Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Back from Montana with a ssssighh.....

The "Rawhide Restaurant" from where we had delicious dinner
Local Rodeo

The Glacier: this pic was taken from a high zoom level with our camera, coz we were nowhere really near to the Glacier as seems from the pic

Hello friends:) I am back from Montana.....and yes as mentioned above with a ssssighh......I wish I could live forever in that heavenly place! Lots of everlasting memories.
Me and hubby flew to Montana on 30 Aug. We boarded two planes and reached at 11 pm mountain time. We couldnt see the place while driving in our rental car in the night to reach our hotel room. But definitly we got a feel of Montana in the plane from Minneapolis which we boarded as our fellow passengers were all were cheerful, somewhat innocent type of people, and moreover I always used to have a soft corner while interacting with people from the Wild Wild West:) They somehow appear to me as very jovial and free spirited:) Thats what Montana made me feel.

We stayed at Hampton Inn the night we reached Montana and left for Kalispell Glacier National Park the next day early morning where we were going to stay at the Apgar Village Lodge. Wow the scent of the country side atmosphere made me go crazy:) I was just liking this place more and more while passing each road, freshly cut grass, ranch with horses seen from a far distance, .....Just loved it. and cudnt wait to see more! Infact my hubby had thoughtfully carried our tripod along with us , using which we were clicking snaps almost on every road we stopped because of the breathtaking beauty of the place.

We had a really great time in Montana. Most of the time we were amazed at the beauty of the place. We went horseback riding and that was the first time I sat on a horse. His name is Rockefeller and he took care of me very well:) What I meant was I didnt feel scared or anxious:) He used to stop in between to have a snack and I had to lift his head up and kick him hard (that was what the guide told us to do when the horse was slowing down or stoping for a snack in between the ride) , ....it was a fun ride :) I enjoyed it, it was only at the end when we got down of our horses, did we realize that we had muscles on our base too :) It was paining hehehe :) , infact we had that pain for next 3 days...but its nothing compared to the fun we had:) Later that evening we went to see Rodeo, which was the traditional Rodeo . Me and hubby had once been to a sponsored Rodeo show and it cost us 35 bucks each! But here since it was a local Rodeo show where only the local people came, we just spend 8 dolars per person! and to top it we got a warm welcome and thanks from the entire Rodeo crowd and the people present when they knew we were from India :) That was a memorable occasion for hubby and me.

We had also been to a local town restaurant called "Rawhide" Believe me the name of the Restaurant has nothing to do with the food served coz me and hubby were left craving for more food inspite of filling our stomach with that delicious authentic country side food. Be sure to try the Grilled Fish , Pulled pork (this my hubby ate, and he had a good review abt it), and the salad bar ...

The last day at Kalispell, we went for Whitewater Rafting in Lake McDonalds, ....oh my god, that was super adventurous:) I was doing it for the first time and I loved every bit of it:) It was the best excercise one can get , we rowed for 3 hours, breaking in between for a few minutes, and the ripples and waves were fun and adventurous:)
We both felt very sad leaving Montana the next day morning...It was so much fun and somehow the place relaxes you with its atmosphere....I wish I could live forever in a place like Montana... Will always love you Montana for your lovely people and your scenic beauty!

I have been tagged :) - Whats in a name?

This is the first time I have been tagged and it definitly feels nice :) . I have been tagged by Joelen of "Joelen's Culinary Adventures" . The tagging requires me to post these rules. So here they are:

-- Players, you must list one fact, word or tidbit that is somehow relevant to your life for each letter of your first or middle name.

-- When you are tagged you need to write your own blog-post containing your own first or middle name game facts, word or tidbit.

-- At the end of your blog-post, you need to choose one person for each letter of your name to tag. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

-- So if I've tagged YOU, please join in on the fun!

So here is my name facts:

R - Restless mind : I always keep thinking something or the other,its rarely resting, though I wish I could let it. Its either thinking about cooking up new recipes, or about how to tactfully persuade my hubby dear to agree to buy a new kitchen gadget ;) Right now I am thinking how I can pursuade him to buy me a sandwhich maker....hope he is not reading this ;))

O - OverIndulgent: When I start cooking something and when it really pleases my palate or my husband's, I keep cooking it at a stretch that I dont put a full stop until I hear the words "My dear wife, dont you think we ate a lot of "Pathrodo" last two weeks??"

O - "Optimistic" - If I dont put "Optimistic" in quotes, I am sure to get some teasing comments from my better half. Yes honestly I am not so optimistic most of the times. But thats coz I dont like sad surprises, so I feel if I am expecting something, to be ending in a not-so-good way, I dont feel the hurt so much later. Its like I dont like that phrase in hindi "Zor ka jhatka dheere se laga" :) But yes when it comes to certain decisions in life, I choose to be optimistic. The fact is I chose to always also consider the "worst -case-scenario":) Guess i shud be called cautious instead, but i dont have a letter C in my name, so i chose to include it in O :)

P - Playing in water : These days, me and hubby were indulging in lots of water adventures like canoeing, whitewater rafting,... one of them was most unforgettable as we both fell in water while canoeing and I didnt know swimming!

A- Aromatic: I am instantly put in a good mood when I get the aroma of any dish I like. Its like a instant thing which puts me at ease. Its also the fragrance associated with anything like a soap bar, perfume, or even the detergent soap we use, makes me feel very good:) . I was so crazy about Pears soap when I was a kid, that I asked my mom, is there anything wrong in geting a bite of this soap? Since I obviously could not taste the soap, I kept collecting its soap cover and hiding it in my school textbooks so that each time I opened the book, I could get the fragrance of it :)

So thats my side of the story , I want to tag the following people to know their stories as well:)

Here goes: according to the rules, I understand I have to tag people whose names start with a letter in my name:

R - Renu of Adukkala

O - Once upon a Tart

O - Oishii

P - Priya's Kitchen

A - Asha of Aroma

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