This past year we decided to add onto our cabin in Polaris, Montana. This is the most amazing place and it's so peaceful there. We love going there as a family and wanted to share it with our extended family. The problem was that it was too small for more than 6 people. We put a 20x20 living room and a new porch onto the front of it which allowed us to have friends and family join us. We got it done just in time for the Benson Family Reunion and my side of the family came for the bi-annual event. We drove our RV down there and stayed in that and my brother brought his trailer and that made enough room for everyone. It was a little crowded but we were outside most of the time anyway.
We had a wonderful time visiting with my family and enjoyed going to all the areas around the cabin. We then went down again in August and our good friends the Despain's came with us and we had a blast with them. Lance ended up breaking his wrist and getting some other injuries when he and Britton and Jordan rode the dirt bikes and quad up to the top of Comet Mountain. On the way back down, Lance almost crashed into Jordan and had to ditch the bike in order to not run into Jordan (at 30 MPH) so the bike and Lance got the brunt of the crash.
We went to Crystal Park, Bannock Days at Bannock State Park, Coolidge Ghost Town, Jackson Hot Springs, Elk Horn Hot Springs, hiked up to Sawtooth Lake. I taught the Despain girls and Maddy how to crochet and we just enjoyed each other's company.
The kids playing "Ninja" in the parking lot of Crystal Park. Britton and Jordan learned it at EFY.
Lance enjoying a tin foil dinner at Crystal Park. Finally smiling again after his crash on the quad.
Britton 18, Jordan 16, Cameron 11 at Crystal Park
Craig and Holly at Crystal Park
Maddy and Abby~Best Friends digging for crystals.
Lance teaching Britton how to shave with a real razor.
Swimming at Elk Horn Hotspings
Holly teaching the girls how to crochet.
Loren Despain with her crocheted scarf she made at the cabin. She caught on really fast!
Lance after the ride up to Comet Mountain.
Britton and Jordan before the crash in an old mine up on Comet Mountain.
Lance and the boys before the crash.
Bannock State Park
Maddy, Sydney, and Abby Despain. Maddy wishes she was a Despain so she'd have some sisters!
Cabin with new addition 2010
Cameron riding the quad.
Jen Despain filling up ice bags for Lance.
Abby Despain, the sweetest kid!
Holly hanging out with the kids.
Abby and Sydney Despain all geared up for a quad ride.
The "girls" hanging out at Bannock in the barber chair.
Jen and Holly at Bannock
Panning for gold and garnets at Bannock. Didn't find any gold but brought home lots of little garnets.
The girls posing at Bannock.
The Jolley and Despain kids at Bannock on the stairs up to the Mason Lodge.