Monday, September 26, 2016

Friends and Family

Kalispell, MT

We got to spend some wonderful time visiting with friends and family and we got to eat out often.

We used to live in this area several years ago and have good friends who still live in Kalispell. We went to dinner with Judy and Dave but I forgot to get a picture. They own a 39 Chevy that Jim would love to have.

jillJudy and I also drove down to say hi and bye to our friend Jill. She finally sold her house south of Lakeside and is moving to St. George, UT.

She was having a huge garage sale and no I didn’t buy anything. We don’t have any room at all to put one more item.

This is Jill getting ready to take a picture of me.

We also went to dinner with Jerry and Janice to celebrate Jerry’s birthday. They were staying at a campground near Hungry Horse but drove down to  Kalispell for dinner at the Montana Club. Once again, no picture.

Jeri and Terry arrived and we got to enjoy a couple of great meals with them. This is them with Jeri’s nephew, Mike. Mike lives in Columbia Falls and we went to one of our favorite restaurants – the Back Room. Ribs and broasted chicken.

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My cousin Jana joined us at the Back Room. I only have two first cousins on my Dad’s side of the family so she is very special to me.

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We were able to meet up with Jeri, Terry, and Mike for one more dinner at Scotty’s. Jim had elk; Mike had buffalo; and the rest of us had steak. It was wonderful.

After ten days it is time for us to move on. We said goodbye to everyone and got to see David one more time.

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Skitz is not looking forward to moving on and would prefer just to lay in front of the heat vent,

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Or under the blankets.

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See you on the road.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Ronan, MT Harvest Fest

Kalispell, MT

Driving through Ronan on our way back to Kalispell, we saw all these straw bales decorated for Harvest Fest. There are some really creative people in Ronan.

Todd – this one is for you.

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The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes won first prize with their Mindians at the Peoples Center.

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Smokey came in second

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It’s was hard to get pictures of all of them because there is just too much traffic on the highway. But here are a few more that I thought were just wonderful.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

What Happened To the Bison?

Kalispell, MT 

Jeri and Terry arrived in Kalispell and the next day the four of us headed down to the National Bison Range. This is something that has been on my bucket list for several years and I was really excited to share it with good friends.

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We drove down the east side of Flathead Lake with a brief drive through Bigfork. We stopped in Charlo to get some lunch before getting to the Range. We stopped at the Branding Iron and got burgers to go. Jim got something called cheesy spuds and said they were excellent. So were the burgers.

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We were ready to see some bison. I was really expecting to see herds of bison and was totally disappointed. We saw maybe 20 bison total on a 26 mile loop drive.

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There were some gorgeous views of the Mission Mountains as we climbed up to 4700 feet.

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We did see some deer and pronghorns.

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Finally a few bison.

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We had a great time even if we didn’t get to see bison. And that item is crossed off my list.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

On Top of Big Mountain

Whitefish, MT   High 66  Low 43

Jim and I decided to ride the gondola to the top of Big Mountain. You need to know that I am not the bravest person in the world when it comes to heights and swinging conveyances. But I swallowed my stomach and said I’d ride.

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In 1937, the Whitefish Lake Ski Club obtained a special permit from the U.S. Forest Service enabling them to build cabins and trails in the Hell Roaring Creek region. A couple of Great Falls businessmen  quickly recognized the area’s potential and shortly after World War II, began efforts to develop a full-fledged ski resort on the mountain.

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Winter Sports, Inc. (WSI) was founded on March 31, 1947 and it was a community enterprise from the start with local people selling shares of stock to meet payrolls, donating labor, preparing the slopes, even giving up free time to help push through an all-weather mountain road. On the morning of December 14, 1947, a thousand townsfolk stood on the slopes of the new Big Mountain resort to watch the brand new T-Bar lift bring their vision to life.

The Chalet was erected in 1949 just in time to host the U.S. Alpine Championships that same year.

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This was the only wildlife we saw.

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Jim used to ski Big Mountain when we lived in Lakeside. So he was very familiar with the chair lift. You had your choice of riding either in a gondola or on a chair. I picked the gondola because it is enclosed which I know that if something broke it wouldn’t matter either way. But I felt more secure in the gondola.

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I was amazed at the number of mountain bike riders that were riding the lift to the top with their bikes. There are also several hiking trails at the top and all the way down if you’re interested.

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There is also an alpine sled ride that Jim would really like to do but maybe next time.

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I did okay on the way up to the top and the views into Glacier Park were amazing. There was a haze in the air so my pictures didn’t turn out all that good. So here’s a picture of what it should look like that I borrowed from their website.

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The trip back down did not go as smoothly. I knew Jim would have liked to ride in a chair rather than a gondola and I really thought about it. But I chickened out and it’s a good thing I did. They stopped the ski lift when we were about half way down, and the gondola started to swing. I had a panic attack and poor Jim tried to calm me down and keep me breathing. I was so glad when we finally touched earth again.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Big Reason We’re in Kalispell

Kalispell, MT   High 71  Low 44

Family is always the best reason to visit an area. This is our son, David, his wife, Kelly, and our granddaughter, Katie. We got a chance to visit when we went to dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings.

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On Friday, Katie invited us to her volleyball game. She is a Sophomore and has always been very athletic. She’s having a tough time right at the moment because she is playing with a broken finger.

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Friday was also the Homecoming Parade for Glacier High School. After the volleyball game we stuck around long enough to watch the parade. Jim really liked this old truck.

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That’s Katie waving to us from the float she was on.

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It’s been many many years since we were in a high school. Brought back a lot of memories.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Scenes from the Hi-Line

Havre, MT     Cold

Linda definitely was right. Highway 2 follows the railroad tracks all across Montana. Highway 2 from about Culbertson, MT to Cut Bank, MT is known as the Hi-Line. Nothing but wind swept rolling prairies of wheat fields and small railroad towns along the Milk River.

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I’m sure most of you are tired of museums (as I am) but I took two pictures at the Blaine County Museum that I want to share.

This piano was made by Miles Kimball in 1903 and was used during the silent film era at the Orpheum Theatre in Chinook.

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This desk was made in the 1880s. I thought it was so beautiful.

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Dave’s Texaco is a National Registered Historic Place which is now a credit union.

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Notice the girl in the Champaign glass – love these old neon signs.

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There used to be a sugar beet factory in Chinook so this is a picture of their mascot.

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There were donkeys at the RV park in Havre with big signs that said they bite.

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Sunset in my outside truck mirror.

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The same sunset from our campground.

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Welcome to Shelby

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Roadside sign outside Shelby

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The World’s Largest Penguin in Cut Bank.

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After you leave Cut Bank the mountains of Glacier Park start showing up in your windshield. Highway 2 takes you through a small portion of Glacier Park.

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Before reaching Browning we stopped at Lewis and Clark’s northern most camp.

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I don’t understand why people have to vandalize memorials or anything else.

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The Espresso Tipi in Browning

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Fall colors

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North Fork of the Flathead River

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