Whitefish Lake in Montana
We are now almost 3 weeks into our road trip which is hard for this traveler to believe! I’ve been saving up things to do during this next week because we will be spending it in Whitefish, Montana at a house owned by Fred’s niece. The house is on Whitefish Lake in the northwest part of Montana. Whitefish, like West Yellowstone and Gardiner are towns that benefit from being at the entrance of National Parks. Whitefish sits close to the entrance of Glacier National Park. We arrived today around 2pm to the beautiful house where we get to spend a week. Fred’s other niece Karin has flown here from California to spend the week with us. The house is big enough for each of us to have our own space which is nice. Those of us who have been traveling do like each other but a little break will be appreciated.
Today, after we said good – bye to Missoula, we traveled north through the Flathead Indian Reservation. It is beautiful valley land bordered by the Mission Mountains and the Flathead Mountains. The Flathead Reservation is home to the Bitterroot Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d’Oreilles tribes. All are ancient tribes, generally from the western part of the US. The reservation is large and appears somewhat more prosperous than most. It has a Casino like many reservations but also has other technology associated industry.
In the northern area of the reservation is located Flathead Lake, the largest fresh water natural lake west of the Mississippi. Half of this massive lake is located on the reservation requiring a tribal permit for fishing or recreation. Flathead Lake is one of the most beautiful and largest lakes I have ever seen. It’s teal blue waters are an amazing contrast to the red hills on the west side of the lake. As we drove through the area around the lake we could see orchards of cherry trees bearing beautiful red fruit and every little community had stands selling cherries.
Today I saw my first animal walkway over the road. They are like a footbridge for humans except they are grassy bridges which allow animals to safely cross the highways without getting hit. We really need these in the Blue Ridge Mountains and on the Blue Ridge Parkway!
We drove into Whitefish tonight to eat dinner at a place called Tupelo’s. Good southern cooking like Shrimp and Grits and Gumbo. As we left Fred put on his Clemson hat. This time a man who was obviously an Alabama fan stopped him to say…”We’ll get you next year!” referring to Clemson’s win over Alabama in the National Championship last year. Fred gets the prize for most comments about his hat. As for me, I’m thinking about a cowboy hat / cowgirl hat!
I don’t have as many pictures today because I drove, but promise more when we go to Glacier. Taking a few days off from blogging this week to just rest, but promise to write about anything significant!