|On Saturday, July 23, we jumped on the Harley and set out to visit good friends in Rollins, Montana on Flathead Lake. Terry is a retired Marine and he and Kay will have been married for 47 years this September. To get there is a short three hour trip but it is along the prettiest country ever! The Coeur d’Alene River followed us for some distance and then we happened upon Flathead Lake which is gorgeous. The Fourth of July Mountain Pass was a snap to cross this year as opposed to two years ago when we foolishly did it in pouring rain all the while being sprayed by semi trucks!
The Swanger’s home is fun to visit because it is always under construction and they always have something new added or completed since our last visit. The house is an incredible structure made with beautiful weathered, old wood which is found both inside and outside. Some of the beams and posts are 100 years old and older. This year the new addition is the “railing” on the loft bridge that takes you from a upstairs bedroom to an outside balcony on the other side of the house. (Hopefully the photo shows what I mean.) Their view from almost all rooms is onto the lake and a few pine trees frame the view. Although we stayed only two days, we had a grand time going to dinner in Big Fork at the oldest restaurant in this neck of the woods and the following night grilling on the patio. What a delight to sit on the patio, sip wine and share it all with great friends. It was a weekend never to forget.
On the way home, we stopped at the Lookout Pass summit to inquire about the Hiawatha Railroad Bike Trail. It is 15 miles long, all down hill (thank goodness), and goes through several completely dark tunnels, the longest of which is 1.7 miles long. As a result it is necessary to rent lights along with the bikes and helmets. The trail is made from the railroad tracks that were taken out and it is completely paved and traveled by many young and old alike (also, thank goodness). We anticipate doing that bicycle ride in the near future, but this weekend we are looking forward to having the grandchildren visit so we need to rest up for that!