Of all the things I expected on this trip, I didn't enticepated to see what I saw today; temperatures around freezing and snow. Yes, you read that right; Snow!!!
The day started rather calmly, after a long night and a hardy breakfast we left our hotel around 9 AM. First we had to fill up the tank and stopped at a Harley shop to gaze at some gorgeous Harley Trikes (yummm) and than we were off - in the poring rain unfortunatly - towards the border of Cananda and America. The route was very beautiful, although we didn't got out of the car a lot due to the horrible weather. Actually we only made one stop on that first stretch of the route; at a Quiltshop!!! Completely out of the blue and smack down in the middle of nowhere there was a big sign and just a bit further a little shop.
We were greated ever so chearfully by the dog of the house and just a few seconds later his owner came to welcome us to her shop. We really didn't said more than three words or her reaction was "Oh, you are so very Dutch!!" but she did so in english.... Annie, the owner of "Quality Quilts" turnes out to be of Dutch origine and visits the Netherlands regularly to see her close relatives there. We had a lovely chat, she showed me some gorgeous long arm quilting and I bought a beautiful piece of fabric to remember this lovely shop by. If you're ever in the neighborhood you really should visit her. I think it's official the town of Grasmere and is about 10 minutes north of the border near Roosville MT. When you'll go there, give Annie my regards!!
Het navigatiesysteem werd ingesteld op Bigfork, want daar zouden we naartoe. Dat liep iets anders.
The border was very soon reached after this. We did worry a bit in advance, but eventually we had a very nice conversation with the officer who helped us and took care of all the formalities, that we walked away smiling and relieved. So much more relaxed than at the airports!
We put the navigation on Bigfork, because that's where we were going. That turned out a little different.
Annie from "Quality Quilts" told me about the quiltshop were Judy Niemeyer was attached to, "Glacier Quilts" in Kalispell MT. Really worth the time to go there according to here, so I gladly took her expert advice of course. Since it was still horrible weather and we couldn't see much of the surroundings, we decided to go there. Oh My Word!!! WHAT a store!!!! I thought I went mad. Actually there was too much choice! 15.000 bolds of fabric!! Really?!? My shopping list was taken out and the shopping began. Henk parked his little but in a chair while talking to the lovely ladies there, while I walked from isle to isle to isle to isle and loosing my mind there, not knowing where to look.
The range of fabrics I have in mind for the Glacier Star Quilt (a design of the above named quilt designer J. Niemeyer) just wasn't there (go figure!) but I did buy the black fabric that I need for it too, a whopping 12 yards (!) and a yellow to orange ombre fabric and the cutest fabric I just couldn't leave there and a pair of machingers for quilting and than I stopped. I put a rather big dent in my fabric budget with all of this, so more than enough for one shop. I have to take it home too....
Eerst werd de regen nog heftiger en zagen we niet veel meer van de omgeving. Toen kwamen we auto's tegen met sneeuw op de grill en kregen we een vermoeden wat ons nog te wachten stond. En toen, ineens, begon het sneeuwen. Eerst rustig, natte sneeuw, maar dat werd steeds dikker en voller en werden de bermen en later ook de bomen en struiken flink wit. Wat een sneeuw!! De temperatuur begon razendsnel te dalen richting vriespunt en alhoewel de omgeving wel heel mooi werd, hebben mijn billen een goede workout gehad door de spanning, als je snapt wat ik bedoel....
We zijn nu in een schattig motelletje, Going to the Sun Inn in Browning en de aardige eigenaar gaf ons zo'n flinke korting dat ik hem gelijk ontzetten aardig vond. De kamer is schoon en dat is het belangrijkste. De verwarming stond echter zo hoog afgesteld, dat we nu - 3 uur nadat we incheckte - nog steeds het raam op een kier hebben staan om het af te laten koelen.
After this joyes adventure, we decided to skip the quiltshop in Bigfork and drive directly to Browning MT, along the road underneath Glacier Park. And it was a ride we won't soon forget!
First the rain got even worse than it already was and didn't see much of the surroundings any more. Then we saw that the oncoming cars had snow on their grill and we got a hunch of what was coming. And than, all at once, it started snowing. First very gently and soft, but it soon became thicker and more dense, the roadsides were covering with a white layer and later the trees and bushes too. What a lot of snow!! The temperatures started to drop rapidly towards freezing and although the views were breathtakingly beautiful, my buttocks got a real good workout by all the stress, if you know what I mean...
And than, all of a sudden, it was gone. We came down the mountain and within a few minutes everything was clean and green again, but also flat and empty. What a strange sensation that was.
Now we are in this lovely small inn, Going to the Sun Inn in Browning MT. The nice owner was so generous to give us a nice discount, that I liked him instantly. The room is clean and that's the most important for me. The heating was set so high though, that even now - 3 hours after checking in - we have the window open to let some air in and let some heat go.
Weltrusten allemaal of, als je aan de andere kant van de plas bent, een fijne dag vandaag!
Tomorrow we will drive towards Calgary again, via Waterton Park, a tip we got from a fellow passenger on the flight over here and where we should definitly should see bears according to him. I would really like that, because apart from a few does, we didn't see any wildlife what so ever. But that's all for tomorrow. When I finish this blog we'll watch a bit of tv and than sleep for a good night.
Good night to y'all too or, when you are at the other side of the big pond, have a nice day today!