The next morning was overcast and rainy, but it cleared up as soon as we hit the road.
Before heading up to Montana, we stopped at the Buffalo Bill Dam, which LCB loudly dubbed the Buffalo Bill Darn as soon as we exited the RV. This was terrible enough as it was, but it got much worse when the small people started laughing hysterically and then a nearby tourist began chuckling, too.
That just encourages the man.
It’s in moments like these that I feel not unlike Marge Simpson. It was as if I’d woken up that morning and found myself living in an RV, legally bound to Homer.
(Fortunately, LCB’s very attractive, so one would never physically confuse him with Homer. This line, while true, is also necessary for avoiding marital discourse with …Homer.)
At any rate, before walking on the dam, we stopped at the visitor center to use the bathroom. The males in our family had walked in ahead of the females, and when Baby-girl and I approached the restrooms, they were huddled by the doors in deep discussion. The toilets, we soon discovered, were essentially giant holes with toilet seats on top of them, and the men
hoped theorized that the toilets might somehow empty directly into the dam.
Is it improper to discuss toilets in public? Because that’s what happens to you when you wake up in an RV married to Homer.
Ah, yes, that would be the boys, standing looking down below the toilets to see if they could prove their theory. It was one of their finer moments as well as a moment where I paused to thank the Lord that we never ordered anislandmom.com t-shirts for the family. It’s just not the way I’d want people exposed to my blog for the first time.
I save that junk for all y’all, my peoples.
My apologies if you are a first-time reader.
Then, we walked out on the dam itself and looked around for a couple of minutes, noting its features. I was so busy taking pictures and looking around, however, that I didn’t realize what I was doing until I started to leave the dam.
If you read my camping on Hunting Island posts, you know I’m not fond of heights. Therefore, while on the dam, I was careful to stay away from the edges, feeling (at least I thought) much more at ease in the middle of the walkway. And then it hit me.
Someone…we won’t disclose her identity, but we’ll call her Marge, realized she was walking with her legs spread wide, like she’d just gotten off a giant’s horse. Yes, Marge realized that while she thought she was handling her acrophobia discreetly, she was instead stupidly trying to provide herself with extra balance by walking like a living triangle so she wouldn’t fall off a fifteen-feet-or-so wide walkway (lined with railings, no less) and plunge over the side of the dam.
I really don’t know what to say here.
In fact, just yesterday I was reading an author who kept using phrases like, “I just don’t know how to describe for you…” and “I just can’t tell you how…” to the point where I finally put down the book because oh my word already, if you are writing a book, it is your job to know how to describe or tell something at least most of the time. If you are being rendered speechless on every page, what exactly are you doing?
This is all true.
But I still don’t know what to say here. So I’ll move on.
On our way out, we saw a bunch of other little interesting things,
We left the darn and headed north until we hit Livingston, Montana. From there we headed west to Bozeman. If you’ve read my prequel, you know before we settled on island living, there was a time where we were considering relocating to the mountains. During that time, we looked very seriously at Bozeman.
So there we were, headed back into the town that could have become our home. It’s a strange, strange thing to step back, after probably a fifteen year absence, into the outer trimmings of a life you once came close to choosing. It’s a charged moment.
Without prompting, the small people had put away their tablets and books, and sat faces to windows, taking it all in.
And then we turned south as we headed out of town, and the mountain range that had been in our peripheral view was now in front of us. It was the same mountain range we woke to in our B&B fifteen years ago. On that last trip, we saw many mountain ranges, both in the United States and in Canada.
But of all the mountains we saw on that trip, I remember thinking these were the ones. These were the mountains I could see myself waking to and inhaling every day for the rest of my life. It wasn’t that they were the most beautiful ones out there, although they are very beautiful.
I guess it’s just that they suited me.
And you know what?
They still suit me.
In life, choosing one thing often means giving up another thing, which is what we did when we chose our island. That said, it is a rare day when the grace of our choice escapes me. I love our island life.
But still, Bozeman would have been a fine, fine life.