At long last, I am on my way to Glacier National Park, a trip on the books for 14 months (yes, we began planning this back in August, 2014). To say I am excited about it is a vast understatement.
As I have noted in a previous post, I will be spending some quality time at Glacier National Park. From everything I have seen and read, it is a phenomenally beautiful part of the world. Hopefully, if the weather cooperates, we will be making this drive:
Isn’t it just spectacular? For those of you who have already been, or are from that area, you already know how amazing it is. I cannot wait.
Another place I intend to go, and for reasons that will be immediately obvious, is the Wild Horse Island State Park in Kalispell. WILD HORSES!!!! Are you kidding me with that?! Wahoo! And as a total bonus, a boat ride will be involved. Here is more about the Park:
At 2,160 acres, Wild Horse Island is the largest island in a freshwater lake west of Minnesota. Wild Horse Island has been a landmark since the Salish-Kootenai Indians were reported to have used it to pasture horses to keep them from being stolen by other tribes.
The park is noted for its wildlife including bighorn sheep, mule deer, songbirds, waterfowl, bald eagles, and falcons, as well as five wild horses. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
I sure do hope to see those horses and the other wildlife there…
There will be other adventures on the itinerary, no doubt, like the Conrad Mansion Museum perhaps since it seems we’ll be having some rain while we are there. But hey, it sounds like an incredible place, over a hundred years old, and with the vast majority of original furnishings. Neat, huh?
Add to all the adventures going with dear friends and Suzy, and it will be the trip of a lifetime. I cannot WAIT!
Of course, just because I am on vacation does not mean things will not be happening in the world. There is no doubt about that. For instance, Hillary Clinton will finally, FINALLY, be appearing before the Benghazi Committee on October 22nd. I know, right? It is astounding it took so long for her to get there. And of course, she is coming after Rep. McCarthy opened his big mouth and discredited a committee that has worked very hard to stay above the fray. Add to that some disgruntled fired aide who is making unsubtantiated claims, and the timing couldn’t be better for ol’ Hillary to show up.
But Rep. Gowdy is not taking this assault on his Committee lying down, oh, no. Gowdy had this column in USA Today discussing the work of the Committee:
The American people will judge the Select Committee on Benghazi on our actions, not the words of others unfamiliar with our work.
Similarly, those calling for an end to the committee are either satisfied with an incomplete inquiry into the deaths of four Americans in Libya or unconcerned with accountability as it relates to the public record.
This committee has interviewed 41 witnesses no other committee interviewed. Seven were eyewitnesses to the attacks. We have reviewed 50,000 pages of documents never before given to Congress — including the emails of top State Department personnel. And, for the first time, State is committed to finally providing all Ambassador Stevens’ emails by week’s end.
Secretary Clinton was in charge at all times relevant to our inquiry, so of course we need her public record and testimony. But she is one witness. Her emails make up 5% of what the committee has.
It is true other panels conducted Benghazi inquiries. It is equally true they failed to interview dozens of key witnesses, failed to access all information and inexcusably missed Clinton’s exclusive use of private email on her personal server for official business.
The House Intelligence Committee report has been wrongly used to clear the administration. As the author, former Rep. Mike Rogers, said, “Some have said the report exonerates the State Department and White House. It does not.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)
No kidding – how can any report come to any conclusions without interviewing the MAIN ACTOR in the event?? It is just ludicrous. Hence the need for Clinton to appear at long last before the Committee and be asked some real questions.
And I say “real questions” because I watched her “What Difference Does It Make” appearance before the Senate. The Democrats asked NO real questions at all that I recall. They were all telling her what a FANTASTIC job she did as Secretary of State and wishing her well. The Democrats also went BALLISTIC on Sen. Ron Johnson for actually ASKING her a question about Benghazi, the very one that prompted her (in)famous response:
Oh, yes, I remember it well. Sorry, but if someone wants to be the Leader of the Free World, she should be able to answer a legitimate question about something that happened under her watch. You know it makes me nuts when the Democrats, who claim to be the Women’s Party act like women cannot be asked the hard questions like the men can. Should be interesting…
Since I will be on vacation, I want to provide a bit of a vacation for you as well, at least for a few minutes. As you know, I am a fan of Dancing With The Stars. One of my favorites this season is the 17 year old Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late Steve Irwin. She has the most infectious spirit, and just radiates joy, in my opinion. Check out her dance with Valentin Chmerkovskiy from Monday night (10/12) when they switched up dance partners for the night:
Did you, like me, have a smile on your face watching her? Oh, and Val said this particular choreography was his toughest ChaCha ever on the show. I would believe it, and she handled it extremely well. Host Tom Bergeron said he wished they could have her on next season as well, and Co-host Erin Andrews told her how much she loved her following the dance. They have both raved about how much joy she brings to the set. You know her mother and brother are proud of her, and no doubt her father is smiling down at his wonderful daughter.
And I have to share Alek Skarlatos dancing with his switch-up partner, Emma Slater, doing the Rumba:
Alek was so cute as he was rehearsing this dance with Emma. He would get so embarrassed doing this kind of dance with her that he would just start laughing. If you are interested, you can see more here.
Okay, friends – that is it for me. I will be back with a new post on October 26th. As always, if anyone is moved to write something while I am gone (or even when I am not), just let me know and I will get it up.
Have a great week, friends! This is an Open Thread.