This is a picture of the chapel at the retreat center on Flathead Lake. Liz and I hung out for a while and walked around the retreat center grounds before heading to Bigfork. The idea was to wait until 4:30 when my FedEx package with my warm clothing was due to arrive from April in Arizona. I called FedEx in the morning to make sure it was still scheduled to arrive by 4:30 that day and was assured that it was - LIES!!
We hung out in the area all day, when we could have left the day before, only to find out that there had been a weather delay Sat. and a mechanical delay Sun. so my package wasn't going to arrive for a couple of days. I was not happy! (esp. because I'd been assured that morning that it was on the way - don't worry, I got a refund!). It was much more about the time factor than the clothes - we could have had more time at Yellowstone and Grand Tetons NP if not for this delay...but I digress.
We spent the day driving around Flathead Lake, then stopped at Bigfork, Mt. where I got my hair cut (yippee!) and walked around a bit. It was a very lovely day. The first set of pics is from around the retreat center. Can you imagine worshiping in a chapel with this kind of view??
I had a very special moment while sitting there and praying. I was remembering how unbelievably trapped I felt in my last relationship, and in the situation with a homeless person I got myself into (which is what led me into recovery - thank God!). I honestly felt no hope and trapped. That's just about the worst feeling ever. And here I am, several years later, Happy, Joyous and Free AND on a road trip around the country getting to see site like this, and hang out with incredible people like Liz! I got all choked up and needed to hang my head on Liz's shoulder for a few to shed some tears. It's amazing what the 12 steps can do!
These were a couple of things I saw in Bigfork that I liked, and some views of Flathead Lake on the way back.
Once we realized the FedEx package wasn't coming, we hightailed it toward Yellowstone. Liz took over driving once it became dark (I decided I didn't want to have a wildlife encounter at night) and she/we decided to "power through" and drive as far as we could so we could hopefully wake up near the park. We figured we'd wing it and find a place on the side of the road to stop rather than booking a campsite.
Liz told me at one point, "I have this fantasy that we're going to stop somewhere on the side of the road to camp, and we'll wake up and it will be this beautiful place!" And that's exactly what happened! First, here's the nighttime view (this is that hole in the clouds I mentioned the other day - ha!)
And THIS is what we saw when we opened the window of the camper first thing in the morning!
How cool is that???! I told Liz, "You conjured us up a snow-capped mountain!"
Here's what it looked like from outside the camper.
Barb Nangle is the founder of Higher Power Coaching and Consulting, an entrepreneur and an eternal optimist. She loves motivating others to become better and better versions of themselves, just as she has become better and better versions of herself.