Date: July 2, 2000
Subject: Arriving in Montana
is our second day on the train, we spent almost all night awake just doing stuff.
We did see the sunrise [and in the clouds] I spotted a sauropod and a T-rex without
any hind limbs.
just changed to another time zone, Mountain Time. There is lots of flat land around;
there are also a lot of big rocks in the middle of fields. All I see is posts
that connect to each other and [posts that are] broken or have no cable to connect
it«s 10:18 PM (Mountain Time). I arrived at about 6:10 PM in Shelby, Montana.
Becca Hanna, the curator of the Old Trail Museum, was there to pick us up, the
train was supposed to arrive at 5:22, but it was delayed.
the train [Shureice and I] made a couple of friends. One was Hibiki, a Japanese
guy we shared a dinner table with he is cool; he took down our info and
said he«ll mail us something.
was anxious for it to be 5:00 PM [arrival time], but it seemed like [the clock]
would never get there. We did have a rough time trying to charge the battery on
we finally got to Shelby ... it was wonderful, Becca offered to get us food and
Shureice insisted that I eat something, so we went to McDonald's and got some
we took a ride to Choteau. Becca was telling us about what is gonna be happening
in town and as it turns out, Shureice and I will be in the 4th of July parade.
The main thing we did is drive around town. First we checked out the house of
the family I will be staying with and then [visited] Shureice«s family. We met
with them they had such a beautiful home [with] artwork everywhere; they
were very nice and seem like real good people. After talking with them for a while,
we unloaded Shureice«s things.
on to my place, Shureice wanted to meet my family, so she came too. My family
has a house next to a church (I believe it's a Presbyterian church) and the home
is on the outskirts of town, so I basically live in the country for the next 3
I heard that it was my host mom, Mary«s birthday, so I gave them what I brought
from Chicago: two Jobaria shirts for the kids and a clock for the family, along
with a portrait of a home in the woods. I feel comfortable and I know I«m gonna
have a good time.
family said they«re going to Bozeman for a weekend and that I«m going. That«s
cool. I don«t feel homesick (yet), but I do have to call my parents. I have also
learned that I will be focusing on paleontology for the time being and I will
get to do some prep work. I started unpacking now, man, I«m tired!