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State Fair ~ Montana


Tuesday, August 13, 2013



This weekend we went to Billings, Montana for a vacation. We usually go to Great Falls but merchants know Canadians do that, so they overprice everything for our convenience. hehe So, we went the extra 3+ hours to Billings because it is nicer, cheaper and has a Cracker Barrel. Heavy on that last one. ;) We got there very late Friday night.

Saturday, while shopping at the Cracker Barrel, after a wonderful breakfast ~ no, I did not behave myself while gone and I'm ok with that ~ we overheard someone talking about the State Fair being there. So ~ bonus!!! We had a wonderful time at the Fair on Saturday afternoon! We're planning on going back, next year. :) We also planned on going back after Christmas but that took until August ha ha ~ so time will tell. :)

We just relaxed, the kids swam a lot ~ and we visited Cracker Barrel numerous times. We didn't eat anywhere else ~ because, well 'why'? We did only eat 1 large meal per day with numerous 'snacks' so I didn't gain much ~ maybe a pound.

I have to tell you ~ I was so ticked off. We stayed at a Howard Johnson, which I thought was a good hotel, I think it used to be. ?? The room was ok, no problem with that ~ but no communication among the staff. One day, we hung the sign out to clean the room ~ and they didn't so we had to call. The next day we told the staff TWICE not to clean the room ~ and came back to them making the beds. LOL Things get screwed up so that was ok.

The problem was that they advertised "free swimming". When it came time to go swimming, there was a sign that said to check at the front desk first, which we did. They said that swimming is free BUT you have to pay to go on the water slide. Huh? Have you ever heard anything so stupid? Is this a policy at all HoJo's? I told them that was kinda like saying "Rooms are free but keys are $150 per night". No biggie, we paid it ~ but I really hate being lied to ~ or majorly misled.

Anyway ~ home now and, once again, following my food plan. I'm feeling vacation let-down and don't really want to be home ~ but it is what it is. :) Therefore, I'm planning on making it a good week. And wish y'all (don't you love that word. I do!) the same. emoticon emoticon

P.S. Thank you for asking about my mammogram. It was just fine. Don't know about the bone density yet. I have an appointment for a complete physical on the 28th so will find out then/ I think they would have phoned me if there was any problem, though. My mom had osteoporosis so I sure hope it's ok. :)
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BLINGANDBOWS27 8/14/2013 9:24AM

    Oooooooooo I just LOVE Cracker Barrell. I have one just around the corner for me and I always go there around the holidays to check out the goodies in their country store! They've got some really fun Halloween and Christmas decorations. Would you believe I have never been to a state fair! We have tons of carnivals and there might be a county one but no actual state fair. I'm so happy your family had a great time, minus the HoJo mishaps. We stayed in one a few years ago in Orlando and had AC problems but otherwise the house keeping and pool were ok. I don't think ours had a waterslide though but a lot of resorts in Orlando have on site mini "waterparks" and they'll charge you a resort fee and slide fee. We tend to shy away from those because we're usually there for a waterpark or theme park and the price can be absurd. You're in my happy thoughts on the bone density test... hugs!

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TXGRANDMA 8/13/2013 8:46PM

    Sounds like a wonderful vacation! I can't imagine having to pay for the water slide! I have never heard of that anywhere else. Glad that you enjoyed eating at the Cracker Barrel, aren't the attached shops fun to walk through? emoticon emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 8/13/2013 3:16PM

    The trip sounds fun and I agree...free swimming, but pay for the water slide? How stupid! Glad you had a great break and you're back in the swing of things now (well, sort of anyway)!! Hugs, Jeannie emoticon

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