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Welcome to my weekly update for June 19, 2022!
Well. I assume all of you have seen the catastrophic flooding in Yellowstone National Park and the communities just north of it. Yellowstone is the biggest reason we chose to spend the summer in Montana with my husband’s job. As I write this on Thursday, park officials aren’t sure when or if any sections of the park will reopen this summer. It’s disappointing, but we’re just glad that the flooding here in Billings was at manageable levels. My thoughts are with the residents of Gardiner, where the flooding was devastating, and the small business owners in the surrounding communities who rely heavily on tourism dollars. I’m also glad that no injuries have been reported thus far.
We spent last weekend in Bozeman, MT. It was a nice little town. On Saturday, we did an easy hike to Palisade Falls and then took a longer hike up to the “College M” on the hillside above town. The rain started Saturday afternoon (as we were hiking, of course) so we spent Sunday morning at the Museum of the Rockies. Montana has a lot of fossils so we really had a good time in the museum’s dinosaur hall. When we got back home, looking askance at the high rivers in the distance along the way, we had to re-watch the original Jurassic Park for the umpteenth time. It’s always a fun movie!
All images © Jennifer G. at Introverted Reader 2022
- Wildflowers and stormy skies on the “College M” trail
- Looking over Bozeman from the “College M.” It kind of looks like there’s a lake on the right, but there isn’t; that’s just the rain falling on the town.
- Palisade Falls. We’ve seen a lot of waterfalls in our hikes but I don’t think we’ve ever seen one flowing over basalt rock.
- A T. rex at the Museum of the Rockies. I believe the reddish bones are real fossils and the white parts are reconstructions. This skeleton is remarkably complete.
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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, read by a cast 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (Link to my GR review)
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison 🌟🌟 (Link to my GR review)
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Supernova (Renegades #3) by Marissa Meyer, read by Rebecca Soler and Dan Bittner
Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by Paul Hawken
I think I’m in the mood to continue some light series books now. I just glanced through my woefully-incomplete “series-to-continue” shelf on GoodReads and most of them sound good to me. If you have time to look, do you have any recommendations from that shelf?
What did your week look like?