As usual, I’d done a little web research for our trip and discovered that a common food item in Montana is a pasty (pronounced pass- tee), which is a baked meat pie and a place to get them is Louie’s in Deer Lodge, near where we were staying.
When we went to supper at the Broken Arrow Steakhouse and casino (even the gas stations have casinos) in Deer Lodge, we discovered that Louie’s was combined with the Deer lodge Bakery next door to the restaurant. So while the girls slept the next morning, Sweetie Pie and I drove down to Deer Lodge to visit the bakery.
I walked through the door and took a big step back in time because it looked as it must have a 100 years ago, except the display cases were filled with some of the most gorgeous baked sweets I’d ever seen, but I did not want to be so obvious as to go back to the car to fetch my camera. One of the things I really liked about the place was the man who followed me in was greeted with “do you want your usual today George?”
I bought a loaf of French bread, a giant apple fritter for Madison (Bev & Pat ate most of it) and a mixed case of beef and chicken pastys ($2.33 ea. by the case vs. $4.50 individually). They apparently only make them every so often as they were frozen, which was our plan for most of them anyway.
A month or so before leaving on our trip, I had begun reading several RVer blogs, especially full timers, who were traveling around the areas we would be visiting to gain from their experience. One of them was “Where Are The Dixon’s Today”, written by Sandie about the RV life of her and husband Jim.
Since I knew they were spending the summer in Helena, I asked if they would be interested in a meet-up to which they agreed and we met for breakfast at the Avon Café in Avon, MT which was on our way to Kalispell and about a 30 mile drive for them (a nothing drive in MT). It was the perfect little hole-in-the-wall place with great breakfast food.
Since Sandie was running low on blog material and my camera (or me) was having an issue, we agreed she would post about the event. I will say that once again I’ve been rewarded by making the effort to meet fellow bloggers and RVers as the Dixon's are a totally delightful couple that we hope to see again. Please pop on over to Sandie’s blog (link above) for the rest of the story – she advise we should put gravy on our pastys and there will surely be a post about them in my future.
Since her post is already up, I’m going to skip ahead and post this one out of order and I’ll go back and get the other one tomorrow.
Photo best if enlarged by clicking on it - I'm getting really bad about forgetting to take meal restaurant shots even with Bev's phone..
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8/23/2013 event date