January through March, 2012
Thank You for Your Service
For those who have seen Old Faithful:
how many times have you seen it when you didn't have to
jockey for the best view?
Pauline's nephew Richard and his daughter Anna visited from England so we
arranged a 3-day Winter Yellowstone Trip.
In addition to seeing Old Faithful erupt for a small audience many times we
had many other treats.
for more pictures.
Be sure to check out the wolf track we found.
“Thank you for your service”
is what you should say when you meet a veteran,
especially if it is a person like
Edward R. "Buddy" Haydon.
Buddy is a WWII veteran who flew a
against deadly German
The Allies lost 542 aircraft to the ME-262 compared to the German
fighter's 100 losses,
a ratio that could have impacted the course of the war if executed on
the large scale German pilots desired.
Buddy was a key player in the ME-262 dog-fight many claim changed the
course of the air war over Europe,
witnessed an early V-2 launch,
was declared killed in action and spent several months as a POW.
Follow the eponymous link above for many interesting details of Buddy's
After WWII he continued to serve in the Air Force,
flying early jet fighters such as the
We met Buddy at a party at his daughter's home in Bridger Canyon.
Recalling there is a hangar at the
Bozeman Yellowstone Airport
housing a number of vintage aircraft,
Gary got the idea that it would be fun to take Buddy to see aircraft of
the types he had flown and see if he they sparked his memory with more
stories to tell.
The owner of the hangar is a vintage aircraft buff and was quite happy
to host Buddy.
In addition to the F-86 pictured above,
we saw a
of the type he used to train new pilots early in the war.
Buddy enjoyed the outing but,
he admits his memory is getting a bit hazy.
After much consideration,
we decided to build a
to store the RV and other equipment at the bone pile.
That required us to do a lot of clean-up to prepare the site for a
We managed to get a lot of things removed by advertising them on
The shed will sit in the right half of this picture;
approximate dimensions are indicated by the metal saw horse,
black tub and white PVC pipe.
We cleaned up the left half to make room for the construction crew.
Compare this picture with pictures taken in
By late Spring we should be able to get pictures of the completed shed.
There was a slow start to the ski season this year,
followed by big March snow storms that brought the snow pack to near
The wet snow on top of relatively thin Winter cover created dangerous
On March 27,
regular control procedures and spontaneous slides combined to unleash
several large avalanches into the Bridger Bowl ski area.
The avalanches just missed two lifts,
ripped up many trees and scoured several runs to the ground.
(courtesy Bridger Bowl)
shows how one avalanche missed the unloading station just above and
right of center then continued down one of the popular black diamond
No-one was hurt in the avalanches,
but skiing was
curtailed for the remainder of the season.
contains an analysis of the avalanche situation.
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