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Monday, August 15, 2011

Birthday Dinner & Earthquake Lake

Saturday was Kathy’s Birthday and Chuck had planned a dinner in West Yellowstone at Cafe’ Madriz. This is not your ordinary Mexican Restaurant, but authentic Spanish food from Spain.

So Mac & I,  Chuck & Kathy and  Kevin & Arlene all headed in to West Yellowstone for our first experience of food from Spain. The menu has many Tapas, which are small servings of one item. We ended up having a Meat & Cheese Tray, Meatballs, Shrimp, Chicken Skewers, and an Egg & Potato dish that is kind of like a Quiche. Items were served as they finished cooking and we all ate a little of each dish. There are no dinners served at this restaurant, but we all enjoyed everything. And it was a new experience for all of us. Plus, Chuck treated us all to dinner!! Thanks so much Chuck for dinner and letting us help Kathy celebrate her special day!!



The Birthday Girl:


Chuck & Kathy


all of us except Mac…he was taking the photo…


After dinner we headed back to the RV for some cake & ice cream and a gift for Kathy.


Sunday, Mac & I decided to head out to explore Earthquake Lake and Hebgen Lake.

We had a nice drive, passing some pretty scenery…




on the way to the Earthquake Lake Visitor’s Center. They have a great display of the history of the lake and have a very nice video that shows what happened the night that the earthquake happened and the destruction that followed. This is a short excerpt:

On the evening of August 17th, 1959, the area just west of Yellowstone National Park experienced an earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale. At the time it was the strongest earthquake recorded in the United States. It killed twenty-eight people; many were buried beneath the 80 million tons of dolomite that crashed down upon a sleeping Forest Service campground, others drowned when the Madison River, displaced by the slide, engulfed their tents.

For more information on the Earthquake, click on the “Earthquake Lake” in red above.

Here are a few photos:



and the actual Slide Area:



more photos of the lake:


and “Ghost Village” This is an area where several cabins had fell into the water and floated downstream and eventually landed when the waters started to subside. They are still in the actual area that they landed.






Then we were back on the road to continue on down the road to Hebgen Lake. This lake is huge! Very pretty also.





and some interesting old homesteads and buildings:




We had a great day and headed back to the RV for a cookout with our friends. We went inside when the weather started cooling off.

Monday, we just stayed around the RV and got some household chores taken care of…..Laundry, changing bedding, cleaning the floors, and making some phone calls. Later in the day the wind came up really strong and it rained a little bit…but the temperature dropped and it got really cold.

We are starting to get Hitch Itch. We have seen just about everything in the area. It is also a LONG way to do any real shopping for groceries and supplies.

Stay tuned on what we get in to on our last couple of days here in Island Park, ID.


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squawmama said...

Glad you had such a wonderful couple of days... Nice you got to celebrate Kathy's Birthday with her & I was really glad you got to go see Earthquake Lake. We really enjoyed reading about it & seeing it even though it was very sad and scary!!!
Have fun & Travel safe

Sweet Meanderings said...

I just found your blog and enjoyed reading about and seeing the pictures from Yellowstone. We camped there for a week a couple years ago but now we're in Florida for a while seeing everything we can while we're here. Thanks for sharing.

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

Great views! That is such a great area, but it is a long way from anywhere.

Jim and Dee said...

Great pictures. Earthquake lake is really something. It's hard to visualize, so glad you went.