Great Summer

It has been so busy, there has been no time to blog. We’ve had a great summer with lots of sunshine.  It started pretty slow in June with almost daily rain.  Then July 4th hit and we were off and running.  Our campground and cabins have been full most of the summer. Sorry no pictures because I can’t find the cord to download from the camera to my computer.  That’s one of the disadvantages of having two homes. I’ll try to download pictures when I can.  We still have another couple months of good weather so don’t forget to include us in your camping or travel plans.  You know what Joe says….”Happy to see you, Happy to rip you off”  OK so we need to work on that a little…..C’mon.

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Summer Opening

ImageWe’re excited to get back to Montana after a winter in Seattle.  (Do you need to ask why?).  We have lots of plans for changes and activities at the Trading Post.  And of course, we look forward to seeing all our friends.  Our plan is to open on Memorial Day weekend.  Be sure to stop in to say hi, catch up, and enjoy a cup of Joe (no, not Joey)!  – Jocelyn and Joe

Summer Opening

ImageWe’re excited to get back to Montana after a winter in Seattle.  (Do you need to ask why?).  We have lots of plans for changes and activities at the Trading Post.  And of course, we look forward to seeing all our friends.  Our plan is to open on Memorial Day weekend.  Be sure to stop in to say hi, catch up, and enjoy a cup of Joe (no, not Joey)!  – Jocelyn and Joe

CHEESESTEAKS AT THE TRADING POST

Philly (via Joey) Cheesesteaks at the Trading Post Mondays 5 – 7:30 PM. Comes with cheesy twice baked potato and optional carmelized onions and sweet peppers. OR try something different…We’re doing Pizza Stead Sandwiches also. Same routine  with 2x baked potato.  Sandwiches include 6 oz. sirloin steak, freshly baked roll (it’s all about the roll), and your choice of cheese.   Put your order in early and we’ll hold you one (or more); otherwise we serve until they are gone.

Still Openings for Camping in July

We are getting pretty booked up for the summer but we still have openings in July. Aug. is completely booked for RVs. We’ve done great with the cabins (Still only $30 per night). Hope to see you this summer

Sunshine for the 4th.

   It looks like we will have sunshine in Swan Lake for the 4th.  We can finally start to dry out.  If you’re thinking of camping over the 4th, here are a few more tips:

What to Bring on a Camping Trip

No matter where you’re headed, a few things should always come with you. Below is the “short list” of camping essentials that should always be packed.

  • A Tent, Tarp, and Sleeping Bag (our stay in the camping cabins at the Trading Post)
  • A pot, pan, dishes, utensils, and fire-starting materials (preferably waterproof matches or a butane lighter)
  • A utility knife and length of rope
  • Plenty of water (get gallon sizes for cooking and cleaning)
  • Energy rich, easily prepared foods and snacks (think items like pasta, beans, ground beef, peanut butter, chicken, trail mix, and oatmeal)
  • Plenty of clothing (a good rule of thumb in temperate areas is enough for two to three layers daily)
  • A tight-closing cooler to store your food items in
  • Hand sanitizer and soap
  • Paper towels and plastic garbage bags
  • Plastic tablecloth for picnic table
  • Bug spray or citronella candles
  • Flashlight or lantern
  • Propane for stove or lanterns
  • Optionally, outdoor gear like fishing poles and hiking equipment
  • Games to play in tent/cabin if it rains
  • And, of course fixin’s for s’mores.
  • Whatever your plans are for the 4th, be safe, dry and have fun. We hope to see you soon.

 

 

 

Let’s get ready for Camping

We’ll share some of our best tips and secrets over the next few weeks.  Of course the best tip is to camp at the Swan Lake Trading Post.  So here goes…

HOW TO CLEAN DISHES WHILE CAMPING.  Everybody loves to eat outdoors because it always tastes better. But how do you do dishes outdoors.   

Materials Needed

(What? No dishwasher).  

      Hot and cold water, 3 buckets, biodegradable detergent, bleach, dishcloth, cloth (to dry dishes on), and

      paper towels

    1. Fill one bucket with hot water and three drops of biodegradable detergent. This bucket will be used to wash the dishes. Fill a second bucket with hot water, which will be used to rinse the dishes. Fill a third bucket with cold water and a few drops of bleach, which will be used to sanitize the dishes.
    2. 2. Wipe the dishes off with paper towel to remove any leftover food and burn the towel in your campfire.
    3. 3. Use a dishcloth to wash the first dish in the first bucket. Dip the dish into the second bucket to rinse the dish.
    4. 4. Dip the dish into the third bucket to sanitize it. You will need to keep it immersed in the bucket for at least 30 seconds.
    5. 5. Repeat the process until all of the dishes are clean.
    6. 6. Place all of the dishes on a cloth that is spread out on a table or the ground so they can dry.
    7. Or just do it Joey’s way and use paper plates and burn them all in the campfire, wipe out the pans and reuse as needed!!