Grangeville, ID 6/29 - 7/6/00

Go to July 2 - 5, 1999

We left Spokane and drove to Grangeville, ID to visit Susan's sister Lois Peterson. As you can see from the dates above, we spent the 4th of July here last year. We enjoyed it so much we decided for a repeat performance. We are looking forward to the Cowboy Breakfast at the local Kiwanis, the Grand Parade down main street on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday if we wish, the strawberry shortcake and barbecue in the park, and the grand event, the fireworks at the high school Of course there are many other events going on each day if we care to participate. (1 of 5)

On Friday we were invited to lunch at the Grangeville Country Club. We joined Lois and three of her friends from work. Starting with Susan and working clockwise there are Karen, Darcy, Joe, Lois and picture me in the empty chair. (2 of 5)

On Sunday we went to the "Border Days Rodeo" in Grangeville. It was a hoot! This was a "real" hometown rodeo with most of the competitors coming from local Idaho towns. It featured rodeo queens, both current and future, bare-back riding, bull riding, roping, barrel racing, clowns, etc. It was held Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. I enjoyed it so much that I could have gone again (Bill speaking.) (3 of 5)

The Border Days Parade was also held Sunday through Tuesday. We watched it on Tuesday and had a great time. This is the kind of town where if you showed up before the parade with a sign on your car you could drive in the parade. There were many queens and princesses from surrounding towns. What local parade would be complete without the restored tractors followed by the biggest, baddest new tractor in the West. (4 of 5)

On Wednesday Lois left work early so she could take us to one of her favorite spots high up on a mountain top. The views were spectacular and the wild flowers were in bloom. Unfortunately it was quite a drive so we didn't get a chance to hike very much but the trip was well worth the views. Here the two sisters are surrounded by wild flowers. (5 of 5)

July 2 - 5, 1999

I decided to start this page with the sunset we experienced on a hilltop just South of Grangeville. I forget how spectacular the Western sunsets are. In our three months on the road we have not experienced any sunsets that can compare.

We drove from Livingston, MT to Grangeville on Friday and our route took use through some of the most beautiful areas in Montana and Idaho. The drive I particularly enjoyed was the drive along the Lochsa river in Idaho. The road from Missoula drops down a steep road to the river and then follows the river for many miles. The Lochsa is a popular river for kayaking and I found it difficult to keep my eyes on the (very challenging) road. I kept looking at the rapids and picturing how much fun it would be to run them in my kayak. Oh well, I wasn't going to do them alone. (1 of 5)

We stayed at Sues's sisters house in Grangeville. We were very fortunate to be in town this weekend because it is THE celebration weekend in town. This is the weekend for BORDER DAYS in Grangeville. We saw the parade through town Saturday morning, I went to the custom car display after that and then to the Rodeo in the afternoon. I do have some pictures of the parade later in this page.

Oh, I almost forgot, remember the passion pits ( known to some of you as a drive-in theater), well they have one in Grangeville. Sue and I and Lois (Sues's sister), went to see "The General's Daughter" Friday night at it. This one is updated because you no longer have the speaker hanging on the window. You tune in a FM frequency on your radio and you hear it in stereo. Pretty cool eyh! (2 of 5)

When Auntie Susan arrives in town it is Storytime. Here she is reading to nephew and niece, Andy and Julie. Of course they are hanging on every word. (3 of 5)







Here are a couple of pictures of the parade. The float above and the parade route below.(4 of 5)

This is a panoramic shot of the view we had on a hike in the mountains on Monday July 5th.


Here are all of us enjoying a rest outside a small log cabin that is there for emergency use, particularly in the Winter. (5 of 5)