Glacier!!

Private Concert

The previous owner and builder of Loren and Karen’s home came by, and were treated to an impromptu concert, with the whole family contributing to the beautiful music!

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A little while later, we were on the road again – this time headed for Glacier National Park.

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We made our first stop in Kalispell, Montana.

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Kids and grandkids spent the night in their tent.

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The grandkids made breakfast for us all one morning!

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Glacier National Park

This is such a beautiful park that I think half the country was here to enjoy it!  Ok, the only crowded parts were parking areas.  Once you could leave your car, no place felt crowded.  But everywhere is gorgeous!  (I’ve put up far too many pictures, but if you persevere to the end, you may find a video recap of frozen fun in Glacier water.)

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This is Redrocks… a great place to swim in recently melted snow!

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Driving to the Sun Road

Yes, that’s the real name of a VERY narrow road connecting the West and East sides of the park.  It was closed near the top, but you could still drive a lot of it.  When we were in the East side of Glacier a couple of decades ago, I saw the signs that said vehicles over 21 feet long, 8 feet wide, or 10 feet tall were not allowed on this road.  We were in a motorhome then, and like almost any motorhome, we were not able to drive it.  Since then I’ve always wondered how bad could it be… Maybe a good driver, on an uncrowded day?…  Well, I must admit, the Suburban felt like as big a vehicle as I’d ever want to take on that road!  Breathtakingly beautiful, breathtakingly narrow with steep drop-offs down 20,000 feet or so. (You realize I NEVER exaggerate!) You will see no pictures of the road itself, because I was hanging tightly onto the wheel!

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Logan Pass is as far as we could drive… but a pretty nice view!

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They had some cut-out animals at the Visitor Center, which didn’t seem to mind masked bipeds.

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Glacier is the only park that we share with Canada – the Canadian portion is called Wheaton.  We didn’t make it to Canada, but we got to see their striking flag flying.

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Hike to Avalanche Lake

A few mile hike to Avalanche Lake would be worth the trip even if there was no lake at the top!

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We saw an amazing demonstration of animal cooperation.  This spunky chipmunk found a bag of shelled peanuts on a bench near somebody’s backpack.  He tipped it over, and scattered peanuts everywhere.  Then this beautiful little deer came to feast on this bonus treat, and the chipmunk was happy to share.  They both came within 10 – 12 feet from people, and happily feasted away.

 

For some strange reason, the hike down was just as pretty as it was on the way up!

 

Another day ending in the park…

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Hungry Horse Dam

At 564 feet, this is the 10th deepest dam in the U.S.  It was built between 1948 and 1953.

The story has it that this area got the “Hungry Horse” name from two big strong work horses that wandered off and got caught in a huge blizzard in 1901.  A month later they were found in chest-deep snow, weak and emaciated.  They were slowly nursed back to health, and the area’s name memorializes these stout, but hungry, horses.

We drove up to see the dam, and caught a glimpse of Hungry Horse Reservoir, but the ticking clock forced us to turn back. I determined that we would visit this lake soon on our kayak… come back next week!

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Hungry Horse Reservoir

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NEWS FLASH! Masked bandits startled by uniformed bear in a Huckleberry Pie place!

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Campground in the Evening

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And Finally – here is the Highlight Video!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Trip to Lincoln

Biking in Washington

This video is very short, and documents one of our last adventures in Kennewick before Karen and Loren moved to the Spokane area.  Besides being short, it has a very uplifting final shot!

 

Special Days in Lincoln

We flew (In a jet) to Lincoln to celebrate a few special days.

Becky and Kevin moved to Lincoln, Nebraska from Minneapolis a few weeks ago.  This was our first time to see their beautiful new home.  Again, you don’t get pictures.  Sorry.  But we love their new place and had fun helping them settle in.

Dayna’s birthday is the same as mine (She can’t be convinced that makes us the same age) and Cherryl’s is the following day.  We had 3 cakes!  The show-stopper was this one.  Dayna specified the design, colors, and even the tips to be used on the cake decorator!  As adorable as this cake is…

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…The drawing Dayna gave Becky is even cooler! Isn’t it awesome!?

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Lincoln Zoo

A visit to the zoo with cousins too!  The animals didn’t seem to mind humans in masks.

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Kids and cousins enjoyed climbing inside the huge whimsical elephant.

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Watching the turtles get fed…

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…turned Peter into a Ninja Turtle!

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Peter coming out of his shell…

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Brave Dayna!

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A little time on Union College Campus

Meeting friends at the clocktower is a tradition that we were able to continue, even though none of us are currently students at Union.

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A great place to spend time with Jesus!!

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First Day of School!

Dayna and Peter are blessed to be going to a private Christian school, which is actually OPEN and doing classes in person.  Masks all day and MANY other concessions to virus-shunning, but they are happy to be in school!

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Snooping around Spokane

Rosarium Display Garden

In addition to having a huge nursery full of beautiful plants for sale, Rosarium has a couple of acres of fancy display garden.  If they are planning on this making you want to landscape your yard more extravagantly, it worked!  Except I don’t have a yard to upgrade!  This beautiful place is a nice walk away from our kid’s new home.

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Downtown Spokane Park

This huge red wagon is a slide dedicated to kids and exploration… It’s pretty cool and VERY large!

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Grandkids with “Garbage Goat”

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Ashlyn and Bryan created “Mahjong Man”

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I have a fair bit more that I planned on putting up this week, but we are in a beautiful place now with almost no internet, and hopefully miles from the nearest Starbucks!  So I will mark this as unfinished, and try to add the rest in a few days.

Spokane ‘Splorations

This was our home location while helping our kids move from Kennewick to Spokane.  A very pretty park – quiet, clean, green and HOT!

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Most of the move went as you’d expect moving to go… the movers did very well, and it was fun to hear them joking around with each other.  My grandson turned this from a grandfather clock to a grandson clock!

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After the movers packed everything up, we moved to the new house – on some mountain property outside of Spokane.  Here’s our home outside of theirs.

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For privacy reasons, you don’t get to see their home.  Blame it on COVID… everything else is blamed on that!

Below are pictures from a picnic in a park in town.

 

Bryan and Ashlyn made a fort in a depression in a secret location in their new yard. 😉

 

They have a neighbor who has built some really cool hot rods.

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Spokane Walking Tour

There are several walking tours of old Spokane, and we walked the east end of downtown.  As in lots of cities, there is an interesting juxtaposition of old and new.  See if you can guess when this building was erected!

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The City Ramp Garage, built in 1928, was Spokane’s first parking garage, and is a beauty of Art Deco design.

 

I believe this is a slightly newer parking garage…

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The train station moved to this location in 1891, after a fire burned the previous 3 year old station.  In front of the station is a fascinating sculpture : “Bringing Home The Wishing Rock”. A huge stone, connected by heavy cables to pillars, all leaning in an apparent effort to drag the stone along.

 

 

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This cute Italian Kitchen caught my eye… but not my dinner.  Blame that on COVID too.

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The Davenport Hotel

 

Fire destroyed a lot of Spokane in 1889.  Young Lewis Davenport had been working in his uncle’s restaurant, and when the city burned down he opened “Davenport’s Waffle Foundry” in a tent.  He soon bought a block of the burned city, and built a real restaurant.  Then bought the building next door, and remodeled to made it look like all one structure.  On the second floor, he created the “Hall of the Doges”, a very opulent dance floor.

The current hotel was built in 1914, replacing most of the old structure, but saving the “Hall of the Doges”. The Davenport Hotel claims to be the first hotel in the country with air conditioning, a central vacuum system, pipe organ, and dividing doors in the ballrooms.  Maybe the first with ALL these attributes…

This is the “Hall of the Doges”, an elegant room that was the scene of high society soirees a century ago.

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Here is a photo of the room in use many decades ago. (I did not take this photo…)

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The Davenport Hotel Tower was the home of Spokane’s first commercially licensed radio station, with broadcasts starting in 1922. KHQ played music from many local groups, including one called “The Musicaladers”. The drummer from that group dropped out of college… and became somewhat famous as a singer. His name was Harry Crosby… better known later as “Bing”.

The grand lobby:

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In the 1920’s, you could just say “Meet me at the fireplace”, and it was understood you’d see them at the beautiful fireplace in the Davenport’s lobby.  It is kept burning all year, in accordance with founder Davenport’s wishes to create an hospitable atmosphere.

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I include a masked self portrait…

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When you’d show up to meet at the fireplace, you’d be greeted by a friendly doorman.  I just got a cardboard guy with a mask.

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