Episode 7: The Kalispell Adventure- Lone Pine, Foy’s Inspiration and Turning 25

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 T at lone pinevalley. 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. slate at lone pineThere was time for meaningful conversation and a bit of philosophizing with a good view.




foys lake & my kneeThomas 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.

photo-300With a good dose of vitamin D grasses drawingand 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.


About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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