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Published: September 24th 2007
The theme of the quilt show was: Common Threads With Asian Influence. All the quilts were great to look at, but I took pictures of ones that I wanted to remeber some aspect of their design. Apparently I didn't take any pictures of the ones that had the Asian theme.
Wed Sept 19: Arrived in the lower 48. It feels great and prices are very exciting! Crossing the border was different with the agricultural person coming onboard to se if we had any banned substances. Our fridge was pretty bare, so once we got through customs we headed to the store in Oroville to stock up. Drove south to Tonasket and filled up the RV with gas before heading east on 20 through the mountains. We stopped in Coleville to buy some RV supplies at Walmart and ended up spending the night in their parking lot. It’s across the street from a lumber plant. It’s been fascinating to watch the equipment move the tree trunks like they are matchsticks. We have some TV channels here and cellular phone service. In Canada our phones were just left turned off as they seldom picked up any signal. Once our phones were back on for a while, we discovered that we had a few messages. It was so nice to be able to sit in the comfort of our RV and make phone calls. I do have some interesting memories of making phone calls from various locations on our trip. I need my strong
reading glasses to be able to see the phone number on the back of the calling card, otherwise I miss-dial the number. I’ve sat on a variety of chairs or rocks by the outdoor phones, some of which were in very scenic locations.
Thurs Sept 20: This morning our day started with a light rain as we left the Walmart’s parking lot. The aspect of the lumbar industry, that was across the street, probably operated all night, but it wasn’t loud enough to disturb us. We drove for a while and then stopped for breakfast. We had been debating which road to take today. One was through some mountains and would have been more scenic. The other was around the mountains, but easier driving. We ended up on the less scenic road as we couldn’t see any great distance with the rain and clouds anyway. We were told that the rain is needed here, and they’re happy to see it.
It has been enjoyable to see plants and trees that we haven’t seen since May. It’s like seeing old familiar friends, but then it reminds me of my garden back home. Tonight we’re camped in Idaho at Two
I took pictures of various ones that remind me of some aspect of our trip. I've collected some fabric and have been deciding on a design to work on this winter.
Rivers Canyon Resort. Full hookup $25.50, but with AAA discount it’s less. Our camp site is separated by a willow hedge. I wonder how overgrown mine has gotten over the summer. I severely trimmed it before we left, so maybe it won’t be too bad when we get home.
This campground is near the town of Bonner’s Ferry. We’ve picked up US 2 and that will be our general route home. As of now we plan to enter Michigan through the Upper Peninsula. This campground is down in the canyon and there are warnings at the top of the road/driveway, and in our camping book, about needing to unhook tow vehicles if longer than a certain length. It is a long narrow steep road with lots of sharp switch backs. There’s no shoulder and it’s a steep drop. Our length is right at the recommended unhook size, so we slowly started our descent. I had my doubts at the first switchback, especially since I had the good view down the cliff. George has certainly gained a lot of tough driving miles on our trips and was confident we could make the turns (we’re not supposed to back up when
the car is being towed ). We made it without any problems and have a nice pull-through site, so we don’t have to unhook.
Fri Sept 21: We’re now at Kalispell, Montana and in the Mountain Time Zone. We’ll be here for a couple days. Made a little dog food. Nice view of the mountains. We have full hookups, cable TV, WiFi, a nice laundry and several grocery stores in the area. We had pizza and drinks at the Moose Saloon. I asked George how much our evening cost and when he told me it was $19.50, I thought that wasn’t everything. He reminded me that we’re no longer in Canada or Alaska, so the prices aren’t high like we’ve had all summer. Great… we can eat out more often!!!!
Sat Sept 22: We had realized a few days ago that there would be a quilt show in Kalispell while we were here. It’s at the fairgrounds and presented by the Flathead Quilter's Guild, so I headed over there today. I was pleasantly surprised and impressed, and had a great time. I even headed over to one of the quilt shops that had a booth at the show.
If I hadn’t gone to the quilt shop I wouldn’t have found the restaurant I wanted to try that night for dinner. George had a quiet day at home. He sat outside and enjoyed the nice fall weather and the views of the mountains, walked the dogs, took a bike ride and saw several deer. We enjoyed our dinner at HuHot Mongolian Grill. We’ve wanted to try the Mongolian Barbeque at home and have never gotten around to it, so this is a good time to try something similar.
The Flathead Valley is the valley where Kalispell is locted. The Flathead Native Americans are located here. There are so many more Native American groups than I ever realized.
Sun Sept 23: Today was a day of light rain. Most of the mountains were hiding in the clouds until late in the day. When they reappeared they had fresh snow at the upper elevations. It was a good day to take care of household chores. With the weather being cool and rainy it was also a good day to cook something in the oven. I’m getting more adventurous with the convection oven, but was disappointed in the chicken I cooked. We ended up microwaving a few slices to finish cooking them enough, so we could have dinner. I’ll get the instruction manual/cookbook out before I try it again.
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