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What a long strange trip it's been...

July 16, 2009 9:16 PM 7/16/09

So we are finally at the resort location in Montana above Flathead Lake.

Wait...let me recap...no is too much let me sum up.

We’re on vacation and we’re driving from our house in IL to Polson, MT for a family reunion and wedding. We’re in two houses on bluffs above Flathead Lake.

The view...is awesome. We’re in a house on a bluff poking out a bit into a bay.

The drive...not so much.

My daughter didn’t do too badly but she has had some meltdowns due to the environment change. Now that we’re at the resort house though she’s started to settle down a bit.

Driving a couple thousand miles across the country then through the mountains in a 4-cylinder minivan was as annoying as expected. MY wife though is fantastic! She drove the majority of this entire trip and is still sane.

I’ve got tons of pictures to upload and will upload them to a flikr account over the next few days. They were all taken with a Canon Powershot A560. Some of them I’m going to have to edit a bit because they were taken at speed on the highway.

Haven’t gotten to the first thing I wanted to do on this trip and work on my math. I’m planning on doing that during the next week as that will be the true vacation time and thus some of the clan will be out and about and the vacation house will be a bit quieter. I’ve actually got...time.

And believe me that feels very very weird.

I will admit at this time to checking my work e-mail as I stated that I would do to my superiors. That however is now a minor aside and the vacation is in full force.

I noticed that the bathtub in our chosen bedroom has a full window out onto the bay. At the risk of losing manliness points I fully intend to take a wonderful soaking bath under the Montana night sky.

Still kicking myself for not buying a large (6“+) reflector telescope before taking the trip out here. Other things I’m kicking myself for - not buying a real digital camera like a Nikon D series. Also not switching to ATT or another cellphone service as we have had really no Sprint service since entering Montana.

I...have finished posting for today. And I...am going to go drink some Moose Drool Brown Ale.


Please note - I’ve waiting almost 20 years of working in the I/T profession to take a trip like this. That was far too long.

I am sorry for those out there and on my f-list who can’t take a vacation away but I can’t be too apologetic or I’m not taking the vacation I need. And until we started this vacation I didn’t realize just how much I needed it.

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Jul. 17th, 2009 11:10 am (UTC)
Every autumn I go to a very small 3-day pagan retreat in upstate New York. That's all the "vacation" I usually get. I honestly can't remember when my last actual vacation was... had to have been before 9/11, because I don't remember being hassled at the airport...
Jul. 24th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
How did I miss this? My grandparents are in Kalispell, so I used to spend every summer up there! Boating on Flathead Lake, waterskiing on Echo Lake. You've picked the absolutely perfect place for a vacation :)
Jul. 24th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
You've been a little distracted. ;-)

We walked around Kalispell doing some shopping and it was pretty cool. Since we were all together in one group I didn't have the time I usually want to nose around things like funky antique places and such.

All in all though the vacation was not the best for several reasons that I'll likely go into in a later post.
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