Monday, July 21, 2008
Trip, Part 1
Finally on the road! All the planning is over. We've begun the vacation and we'll just deal with anything that happens or with any plans that must change as they happen. I've seen a fellow EDM member draw a sketch similar to this and always liked it so I took the chance to make my own. Wilma took a turn at driving as I started lookin' around.
After a night stay at a motel, we hit Chicago and get on the Empire Builder train to Glacier N.P. and parts beyond. It July 4! That means we see fireworks from the train. Not exactly ideal seats, but still neat.
Here's observations from the train. 30 hours is quite a while to sit and think and read and watch. I like it. The coffee is pretty good, too.
Our first night in the park is at Lake McDonald Lodge. We can finally relax! The train doesn't get in until close to 9 p.m., so we pick up our rental car and drive the short mileage along the shore of Lake McDonald to lodge. Room as scheduled. They have a fire going in the fireplace and the scent riding on the cool air greets us. The showpiece of the lobby, to me, is the huge fireplace. My eyes are drawn to it so that's what I decide to sketch before we leave in a couple days. I think I'll try to have a minimum of one sketch and one picture for each of our lodgings. We'll see if I can keep it up.