Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Yes we love Montana

We went back to Montana, but this time we had the kids with us....
This was our labor day week end trip and we went all the way up to Glacier National Park to the KOA in Whitefish Montana. I just love Montana, it is a really beautiful state to drive through.... well at least the western part....

We left at 4 am. Was kind of nice to be able to make the first 3 hours of the 12h trip with everybody else sleeping because after the sun got up, me got a headache trying to ignore the constant bitching from the kids behind me. My fault, I woke everybody up since I was starting feeling tired and needed to talk a bit. Plus the sun raising above the mountains of Idaho was a nice sight for them too....
We stopped for an 1h to have breakfast at "Jan's Cafe" in Lima MT. Very comforting breakfast with huge slices of hams, eggs and hash-browns.... We decided to get the kids the big one too hoping that we could just skip lunch and get away with just a snack until dinner time.


The trip was long, but we obviously made it safe ;) to discover our cabin. Little disappointed by the actual location of the cabin, but ready to enjoy a good week end there.

Rissa didn't take long to assume her watch position.
That is away from everybody else but close enough in case she needs to.... go and hie at the first very strange noise.... it is our four-legged chicken remember....

Kids couldn't wait to go try out these banana bikes, or go jump into the swimming pool, or even go play on the play ground or visit the little pet zoo that they had there.... lamas, goats, miniature horse and cows, ducks and chickens and rabbits constituted a nice bunch of friendly animals. I will let you appreciate the resemblance in hair do between Nathan and this ugly animal.....



I am taking advantage of this quiet time to start preparing dinner. Dealing with a fire that does not want to start, we finally manage to get some chicken and diced potatoes cooked.
After a last walk with the dogs in the woods, we finish this first tiring day with a hot cocoa and coffee before heading to bed.
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 Second day, the dogs are waking me up early (5am) and I decide to go walk them for a bit, hoping to see some wild life too. Return to the cabin, to grab some change of cloth and go take a shower before breakfast while everybody still sleeps.

 Breakfast was good (and not only because it was free or should I say included in the rate).... biscuits, sausage gravy, eggs, coffee, juices, oatmeal, English muffins, toasts..... yes not the most healthy one, but has the advantage to let us plan for smaller lunches.....
This day was dedicated to stay in the campground so the kids would enjoy the pool and other amenities.... Well and maybe not only the kids....


We had an early dinner made quickly this time and sausages and beans were on the menu. Later we decided to go visit the nearby town to have an ice-cream there before the rain. We found this little local shop that had huckelberry favored ice-cream.... huckelberry seems to be all the rage up there and everything is revolving around this flavorful berry.

Back at the cabin, it is raining to much to do anything, so Karen and the kids are playing Farkle while I am enjoying the serenity of the rainy evening outside on the porch. Because let's face it, there is no way I play a game witht he kids.... whatever the game is, it always end up with a cheater, a sore loser (actually 4 of them) and screaming, complaining and it is not goo for my own sanity.





The third day... the big one.
We are going to go to visit the Glacier National park. It is raining and the sky is covered. After the morning rituals.... walking the dogs, shower, breakfast and packing lunch and drinks for the road,we finally leave hoping the sun will come out.
It didn't happen until late but we were en route for a very special adventure.... see the next post for the complete story.
Just to tease a little bit, it has something to do with this last picture....


2 comments:

Cécile said...

you went to Canada and didn't stop by Montreal ??!! what is an extra 12h to visit old friends :) ?

Karen et Stéphane said...

Well miss... 1/ we didn't really go to Canada, 2/ I am pretty sure you were not in montreal during labor day week end ;)