June 21, 2019 Day 13
Miles 115 Begin Paradise, MT To Kalispell, MT
Roads Traveled MT 200 to MT28 to MT 93 with a side trip to Big Fork on MT 82 and 35
Slept at The Kalispell Grand Hotel, MT
The view is another grey and rainy morning. Of course, that doesn’t deter a dip in the pools. That’s what we are here for.
Back to the cozy room so I can write for a while and Bub reads. Finally, one last soak in these pools before we head on down the road.
On the road again…..missing the deer crossing the road
10 minutes out, we have a 20 minute road construction delay. When we finally are released for a six mile one lane trek behind a pilot truck, the only evidence of the need for this are two people measuring the rocks on the side of the road and a crew drilling holes in the road. Summertime is prime season for road repairs in Montana.
As we head toward Kalispell, we see the first Oreo cows. They are black in the front and back and white in the middle.Their real name is Belted Galloway and they are from Scotland.
Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi.
We take a short detour around Flathead Lake to the town of Big Fork.
It’s my place to buy pillow covers. I am also starving so we have burgers at The Pocketstone Cafe. I have a Purple Dragon Burger made with jalapeños and huckleberries, accompanied
Back on the road for the short drive to Kalispell. We stop at Costco for cheap gas and Huckleberry jam.
Bub notices the roads are dry. Maybe the courts would be too!
We check into The Kalispell Grand Hotel, whose warm chocolate chip cookies and popcorn cheer us up. We stayed here last year and were impressed. Built in 1912, when a room cost $2, it has undergone the fate of many historic hotels, falling into disrepair and then being restored. Thankfully, a restoration saved it and there are 40 affordable rooms and a friendly, helpful staff.
One of the joys of this trip is visiting places we have enjoyed in the past combined with some new ones on the roads less traveled. In Kalispell, for instance, we knew how to find the tennis courts, loved the historic hotel and Farmer’s Market.
It’s already 4:30 and the sky has cleared. We change into tennis clothes and head to the Flathead Valley Community College. There are 12 courts dry courts and not another player around.. I am so full from lunch that running fast is no fun at all. Bub wins 6-1 and I don’t care. The exercise felt great and maybe burned some of the indulgent meal calories.
The rain resumes. I g
I’m in search of a Northwest Travel and
I didn’t see it in the grocery store. The desk clerk at The Kalispell Grand Hotel suggests Norm’s
It is the longest day of the year and it is still light at 9 but I am tired, so we walk up the stairs to our room
We hear hotrod cars revving loudly in the street below that are here for tomorrow’s car show.
We toast to good times.
Life is good and I am grateful.