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  1. Winter Solstice

    Contributed by RL I know that we still have a few weeks until the winter solstice but with the weather turning cold and snow in the forecast I thought we could talk about winter. Winter brings to mind icycles hanging off roofs, horse-drawn wagons heading into the fields bearing hay to feed the livestock, the scraping of ice off car...
  2. Family Gathering

    Contributed by RL Its that time of year when our families gather together from far and near. The weather is just about right, crisp in the mornings and cool in the afternoons. The Aspen trees have changed colors and have mostly lost their leaves in our area and the smell of pine trees is clear in the air with folks...
  3. The Journey Home

    contributed by RL This past week we had the opportunity to watch 5 of our grandchildren as they visited with us in all of their youthful excitement and wonder. But since the larger half of them are in school we needed to take them back to their home Sunday after church. They were excited to be heading back home to...
  4. Our Right to Vote

    Contributed by RL After the Boston Tea Party and Bunker Hill our nation had to get down to the businesses of being a nation. Why? Because we were tired of being taxed without representation and having laws and regulations changed without any notice or our input. Really the average citizen loved the King of England, it was just those pesky...
  5. One Scary Story

    contributed by RL Happy Halloween!   Since it will be Halloween soon I thought I would write about one of those old time horror stories that keep the kids and grandchildren hiding under the blankets from start to finish. First before we scare the little ones maybe we should have them help us make some Molasses Taffy like the old...
  6. The Bear Old Ephraim

    contributed by RL photo by Bob Weston As legends go Old Ephraim has to rank as one of the biggest. In the prime of his life he stood 9 feet eleven inches tall standing on his back legs. He out smarted many a would be hunter, and there were a lot, that tried to bring the big grizzly down. Sheepherders...
  7. Butch Cassidy and the Bank of Montpelier:

    Contributed by RL (photo retrieved from https://bearlake.org/butch-cassidy/) Never has an actual event from history, which happened on 13 August 1896, in Montpelier, Idaho (http://montpelier.id.gov/) been told and retold year after year since it happened. It is the tale of a bank robbery that since it occurred has ranked among one of the largest events in the history of this small...
  8. Mountain Man, Adventurer; Peg Leg Smith

    Contributed by RL October is a time for tales. And one bigger than life folklore (villain/ hero) of the Bear Lake Valley was the one time resident that operated a trading post along the east bank of the Bear River just west of what is known as Big Hill for a few years starting in 1848. (http://idahoptv.org/outdoors/shows/pathwaysofpioneers/BigHill.cfm) In the annuals...
  9. Folklore the things of Legends

    contributed by RL The Story of the Bear Lake Monster-You Tube We have all heard them, the folklore's that inspire us, or scare us, while we sit around the campfire roasting our marshmallows to the warmth of glowing embers as darkness falls upon our campsite. Maybe they have been told to you during a sleep over or while visiting relatives...
  10. National Preparedness Month

    Contributed by RL Deluxe 2 person 72 hour kit And what a month it has been! Volcanic eruptions, typhoons, hurricanes, earthquakes, fire, flooding and drought all rolled up into our national preparedness month. Do we know when to pick a preparedness month or what! The Carolina's are still trying to clean up from Hurricane Florence and the misery that it...

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