Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Making friends with waitresses is a good thing. Been there. Know that many wait people are often waiting to get to somewhere else. Others really like interacting with people. Still others have no other options. Most are often interesting and very informed individuals. Taking the time to engage with our waitress at Somer’s Cafe, led us to Lone Pine State Park and put some great hiking guides in our hands. For that? A nice tip and an “add on” — a loaf of the homemade wheat/sunflower bread.
After 29+ hours of driving and Thomas’ recent sedentary history, a hike outdoors promised substantial merit (and possible struggle on the steeper grades). Lone Pine is just a few miles west of Kalispell at the top of a foothill overlooking the valley. We walked up and down and around for about an hour– smelling pines, looking at the lovely wild flowers and filching a piece or two of grey, green slate. There was time for meaningful conversation and a bit of philosophizing with a good view.
Thomas took off to work around 2pm and I headed for Foy’s Lake just down the hill. I watched swimmers, boaters, and loungers and then hauled out pencil and sketchbook to practice interpreting a towering Scotch pine and prairie grass.
With a good dose of vitamin D and graphite exercises complete, I went in search of a birthday cake and some little additions to the birthday gift. Thomas liked the chocolate double layer from Albertson’s grocery, the book, and card. I was a good Mom and endured “23 Jump Street,” his choice for movie. When the evening was over, I marveled that he is 25 already and that we were celebrating together in Montana. We ate cake and he reluctantly agreed to be ready for a Glacier Park adventure at 7am the next morning. I dreamt of mountains, turquoise streams, and magnificent cedars. Divine.