We made a short drive yesterday from Coram to Kalispell and then following the west side of Flathead Lake to our next campground in Elmo. The scenery is very lush green. Because of the time of year and the rain that they have had we are seeing it before it turns to the more traditional tan of summer. We are also missing a lot of the crowds of tourist that will be coming. I’m almost ashamed that it has been so long for us to make it to Montana, because it is really spectacular. This afternoon, we drove into Polson, which is about 12 miles further around the lake on 93. We were there yesterday, but just long enough to go to Safeway and do some shopping. Today we were heading to Kerr Dam, which is just 5 miles outside of Polson. We had seen a picture of the dam and I just had to take my own. We were hoping for a full “spill” over the dam, and we weren’t disappointed. With the water table so high from the run-off of the mountains and the rain, it was unbelievable. We were both surprised at the lack of signage that the state or even the city of Polson has given to Kerr Dam. It is 54 feet higher than Niagara Falls, and was completed in the late 40’s. The river runs out of Flat Head Lake and winds its way through a very high wall of solid rock until it comes to the dam. The rock walls continue after the dam for another mile of so before it winds it’s way out. After our ride to the dam, we headed back to Polson for lunch. To our surprise, we found a great little Turkish restaurant on one of the side streets. The owner and chef, was from a small village just outside of Cappadocia. We really enjoyed his food and had a good time talking about Turkey with him…If you are ever in Polson Montana, you’ve just have to try his restaurant, and you will not be disappointed. Well we have disconnected ourselves from the electrical system and are running on batteries. We are right in the middle of a very large electrical storm. Louise is up front looking out the windows going uuu-aaaaahhhh….
We did have a great time on the lake this afternoon kayaking. Let’s see just how our arm and back muscles re-act in the morning to our excursion.