Stephanie(my hero) was waiting for us as we stepped off the train. She whisked us away to a nearby hotel, the Comfort Inn of Shelby, Montana
where chilled Cerdon (Stephanie’s favorite summer sparkling wine which she discovered in France), pizza and apple cider were waiting
We had a trip to the indoor pool, and hot showers followed.
The gals caught up on all the TV they missed and I was happy to have a bed. (note to self: next time
I will fork over the money for a sleeper car from Chicago to Montana)
After a couple more bottles of Cerdon it was lights out.
We checked out and on recommendation from the front desk had a very hardy
breakfast at the Town Pump Country Skillet, which for your reference is located at 311 Main Street in Shelby and their phone number is 406-434-2175. We then drove to a store called Pamida 15 1950 West Roosevelt Highway (also in Shelby that stocked a little bit of everything. Booster chairs were purchased and now we were ready to begin our drive south to Helena.
The drive into Helena was mind blowing. Our first stop was at Murdoch’s
Ranch & Home Supply ) for cowgirl hats, of course. Our
second stop was a special treat for 3 very patient little girls who had
been in the car way too long. Carousel Ice Cream shop has a great variety
of homemade ice cream and also an indoor carousel.
After a ride on a wolf, a rabbit and a grizzly bear and some ice cream we headed to Stephanie and Ricks house.
We gave our buddy Teddy lots of hugs and kisses, toured the beautiful
house, unpacked and settled into our rooms and checked out the wall of
mountains in the backyard. The girls found a creek, a trampoline and
horses and ducks as neighbors. We enjoyed a bison steak later that
evening and Stephanie’s macaroni and cheese with lots more
Cerdon and, as Mellie and Liz called it, sprinkling cider.
The next day, our 1st full day in Helena, Stephanie took us to Exploration
Works, () an interactive museum for children of all
ages. We spent most of the day jumping into simulators, putting on puppet
shows, and exploring all sorts of other fun exhibits. On the way back to
Stephi’s we were struck by a deer. Yes, the deer actually struck us.
Everyone was all right, except for the deer. More Cerdon followed, just to calm the nerves.
Stephanie’s daughter April, her boyfriend Richard , and Kollie their
border collie, were waiting for us. Kollie, entertained us with her
antics chasing and leaping for her frisbee. The girls also wowed us with
their trampoline tricks. All those acrobatics really gave us quite an
appetite. We enjoyed dinner on the screened in back porch with an amazing
view of the mountains and clear sky. Six days in, so far so good.
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