2016 Montana Trip – Part 4 (The Rest)

This is the catchall for the miscellany of the trip…

The Engels have really let the old house go…lol…20160714_Little House_001

This old church caught my eye on the way back to Havre…
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This is what is known as a heavily wooded area on the Montana prairie…20160715_Havre_Blog_001

Coeur d’Alene Lake from atop Mineral Ridge just above where I camped…20160711_144238

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Fresno Reservoir just north of Havre.  Supposed to be a very good Walleye fishery…20160714_180548

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2016 Montana Trip – Part 3 (The Main Mission)

As noted earlier, the main mission for my trip was to spread mom’s ashes.  She always wanted to move to Montana and set up a little mini-ranch.  She also always had a fascination with the Milk River and asked that her ashes be scattered where it returns to the US from Canada.  The river originates in Montana, goes northeast into Alberta, then returns to Montana on the prairie north of Havre.  In doing research for the trip, I found that there was a great deal of access to the river from Fresno Reservoir, just north of Havre, downstream.  However, access north of the lake is not the easiest to achieve.  With the help of Google Earth and my trusty GPS I was able to find a single 10 mile dirt road leading to a bridge over the river, 14 miles south of the Canadian line.  Here are some shots of the site.  I think she’d approve…

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While walking back to the car, this little bird (a sandpiper of some type that I already forgot the name of) was buzzing right around my head.  If I was the superstitious type or a native American, I may have read more into it, but it was stirring, nonetheless…

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Janet Diane Lee

4/28/1946-10/27/2015

Gone but not forgotten.  Rest in Peace.

2016 Montana Trip – Part 2 (Glacier)

On the morning of July 13, I got up and drove into Glacier National Park.  My plan was to launch my kayak at the north end of Lake McDonald, which sits just inside the west entrance, and fish for a bit before taking a drive.  However, the spot I planned to launch on the north end of the  lake was out of the question due to higher water than I expected to see in McDonald Creek.  I didn’t want to double back to the boat ramp at the south end so I just drove on, hoping to perhaps launch in Saint Mary Lake but the winds were too high once I got there so the kayak stayed atop the car (probably owing to the downpour that kept me awake in my tent all night as well). I did snap a few shots at McDonald falls just above the lake though.  It is difficult to access to photograph in its entirety but I did what I could.

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There is lots of moving water in the park.  As you might expect though most of the examples near the road are quite crowded at times…

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The Going to the Sun Road is the main drive through the park…according to the sign it is a nice drive…

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According to THIS sign there is a mountain in there somewhere (Going to the Sun Road was Going to the Clouds Road on this particular day)…

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Just your basic roadside waterfall…

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Just a few more views from the roadside…

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Last but not least, as I mentioned, that kayak never left the roof while I was in the park.  However, I DID get the bright idea to use it as a camera mount as I drove through the park.  The video below is the result.  I ended up having about 2 hours of footage so I trimmed it down and tried to sort of “time lapse” through some of it which got it down to a shade over 22 minutes.  Footage from a cheap action camera can’t do justice to the sheer splendor of the place but it gives a rough idea to anyone who hasn’t seen it.  Watch as much or as little as you’d like…

 

2016 Montana Trip – Part 1

Well, I just got back from a week on the road.  The primary mission of the trip was to spread my mom’s ashes, per her instructions in north central Montana (more on that in a later post).  I decided to work my way up there in pieces, camping at a couple locations along the way.  First stop was at Lake Coeur d’Alene where I camped at Beauty Creek Campground, near Beauty Bay.  It is a pretty little campground, with only 19 spaces.  I had a couple visitors in camp my first morning…

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After a couple evenings there, a wonderful visit and hike with a dear friend, it was time to move a few miles east.  My next stop was Flathead Lake where I camped near Bigfork Montana at Wayfarers State Park, near the north east part of the lake (which is huge).  I caught a great sunset the first night (well after 9pm at 48 degrees north latitude)…

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Of course, no trip would be complete without the shameless selfie…this was the best I could muster…

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The next day I took a little spin up the Swan River where I played a little peek-a-boo with this eagle (a GOOD eagle photo is still part of my bucket list)…

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I also took my kayak to a little lake called Echo Lake that was supposed to have good bass fishing but that only resulted me getting jostled around for a few hours by the endless stream of wakeboarders.  It was still a nice paddle and if I wasn’t so lazy I’d post a video clip.

As always, clicking any of the images above will allow you to view them larger.

More to follow from this little drive.