8/29/2016 GLACIER TO KALISPELL TO COEUR d’ALENE to WENATCHEE

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GLACIER TO KALISPELL TO COEUR d’ALENE to WENATCHEE


(And a Run on the Highway to the Sun)


After dinner and a chilly night at the rustic 100+ year old Glacier Park Lodge, we set out to traverse Glacier via the Going to the Sun Road from St Mary to West Glacier. The first 25 miles up to St. Mary was a pretty challenging ride in its own right, especially with all the free range cattle in the roadway, and after gassing up in St. Mary we joined the crowds going into the Park. The Logan Pass parking lot was already full before we even got into the Park itself, so we knew we would have to make do it frequent stops along the road. The Going to the Sun Road would have been more challenging if there had not been a 20 minute road work delay midway that threw us off our driving pace. The road was indeed narrow and difficult enough without the park shuttles and the occasional driver who simply stopped dead in his lane. However, the pace was much slower than the Beartooth Highway due to the number of cars.


We stopped at Lake MacDonald Lodge and had lunch before embarking on a one hour cruise on the 10 mi long/1 mile wide lake and learning about the pros and cons of forest fires and glaciers from Ranger Michael. Then we headed back out the West Exit, having crossed the entire Park.


We arrived in Kalispell and checked into the Kalispell Grand Hotel, in business since 1912 and frequented by legendary authors and artists like Charles Russell. We frequented the Dirty Boy Laundromat before heading back to Main Street and dinner at ScottiBellis, an Italian place opened by a couple who retired to Kalispell from Whittier, CA. Doug had their famous Cioppino to finish off the day.

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The next day,  we headed to Coeur d’Alene, ID via as many secondary roads as possible. We picked up another hour as we drove West so ended up at the hotel very early, but they had rooms for us anyhow. Doug set out to find a dealer who would do an oil change and Rob and Daryl located Cisco’s Gallery, a huge and rambling store in CDA which specializes in Western furniture, art, antiques, and just about anything else remotely Western. The owner allowed us to wander for a couple of hours and we barely scratched the surface. We all met back at the hotel and headed out for dinner.


From CDA to Wenatchee, WA was a short day as the crow flies, so we again hit the secondary roads and drove across the wheat fields of WA to Banks Lake and the Grand Coulee Dam, built from 1938-40 and 3 times the size of Hoover Dam. The Lake is over 25 miles long and the dam that holds it is over 1 mile wide. We then drove through Colville Confederated Tribes Reservation, stopped for lunch at Magoo’s in Omak on the edge of the rez and loaded with Disneyana, and then drove through a small part of the Cascade Loop before heading into Wenatchee, the Apple Capital of the World. At the hotel, we found that Marilyn had been crowned Guest of the Day and was upgraded to a sweet suite. We topped off the day with another of many great Italian meals.


Tomorrow, Doug and Marilyn lead us into Portland, OR, for their first visit ever and two nights and a day to see Voodoo Donuts and other delights.

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PHOTOS FROM MARILYN & DOUG

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PHOTOS FROM DARYL & ROB

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