Friday, October 7, 2011

Tims Montana Trip

The obligatory photo out the plane window. It seems every trip on an airline needs at least one of these. The dark splotch, center left, is The Great Salt Lake.

These next two are as I was boarding the flight to Great Falls. There is a double rainbow. Better seen in the next shot

Not knowing the layout of the city in respect to my viewpoint, I said 'wouldn't it be freaky if they touched down in Temple square'. When I got home and looked at a map... it didn't miss by a whole lot! ! !

Charlie, (2 years younger) met me at the gate and after collecting my rental,we stopped at Denny's. I, for one had not eaten much since I left Ashland, MO and here is was pushing 11PM. We finally got to my motel about 1:30AM and Of Course, my reservation had lapsed. The associate on duty scrabbled and got me something for the night but said I might have to switch rooms once or twice to complete my stay. Luckily, (and with more finagling) he was able to let me keep the same room.

This is the ECONOMY car I was given, a 2011 Toyota Sienna. Very Nice Vehicle! ! !
Take note of the red object at my bumper, anyone guess what it is? I might tell at the end of this blog.
Great Falls MT is about an hour and a half north of Helena on I15. The place is swamped in "Lewis and Clarke" history. It got it's name because the Missouri river has about 9 waterfalls grouped here and L&C had to make an eighteen mile portage to get around them

These next 7 are from a small museum on Malstrom AFB. that we visited my first day there. The base started out as a Strategic Air Command facility but got switched to a Minuteman ICBM support base, they assembled, tested and installed in silos, our fleet of missiles.

the standing piece is about six feet tall by three wide and two deep. The 'chip' is 3/4" long by 3/8" wide ! ! ! !

This building was three football fields big and the floor space was taken up by the standing "magnetic core memory"

My second day, I asked Charlie if there was an attraction that he always wanted to see but never seemed to get the time. He suggested "Havre Beneath the Streets" in Havre, MT about two hours drive north. (See the link below)


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