Poulsbo celebrates the 3rd of July, rather than the 4th. I am not sure why they do this; I asked Gregg, and he thinks it began with one of the nearby Navy base's tradition. In any case,
On the 4th of July, David went to work (it's a busy day on the boats), and Gregg and I set out on the first leg of a two-day journey to Montana. We spent the evening of the 4th walking in the warm twilight, as crowds gathered on the banks of the river in celebration and anticipation of the fireworks. We found a hopping bistro for a late supper, returning to our hotel for a good night's sleep. Up early the next morning, we took another walk, stopped at a great coffee shop (Brews Brothers - don't you love the name?) and headed further east on I-90. We were on our way to Big Sky, a ski resort that was developed in part by my parents' friend, Gustav Raaum. If you like adventure stories, click the link on his name and read the article; Gus is a man to admire.
I have heard about Big Sky for years, but have never been there. When I was growing up, my father often traveled to Montana on business, but I haven't been through the state since my college days - and neither has Gregg. When we were invited to attend a wedding and weekend of festivities in Big Sky, we said "yes" and planned a road trip.
|Montana is incredibly beautiful, whether or not you are a skier. We took a hike around this lake the morning after we arrived.|
The day before the wedding there was a bridal shower. In preparation for this event, the bride's cousin organized a cookbook project, asking each guest for contributions of recipes and photographs that would have meaning for the bride. She had them bound into a book; the finished product is a priceless keepsake and practical gift - a great idea!
The wedding was beautiful. The chapel faced the mountain (the heart of a wilderness area where the bride and groom met and fell in love) through large picture windows. Pastor is also a ski instructor, and his words about marriage reflected the deep values of that union, as well as an understanding of this particular couple's love of skiing and the outdoors.
|Groom & bride about to drive from chapel to reception|
The day after the wedding, we gathered for a barbecue at the bride's parents' suite in the lodge. The weather changed dramatically each day in Big Sky; we had thunderstorms, hail, rain, wind and clear blue skies. The light that particular evening was fantastic.
big sky in Montana.
|Those big buildings are private homes!|
|We are so thankful to have been invited and able to make this trip. We had a blast!|
|Panning for sapphires is a dirty job, but someone has to do it|
Grounds for Change Coffee celebrated their company's 10th anniversary with a big party (400 people attended). I volunteered to help with registration, and stayed to join the festivities. They provided coffee, dessert, children's activities and live music. Pizza, sandwiches, beer, wine and soda were available for purchase. The event raised over $6,000 for Kitsap Community Resources, a local charitable organization.
|Gregg took this photo of David and me at the GFC party|
|This huge rock looks a bit like a potato, doesn't it? You can just faintly see Mt. Rainier above it.|
|The lighthouse is just around the point (Point No Point)|
|Turn in the other direction and you can see Mt. Rainier in the distance.|
I hope that you are finding joy in July, too!