August 16, 2005

Travel Log - Day 6

Today we left Yellowstone and drove on into Montana. We are not supposed to arrive in Whitefish (near Kalispell) until tomorrow but we are ahead of schedule. We decide to stay in Polson, Montana, just south of Kalispell for the night. Polson sits on the Flathead Indian reservation and is at the south end of Flathead lake. This is big-time fishing territory and you can easily see why. Flathead lake is a hidden jewel. As you arrive at the south end of the lake, it appears to be a decent size, but not as large as say Lake Tahoe. It is only after taking a drive around the lake, either to the north or west, that the size of the lake begins to fill your view. This lake is huge and is deep and affords excellent fishing. We didn't bring our fishing rods so for us we are content just to drive around the lake and check in to our KOA campsite early.


Kamping at KOA Polson

Okay, for you camping experts out there, go ahead and laugh at us. Yes, we are Kamping the KOA way. I mentioned earlier that we were newbie campers and so to get us started with the minimum output of expense, we decided to give KOA and their Kamping Kabins a try. Well, it was a great option for us. Each cabin sleeps 4 and comes with portable fan/heater (not needed here but definitely used in West Yellowstone KOA). The Polson KOA is a lovely campground, owned and operated by a family (versus part of the chain) so it is super clean, very well stocked, friendly, and though small, a great place to stay. We spent the afternoon in the pool and spa and took an early dinner in downtown Polson. Tomorrow we will drive around the lake as we head north to Kalispell.

Did I mention that if there was one state I would choose to live in, it would be Montana? Yes, I love the USA and have lived many places in my lifetime but have to say that Montana holds the top spot for me. I LOVED it and the people were so friendly. This is BIG SKY country, very western and rustic. It is a great place to visit or to retire to or just dream about.

Flathead Lake, Montana

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