Averill's Flathead Lake Lodge
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Today dawned cool and rainy with clouds covering the high peaks and predictions of 70% chance of rain. After congratulating myself on a wise decision to book a tiny, snug, dry cabin vs my trusty (but wet) tent, and also to delay my tour of Glacier Park until tomorrow (only 20% chance rain), I dressed for a tour of Flathead Lake via Bigfork, Montana (an artsy-cutesy lakeside town on the northeast side of the lake).
After a ...
... Lewyn and I. Kevin and Riley had water shoes, so they were fine. We rode the bus to the entrance to the middle fork of the Flathead river. Our guide was named Haaken, and he was great. It was us and another family. Haaken was the steering guide. We went through 7 different class II and III rapids in about 120 minutes. It was so much fun! A once our boat almost flipped when it got hung up on a rock, but we all rushed to the high side ...
... and away from humans as they do everything they can to avoid them associating humans with food. Glacier seems wild but is managed pretty strictly as a wilderness environment, no bikes, free shuttle services, no fast food, no population centre and certainly no golf courses... and as a result the bear population here is really healthy. We didn't catch our grizzly glimpse this evening, but rather hoping we might tomorrow ...
... it and scarred it away. Once on the otherwise of the park, we stopped and ate burgers at a hole in the wall place and had a slice of pie for desert. Afterward, we took a couple of mini hikes just off of the going to the sun road. Then we went to the rising sun campground and set up our tent. The rest of the day we hung around the tent, cooked dinner, and went to ...
... bus, and had to do a lot of the usual American whooping and hollering, "giving it up" for our guides. Yee har, and a big wooo hoo! We were told we were on raft 3, with another family of 3.
Our guide was Maddie, who was really sweet. She is from Salt Lake City, and has been guiding in Glacier for 2 summers, when not guiding she is a kayaker. She is living in a converted school bus when she is in Glacier! She was fab, and taught us all ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services
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