Wednesday, October 31, 2018

October Trip -- 2018

Jan, Kathy, Karla, and Bruce each made it out to Flathead in early October. Very, very nice weather.

Toby's recommendation for restaurant in Kalispell was excellent: The Knead. Our go-to breakfast cafe/restaurant. The alternate, the Homestead in Lakeside. At Lakeside, the Bloody Mary or the virgin Blood Mary.

I had a great trip going both ways; up through Denver on trip north; through Salt Lake City on return trip. Stopped to see Arches National Park.

House looks great.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Cody, Wyoming -- 6:00 P.M. -- Friday, October 5, 2018

I will stay the night in Cody, Wyoming. Yellowstone Park is open for another week or two, depending on the weather. I will drive through the east entrance (Highway 14), drive through the park tomorrow morning early, and head north to Glacier.

Thermopolis, Wyoming -- 3:34 P.M. MDT -- Friday, October 5, 2018

Perhaps one of the most incredible 10-mile stretches through a canyon, from Shoshone to Thermopolis, the eastern gateway to Yellowstone, apparently. This is my first time ever in this area. Weather is perfect and because it's not the tourist season, no hassles getting around.

Not sure if I will stay here overnight or continue north.

Beartooth Highway ("212") was closed a week earlier than planned due to snow. I will probably bypass Yellowstone and head north on the east side of the mountains.

Colorado Springs -- 8:09 A.M. -- Friday, October 5, 2018

A catnap along the way; some detours, but a beautiful drive -- even during the night.

One hour here (Colorado Springs), then a couple of hours to Denver and then I will press on north to Glacier.

I could arrive at destination late tonight (Friday) or stay somewhere enroute and arrive early Saturday morning.

Country Roads, John Denver

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Amarillo By 9:14 P.M. -- October 4, 2018

Cross-country tonight.

Departed DFW in a brand new Jeep Compass -- and I mean, brand new, 747 miles on it.

Arrived Amarillo, TX, 9:14 p.m.

Beautiful, beautiful drive.

I had driven west of DFW -- seemed like I had been driving forever -- then saw the mileage sign -- 244 miles to Amarillo.

Amarillo by Morning, George Strait
By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Glen Campbell

Monday, October 30, 2017

64th Annual Oksol Reunion -- Summer, 2018


June 15, 2018: through the grapevine I've heard the 64th annual Oksol reunion may be one for the record books. 

April 2, 2018: Jan kicks off the 64th annual Oksol reunion. Jan, Dave, and Connor visited Flathead Lake in late March, early April. Jan sent a short video. See "photos."
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The summer-long 63rd annual Oksol reunion was a spectacular success. See family visits to mom and dad's home in Flathead Lake in 2017.

The 64th Annual Oksol Reunion will begin March, 2018, and continue through October, 2018. Folks may want to start reserving their rooms now. Call Jan to reserve your room.

Not all rooms have a formal name yet, but these are the rooms:
  • Craig's hunting lodge
  • the Redlin master bedroom
  • the Norwegian bedroom
  • the Hispanic bedroom
  • garage (no reservations required)
All rooms are smoke-free, and reserved on a first-reserved basis. The hunting lodge is a self-sufficient suite with microwave, fridge, and stove. (Not all appliances may be available in 2018.) BYOS (bring your own shotgun).

A chef will be available during some periods of the 64th Annual Reunion. Those dates are still being coordinated.

We ask that guests not bring pets unless they have interesting names like Tucker.

It is likely that reservations for August could be over-subscribed and one may want to reserve a room as soon as possible to minimize chances that  you will be staying in the Mayumi-Japanese garage.

 -- photo by Cindy