Whether you enjoy hiking, climbing, rafting or a good book in the shade, the season is upon us. The mosquitos have waned considerably, the late summer flowers like fireweed have just begun to bloom and we’ve been blessed with one relentlessly gorgeous day after another.
Husband has added to his fleet of exotic vehicles. Motel guests who once only enjoyed checking out the snow cat, can now also take a peek at the Bajaj. As you might imagine, Husband looks darned adorable busily tooling about town in the thing and, in my opinion, someone else is pretty cute in it, too.
A dozen or so phone calls to the reluctant ingredient supplier and Turnovers Are Back! Yum. If you haven’t tried Miss Mieka’s Huckleberry turnovers, hurry in to the Two Medicine Grill or Glacier Park Trading Company about mid-day on Wednesday or Saturday and get yourself one. They go fast and after eating one, I know why. (I had to have a second one just to confirm it was really that good.) The cream cheese compliments the huckleberries and the light yet crispy outside makes for a mighty fine treat.
Speaking of treats, all you southern transplants better head into the store and get your jar of pickled okra. Husband stocked a case but he and Merritt have been hitting them hard. She carries one in each hand and repeatedly says, “Treat, Treat.”
A couple of my favorite things in the store are also selling well. Both are hand-crafted by folks across the mountains in Whitefish and I’m thrilled to be selling them. Hurraw! Balms come in a vast array of flavors, are vegan and organic and also happen to be, hands down the best lip balms I’ve ever used. The folks at “Oprah Magazine” think so too and featured them as a “favorite thing.” It’s great fun to open a slick, nationally prominent magazine and see a Montana product featured.
I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before Oprah and her people discover Sope. Also organic as well as locally sourced and sustainable Sope smells divine–Essentially Clove being a personal favorite. These fine folks also make a great Super Healing Salve and wonderful Arnica roll on pain reliever–great for the bumps and bruises and bug bites that come with time spent in the mountains.
I could not be more grateful for our fantastic crew. The diner folks, clad in their new Two Medicine Grill shirts, make serving up table after table of delicious food look like a well orchestrated performance. The store crew is “on it” renting cars, making pizzas, handing out fudge samples and stocking groceries. Now with a full compliment of new mattresses, and thanks to our stellar room cleaners, the Whistling Swan Motel has never been better. Electra and Mieka’s baked creations continue to awe me.
Thanks to a storm last Friday that was predicted to be so severe–70 mile an hour winds, hail, flash flooding–that NOAA called Glacier Park dispatch to warn us all, we were reminded of how charmed life can be. Here’s hoping yours is too!