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Shopping Trips - September 2011
Weeds, Pumpkins & Huckleberries

Completely ignoring common sense and with no consideration whatsoever to expense, at 11:30 am Thursday, September 8th by one 60 second phone call the decision was made to go shopping in Bothell, Washington - only 800 miles away. No problem - just a quick jaunt by our standards. Karen secured Friday and Monday off work and we hit the road at 4:30 pm.

I am renovating my kitchen and my basic theme is roosters. Surfing the internet, I found a unique store in Bothell, Washington that I just had to visit. By the time we got back home, we had shopped at the Weed Patch in Bothell, the Pumpkin Patch in Wenatchee, and the Huckleberry Patch in Hungry Horse, Montana. We were definitely patched!!

2011 - Patched Photo Album

Thursday, September 8- Calgary to Cranbrook

I was planning the trip to Bothell but not until the following week. Originally, when I asked Karen if she wanted to go, her answer was no. Then I guess the idea grew on her and she phoned on Thursday morning with "let's go today". A quick clean of the car, grocery shopping, a fuel up and we were ready to go. We knew we were pressed a bit for daylight but figured we could reach Fernie or Cranbrook easily.

It was almost dark when we got to Fernie but we decided to do the extra hour, get up early in the morning and hopefully reach Bothell by the next night. We stayed at the Best Western and set the alarm for 6 am. Yikes!

Friday, September 9 - Cranbrook to Bothell

Unfortunately there was no malfunction. The alarm went off at 6 am. I was up and off to Timmies while Karen had her shower and made herself beautiful for the long drive. We were on the road before 7 am.

We stopped for gas and and breakfast sandwich in Salmo and that's where our plans got derailed. We were going to stop for borsch in Grand Forks (well, me anyway) and drop down to the States from there. After eating the breakfast sandwich, we knew we wouldn't be hungry by the time we got to Grand Forks so took hwy 22A trough the Waneta crossing south of Fruitvale into the States instead.

Columbia River

Travelling along the Columbia River is not new for us but along Highway25 was new territory. The highway is a beautiful twisting drive following along the Columbia River ending at Davenport.

Lake Roosevelt

Grand Coulee Dam was created in 1942 and the water that backed up behind it created Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake. The lake is 154 miles long with 660 miles of shoreline. The water level was very low. The docks were completely out of water and the shoreline was at least 20 feet down.

We are used to (flat) wheat fields but these fields covering miles and miles of rolling foothills were a new sight for us.

The east/west prairie drive was flat and boring but went by fast enough not to get annoying. We continued on hwy 2 at and turned northwest into the mountains at Wenatchee.


We passed through Leavenworth, Washington mid afternoon.

Leavenworth looked really interesting and we actually debated staying there for the night. However, with the short time available to us, we decided to put Leavenworth on our ever growing "to do" list.

The next area we passed through was a fruit tree belt. The closer we got to the coast the, lusher the vegetation got and we could "smell" the moist air - a unique experience for us. The sun was shining. It couldn't get better.

Bothell - Sept 9

We arrived in Bothell area around 6:30 pm but spent the next half hour looking for the Country Village. Finally we pulled over and let GPS guide us there. It turned out that we were actually on the right road about 4 blocks shy of where we needed to be.

Country Village

The Country Village was everything we could have imagined plus some. A huge chicken at the gate greeted us and the entire village was just screaming " come spend your money - this is the place to be". We were only too happy to oblige. Country Village

You know you are at Country Village when you see a 15 foot chicken off the Bothell Everett Highway! This famous roadside chicken and egg built by the 83 year old owner of Country Village, Rod Loveless, stands at the entrance to his Bothell shopping center.

"Chickens have long been a corporate symbol for the family-owned shopping center that's as different from a strip mall as an omelet is from a bowl of cereal. There are no chain stores among the 40 shops in the 26-year-old Country Village that's like a quirky little town perched between I-405 and downtown Bothell." Seattle Times

The Weed Patch - Sept 9

To our delight, the Weed Patch was still open and we had a heyday shopping for the next hour. By the time we were finished, the stock was drastically reduced. The definitely saw us coming!

The Weed Patch


Just as we were leaving the Weed Patch, Karen noticed a (ceramic) rooster laying on top of a bale of hay. She got back out of the car to see how much it cost thinking she might want it for a door stop.

She just about jumped out of her skin when the rooster actually moved!! Meet Roodie!! The next day I bought a rooster at the Cranberry Cottage and named him Roodie. We ate supper at the Italian restaurant in the Village a good end to a totally relaxing day.

Saturday, September 10 - Bothell to Wenatchee

The Village Roosters

We found out more about the Roosters today. There were a lot more than our animated Roodie. The roosters, along with ducks, free run through the village and were giving us quite a show when we arrived this morning - each outdoing the cock-a-doodle-do of the other.

"Someone gave me three roosters at a garage sale. I brought them here and let them go. They became pets." Rod Loveless

The three roosters were joined by chickens, ducks and geese and other fowl — a playful addition he thought would add to the farmlike charm. His daughter, Leeann Tesorieri, who manages Country Village says they're constantly discouraging animal donations. Over the years the family has had to find homes for a pot-bellied pig, a number of rabbits and even a guinea pig in a cage left outside the office.

Several of the store owners feed the roosters and we arrived at feeding time.

We shopped for about 3 hours then said good-bye to our new friends at the Weed Patch with promises to return.

Edmonds, Washington

Edmonds is a sea port 15 miles north of Seattle in Snohomish County. The population was 39,709 in 2010.

Logger George Brackett came to the future site of Edmonds while paddling a canoe north of Seattle, searching for timber. When a gust of wind hit his canoe, Brackett beached in a location later called "Brackett's Landing".

The town was named Edmonds in 1884, but was not incorporated until 1890 as an official "village fourth class" of Snohomish County. In that same year, Brackett sold 455 acres to the Minneapolis Realty and Investment Company. The town was plotted and a wharf was added along the waterfront. Modest houses and commercial structures sprouted up with a row of shingle mills dominating the cityscape. By 1900 there was regular passenger ferry service available by the steam-powered "mosquito fleet" of private ferryboats from Edmonds to Seattle. Edmonds suffered major fires in 1909 and 1928.

Sunday, September 11 - Wenatchee to Kalispell

The Pumpkin Patch

Just south of Wenatchee we saw a unique store. After a quick about face - we stopped for a while, shopped for souvenirs, fruit and smoothies and headed on our way.

It was beginning to look like another day of messing around but we would be on I-90 soon and could make up some time.

Monday, September 12 - Kalispell to Home

The Huckleberry Patch - Sept 12

The Huckleberry Patch is Montana's original huckleberry cannery. First known as Willow's Wildberry Farm, the business has operated as The Huckleberry Patch for nearly 20 years.

The Huckleberry Patch produces quality, made-from-scratch products in it's canning facility located on-site in Hungry Horse, Montana, only miles from Glacier National Park!

The Huckleberry Patch has been using the same recipes for our quality preserves, jellies, and syrups for over 50 years. The made in the USA products start with wild huckleberries which are hand picked and processed without any artificial colors or flavorings. The Huckleberry Patch

We discovered the Huckleberry Patch in 2008 and have been stopping there ever since for a treat along the way. The home made pies are great - especially with half a pint of ice cream added.

Glacier National Park

This was the last weekend before Glacier National Park would be closing for the season. Fortunately for us, the weather was perfect as we sailed over the top. The snow measuring poles were already in place at the Visitor's Centre.

The whirlwind trip and 1700 miles behind us, we were back home with more tales to tell and memories to hold on to. We are already talking about the "next" trip to Bothell. Mine was going to come sooner than I thought.



Shopping Trip - September 2011

Wednesday, September 21 - Home to St Mary
Not even 10 days later at 3:30 pm I decided to hit the road again and get re-patched. There were some things that the Weed Patch was going to send to me by courier including the canisters for Karen's Christmas present. The logic was to just drive to Bothell again and pick everything up. Works for me. I gassed up, packed and was on the road by 4:45 pm.

St Mary

I stopped at the St. Mary Lodge and Resort. We've driven by this hotel several times. It was absolutely beautiful and astronomically expensive. Definitely, been there, done that, and never going to be able to afford it again. After a leisurely supper at the hotel, I wandered around the shops before calling it a night.

Thursday, September 22 - St Mary to Coeur D'Alene

The Huckleberry Patch - Sept 22

The first re-patch of this trip was the Huckleberry Patch. I stopped for a piece of the famous huckleberry pie complete with ice cream. Well it WAS almost noon! I happily spent another half hour browsing around the store.

The Huckleberry Patch

Bear Country Gallery - Kalispell

I stopped in Kalispell at Bear Country Gallery happily purchasing several Bearfoots for myself and for Christmas presents. Jeff was in the studio that day so he signed all my purchases. Willie got in the action this time. With pictures taken and promises to return, I was on my way.

Coeur d'Alene

I planned on visiting the Country Porch, a store in Coeur d'Alene then moving on to the factory outlet in Post Falls. I booked into the Best Western and after dinner drove around Coeur d'Alene before calling it a night.

Friday, September 23 - Coeur D'Alene to Bothell Washington

Country Porch

The next morning I shopped at the Country Porch where I bought all sorts of neat things. This is not really a retail store. It is an online store but they did have lots of samples and of course an incredible amount of stock since the warehouse is out back. This is definitely the place to go to pick up whatever you need and avoid any shipping costs. The Country Porch

Post Falls

I was then off to Post Falls where I was in for a surprise. There is no factory outlet any more. Except for a couple of stores, everything is gone. The parking lot was empty and grass was growing through the cracks. The hotels are looking a bit lonesome too. I stopped at the Country Cooker where the clerk told me that everyone had moved to the factory outlet in Spokane.

With no point in staying in Post Falls and not really wanting to spend the night in Spokane, I headed for Bothell I followed the same route Karen and I did the week before thinking I would stop and explore Leavenworth. However, there was some kind of festival in Leavenworth this weekend. The amount of people and cars was ridiculous so I just stopped at McDonalds and continued on my way.

It was dark by the time I reached Bothell and without my trusty navigator with me I managed to get lost. A quick stop at a gas station and I was straighten out - sort of. Eventually, I got my bearings and arrived at the hotel. After checking in, I drove to the Country Village but no shops were open.

Saturday, September 24 - Bothell to Grand Forks

Bothell - Sept 24

After breakfast, I explored the town. It's amazing how laid back and relaxed Bothell is especially considering it's close proximity to Seattle.

Then off to the Country Village to shop. "At Country Village meandering paths lead you through a whimsical world of trains, duck ponds, art, one of a kind toys, gifts, restaurants, antiques, and more!" Country Village


I bought Rookie (a friend for Roodie) at the Cranberry Cottage. After wandering around all the stores and eating lunch, it was time to hit the road. Reluctantly, I said goodbye to the Country Village and headed towards home.

The Weed Patch - Sept 24

The second re-patch of this trip was the Weed Patch. I bought everything I wanted (actually a lot more than I planned) before I left the store. They had to help me haul the heavy stuff out to my car. I was totally loaded down.

Osoyoos Border Crossing

Next stop on the agenda was Grand Forks so I could have some borsch. I crossed into Canada at Osoyoos and the agent asked me why I was entering there. When I answered "so I could go to Grand Forks for borsch" he was taken back a bit. Recovering, he asked if the borsch was good there. I laughed and told him "yes, you should try it out sometime". He was so young I wondered if he really knew what borsch was.

His next question was about my purpose in the States. He was taken back again when I answered shopping but recovered quickly with "oh, so you have a declaration to make?". Oh, most definitely. I don't think they are used to people admitting that the sole purpose of a trip is to shop. After paying a whole $35.00 duty, I was on my way.

Grand Forks Borsch

I arrived in Grand Forks in time for dinner - the full Russian deal at the Omega Restaurant. I ordered 4 quarts of frozen borsch to go to be picked up in the morning on my way out of town.

Totally stuffed I headed off to bed.

Sunday, September 25 - Grand Forks to Home

I woke up early but had to wait until the restaurant opened so I could pick up my borsch. There were dear grazing around the motel in the quiet of the morning. It was really relaxing. I was at the restaurant about 15 minutes early but they gave me my borsch and I was on my way.

Glacier National Park was closed for the season so I wasn't able to drive through it. I was home in time to have some borsch for supper!!


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