Saturday, August 23, 2008

"A Carousel for Missoula"

On Friday afternoon Russ and I went downtown to see the famous Carousel of Missoula. It is a beautiful art of work done with much love from Mr. Chuck Kaparich and the people of Missoula. Mr. Kaparich had said:

"If you will give it a home, and promise no onewill ever take it apart, I will build A Carousel for Missoula." That was the promise Missoula cabinet-maker Chuck Kaparich made to the Missoula City Council in 1991. Kaparich, who had spent many childhood hours on the carousel at Columbia Gardens in Butte, Montana, had already carved four carousel poinies and purchased an antique frame in thousands of pieces. When the carousel opened in 1995 over 100,000 hours of volunteer time had gone into the construction of more than 40 ponies, two chariots, 14 gargoyles, gargoyle frames and mirror frames and the largest band organ in continuous use in the United States, all within a jewel-box building.

Also downtown they were having an Indian Heritage day with mucic, information and just a good time had by all.

Later in the afternoon, we met bloggers, Ron and Elena Engelsman for dinner at Cracker Barrel. I have been reading their blog (Ron & Elena's Odyssey done on Hitchitch) from the start of their beginning as full timers. Both Ron and Elena write to the blog and they are doing something different and interesting every day.
We will continue to follow their travels and also go to some of the areas in which they have already been. Thanks Ron and Elena.

When we arrived back at Yogi Bear Jellysone, it was time for the ice cream social. I walked over but just could not eat any as I was still full from dinner. It was just fun to visit for a while. After that Nancy and I decided to go swimming as they said that the pool was heated to 86 degrees. Someone cannot read a thermometer because it was oh so cold. We did swim for about 30 minutes and then just had to get out and get warm.

It was then time to just relax and enjoy the rest of the night.

Until the next time, please take care.

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