history lesson.



Great Grandma and Grandpa Quade homesteaded in Montana where my Grandfather and then mother were both born and raised… so I guess you could say my roots are in a tiny town in Montana.  What feels like a long time ago my great Aunt Sis sent me a package that included the crochet cap and wool socks shown in the shadow boxes.  These items were hand made by my great grandmother and her mother… we aren’t a sentimental lot and have not held onto many things from past generations but this is one that has made it through the years and now hangs on the wall at my mother’s house.  It reminds me of a time when things were not disposable and when you needed a new pair of socks you made them and then fixed them when needed.   It reminds me of that tiny town in Montana and our connection to it.  I get a subscription to the town newspaper sent to my mother each year for Christmas to keep up on the comings and goings of Wibaux each week.  She remembers a lot of the families from when she was young.  I think it might be time to take a swing through the old homestead one of these days soon…

gear bag. 


Being on the run and needing to schlep things around for awhile I have been searching for the right car top carrier… with limited space to store anything I decided the hard Thule style carriers were not the way to go and found this soft car top bag.  The Sherpak GO! has been great!  It is easily stored when not in use and holds a TON of stuff… I don’t find it creating much of a drag on the highway and there is hardly any flapping even when not stuffed full.  I totally recommend this one for anyone looking for a soft sided car top carrier.  I picked this one up from REI and added to my member dividend at the same time!