Greetings -

Eagle Nest always goes all out for the Fourth of July celebration.  We do a big pot luck dinner with hot dogs and hamburgers provided by the park and have a fireworks show just after dark.  Of course, out here this time of year it doesn't get dark until just after 10:00 PM.

We had the grills going about 4:45 and folks began to gather with their deviled eggs, baked beans, cup cakes, etc. The tables were set with festive table cloths and centerpieces...

Then it rained...

...buckets, for about 15 minutes.  We carted all the food over to the recreation room and set up the serving lines, and everyone got their plates filled.  By then the sun was shining again, so we headed back outside and enjoyed the afternoon.

Jonetta sang a couple of songs, including God Bless America and Amazing Grace...and then led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Later in the evening, Walter prepared the fireworks.  He set up a flatbed trailer with all of the rockets, etc, and fused them together so that he only needed to light one end and then he could enjoy the show while the fuse worked its way along and set off the shells one or two at a time.  He knew how long the fuse took to burn (about 30 seconds per foot) and how long each individual "cake" took to complete its everything was timed to provide a 20-25 minute show!  Here's the crew working on the setup....

And here's the trailer in place on the dog run, ready for the match!

Once the fuse was lit...the show was off and other fuses were lit for the next 25 minutes!

More Eagle Nest Fireworks are in my Zenfolio Album! ...too many to send in e-mail.  Plus you can see what the trailer looked like after the show.

Also, for anyone that is interested, the thirteenth month album of Coralyn Marie "Tigger" Baines is up on the web...check it out.

So, our adventure continues...heading up to Glacier NP tomorrow, and then off to visit the wilds of eastern Montana.

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