Taking Care of Business

Living on the road is full of adventures, but it also carries its own set of challenges. One is taking care of the usual business… in a strange place.

The road takes its toll on the truck and RV…

…so every now and then we look for a place to get service done. While we were in the Kalispell area, we got six new tires at Big O tires. Turns out their prices were good and service excellent. It took less than two days to get the tires and not even an hour to get them mounted.

As part of their great service, they recommended Moose’s Saloon for pizza, and it quickly became one of our favorite spots. Sawdust on the floor, names carved all over the walls, tables — everywhere! But most of all, excellent pizza!!

Being around bigger towns brings out the shoppers in us, and Kalispell was no exception. Our Olympus digital SLR takes great photos but it’s big and bulky, so Bob had been thinking of a smaller camera for awhile. Since I’ve become one with my Canon Powershot SX20 IS, he decided on a smaller Powershot that he can carry in a case clipped to a belt loop. Now he carries his camera nearly everywhere we go, too — and always on hikes.

I’ve loved my Ecco Receptor hiking shoes, but after a few slips on the trails (though I can’t blame my twisted ankle on them, since I was wearing tennis shoes for that tumble) I started trying on high-top hikers when we were in stores that had them. I have Bob to thank for getting me to be picky about shoes — no more rubbed heels for me! I was thrilled to find this pair of Oboz (stands for “outside Bozeman” where the company is located), and the day after buying them went out on the trail and scuffed them up (the Oboz are on the left):

Getting fresh produce at local farmer’s markets is always a treat, and our visits to the Columbia Falls Farmer’s Market…

…and Whitefish Farmer’s Market…

…delivered the goods! Just take a look at these Flathead Lake cherries:

Though a rib cook-off was scheduled in Whitefish on my birthday this year (how nice of them!), the grills were barely warmed up when we arrived…

…so we tried the fare at the Red Caboose where the sweet potato waffles were excellent.

Of course, no birthday celebration is complete without dessert! And when you’re in this area, there’s none to compare with the choices at Elkhorn Grill. I devoured their chocolate cake with huckleberry ice cream, while Bob relished their rhubarb-raspberry pie with huckleberry ice cream. Doesn’t get any better than that!

The Big Fork Arts Festival is a great combination of arts, crafts, artisan foods, and farmer’s market, and though we don’t buy much except for the occasional jar of homemade jam, we love the experience anyway.

Of course, not every day is a dazzling adventure. Sometimes it just rains.

But then the weather clears up and we get to watch dogs that look like bears when they go by fast in the beds of Montana trucks!

About Ellen

Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."
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