First an update on my house. I went out yesterday and bought some more Peel Away 6 to strip the quarter-round trim that surrounds the baseboards in the dining room. I can’t put the furniture in the dining room until I finish it all up. I sure don’t want to move that heavy old oak buffet again. It weighs a ton. I also bought a coarse sanding sponge. It would be nice if that took the finish off without having to use any stripper.
It hailed last night pretty good. We only have a couple of weeks before we’ll need to put the storm windows back on. I can’t remember if they needed some TLC first. They probably do. Everything else stops when the seasons change. You have to make priorities as time is running out on the to-do list for things outdoors that have to be done before winter.
In the Many Glacier Hotel I noticed the old windows in our room, which look to be original, had the ropes and weights replaced with some kind of track system. They worked good for opening and closing the windows and if you can get away with not having those voids in the wall where the weights slide up and down on each side of the window, ie fill them with insulation or foam, you get better weather proofing. It is kind of neat to have the windows with the ropes and weights working nicely but the ropes don’t last all that long and I’m tired of having to take the window trim off and replace those dang ropes. So I’m looking to slowly replace them with that track system in the future. I’m sure it isn’t cheap. But it will be a lot cheaper than replacing the windows which I’ll not do. Who wants some modern window when you can have beautiful antique originals? Not me. But I’d be willing to fudge a little and replace the rope and weight system with the track.
I was first introduced to the Many Glacier Hotel in an article from one of my “old house” magazines. It may have been Style 1900, not sure. It featured the lodges of the national park system. After reading about them, I would like to visit as many as I can. Some could be gone before too long. Things happen, money may not be there to restore, and there is always the threat of fire. In fact, the Many Glacier Hotel came close to burning down once in its history as did the Old Faithful Inn.
It turns out I took more photos of the inside of the Lake McDonald Lodge (which we didn’t stay in) than I did of the inside of Many Glacier Hotel. We were so busy going to see the sights while we were at Many Glacier and the scenery was so spectacular that I forgot about the inside. Even so, I did love the lobby of that hotel. The fireplace with the hanging acorn weights was pretty grand. The view through the wall of windows was like that of our balcony, just beautiful. The rustic and comfortable chairs were perfect to sit and watch the clouds roll by and the wildlife across the lake.
There was a long hallway between the lobby and the hotel rooms that was lined with tables and chairs for playing cards, reading and putting puzzles together. Remember those things? When there is no TV you have to find other things to do in the evening. Everyone was having a good time doing what used to come naturally. When was the last time you put a puzzle together? There are also banks of windows on both sides where you can do nothing but look out at the view.
One of my favorite things in the evening was sitting around the fireplace. It just felt right. Note the acorn weights dangling on the sides. This hotel, as well as many others in the national park system were built by the railways in the teen years of the 20th century. They wanted you to take their train to come visit the hotels. You can see in the photo below some of the windows on the bottom left side. There is a whole wall of those large windows. You could, and people do, sit there all day and be perfectly happy looking out the windows. The restaurants in the building also had great views.
I took a video of the inside of the lobby and did a movie trace that makes a panorama. The camcorder software automatically stitches together frames from a video and creates a still photo. The photos are always a little distorted but they can show a larger portion of a room when you don’t have a wide-angle lens. See the movie tracer below.
I want to go back. The weather wasn’t the greatest while we were there and I’d like to hike more trails and spend more time at this wonderful hotel. Below are a couple of videos I took. One is a video sweep of the view from our balcony of this hotel and the other is of the moose family we saw across the lake.
Below-moose family frolicking in Swiftcurrent Lake. A baby moose joins them late in the video. The video taken from our room’s balcony.