The weather in Columbia Falls has begun to very quickly show signs of spring. It was time for our trek to Las Vegas to pick up the last of our belongings, "The Boat" and my fun little convertible (which we really don't need, but I'm not willing to give it up). We were excited to get the boat up to Montana as we know the selection of lakes is fabulous and can't wait to get the boat on the water. As a birthday gift to Dan, since he was traveling for business, I said I would drive the truck to Vegas, he could meet me there and we could caravan, the truck, boat and convertible back to Montana. Simple enough! Driving through Montana, into Idaho and Utah, the views are spectacular, truly a gift from God, with weather patterns changing every hundred miles. It was in Idaho when I started to get a bit nervous. I could see the skies building with pressure, obvious it was going to rain and/or hail, winds were picking up I'm driving straight into what I'm thinking looks like the start of a twister (of course I had just seen the movie Twister two weeks ago on TV). OK, I say to myself, if I were Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton what would I do. I'm our 4x4 truck, our dog Cabo in the back seat, food and extra clothes, some water, looking for underpasses, bridges, somewhere to take cove and reassuring myself we are gonna be fine. As I passed under these gigantic, dark grey clouds, it poured rain, no hail, rather easy, no big deal, no adventure. I guess that was my big drama for the day/week/month. I think I need to stop watching the TV.... check out the photos. Until next time.
It's Sunday afternoon and we are on our way home from doing errands (our favorite; the City Dump) the car is covered with mud, so we stop in the "do it yourself car wash"- no not your own garden hose, the automated type with a long hand held sprayer. (the only kind they've got here in the Flathead Valley). Cabo and I go for a walk while Dan attacks the muddy truck. The sky is grey in parts of the city and bright blue in others. It's starting to rain, Cabo and I take cover under an awning at a building close by. The rain was coming down pretty hard and then it started to hail, small little pellets covering the ground around us. It wasn't eve cold outside by Montana standards. It passed quickly, the truck was clean and Dan picked us up and off we went to go home.
As we turned down our street towards the Bed and Breakfast we couldn't believe our eyes. It was a double Rainbow. As we got closer to home the Rainbow got closer and closer until we could see where it ended. It was amazing, a sight I'd never dreamed I would see in my lifetime. However, no "Pot of Gold" or "Leprechaun".....
.We were invited by a local realtor in town to the Rocky Mountain Foundation Elk Benefit. The Foundation is a great organization, advocates for the health and preservation of the Elk population. The benefit was an evening event, Saturday night, fundraiser, auctions, dinner and we donated a two night stay here at the B&B for their silent auction, so of course I get very dressed up (thank goodness it was really cold out or I would have been in a fancy dress) oops, big mistake. As we sat in the truck watching everyone enter the benefit, jeans, t-shirts, and cowboy hats. I knew I would stick out like a sore thumb and I had "Californian" written all over me. Dan of course didn't change into his dressy shirt (which he had in the truck) so he blended right in. Once we entered the room I looked around and I've never seen so much Camouflage in my entire life, yellow, hot pink and fluorescent camo, it was unbelievable. We had a great time bidding on different items, I wanted this beautiful buffalo hide, but I was outbid, probably better as I had no idea what I would do with it. The people here are so friendly. I don’t hesitate for one second to tell them I’m from California when they ask, I just stand back and wait for their response.
Breakfast this morning was delicious, Cinnamon Waffles with fresh Strawberries, whipped cream, maple bacon, fresh fruit and strong coffee....the guests loved it.
It's a beautiful day here in Columbia Falls, the sun is shining, can't wait for Glacier National Park to open.