West Glacier, Whitefish and Bigfork, Montana

Saturday, Sept 13th. This is Pat and Harry’s last day with us before they head out on the road. Here are some photos of our campsites at the West Glacier KOA and our trip into West Glacier. We stayed at the KOA for two fabulous weeks from 9/2/14-9/16/14 and Pat and Harry were with us most of the time, on the site next to us. This is one of the nicest campgrounds we have stayed at, with paved pads next to large grassy areas, picnic tables and a large fire ring on gravel. They even serve breakfast in the summer months and have a BBQ in the evenings until mid September.

We drove south to Bigfork, MT to see the Dragon Boat Races on Flathead Lake held at the Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge, an all inclusive Montana Dude Ranch. What a beautiful setting, with the rustic log cabins, horses grazing in the pasture and all surrounded by Flathead Lake, the largest natural fresh water lake west of the Mississippi River. We watched several boat races and especially enjoyed the 4 Dragon Boats racing with all Breast Cancer Survivors rowing their hearts out. They had a tribute to these courageous women at the end of the race, then they were all given roses to throw into the water. We went into Bigfork, a picturesque and charming place filled with world class art galleries. We loved wandering through all the fabulous different shops from jewelry, and beautiful art works to a working bronze art studio.

Then it was on to Whitefish to explore the ski resort on Big Mountain called Whitefish Mountain Resort. We took the chairlift to the top and walked around enjoying the views of the mountains in the distance. This is a mecca for mountain bikers as we were able to watch them descending the single track trails down the mountain from the chairlift. In 1904 the Great Northern Railway was built through what is now Whitefish, and the ski resort was built in the late 1940s which increased tourism to the area. The shops in this town are numerous and you can definitely do some major retail therapy. We were in luck for today is Market Day on the streets and we finally found fresh huckleberries. We have been in search of them ever since we arrived in Montana, for this is the only State you can buy them, they only grow wild on the local mountains. It was time for dinner and we went to the best restaurant in town, the Wasabi Sushi Bar and Ginger Grill. Great sushi!