After lots of time in the air, Meg & I arrived in Kalispell, Montana, just after midnight Thursday night – or Friday morning, I guess I should say. Took a taxi to the motel – Meg had made reservations and arrangements for both, thank goodness, and then got up Friday morning & were ready to start our vacation . We had breakfast at the motel, and the Enterprise guy was there to pick us up before we’d gotten everything put back together. On the last leg of our flight the night before from Seattle, a guy sat next to Meg who was from Kalispell, and told her all kinds of places we could check out while we were in town. And then the Enterprise man did the same thing as he was taking us back to their office. Both recommended we check out the town of Big Fork, MT, so that’s where we headed as soon as we got the car. It was SO cute. Just a restored little village maybe three blocks long, with all kinds of craft shops and other interesting places. Everything was made by local artisans. I loved it. This was in one of the first shops we stopped in. I loved it :-).
After we had our first huckleberry ice cream of the trip – but definitely not our last – we went down and drove around Flathead Lake. It’s a 55 mile long lake not too far south of Kalispell, and was just absolutely gorgeous. It took us the rest of the day to drive around the lake, because we kept stopping to take pictures. We walked out on this dock, which was at one of the six state parks around the lake, and no matter how far out we went – we didn’t go all the way to the very end, because the water was pretty choppy and the dock was definitely rocking – the water was so clear we could see all the way to the bottom of the lake, just as clear as could be. It was a beautiful way to kick off our vacation.