We slept in late, as usual. It is so nice to be staying more than one day somewhere…we don't have to break camp! Yea! After lollygagging around, our neighbor, Jeff stopped by and asked us if we would like to join him on his boat later that day to take a tour of Flathead Lake. Of course we very happily accepted such a generous offer!
We left for lunch, and as I tried to drive to a new and different place, the entire car erupted with, "We have to eat at the Woods Bay Grill again!" So we did. It was just as good as the first time…maybe better?
From there, we drove about 35 minutes north to the town of Columbia Falls to see the "Mystery House." This house is a crooked shack that sits right in the center of what they claim is their smallest and most dynamic vortex. "Built in 1970 as an attraction, the slanted walls and floors inside the house accentuate the power of the vortex." Uh huh. They claim that, "The Montana Vortex is a genuine quantum, or gravitational anomaly that may re-define the laws of physics and nature." Call me a cynic, but I don't buy it. However, we needed to see for ourselves.
We walked into the tourist trap…oops! is my cynicism showing?...and paid $40 to go through the portal and experience their vortexes (vortices?) It WAS interesting that the trees all seemed to bend in odd directions, and some of the trees had branches that had grown in a spiral shape around the trunk of the tree. However, I could not see the laws of physics being redefined. There was a place where you should see people seem to be different heights, even though it was completely level, but it wasn't as totally obvious as our painfully SSSSSSSSSLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWW guide made it out to be. All in all, the crooked house was fun, but the rest of it wasn't worth the price of admission.
We headed back to our trailer and then met Jeff and his family, and went out to the dock to their boat. On the way to the dock, Jeff mentioned that they had a problem they needed help with. He had made three giant slabs of ribs in their smoker, they had three homemade pies, baked beans, baked ziti and potato salad and needed help eating it. Would we like to join them for dinner? Like it? Heck, we would love it!!! They would be leaving for Yellowstone in the morning and would have to throw all the extras away. Needless to say, we were happy to help. ;-)
Flathead Lake is the largest fresh water lake west of the Mississippi. We couldn't get a handle on it from our lagoon, but once we were out on the water, it was amazing! Mountains virtually surround it, and you cannot even see the far end. We were so surprised at how beautiful and evidently popular this area is, since we had basically never heard of it. We passed by John Lithgow's home, Tom Cruise's home (currently up for sale), and others. We loved a story Jeff told us about Richard Burton. He said that Richard Burton and Elizabeth used to come here. The first time, Richard Burton was in a store, and there was a line at the cashier. He looked at the cashier and sort of gave her a sign like, "You know who I am?" and the cashier fired back, "Yes, I know who are, and what's more, I don't give a rat's ass! You can wait like everyone else!" From that point on they decided to come to Flathead Lake.
After cruising the lake for about an hour and a half, we headed back to shore to get ready for dinner. I was embarrassed to tell them the only thing we could bring was Oreos! We brought them, and people DID eat a few.
Jeff and his wife Ann have a beautiful travel trailer they keep parked at Woods Bay RV Resort and Marina year round. They have the prime spot, overlooking the dock, and a boat slip as well. Their set-up is incredible! They have a TV, a smoker, tables, chairs, propane "fire pit", and inside it is like a house. They obviously have this down to a science.
Before dinner, we played a hard-fought game of Apples to Apples, where Ann came from behind and won. In short, dinner was fabulous! Every single thing was delicious, and we were all so stuffed we were pretty much miserable when we went to bed. It didn't stop the kids from roasting marshmallows and making s'mores though.
We completely wore out our welcome and were embarrassed to death when Jeff came out and told us that Ann's kids had brushed their teeth and were getting in bed, and he would be soon! OMG! How embarrassing! There was no question we were starved for intelligent adult conversation…we were so thrilled to enjoy some great, quality adult time with intelligent, kind people. So, at 11:30 p.m. we headed back to our trailer with full bellies and talked out mouths. We also headed back with all the leftovers! This family was too nice for words!