Having finally finished the series on Florida I’m moving on to our cabin stay on the Stillwater River. This year I could have used another trip because there’s no peace like there is in the mountains in our state. The weather has been very erratic lately with jumps from 59 to the mid-nineties predicted through this week…this is another signal of fall’s approach…that and the daylight not lasting as long. The scene in our backyard remains beautiful to me. The storms that are around us have been fairly intense but mostly it hasn’t been a bother to us fortunately. The evening skies have some very nice colors to enjoyand the passing of these storms cools things down in the evening which is nice after a hot dayand it provides a scenic backdrop when the day is done. The Montana evening panorama: . I still am amazed at how time flies once the 4th of July is donebut going for our cabin stay slows it down some…just once more as the summer melts to fall. We actually bring our Salamander since he’s a resident of Montana and needs to special amenities to survive. Here is almost ready to go, wading in his pool just one more time before we head out. Our peppers have been doing very well and so we arranged to have them watered when we were gone. These are banana peppers and are not hot at all in fact, they taste some like bell peppers. The smaller ones are much more fiery but many are still green. The potted garden of Eden on our sunken porch that leads to the garden remains one of my favorite spots. I love the variety of colors in these flowers. They have done very well this yearbut somehow I always prefer the wild flowers we see around the cabin. These have faced the harsh climates that come in the mountains and yet still thrive. It’s been a cicada year for us but the variety in the mountains are different in appearance and sound they make. Our salamander liked them for entirely different reasons…breakfast, lunch and dinner! Blue Bells are the star of the show to me. For now I will give just a taste of the pictures to come. The sign says road closed…but just for now…next week we’ll go beyond and see what the road holds.