Day 55: Sunday, July 25th, 2021

Day 55: Sunday, July 25th, 2021

OK, let’s first address that TODAY is day 55…I messed up yesterday and said it was then, oops, my bad, only took 54 days to screw up LOL. Listen, it is a miracle that I can even REMEMEBER to do this every day. I have never written 55 straights days before in my life, so the fact that I am recording this journey, and for judgement and scrutiny mind you (yes I get PLENTY of it), is an every day miracle and achievement for myself. I am DAMN proud of it.

I headed out of Kalispell around 6 a.m., happy with my time there but also super excited for what is to come.  The original plan was to staycation it tonight in Spokane, as a half way point to my next destination. I was really trying hard to not have continual 6 hour drive days everywhere, it doesn’t make it fun because I am so stressed out on getting up early, getting on the road on time, then traffic making that 6 hour more like 10…so I wanted 3-4 hour drives that were simple, sweet, and easy so that I could catch points of interest along the way.  I am about the journey, the destination is the icing on the cake, kind of girl. So today was probably about 4 hours, but with my stops, and I did stop a lot today, it made it a long day on the road which I was happy to finish up around 3 p.m.

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So when I plug my phone in my car, always charging it, using Google Maps, and playing my music, I somehow found an old playlist I hadn’t heard in years. And as Coldplay sang “Clocks” and Newsboys sang “He Reigns”….. I cried. I just wept like a baby as I am driving the valley of these Mountains, past sparkling blue waters, seeing deer stand by the side of the road. HOW could I be this blessed? It was an amazing morning of self-reflection, worship time, and loving myself. The scenery may have had something to do with it LOL.

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Montana

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I drove through St. Regis, Montana where a beautiful gift shop was located. I had so much fun just looking, shopping, and enjoying a moment out of my car.

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Onto Idaho, a BRAND NEW STATE for me!  Now, today I am just driving over the top of it, and catching the bottom after I complete Oregon. I only caught it because I am headed to Washington State.  BUT they had THE coolest State sign, as you are exiting the Mountains, it reveals itself, and THANK YOU, they had a pull out there so you could actually grab a pic of it AND the Pacific Time Zone sign- huzzah! 

Idaho State Line

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Bet you didn’t know, but “Dante’s Peak” was filmed in the little, silver mining town of Wallace, Idaho. Named after the man who built the town, this set the scene for the infamous 1997 movie starring Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton fighting the “town’s” volcano. Did you know that the footage in the movie is actual footage of Mount St. Helen’s erupting? Just driving in the town, I geeked out at the Main Street alone…VERY familiar turret that blows up in the movie, still standing today. 

Dantes Peak Film Location

Dantes Peak Film Location

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I headed to the Train Museum, figuring that they would have someone there who would know a bunch about the town. I stand by this ALWAYS- talk to the OLDER folks in town when you want to know something, they are willing and wanting to tell you their story and their beloved hometown.   I had such a gentleman who not only gave me a great tour of the 1880’s Train Station, but he also told me his background. We were the only ones there, so we talked about his bartending days in Vegas and how he served Frank Sinatra and the Brat Pack…along with is favorite, Elizabeth Taylor.  How cool is that?!  The Train Museum is free, donations always, and is worth the visit just to see him.

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Wallace Montana

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One of the remaining flags that flew when Teddy Roosevelt came to Wallace.

Wallace Montana

Wallace Montana

Wallace Montana

Wallace Montana

Next I headed downtown and just walked.  I like to get the feel of a place by just walking, drinking it in, taking pictures, and talking to shop keepers who are open.  I learned about the bordellos and how this was THE place for miners to “get a little something something” after a hard day’s work. So I guess silver, sex, and Dante’s Peak? I couldn’t find that tag line on anything lol. BUT they also are “The Center of the Universe”- yes they make this claim that this town is THE center of the Universe…and they say noone can prove them wrong so they don’t care if you don’t believe them. Ok, center it is!

Wallace Montana

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Center of the Universe

Center of the Universe

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The adventure there ended at a bakery where I sat with a delicious piece of “Cotton Candy Cheesecake” with my Diet Coke and a picture window to watch the World go by. Never had that flavor of cheesecake before, and it checked my “something new” in my food category for the day- try it, it was excellent!

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On the way to Washington, I had heard about the oldest building in Idaho, which was a Catholic Mission. So I parked, and as I ascended the forever staircase up the hill to the church that sat high on a hill…I noticed I was underdressed. Hundreds of families were getting out cars, dressed up, bonnets on….I thought, am I in the right place?  Well come to find out, it was a “Pilgrimage” day.  A huge crowd was walking up the road, as I was driving out, so clearly something of a holy experience was happening.  I am sure it was beautiful, but because I was the odd man out, it just felt….weird.  The Mission was beautiful, glad I saw it, took about half hour to get up and back down and to see it, so if you have the time, check it out.

Old Mission of the Sacred Heart

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I wasn’t so lucky with the “Washington” State sign as I entered… who puts it on the left side?!? So I will have to find another one at a Visitors Center somewhere. I wound up having to leave the highway for about half an hour, a slow down of more than an hour had a big NOPE on it and I followed the “advice” of my google maps. Thankfully it worked, and I checked in to my hotel around 3 p.m. 

Now, this THREE hours behind FL time now is throwing me off. Granted, it has been gradual, but just when my body gets used to one time zone, I seem to be entering another LOL. It messes up my eating times too, good thing I just eat now when I am hungry. Crazy right? Also I stopped “Morning Musings” weeks ago only because I was having a hard time keeping them up. Many mornings were enough with getting in a healthy routine to make me feel good, with shakes, vitamins, then packing and remembering everything with every click of the hotel door closing behind me on check out.  SO, that is why you don’t see them anymore. But THANK YOU to those who watched them, loved them, and gave incredible feedback. I know who you are, and I always pay attention to those who support me.  On that note, thank you for supporting me as well. Every dollar you donate goes into my gas, food, lodging, but best of all, I am able to spread the kindness by treating people to tours, meals, and bus rides. So THANK YOU, it means the world to me that you believe IN me, it makes this adventure feel like a warm hug from so many that care. I truly love you guys. God bless, see you tomorrow.

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Day 54: Saturday, July 24th, 2021

Last day in Montana, bitter sweet to move on tomorrow but always exciting to see what’s coming up next. I will miss the 55 degree mornings, the shadows of Mountains that surround her property, and the kittens that greeted me every day. And of course, Angela. So melancholy were the feels, but I was too excited to grieve the time that has passed.

Finally feeling back to normal, I got ready for the FIRST EVER Montana Renaissance Faire here in the Valley. You never know how these things are going to go, first time “anything’s” can be a bit of a journey, if you know what I mean.  Here is how I think it went down. Someone walked into an office and said “I think Kalispell needs a Renaissance Faire…and I will be the one to put it on.”  And then he/she/they realized that they would have to deal with parking, admission, food, vendors, entertainment, security, and everything else that goes along with putting on such a large event. This wasn’t a “Fyre Festival” but, this was close. Now, grace must be met with an event on day one…look at Jurassic Park, prime example LOL. Let’s dive in.

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Parking was $5 and they directed you over the back roads of Morocco to a destination where you hoped your car wouldn’t be eaten by a sink hole.  Park opened at 10 a.m.. small crowd was there, maybe 100 people. Word was 1,000 tickets were sold in advance, I was one of few who seemed to need to buy at the window. Probably a promotion was out there for it, but I was clearly just traveling through so full price it was! $25 to get in, for adult, I paid, bracelet slapped on me, no tickets to give anyone when I walked in. Weird, but hey, easier to get back in and out of the Faire without needing the infamous “stamp on the hand.” (Which by the way, don’t EVER accidentally touch your face after getting one…. It’s quite embarrassing to have that image smeared across your face).

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Montana Renaissance Faire 2021

Montana Renaissance Faire 2021
This is … the king…. yeah…sunglasses. He looks like guy from “Robin Hood Men In Tights”

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The layout of the Faire was, well, a farm field. Not an ethereal forest (that’s you Bristol), not a piece of land with ANY shade, just a farm field with overgrown brush that was attempted to be smashed down, but tripping happened many a time.  Clearly someone forgot about shade…umbrellas, tents, ANYTHING that would provide some relief from the afternoon sun. I can tell you from attending Bristol for 15 plus years, plus other Renn Faires, is that SHADE is a requirement. People want to grab something to eat, a beer to drink, and just chill under the shade of a tree or something like it.  It doesn’t feel good to eat a warm shepherds pie while roasting in the hot sun….not fun. I wasn’t in any shade for the 3 hours I was there- especially needed in the jousting area.  Today’s Faire was bare requirements, they can do better.  4 Food Vendors available, and sadly, out of food trucks.  I do not recall in the Renn period any such food truck….good noodles or not.  I had a breakfast burrito…not a turkey leg, or an ear of corn, because those weren’t offered. At a RENN Faire. Again, first day, first time, trying to extend some grace here.

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The entertainment seemed to bring the biggest crowds…particularly the Fire Guy and the Joust.  I didn’t recognize any of the acts, but they were good. A Minstrel was singing on his stage, but attempting to be miked caused his speaker to have feedback, and it was hard to enjoy his beautiful sound with the tinny undertone. 

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The vendors were few, and VERY far apart. Maybe trying to make the Faire look bigger? But it didn’t make sense to have them spaced so much apart…and not a whole lot to shop from.  I don’t know, maybe I am spoiled by the best Faire ever, but I am used to having so many options, I was hoping to find boots for my Renn outfit for next summer. It was disappointing, but people were buying, so I’m happy they were making their money.

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I wound up staying from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m- heading out after the joust. The joust was entertaining, and I love a good Knight who is sarcastic, funny, and usually French.  They were amazing, so hella proud of them having a woman as one of the Knights, VERY cool! 

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All in all, it was fun to say I was there at the first EVER Montana Renn Faire and I hope to find more on my travels.  It made me miss home quite a bit, and Bristol even more.  I can’t wait to see it next summer.

The day wrapped up with a drive to get gas, wash my car, and a stop to get pics with the Wienermobile that was in town today!  Walter was beyond happy to meet the infamous hot dog on wheels.  Great photo opp, and then it was back to Angela’s for take out- pear and blue cheese flatbread with huckleberry ice cream and cookies for desert! 

Wiernermobile Oscar Meyer

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MacKenzie River Pizza Co.

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I am full….my soul, my heart, my stomach. So off to post this, pack more, and up early for the drive to Washington. Thank you Montana, it has been a blast!

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I LOVE sharing the joy of Adventure, and Travel! Every dollar you support me with goes right back into my mission for equipment, gas, and essentials. But most importantly, when you support me financially it tells me you BELIEVE in me and MY VALUE, and that means more to me than ANYTHING! Spreading the kindness is my goal on this amazing journey, and I thank you for helping me make magic for so many people. So THANK YOU for YOU!!

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Day 53: July 23rd, 2021

A couple days left in Montana, I woke up with a renewed spirit since my migraine seemed to finally break.  At a very low level, I was able to work it out and just get up later today, take my time, and give myself the space to just BE.  After I was sick of myself, I headed out to the living room where Angela and I planned out heading to Target and touring around Kalispell. I was all for it, something still chill enough to keep me occupied but not too much to trigger another headache. Got to LOVE being an adult!

We had a fantastic trip to Target, I enjoyed just walking around and figuring out what I needed on the next leg of my trip. Then we drove around downtown Kalispell, finding all the murals and fun, quirky stop around town.

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Kalispell Montana

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Kalispell Montana

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A MUST every time I have been in Montana is “Mountain Berry Bowls” which is like a smoothie with fresh fruit, seeds, and everything good about life. I LOVE them and accidentally got a large instead of a small….I guess go big or go home! LOL

Mountain Berry Bowls

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Last stop was the “Conrad Mansion” which is this beautiful mansion located in town, turned into a Museum for the public to enjoy. I took the “self” tour for $20, and enjoyed just walking around and looking at everything. In 1892, Charles and his wife, Lettie, founded the town of Kalispell.  They would then build their dream home in 1895, and thus the Conrad Mansion was born.  13,000 square feet, 26 rooms, 8 fireplaces, along with electricity AND air conditioning- yes, they had some money! You can tour this while in town, tours on the hour, choices from a self or guided, prices vary and are listed on their website. It took about an hour to tour on my own, a very unique house to see! Then you can pay respects at the local Cemetery, which is also named after the family, where his masouleum sits at the end of the Cemetery, high above in the hills. Located behind the crypt are “fairy steps” which you can walk up and down, legend says counting them down and then again up, that the number of them changes. I personally think because they are a mess, it’s confusing which step is considered a real step and what is a “landing” at points, thus making the number confusing. But, a cool story, nonetheless.

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Conrad Mansion 2021

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Conrad Cemetery

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The rest of the day was more relaxing and getting this blog post done so I don’t have to race to finish this tonight. Last day in Montana tomorrow….what adventure will come? We shall see- stay tuned!

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Day 52: July 22nd, 2021

It was one of those mornings where I just took my time and tried to just wake up, fighting another migraine all night.  The smoke filled hotel room triggered something nasty in my head, and it has been coming in waves over the last two days. I have tried my CBD, meds, over-the-counter pills, cold packs, sleeping until I can’t anymore…nothing is working. So I am fighting through it until it stops…lasts 2-3 days, pray it stops. 

 

 

 

 

So I took my Excederin and headed out with Angela to drop the girls off at Camp for their last day. We decided to take it easy today in case my headache wasn’t going to dull out any time soon. We visited Whitefish, Montana, and stopped at a lovely Crepes Place for a Monte Cristo Crepe which is Turkey and Ham with a Raspberry drizzle. DELICIOUS!!! Walter approved. We ate, chatted, it was lovely to do a very “chill” thing since I just wasn’t feeling well.

We walked the downtown area, grabbed some more stickers for the suitcase, salivated over the National Park posters, and then we headed out and back home for a rest afternoon that I really needed.  I played with kittens, took a nap, made phone calls to family to check in, and just relaxed.

Tomorrow is another day, another adventure, and another blog post. See you then!

Glacier National Park 2021

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Day 51: Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

After a much needed night of sleep, I was so excited waking up today for my visit to Glacier National Park.  Angela and I had a sitter for her youngest, and then the other two we took to Summer Camp, so we had the day to ourselves and we were MORE than happy for the time to adventure together!

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Angela lives nearby in Kalispell, so she has been in Glacier a hundred times or more. I always feel comfortable with her, and I felt even better that she drove the “Going to the Sun” road. IT. IS. AMAZING! Terrifying, but amazing! We used the “timed $2 ticket” that was required this year which didn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense. The ticket wasn’t scanned or punched, just glanced at and waved in with the Annual Pass we had.  We didn’t have to wait long to get in, and we were probably there around 9:30 a.m. We were going in the WEST entrance, and for all the nightmare stories I had read online, I didn’t get the “scare” that was put out there. Everyone had tickets, it seemed, at least in front of us, and nobody seemed to be turning around.  They got the ticket information out there, and from today’s experience, it looks like it works. But without a punch card or scan system, anyone could flash the ticket from any week and possibly still get in. I just didn’t see a lot of “checking” the tickets they insisted everybody having. So heads up on that.

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We took the long drive up, climbing while ears popping. I squealed with fear and delight, the views something my brain couldn’t comprehend. The view it out of a fairytale, it doesn’t look real.  Maybe an oil painting of Mountains off in the distance, but the height and drop offs VERY real and VERY close to the road. I just held my breath most the time, took pics and videos, and prayed for our safety. It did the job because we got to the top, “Logan Pass.”

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Now, here is where the crowds make everything difficult. NO PARKING AVAILABLE. There is ONE lot, so imagine driving ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL the way up the Mountains, you have braved it, you are ready to hike it, and you can’t put your vehicle anywhere. It became this long game of finding people walking to their cars when leaving, getting disappointed over and over again by people just eating at their car or not leaving for whatever reason…it got old fast. I joked I could use the restroom, go to the gift shop and hike the trail before she found a parking spot. ….it was a joke, but we decided to let me go and at least use the restroom and shop while she drove the parking lot.  Thankfully about 25 minutes later she found me, had found a spot, and we were on our way up Logan’s Pass.

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We walked the boardwalk area for all of it, and decided to chill on a huge rock at the top. We talked about life, love, and the view. It was the coolest place I have had ever had “girl chat” time in my life! We got Walter out for pics and someone recognized him, so we had her get a pic with him too! He has been a big hit, and so much, that Angela’s family watched the movie tonight to meet him officially (they loved it!)

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