Friday, July 29, 2016

July 27, 28, 29, 2016 Hanging Around Bigfork, Visiting Flathead Lake and Painting Watercolors

July 27, 28, 29, 2016 Hanging Around Bigfork, MT, Visiting Flathead Lake and the State Parks and Painting Watercolors

We are getting ready for Glacier National Park tomorrow but for the past two days we have been hanging around Bigfork, MT on the edge of Flathead Lake. Flathead Lake is the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River. Hard to believe. It is about 20 miles long and is one of the most beautiful lakes I have seen. Surrounded by mountains, cherry orchards on the eastern side and little resort towns all around. Driving Route 35 down the eastern side gets you to the waters edge. Montana also has several beautiful state parks on both sides. We visited Wayfarers, Finley Point and West Shore State Parks. What is nice about these parks is that they are small, few people and have fantastic views of the lake. Bigfork is a small resort town located on the top of the lake. There are some excellent restaurants in Bigfork such as When In Rome, and Pocketstone Cafe for breakfast. 

What was nice is that we were able to hang around. We have found that is has been nice to stop for a couple of days in between all the traveling. We were also able to spend some time by the water and doing some watercolors.

On Friday, July 29, our daughter Heather flew into Kalispell airport and will join us on our trip up to Glacier. Today we took her on a trip around the lake to see it and get a feel for Montana. This is our second trip to Montana and her first. We also changed hotels from Bigfork to Kalispell. Kalispell is the bigger town in this area.

View from the road around Flathead Lake, Montana

Finley State Park. A beautiful lake front setting

My watercolor of the the same view at Finley State Park

Stones along the waterfront, Wayfarers State Park.