Date: July 4, 2000
Subject: 4th of July fun
was the 4th of July, we did not have work today, we did though get to ride the
Old Trail Museum (OTM) van and throw candy, and we got to go to a real live rodeo
that was like no other.
now it's [about] 11:30 PM; I got up early today, at about 7:30 AM. I was supposed
to walk with Cory to the museum, but it did take him a while to get ready, so
I was [about] ten minutes late. Walking
across this town was not hard at all; I see why they don't have any buses in town.
There was a race/run
this morning, Mary (my host mom) was helping organize it, and there was a 1 mile
run to a 20 mile run. All kinds of people were in it; town elders even ran in
Town was busy;
lots of people either for the reunions or the big fireworks show. It doesn't take
much time to get to know this town it seems like everyone knows each other.
People are very friendly, we have not had any trouble at all.
did get to the museum [this morning], but I found out we were not gonna ride the
dino-mobile this large old beat up van that has dinosaur and fossils painted
on it's side because the battery was dead and also because Corlene Martin,
Executive Director of OTM, had a dream that the van broke down in the middle of
the parade and that we wouldn't have any way to move it. We decided to take the
newer, safer van.
had 5 or 6 five-pound bags of candy that we threw [to] the crowd. It must be some
custom [that] the parade is done twice, [because] we turned around and headed
towards the courthouse. We loaded up, Todd Crowell (seasonal paleontology instructor
at the Old Trail Museum) was gonna ride his unicycle and also throw candy.
went to the sandstone building they have as a courthouse, where the parade started.
There were floats about everything, this year the theme was the Korean War. We
saw army cars, restored classic cars as well as old beat up cars, fire trucks
(old and new), guys with small go-carts and hats, lots of horses, Miss Teen Montana,
and local businesses. The museum decided not to spend money on a float, so they
bought candy [instead].
the parade, we took off to the museum Shureice and I prepped some fossils.
I think that the OTM only collects worthy bones, but they have quite a few that
have been through some bad prep work. Overall they do have an amazing collection
they have lots and lots of footprints they've found around the area. There
I looked around, then went call my parents, they were very glad to hear from me.
I heard there were gonna be loud festivities in the area.
the museum, Shureice and I took off to her house (with the host family), but we
got lost. We did ask some folks if they knew Happy Jack (Shureice's host dad),
they immediately told us where to find them.
we arrived Happy took us to the rodeo grounds were, and there we saw the rest
of the Feder family . We went to see a live-action rodeo we got in free
because it was half-way over, but I did see some people get hurt, not seriously,
but it was like no other thing I've seen. I was most interested on how the bull
or cow could jump and move like it did, they tossed the riders at some large distances.
I was wondering
then how dinosaurs could have moved, and about how we could find that out by looking
at what we already have. It hit me that fights could have happened 80-million
years ago, here in Montana. There is a lot to do, but you have to want to go and
came back to my place, then we played basketball and went to take pictures of
cows. Afterwards we had an amazing fireworks show that just ended, by the way
now it's midnight.