Posts by sideroad60

Retired truck driver with a flair for life,coffee,fishing,blues & country music.

Busy and busy…..

Well after 19 years at one address we made the decision to move this spring. Have to say it was anything but fun in doing so ! Unbelievable how much one can gather over the course of time. We made the big move April first and many small trips to and from over the next couple of weeks. Pretty much all is in place and straight as of now,weeks later.

This place has a bigger side and backyard than the old. Seemed kind of weird giving up the other place. Yet at the same time it has been exciting in a way. The dogs were all frantic the first few day. Yet they all decided they loved the move when they discovered the have a big fenced in backyard to roam. A deck to sun on and sleep there afternoons away!

IMG_0740 Rowdy Boy catching a nap and a few rays of sunshine

I know I have been absent for sometime on the blog being busy getting this move in order as well as executed. Yard work caught up and garden in now. So will get back to keeping up with the site and friends. Spring is here and the summer about to unfold. Kim is free now from teaching as summer vacation is upon us. Fishing and traveling in store as well. Not going to make it to Montana this summer. Opted to adventure off to the Ozarks trout fishing as well as site seeing. Line up the dog sitter and pack the bags then go for it !

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The Day has Finally came…..

IMG_1849 ( My youngest daughter/Child )

The Class of 2017, Lafayette High School. St. Joseph Missouri took to the task of presenting this years graduating Seniors on Mothers Day, May 22nd at The Civic arena. Among those who walked was my youngest of six and the final to walk the isle.

Now in the midst of my “bragging rights” lies the fact that I am not getting younger in the meantime ! It’s been another milestone in the walk of life indeed. Congratulations Josie Amber.

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Living your dream

The  reckoning

Born in Missouri in the 50’s during the “Baby Boom” years I often thought I was raised a poor boy even though I wasn’t actually ( What child didn’t?) My father loved to drive and travel. Most every summer we packed up the car and headed primarily  out west to explore the wild west and mountains. Now my fathers idea of a vacation was what was seen on each side of the highway as you whizzed down the road. ( also kept us and mother from wanting souvenirs and memorabilia) stopping only to refuel the car. Having relation in Colorado we spent many vacations around Denver. Once traveled up into Canada on a fishing trip and came back thru Yellowstone. Often our jaunts were like  “round about”. and not seeing the same country on the way homeward.

My Grandfather grew up in Montana’s upper Northwest country in the small community of Troy. He was a very avid and descriptive story teller with the ability of telling his stories in such a way that you could imagine yourself a part of it and having been there. I “teethed” my whole childhood listening to his life in the Northwest, which included living in Washington and Oregon along the coast.

Grandpa was born in the early years of 1900 living in the wilds of Montana around Irish,Swedes,Fins & Norwegian logging lumberjacks as well as Mountain men and miners from the original “wild west” days. Grandfather worked the saw mills as well as a wood craftsman during era. Telling stories of these early settlers of the west such as encounters with Grizzly bears,mountain lions and everyday life in Montana.Fishing escapades with his brothers to fiddling in Libby,Kalispell in Montana, and Bonner Springs Idaho  at dances on Saturday nights.(Grand father was an extreme talented and gifted man with his hands and mind) I could “go on and on” but think you catch the drift as to how my interest in the west and the “wilds” of Montana came to be.

So I grew up ……

Thru a life of Traveling and a hunger for, it’s no wonder I settled into Trucking for a living. I drifted away from it now and then but always seemed to come back. In the beginning years I tended to stay more local but eventually the hunger for the highway and adventure took over. As a OTR driver (Over the Road) I branched out and have traveled the highways chasing the dotted white line from coast to coast and Canada. I have trucked in 49 of the 50 states pulling dry vans and refrigerated goods.New York to LA  and everywhere in between.

It is definitely hard to remove the diesel from your veins and stay in one  given area I am telling you first hand. I travel when I can an loath for the adventure. Having spent the most of my life in the st. Joseph area . I lived a stint of my life In Butte Montana and Keiser Oregon south of Portland. Past two summers pilgrimage back to my love for Montana and visited areas I have grown to love the most.

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coffee drinkers paradise !

I had the pleasure while on vacation and Staying in Whitefish Mt. to visit this establishment. (of course being a coffee fanatic why wouldn’t I?) I missed out on the grand tour while there.

Whitefish is the gate to what I refer to as “the paradise of Montana” (Glacier National Park)

By far my favorite was Montana Traders Coffee Roasters “Grizzly Blend”. This is a dark roasted coffee worthy by far of all dark roasted coffees. I believe they roast something like 40 different coffees for every ones enjoyment. Montana Coffee Traders also has soups and deli items made fresh on there menu daily. Having several locations I recommend this as one of your bucket list items of things to do while in Montana. Check out there website before had and give them a try and see why you WANT to pay these folks a visit while there. From gifts to wares of Montana,including fresh ground to whole bean coffee you will love them. what a better way to make a coffee drinker happy at Christmas than give them a gift card or order from Montana Coffee Traders?

link to coffee heaven…

Montana Coffee Traders

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