8 hours in the car is to much, glad to say it was in our new car(sorta new 2003 Impala that i bought a week ago). im glad to say the trip was in the car and not the shop truck as the gas bill was cut in half. i went over to the complete other side of the state to the south west corner(im in the north east) for the Montana Newspaper Assosiation convention. anyways it was fun, i hadnt been over to the mountains since last October, however since Darla took a position on one of the boards im going to be over there more often. they took us out to Virginia City to visit the building that housed Montanas first newspaper(funny thing is that we use some equipment here that is only SLIGHTLY newer than what was on display) Darla panned for gold and garnets in the Ruby Valley. she wound up with some beautiful garnets and some gold dust. i made a trip to pick up some sapphire loaded gravel. i saw some nice stones in amongst the gravel(one must be over 2 carats!) but havent gotten to look over it to well. i also picked up anothe rold sporterized military rifly. it has a absolutly beautiful birds eye maple stock, set me back a whopping $150, ive got a new favorite hunting rifle.
anyways i see payments have been posted for most of my auction offerings and i plan to get everything in the mail before Friday.
Phil sorry i havent gotten my payment to yah for auction items but i havent been home, ill have Darla paypal you the money tomorow.