed to get one of the 4x4 pickups all the way in to the cabin, so we decided to take it over to the hill. Mistake! Well not really, since getting pickups unstuck is one of the interesting parts of the whole experience and shouldn't be missed. Anyway, we all got to the hill and had several hours of sliding, with snowmobiles pulling the kids back up (when the snow machines didn't get stuck). A huge bond fire kept us all warm, well pretty warm. Towards the end, a great effort was put forth to save the life of a poor field mouse, probably kicked out of its home by a snow machine. Warming was tried, but the efforts were futile, particularly after it was accidentally stepped on.
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Back at the cabin we had a great dinner of hamburgers with all the trimmings cook over an outside fire. Later there was a fine Cribbage tournament. The rest of us just enjoyed our time togather.
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Sunday
The Lord is smiling down on us again, another clear clam day. After another fine breakfast, we all go outside for some more snowmobiling and sliding. This time, one year old Kienia joined in with the rest of the kids (and adults).
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Several yonngesters wanted to shoot a 20 ga shotgun we had brought along. Several did shoot, but some were not quite ready to pull the trigger.
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All good things must eventually come to an end, and so about 2 pm we had to cleaned up, packed up, and headed home.