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Covert mission to uncover UnderCover Ale Works

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

UnderCover Ale Works and Sweet Palace produce completely different products, however both may share the “it” factor when it comes to helping a small community become a destination.

Nestled hillside off highway 70, just outside of Graeagle, CA, I discovered (thanks to my friend Debra) a covert local attraction fermenting liquor of the malted variety.  UnderCover Ale Works is the brainchild of Rich and Susan, two artisan brewmasters with a passion for hop-infused spirits.

After a quick tour of the handsomely constructed brewery, it was time to do some tasting.  I got a kick out the creatively named brews that support the brand…from “Deep Cover,” “Incognito Saison,” to “Ambush IPA.”

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a connoisseur of beer, as a matter of fact, I just started drinking beer a few years ago after learning that the type I enjoy most are unfiltered wheat beers, like Blue Moon or Pyramid Hefferveisen. I don’t believe this admission goes over all that well with a Brewmaster, but I think Rich and Susan were kind enough to take it in stride.

There were a number of folks at the brewery, all intently listening to Rich enthusiastically tell us about the beer making process. After a while, we each took a glass of our favorite style ale and headed to some outdoor seating in a clearing among tall pines.  It was a lovely evening, so I broke out my chessboard and challenged Debra to a game. We ended up playing three…actually, the third game never finished as lively discussions began to ensue.

Debra and I were discussing why some small towns become extremely popular destinations, while others continue to exist under a veil of mediocrity. I was sharing some of my experiences of the road, providing examples of what I thought were “cool” towns and why, and/or how they become that way.  People have an inherent aversion to change…this is a problematic position because “change” is inevitable.  The question becomes, are you going to be a part of shaping that change…or, will you be a bystander complaining along the way?

I’ve lived in a small community before, wanting to be a big fish in a small pond, so I know first hand the challenges that well-intentioned leaders face—it’s an uphill battle, but it’s one where a single person can have a positive influence and move the pendulum. I’m often reminded of this when I was traveling through Montana and one of my best friends told me I should go out of my way to stop by the tiny town of Philipsburg to visit the candy shop.  “A candy shop,” I said!  “Why would I go out of my way to visit a tiny town just to go to a candy shop,” I exclaimed.  “Trust me, it will be worth it” he said.

When it comes to travel destinations, my buddy Sean has never steered me wrong. So, I went to Philipsburg and visited the “Sweet Palace,” aka “The Candy Shop.”  It was such a cute little town…and not in an old, glory days are in the past sort of way—but in a cool, hip and vibrant way.  After I spent all of five minutes touring the small town, I walked into the “candy shop” and instantly knew why my buddy was so insistent that I visit. Sweet Palace is unlike any candy shop you’ve probably ever encountered.  First it smells divine. Second…it’s huge!  The shop is set up like a turn-of-the-century candy store with beautiful hardwood cabinets, shelves and drawers that display the shops’ goods in perfect harmony.

Sweet Palace was started in the late 90s by a woman with a vision, and, the passion, desire and tenacity to see it through.  This passionate person was not just starting a candy shop, she was building a destination.  While people might go to Philipsburg, MT for the “candy shop,” they’re now greeted by quality lodging, restaurants and other shops.  While it took many to re-invent this old community, you can probably credit a single person for putting it on the map.

[Digression concluded] I’ve spent a month now exploring Eastern Plumas County and while there are some great things to do and places to visit, it’s places like UnderCover Ale Works that will put the area on the “map.”

Hiking “M” Mountain in Bozeman

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

“’M’ Mountain” or just The “M” if you’re a local, is a great hike while in Bozeman, Montana.  I did the “M” with one of my best friends and his family in May of 2011 (see video below).  Once you reach the famously visible “M” (which stands for Montana State University [MSU]) you’re rewarded with spectacular views of the Gallatin Valley below, along with mountain peaks in the distance.

There are two trails up the “M…” the right fork, which is quite steep and follows the ridge-line—or, the left side, which is a bit easier via a series of switchbacks through a beautiful forest of Juniper trees.  During our hike we chose to go up the right fork and come down the left… just to mix it up a bit.  There are more trees on the trail to the left, which provides some welcomed shade on a warm summer day.


“M Mountain” is located on the south side of Baldy Mountain overlooking Gallatin Valley.  The “M” trail is accessed via a trailhead at Route 86 in Bridger Canyon. The actual “M” letter formation sits about 5900’ above sea level, about a 1000 foot assent from the 4950’ trailhead.

Plan on at least two hours round trip, a bit more/less depending on your physical condition and length of stay at the top while enjoying the views.  The trail is just over 3 miles round trip.

Winter can make hiking the “M” more difficult due to low temperatures and snow, so take precautions and wear appropriate gear. Early summer through fall is the most popular time to hike the “M.”

In 1915 rocks where arranged and painted white by MSU students to create a 250’ letter “M” that is visible throughout Bozeman.

The Bridger Range has many named and unnamed peaks. Some of the most well-known peaks are:

  • Sacagawea Peak (9665 ft)
  • Hardscrabble Peak (9575 ft)
  • Naya Nuki Peak (9449 ft)
  • Saddle Peak ( 9162 ft)
  • Ross Peak (9004 ft)
  • Mount Baldy (8914 ft)
  • Bridger Peak (8635 ft)

Grey Cliffs Ranch: A Cornucopia of Activities and Luxury

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

The State of Montana is a capacious place where the wild still roam, the rivers flow unabated, and the hills roll into the horizon.  Montana is one of the last places where you can experience nature as it was intended.  I recently had the pleasure of staying at the Grey Cliffs Ranch, which epitomizes the Montana experience if you ask me.  The Ranch is flanked by the Madison River and encompasses more than 5000 acres…it’s located just thirty minutes west of Bozeman in the Madison Valley.

Prior to my arrival I had been visiting a very good friend of mine and his family in Bozeman, so the drive to Grey Cliffs Ranch was a quick one.  As I departed the paved highway and began traveling down a dirt road along the Madison River, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  After about five miles I came upon a secure gated entrance—after entering the code I was provided, I continued down the road for another mile or so where I came upon a second secure gate.  Just past the gate entrance as I came around a bend in the road, I was greeted with the sight of a splendid lodge built into an acclivitous hill.  There was a pond in front with a small creek feeding it…as I passed by, I saw a fish jump and my excitement to try a hand at some fly fishing intensified.  As I made my way up the driveway I was greeted by Chris (the ranch manager) who proceeded to show me around the palatial estate.

The lodge at Grey Cliffs Ranch is over 8000 square feet with an abundance of deck and patio space. The exposed post beam construction and open floor plan provides soaring ceilings and spectacular views from the main floor.  No expense was spared in the construction or furnishing of this lodge.  There are five distinctly furnished guest rooms with the entire upper floor dedicated to the “owner’s quarters.”

After I got settled, I went for a stroll around the grounds of the lodge, finding myself near the edge of the pond—which is stocked with trout.  Chris told me about a storage unit with food pellets for the fish and encouraged me to feed them.  At first I dropped just a few pellets in at a time and observed the fish out-swim each other in an attempt to gobble up the sustenance.  It was remarkable to see how fast the trout can maneuver.  Just to make things interesting, I waited for a bit…then threw a handful of pellets into the pond and watched as the trout swarmed to the surface like piranha devouring their prey.  It was quite a sight to witness.  It wouldn’t be long, I thought, until I’d get the chance to catch one of these trophy trout with a fake fly.

There are so many fun and exciting things to do at the Ranch…depending on the time of year you visit; you might opt for some upland bird hunting for pheasant or chukar partridge. Or perhaps try your hand at some trap shooting on their wonderful range (actually I think you can do both trap and skeet, but I’m not 100% sure of the difference between the two). There are a number of guided fishing options to choose from…you can hit one of two stocked ponds on the property, or head over to the Madison, Gallatin, Yellowstone or Jefferson rivers.  There is also big game hunting, long-range shooting and an abundance of places to go for an afternoon hike.  If you just want to relax, there’s no better place…the downstairs common area is a wonderful place for watching a movie on the big screen, or playing a board game.  Upstairs you can nestle up to the massive fireplace and read a book, or grab a lounge chair on the expansive deck and take in the awe-inspiring views while listening to the wildlife.

The Grey Cliffs Ranch offers a number of accommodation choices:

  • Guided: Includes full/half day of upland bird hunting, fly-fishing and/or sporting clays.  Hearty breakfast, packed lunch and a gourmet dinner prepared by a fine local chef.  Transportation to/from the airport can also be arranged.
  • Non-Guided: Which excludes the activities listed above, but can include all three meals or just the full breakfast.

During my last full day at the ranch my buddy Sean came out from Bozeman to spend the day with me.  I started off giving him a tour of the place, of which he was thoroughly impressed.  He mentioned that the lodge would make an outstanding locale for a family reunion, and I had to agree.  Sean brought his own fishing equipment so we headed down to the nearby pond to see who could catch the bigger fish (we’re just a little competitive).   Sean has extensively more experience than I do…as a matter of fact, I’ll never forget the time we were fishing on a lake in Arizona when he saw me casting, he said, “you’re doing that all wrong…here, give me that thing.”  He proceeded to take my pole and on his very first cast caught a fish.  He then said, “see, that’s how you do it!”  Funny thing was, that was our only fish of the day.

It only took Sean a couple of casts before he reeled in his first catch.  I was on the other side of the lake and wasn’t quite as successful.   Chris (the ranch manager) and Sean couldn’t help but notice my ineptitude so they both came over to try and give me some instruction.  Sure enough, soon thereafter I caught a doozy!  It was a wonderful catch.  As the Rainbow Trout bit my line, I pulled back to make sure I had him hooked good.  He then leaped out of the water, must have been three feet (okay, maybe it was just a few inches…but this is my fish story).   I reeled him in a little and then he’d fight back and take a few feet of line.  It was a battle back and forth, until I finally tuckered the little guy out and we were able to net him and unhook him.  Before I released the trout back into the pond I was holding the little guy while Sean took some video, during which time I asked Chris a few rhetorical questions, “whatta ya think…22”-24”?”  He replied with a smile “more like 18”.  Check out the video below and you can see for yourself that this wasn’t some sort of “fish tale.”

After fishing for a spell, Chris took us over to the shooting range where we tried our hand at some trap shooting.  I’ve had some experience sporting clays, so I was pretty confident I was going to be able to redeem myself and outshine Sean.  Chris brought a couple different shotguns for us to try, an 18 and a 12 gauge…both were very nice weapons and one was a style I’d never shot before.  I let Sean go first and it only took him a couple shots to zero-in on the clay pigeons.  When it was my turn to take aim, I was not quite as successful…I’m used to shooting clays high in the air, not low to the ground.  Chris started launching clays from different directions which really made hitting the targets even more difficult to hit.  The wind was really picking up so we decided to call it an afternoon.

Sean and I headed back to the lodge where I baited him into another activity that I felt confident I could beat him…chess.  The lower common area of the lodge has a wonderful game table that serves multiple purposes…when you flip the table it exposes a chess board.   The first game we played…I dominated and won.  The second game, well, he gave me a bit of a run, but in the end my patience paid off with another exemplary victory.  After chess we each both enjoyed a cold beer while discussing the virtues of life.

My visit to the Grey Cliffs Ranch concluded with yet another outstanding breakfast.  Before I packed up to leave I took the remainder of my coffee out on the deck and took one last lingering look at the beautiful landscape that surrounds the ranch.

If you’re looking for an amazing get-away vacation, consider the Grey Cliffs Ranch, Chris is the consummate host and will make sure you have an amazing time with lasting memories.

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Contact Info:

Grey Cliffs Ranch
1915 Lakota Drive
Three Forks, MT 59752

Glacier National Park, an Overview

Monday, July 26th, 2010

I have wanted to make the trek to Glacier National Park for years now, so it was nice to see my desires realized. While I was there, Glacier was celebrating its 100 years as a National Park. 100 years ago there were more than 150 glaciers in the park; today, sadly only 25 remain—which was certainly a disappointment since the few that remain are difficult to reach, as much of the park is inaccessible by vehicle.

Glacier National Park is quite stunning, with beautiful ice-carved terrain of ragged ridges, protruding peaks and dramatic vistas—with over 200 lakes, waterfalls abound and thick forests covering more than 1.2-million acres. Deer are among the most commonly spotted wildlife but elk, moose, mountain goats, eagles, bighorn sheep, wolves, grizzly and black bears (I actually saw a grizzly right at the west entrance one day) roam its wild vastness.

The Great Northern Railway is to thank for the development and tourism to Glacier as they built chalets to market the Park as the “Switzerland of America”. Although many of the chalets no longer exist, Granite Park Chalet and Sperry Chalet are still open to the public. The most popular route to Granite Park Chalet is a seven-mile hike along the Highline Trail from Logan Pass. Glacier Park Lodge and Many Glacier Hotel are also cool lodges to visit.

During the summer months, wildflowers are quite abundant and put on a show of color as they follow spring up the mountains all summer long. It’s interesting to see how the flowers bloom up the mountains as the season and warmer weather prevail.

The massive peaks of the Continental Divide in northwest Montana are the backbone of Glacier National Park and its sister park in Canada (Waterton). Glacier National Park is unique among US parks in its relationship with the Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada. The two parks meet at the border shared by the two countries. In 1932, the parks were designated the first International Peace Park in recognition of the bonds of peace and friendship between the two nations. From their slopes, melting snow and alpine glaciers yield the headwaters of rivers that flow west to the Pacific Ocean, north to the Arctic Ocean, and southeast to the Atlantic Ocean via the Gulf of Mexico.

Things to see and do in Glacier National Park:

  • Go to the Sun: Crossing the Continental Divide at the 6,646-foot-high Logan Pass, Glacier’s Going-to-the-Sun Road is a spectacular drive.
  • Witness the Divide: The rugged mountains that weave their way through Glacier and Waterton along the Continental Divide seem to have glaciers in every hollow melting into tiny streams, raging rivers and icy-cold mountain lakes.
  • Hike It: There are more than 700 mi of trails that cater to hikers of all levels—from all-day hikes to short strolls.
  • View the Wildlife: This is one of the few places in North America where all native carnivores, including grizzlies and wolves still survive. Bighorn sheep, mule deer, coyotes and black & grizzly bears can often be seen from roadways.
  • Go Fishing: Over 200 lakes and streams to sport-fish species including: burbot (ling), northern pike, whitefish, grayling, Westslope cutthroat, rainbow, lake (Mackinaw), kokanee salmon, and brook trout.

In summer a plethora of flowers, grasses and budding trees covers the landscape high and low. Snow-white mountain goats, with their wispy white beards and curious stares, are seen in alpine areas, and sure-footed bighorn sheep graze the high meadows in the short summers. The largest population of grizzly bears in the lower 48 states lives in-and-around the park.

Since I visited Glacier during the summer, I can only imagine the contrast of the winter and how wonderful it would be to go exploring with a pair of cross-country skis or snowshoes.

I spent over a week in the Glacier National Park area; while I was there I camped out a few nights and also stayed in some of the finest lodges around. Glacier Mountain Lodge is absolutely spectacular and located just twenty minutes from the west entrance in Columbia Falls. The location of Glacier Mountain Lodge also makes it convenient to visit the Flathead Lake or Whitefish areas. Click Glacier Mountain Lodge Review to read more and see my video.

Also while in the area I stayed at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, which is also fabulous. The Lodge at Whitefish Lake is more “resort” like and offers all the amenities you would expect from a fine lodging establishment…outstanding dining, spa, water sports and so much more.

To see see my pics of Glacier National Park, check out the Photo Gallery.

An Overview of Yellowstone National Park

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Yellowstone National Park is probably the “grand daddy” of the National Park system, although you might be surprised to learn that it is not the most popular.  Any guesses?  I myself would have guessed “The Grand Canyon,” however the most popular, by-far-and-away, are The Great Smoky Mountains (with just under 10m visitors per year). Yellowstone is the 4th most popular with 3.2m annual visitors.

Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is America’s first national park. Located in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, it’s home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, dear, bald eagles and elk…just to name a few. Preserved within Yellowstone National Park are Old Faithful and a collection of the world’s most extraordinary geysers and hot springs.

Old Faithful is probably the most popular attraction in Yellowstone, and while it’s interesting, I personally found it a bit anticlimactic.  It was like seeing the Mona Lisa at the Louvre. The traffic getting in/out of the “Old Faithful” area requires a lot of patience.  There are so many other interesting geothermal areas with similar geysers, that if I had it all to do over again, with hindsight on my side, I would have skipped the Old Faithful area. (As a side note: Old Faithful isn’t all the faithful, it was over 9 min. late when I was there) :-)

If you’re looking for a wilderness experience, not to worry, Yellowstone is as big as the state’s of Rhode Island and Delaware combined.  The park is absolutely massive with six entrances (I have made it through five now). Many of the roads in the park close in the fall and winter, so spring and summer are the best times to visit…unless of course you’re a snow enthusiast.

As I’ve said, Yellowstone is a massive park…so if you plan to do it justice, plan to spend nearly a week there.  There is just so much to see and do it can be overwhelming, so try do a bit of research and plan accordingly. Be sure to leave some leeway in your plans in case you want to spend more or less time in a particualr area.  You can get lost in the adventure and awe of it all.  You might run across some wildlife that you want to admire for hours on end.  You just never know.

The Yellowstone Park site as well as the National Park System website are great resources. Oh, something worth noting…for all of you “have to be online” folks like me…as of the summer of 2010 there is no wi-fi in the park.  When I say “no” wi-fi, I mean, NO wi-fi…not even at the hotels or lodges within the park. It’s seems to be incredibly ridiculous, but I was told that “they (whomever that is)” have been trying to get wi-fi for years but for some reason the powers-to-be will not allow it.

An Overview of Dillon, Montana

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

I came to Dillon, Montana for one reason only, to visit a very dear friend of mine—otherwise I can’t imagine it being on my radar as a place I had to go.  While I’ve enjoyed my time in this quaint little town, Dillon is more a place for raising families than attracting tourists—for some travelers that might actually have great appeal. It’s always fun to check out small towns that are off the beaten path. And, there is no question that Dillon has its charm…from wonderfully restored homes to a satellite college campus embracing its past, to a moderately delightful downtown.

Staying in Dillon after visiting some much smaller towns in Montana got me thinking about something…if you look at communities like, “Red Lodge” for example, they have a very vibrant town with great restaurants, nice lodging choices and plenty of activities.  I used to live in a smaller community that must have loved mediocrity…we had mediocre restaurants, lodging, etc.  I see similarities between where I used to live and Dillon.  This got me thinking…why are towns like Red Lodge and Dillon so different? Dillon is much bigger than Red Lodge (albeit still very small itself), why do they not have the same quality restaurants as Red Lodge, the same quality lodging choices?  Clearly a place like Red Lodge caters to the demands of the tourist, where a place like Dillon caters more to the people who live there.  This begs the question, why do some communities embrace mediocrity, while other rebel against it? I know I digress from the subject at hand to a more philosophical, however part of “Mike’s Road Trip” is one of self-discovery and I hope to occasionally challenge the status quo. We all need to think about who we want to be when we grow up.

Dillon has a population of 4000 and is located in Montana’s Gold West Country. It began its early days as an important shipping destination from Utah to the gold fields of Montana. The Northern Railroad reached Dillon in the 1880s.  The rich agriculturally valley was a welcomed place for Sheep ranching—at one time Dillon was the largest wool producer in Montana. The first cattle were brought to the valley in 1865 and they continue to play a major role in Dillon’s development. La Cense Beef is a local ranch producing 100% grass-fed beef direct to the consumer, competing head-to-head with the more well-known, Omaha Steaks.

No matter where you are in Montana you can expect great scenery and plenty to do.  In Dillon there are several nearby lakes and rivers to fish, or perhaps check out the Beaverhead County Museum or a historic walking tour. There are also Lewis & Clark trail sites near Dillon including,  Camp Fortunate, Clark’s Lookout and Beaverhead Rock. For more information on Dillon, try the following sites. Travel Montana, The City of DillonMontana’s Gold West.

Be sure to check out my photo gallery of Dillon by clicking here.

An Overview of Red Lodge and the BearTooth Highway

Monday, June 28th, 2010

For more than forty years the population of Red Lodge, MT has hovered around 2000…despite it’s small size, this town is full of quality amenities and never short on things to see or do.  One of the contributing factors to Red Lodge’s vibrancy and economic prosperity is that it’s at the gateway to the northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park via the most spectacular stretch of highway in the United States, the Beartooth byway.

Some of the things to do in Red Lodge include, hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, scenic drives, skiing, golf, nature watching, local festivals and so much more.

There are a number of great places to stay while in Red Lodge, like The PollardBig Sky Cabins, Rocky Fork Inn and the place I stayed, Gallagher’s Irish Rose Bed and Breakfast, which is in the heart of town and walkable to nearly everything. Red Lodge can accommidate just about any budget, there  several affordable hotels and motels to choose from.

I was also impressed with the restaurant scene in Red Lodge (especially for a small town where mediocrity often rules), I had the pleasure of eating at a few different places while I was there.  One establishment I would recommend would be Bridge Creek. I also had a nice meal at Bogart’s, however the service left something to be desired. If you’re looking for a bit higher-end place try, the Pollard.

No trip to Red Lodge would be complete without taking a drive through the Beartooth highway (hwy 212) (see my video above to be convinced).  Designated an All-American Road in 2002, the Beartooth Highway has been described by Charles Kuralt (former CBS newsman) as “the most beautiful drive in America.” Reaching heights of nearly 11,000 feet, the 50-mile drive offers awe-inspiring views of snowcapped peaks, glaciers, alpine lakes and plateaus (note: Hwy 212 is only open seasonally).

Recreation opportunities are abundant in the area. Visitors can cross-country ski in; hike across the broad plateaus; view and photograph wildlife (Rocky Mountain goat, moose, black bear, grizzly bear, marmots, mule deer); take a guided horseback trip; fish for trout in the streams and lakes and camp in the thirteen National Forest campgrounds. Even when the Highway is formally closed to cars, snowmobilers may travel the route and enjoy a spectacular winter wonderland.

Chasing Al Roker. Al Roker is in Bozeman and I’m hot on his trail…

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

So, I’m outside the Bozeman library doing some work when all of a sudden this gentleman jogged passed me…I saw him out of my peripheral vision and knew right away who it was as I often watch him on T.V. in the mornings. I thought for a minute as to what I should do and then I decided…I’m going to chase this guy until he stops, then I will tell him my story and see if he’d be willing to help out.

This gentleman was not jogging very fast and I’m a fast walker, so I just tried to keep up…unfortunately I was lugging my 20lb briefcase.  I decided to capture a bit of video along the way as you will see below, however as I did so, I started to lose some ground.  I started running again to close the gap. I wanted to be respectful and wait until he stopped before approaching, but this guy just kept running and running.

Now I’m at least a mile into this endeavor, but I’m committed, this could be my big break and I need to take the chance.

I’m guessing I’m 2+ miles into this thing and I’m calling friends to ask what I should do.

3 miles in, I see this young woman on a bike…I fill her in on the situation and get her to empathize…she rides up to the jogger and asks him, “Are you Al Roker?” She flashes the sign and then rides back over to me.  I confirm with her that in fact it is Al Roker.  Al is now out of sight and has witnessed me following him…I don’t want him to think I’m a stalker, so I ask the young lady, “If I pay you $20 will you go back and give him my card?” She declined as she was 5-mo pregnant and just needed to get home (BTW Winter, I really appreciate what you did do).a

I thanked her and took off after Al.  To my delight Al began coming right toward me.  I politely introduced myself while jogging along side him. I shared my story and told him I thought it would be compelling for NBC.  He graciously asked for my card…and on he went…

As I chased Al Roker I was completely unaware of my surroundings—I was now lost.  I was however, able to pick the trail again…funny enough, I ran into Al again.  I asked him (while camera was running) if he would mind saying something like “I’m Al Roker on the road with Mike’s Road Trip.” He declined, saying he’d rather not. Therefore, as a courtesy I will not show the last encounter. I don’t blame him; he must have run 7-10 miles and was just a bit disheveled. I’m really impressed with Al, he has really slimmed down and 7-10 miles is no easy jog. The weather however was just perfect in Bozeman…how apropos. :-)

So, we’ll just have to wait and see what Al does with my card. :-)

If you didn’t find this post funny, well, at least I amused myself.  LOL!  If you don’t believe it was Al Roker, read the story in the local newspaper.