Sunday Post: September 25

Sunday-Post

 

 

This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Last week–home and blog

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Road trip

We’re on our road trip and as with anything it has its ups and downs–mostly ups. The scenery is beautiful, my husband and I have lots of fun together and we’ve listened to two audiobooks while driving! The downsides–we’re tired since it 20160919_104029is a busy schedule we’re keeping and we hit a deer in Canada.

We were almost to the U.S. border in Washington State when a deer jumped out and smashed in the right front of the car.

The big upside–we were unhurt and wonderful people stopped to help. We ended up having the car towed 120 miles to Spokane, Washington where we could find a repair shop and a rental car agency.

We’ve rented a car and are in Seattle for our niece’s wedding. We’re still trying to figure out what we’re going to do next since the car is not totaled, but will take some time to repair. However, all that is for next week. Right now we’re enjoying the wedding!

The blog

The first week we were gone I had posts scheduled and thought I would get more done while we were traveling, but that has been harder than it seems. Using my cell phone to prepare posts isn’t as easy as I thought and lots of places in the mountains and rural areas have no cell service. The next couple weeks I will see how much I can get done. I do hope to visit more blogs and catch up with what everyone else is doing.

Blog posts — last two weeks

My books

What I’m reading
  • Address to Die For by Mary Feliz
What I read last two weeks
  • Grave on Grand Avenue by Naomi Hirahara
  • The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie
  • Blood Sport by Dick Francis
  • Twice Buried by Steven F. Havill
  • Negative Image by Vicki Delany
New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

The Cold Between by Elizabeth Bonesteel

Blood on the Tracks by Barbara Nickless

Among the Departed by Vicki Delany

Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delany

Punctured by Rex Kusler

End of the World: Stories of the Apocalypse by Martin H. Greenberg, editor

Next Week–home & blog

We’re in Oregon next week visiting with family. I hope to catch up on sleep and enjoy some good visits! Also prepare some posts and visit blogs!

Blog posts (tentatively)

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

What did you do last week? What books did you collect? What are you planning?

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Mammoths and Black Hills

We have been on the road for seven days and have driven a lot of miles! I had a few posts scheduled during the week, but didn’t manage to get a Sunday Post done. We are in Canada now and I can only use the internet when we have wireless available in hotels. I’m hoping to write a few posts during the next couple weeks about our trip.

Our first major stop of our road trip was at The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, South Dakota.

Mammoth bones were found here over thirty years ago. Paleontologists work to uncover the bones of dozens of Columbian Mammoths and Wooly Mammoths as well as other animals who died here. The site is the largest in the United States that shows mammoth bones in situ (left where the bones are found).

The site appears to have been a sink hole fed by warm springs. Vegetation would have grown on the side of the sink hole and mammoths and other animals sometimes fell in. Once they fell in they couldn’t climb out the steep, slippery sides and they died of starvation. Over thousands of years the sink hole filled in with dirt.

One humorous story we heard during our tour was that all the mammoths found and identified so far are young males. The scientists think the young males had to leave their herd and because they weren’t as cautious as older mammoths they fell into the sink hole!

After we left The Mammoth Site we drove through the Black Hills. Surprisingly they got their name because the hills are black! Though I thought the hills looked like regular hills. We stopped for lunch in Hill City. Such a cute town. I especially liked the two metal sculptures in front of a shop–a horse and a mule (or a donkey).

We ate at the Alpine Inn. They had German food and I had spaetzle which I love. And a Fat Tire beer from New Belgium Beer!

Then we drove out of South Dakota into Wyoming and finally to Montana for the night. Next major stop is Glacier National Park.