The day was going to be warm and sunny, with no shade on the trail. An early start keeps you cooler in the beginning of the walk.
The Swords Rimrock Trail at Boothill Cemetery was the start point. The bus arrived, opened its doors, we zipped out, and we were on our way. Boothill Cemetery got its name because so many of its occupants went to their deaths with their boots on. This cemetery was the burying ground for Coulson, a Yellowstone River town existing from 1877-1885 on the edge of what was to become Billings. H. M. (Muggins) Taylor, a scout who took news of the Custer Massacre June 25, 1876, from the battle area to Bozeman, is the most famous person buried here.
|Trail through the cemetery|
|From the cemetery, we hiked|
up to the rimrocks that line Biliings.
|View of the rimrocks that line the opposite|
side of the Yellowstone River in Billings, MT
|The rimrocks trail|
|We had a bird's-eye view of downtown Billings|
I always enjoy looking at wildflowers on the walks. Plants are so amazing. In the middle of the rocks, wildflowers grow out of cracks in the rocks.
|A grand view|
|Walkers from Buffalo, WY|
A heated discussion broke out amongst some of the walkers who insisted we had to go farther. I, and a couple of other people, turned around and went back. I turned around and looked back after a while and some people were still 1k back discussing what they should do. Everyone eventually made it back, but some did way more walking than they needed to!
Back at the hotel, we had a little free time before lunch. At 11:00 a.m., they served us box lunches with sandwich, fruit, chips, and cookies.
After lunch, we had time to bid on silent auction items. I had my eye on a gift basket from the Nebraska Volksmarch club with eclipse goodies in it. There was Eclipse gum, two bottles of wine (Morning Star and Moon Shadow), two bottles of Super Nova ale, Cheddar Rocket Crackers, Starburst candy, two plastic wine glasses with white stars on them, Shooting Star Cookies (sugar cookies coated in chocolate with pop rocks in the chocolate), gold star napkins, a gold star backpack, an eclipse walking weekend T-shirt, a pair of men's rocket man socks, a star scarf, and a candleholder with an L.E.D. light. All in all, a pretty clever gift basket. [More on this in another blog.]
The Convention General Session started at 2:00 p.m. with a speaker. Business included voting on a new roster of officers, selection of our 2019 convention city, election results, closing remarks, and closing ceremony. The final session ended about an hour early. That gave us time to get ready for the Out of Bounds Dinner Bash on Friday night.
Silent Auction bidding wrapped up Friday afternoon. By the time of the banquet, results had been posted and I won the Eclipse basket. I intend to share it with Susan and Darren to thank them for driving their van on the trip. Susan Medlin also won her silent auction bid for lodging and walk package at this summer's IML (International Marching League) walks in Washington, D.C.
The banquet speaker was Christine Handy, a wife, mother, previous model, and breast cancer survivor who wrote the book, "Walk Beside Me." The dinner and the talk were good. We had a great showing of San Antonians at the Convention...I wasn't able to get photos of everyone.
|Kathy and Mike|
|Darren and Susan|
|Susan and John|
|Ellen and Mike|
|Me (yet another Susan)|
Susan, Darren and I left when the music for dancing started. We plan a very early start tomorrow for our post-Convention Volksmarch in Red Lodge, Montana.
Travel Bug out.