Bob and Rigamarole at Texas Canyon Rest Area, Arizona, September 30, 2017

Bob and Rigamarole at Texas Canyon Rest Area, Arizona, September 30, 2017
Bob and Rigamarole at Texas Canyon Rest Area, Arizona, September 30, 2017

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Mesas, Mountains, Meals, and Meeteetse, Part 2 - Sat., June 10, 2017

Continued from Part 1...

We left off with us going through neighborhoods and then into downtown Red Lodge, which is a historic mountain town.

Old theater, new movie
Downtown Red Lodge, Montana

Red Lodge seems very testosterone fueled
When I say Red Lodge seems very testosterone fueled, I mean that there are lots of bicyclists, fishermen, kayakers and rafters, big pick up trucks, jeeps, and boats around town. Not to say that women don't do all those things...just an observation.


During our walk today, we socialized with Mike and Kathy, also from San Antonio. All of us were pretty hungry and it was close to 11:00 a.m. The group decided to have lunch at Bogart's. Bogart's Restaurant offered a 10% discount to our Volksmarching group. 

At exactly 11:00 a.m. Bogart's opened their doors and immediately filled up with Volksmarchers, all famished from climbing up that trail to the bench. The menu at Bogart's was awesome. No matter what kind of food you like, you would have found something delicious. 

I ordered a wonderful Sierra Madre layered salad with hot rice on the bottom, black beans, and pulled chicken, topped with lettuce and pico de gallo. Ranch dressing was the perfect topping. It was wonderful and provided all the protein my body needed to replenish itself after all the hiking.

Bogart's outside menu board
Inside Bogart's
Susan, Darren, Gerald, Mike, Kathy
Mike, Kathy, me, Susan M., Darren and Gerald
(photo by our waitress)
Do you think Susan M. is happy
with her margarita?
Bogart's bar (this filled up with the lunch crowd too)
Below is the sign on the two restrooms at Bogart's.

Both bathrooms say, "Either / Or"
Bogart's sandwich board


After lunch (still on our 11k [6.8 mile]) Volksmarch, we shopped in a rock and gem store, and a gift shop for postcards and souvenir pin (me). 

The Sundance Kid and Kid Curry history here

Big horn sheep mural
Carnegie Library of Red Lodge, Montana

Peter Toth's "Trail of the Whispering Giants," #32, is in front of the Red Lodge Library. Peter Wolf Toth, a Hungarian-born artist, uses a hammer and chisel as the basic tools to create the Whispering Giants, but on occasion will use a mallet and axe, or rarely, power tools. Before starting work on a Whispering Giant, Toth confers with local Native American tribes and local lawmakers. 

Whispering Giant #32 is made of Ponderosa pine and stands 25 feet tall. This was his gift to Montana in October 1979. Toth always donates the Whispering Giant he creates to the town it is carved in, and never charges a fee for his time. He does require that the raw materials be provided, as well as lodging and living expenses. The carvings have been appraised at a quarter of a million dollars each. 
Peter Toth's Whispering Giant #32
in Red Lodge, Montana
To finish our walk, we were directed through a section of beautiful, historic homes. Most of the homes had plaques with the history of the home in front of the houses.

The 1959 Metropolitan car below generated a lot of interest from the Volksmarchers. People were admiring it from all sides.

1959 Metropolitan
1959 Metropolitan
Roysdon House
1899 Queen Anne Style home - Meyer House

Queen Anne Style Chapman House

Chief of the Crows - Plenty Coups
Chief Plenty Coups
With that, we were like horses returning to the barn and made our way back to the high school, had our books stamped at the Finish table, and then we continued on our way to Meeteetse, Wyoming.

To be continued in Part 3.

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