Back on the Road in Ol' Montana

Trip Start Jun 04, 2011
Trip End Oct 21, 2011

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

We got an early start on our journey to Washington to see Lisa and Rich.  We drove to Garrison Junction and continued on I-90 past Missoula, turning north onto US 93 toward Kalispell.  We stopped in Arlee, MT on the street just across from Wilson’s Market, for lunch.  It’s very handy to have your kitchen, and house actually, along with you on a trip.  I slipped over to the market and picked up some essentials, to wit, a toothbrush, toothpicks and a half-gallon of Butter Pecan ice cream. I came unprepared this trip, but as things usually work out, there was the store.

We turned off at Ravalli and took US 200 enroute to Thompson Falls.  At highway 135 we turned south and found Cascade Campground just where it’s supposed to be, just across the highway from the Clark Fork River.  It’s a primitive CG, meaning only a pit toilet and water from a hand pump.  However, our friend Terry, in Helena, repaired the 12 volt charging system, so we have house power from a new deep-charge battery.  Just like uptown!  It got into the high eighties today.  That coupled with the lower altitude and river made it a bit muggy.  But, with a generator and two air conditioners, we had a comfortable evening.  Our earlier walk to Cascade Creek was joined by multitudinous mosquitoes.  I still have bloodstains on my shirt where I intercepted a few of the little buggers and sent them to insect heaven.  We spent most of our time indoors due to their presence.  Lynn kicked my assets at Phase 10, which is nothing new.  I’ll have to take a sabbatical of a year or two to build up my luck and confidence, I reckon.  

We’re the only campers in this ten site campground.  Some noise emanates from the highway and an occasional train, but otherwise it’s quiet.  A blessing to be away from the city for a while.  

We’re going into Thompson Falls tomorrow to visit with a financial advisor and will drop by to see Lynn’s cousin Bina and her husband Tom.  They run the local newspaper there.  Then it’s off to Sandpoint, ID to see our nephew TJ and Amy.  Of course we’re looking forward to seeing their delightful daughter, Viv.  

Since we’re in the primitive world, we have no phone, so I’ll put this up when we have such.  More later.  It’s GREAT to be on the road again!
We got out of camp fairly early to make our appointment in T'Falls.  After meeting with Tim, we lunched in the parking lot and set out for Sandpoint, Idaho.  The road is hilly and curvy and has great views of the mountains.  It was cooler today, compared to a low of sixty-five at our last campsite.  It's cloudy and showing a small bit of rain.  

We got to TJ, Amy and Viv's at about two PM, having moved into the Pacific Time Zone.  It was great to visit their new house and get re-aquainted with this great family.  We soon felt right at home.  We had been to this place shortly after they had purchased it, but hadn't moved in yet.  They have a sweet house a nice garage and twelve acres of sheer beauty.  They've planted another twenty or so fruit trees and a great garden.  After the tour, we settled in for some serious visiting.  Amy, who is a pharmacist at the local Wal-Mart had the day off, which made it even better.  We parked Shorty next to the garage with room to spare.

TJ prepared a "scratch" meal of chicken enchiladas, salsa, rice and beans.  It was a super meal.  We ate our fill and visited a bit more before retiring to our place.  I got a few photos of our hosts which I've added to this edition.  Tomorrow we head to the mountains to search for the elusive huckleberry.  More then...
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