Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A classic western town

We are at the Elks lodge in Kalispell, Montana (map). This lodge has actual back-in RV sites with 30 amp power and water hookups for $18 per night, which also gets you an access card for the athletic facilities, including the indoor hot tub and outdoor heated pool.

Our mail was waiting for us as we arrived; in fact, the mailman was just driving away as we pulled in -- perfect timing. We needed water and a good soak on the batteries, so this was an ideal stop. There was even a great restaurant two blocks away, Scotty's Winchester Steak House, where we walked for dinner. The steaks were great, rivaling many of the classic steak houses in major cities, but at a fraction of the price, and Louise had a $25 coupon from to boot.

Kalispell is a classic western town, with a thriving old downtown area, which we drove through on our way to the lodge. It's the largest city for miles in any direction, so there are also all of the modern amenities on the outskirts. Louise rode her scooter up to the big-box stores yesterday and reports that there is a giant new Wal-Mart just about to open there. No word on whether overnight parking will be allowed.

In a few minutes we will continue east into Glacier National Park.

Photo of old Flathead County courthouse by jimmywayne, used under a Creative Commons license.

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