Monday, August 4, 2014

Moving on, making new friends and another hike…


Well our time was up in Kalispell, Montana but before we left our friends here in the park wanted to go for one last hike. So we headed over to Lone Pine State Park. This State Park boasts having 7.5 miles of trails and that morning we hiked about half of them. The panoramic views of the Flathead Valley and surrounding mountains were breathtaking. Thanks to Bernie and Dodo for taking us out for an early morning hike as it made for a great start to the day.

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Fortunately for us we didn’t have to go too far as one of my blog readers, and a blogger herself: The Road Home,  sent me a message and said if we wanted to stay a bit longer in the area we were welcome to stay at her place just outside of Bigfork, Montana. After conversing with her via email our new friend Liz invited us to extend our stay in Montana and we were so happy to have received that offer. Therefore our move on this day was merely 16 miles to the southeast at a beautiful site.

imageWe drove down the road until we needed to turn east and head toward the mountains that are home to Jewel Basin, an area where we have been able to get in a couple of nice hikes. The entry road into Liz’s place which is reflected in the title of her blog is just beautiful. As we drove past amber waves of wheat contrasting with the greens of the forest and the backdrop of the mountains we knew we were going to like our stay here.

As we pulled up to Liz’s home she was there to greet us and showed us where to park. As we leveled Liz’s pulled out a 30/50 amp hookup so along with the water we loaded  in our tank before leaving Kalispell we are set for three wonderful days of solitude nestled in the woods near Liz’s house. Best of all the first day we arrived Liz invited us inside to learn a  new skill… how to make mozzarella cheese. So Sharon and I grabbed a cold beverage and headed over to Liz’s to see how this dairy treat was made.


Besides learning how to make the cheese we had a blast getting to know Liz and her wonderful house companions, Auggie her cat and Bear her dog. Sharing many stories about our travels the evening quickly disappeared. That seems to always happen when make an immediate connection with someone. We are continually amazed at all the super nice and friendly people we have met on the road and how much better and richer our lives have become all because we had the courage to sell everything we owned to hit the road as full time RV’ers  over three years ago. We are excited to encourage others by asking, "What are you waiting for"? Get on the road of retirement…