Day 259 – In Flathead Indian Country, September 1, 2011
Petey and I pulled into a campground at Seely Lake late last
night and spent part of the morning chatting with the campground hosts who were
from Huntsville, Texas. They were
staying through the holiday weekend and then touring around the northwest
before heading back to the hot south.
We headed north up 83 to Holland Lake where we took a
leisurely three mile hike along the edge of the lake to Holland Falls. I coaxed Petey up the 750 elevation change to
a rock outcropping that provided a panoramic view of the glassy lake to one
side and an inspiring waterfall scene to the other. We chilled out on the rocks for a few minutes
just taking in the beauty before heading back down to VANilla just before it
We continued north along the Swan River to Swan River
National Wildlife Refuge which is supposed to be a prime place to spot
wildlife, but I suppose hitting there in midday once again was not
optimal. I saw more wildlife at Holland
Lake than here.
From the refuge we arrived at Bigfork to visit another one
of my dad’s cousins, Suenell, who I hadn’t met.
Suenell and Norm recently moved from southern California to Montana full
time. They have a fantastic house
overlooking Flathead Lake where we enjoyed a gourmet dinner: golden trout; rice
with almonds and mushrooms; broccoli soup; and a pear, fig and cheese
salad. Melinda, my friend I stayed with
in Kalispell last week was also able to join us. It was lovely. ETB