Montana Outdoors

February 24, 2010

More on the Flathead

This area along the Flathead River is fast becoming one of my favorite hiking places. There are scenes like this along the river for miles.

Flathead River


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  1. So serene and peaceful. I needed that tonight! Thanks!!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — February 24, 2010 @ 8:42 pm

    • This is a place to which I find myself returning more and more often for those reasons.


      Comment by montucky — February 24, 2010 @ 10:13 pm

  2. I have always liked Norman Maclean’s book–and the movie made from it–“And a River Runs Through It.”

    Perhaps this is because I find comfort in the sounds and movement of water, the ever changing view, the lure of going upstream to the source. Hiking along a river is also one of my favorite journeys.



    Comment by knightofswords — February 24, 2010 @ 9:30 pm

    • I liked part of that movie, as it portrayed the love of the rivers that was pretty usual back in those days. So many have lost it now, although perhaps I sense that because there are so many folks here now who have come from other areas.

      You would love hiking along this river, Malcolm, especially this time of year. In summer this part of the state gets pretty warm, but it is still a great hike in the rain even then.


      Comment by montucky — February 24, 2010 @ 10:16 pm

  3. Awesome shot! Incredible scenery.


    Comment by Jeff Lynch — February 24, 2010 @ 9:47 pm

    • It’s hard to beat the scenes along the Flathead on a clear day, Jeff. On the day I took these photos I hiked about four miles down river and then back up at a rather leisurely pace covering about four hours including lunch on the river’s edge and an unsuccessful attempt to ambush a flock of about sixty geese. Makes for a nice day!


      Comment by montucky — February 24, 2010 @ 10:22 pm

  4. no snow at all? looks good since we got a dump of 12″ yesterday here with more on the way. Ahhhhh spring and hiking,…


    Comment by Cedar — February 25, 2010 @ 7:33 am

    • I saw the photos on your blog, Cedar. Awesome snow! And all we could come up with was a little rain during the night.


      Comment by montucky — February 25, 2010 @ 9:17 am

  5. Looks like it’s pretty wild there. Beautiful though, for sure.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — February 25, 2010 @ 12:30 pm

    • It is wild, in a way. Not wilderness, but certainly away from the cities. I see a lot of wildlife in this area.


      Comment by montucky — February 25, 2010 @ 11:56 pm

  6. My first thoughts when I saw the photo was ‘forever blue skies’ and ‘rustic.’ Beautiful warm tones and lovely river as nature in its winter beauty. Truly a gorgeous capture.


    Comment by Anna Surface — February 25, 2010 @ 1:11 pm

    • I fell in love with this stretch or the river over sixty years ago, Anna. I fervently hope it will stay this way forever!


      Comment by montucky — February 26, 2010 @ 12:00 am

  7. That’s it. I’m moving up there! So-o-o gorgeous and inviting!


    Comment by Barbara — February 25, 2010 @ 1:42 pm

    • It is a beautiful place, Barbara. It can be a hard country sometimes, but I would never live anywhere else.


      Comment by montucky — February 26, 2010 @ 12:05 am

  8. Very cool place to hike!!! Love the photo which is succeeded great.


    Comment by sartenada — February 26, 2010 @ 12:27 am

    • Thank you, sartenada. It is a short drive from my home and I always find beautiful scenes there.


      Comment by montucky — February 26, 2010 @ 9:45 pm

  9. Beautiful scenery, I can see why it draws you back again and again.


    Comment by Candace — February 26, 2010 @ 1:51 am

  10. Terry! Do those hills normally have a heavy blue cast? They seem dark to me, or is that the way they were when you shot this? Lovely, anyhow. Always love the rivers and streams and the flowers, foliage, curves and the lay of the land shapes and sizes. Makes me want to dream.


    Comment by Iona — February 26, 2010 @ 12:48 pm

    • A bit of blue is normal, although on that day there was a little haze in the air. The hills are about 3 miles away, and the distance plus the haze produces a bit of a blue cast. Distant mountains always appear blue.


      Comment by montucky — February 26, 2010 @ 9:51 pm

  11. A wonderful place! Hard to believe the ice is gone so soon.


    Comment by Sandy — February 26, 2010 @ 3:59 pm

    • Our whole winter has been upside down this year. We had several weeks of -20° weather in November and no snow for Christmas. Now we’re having days in the high 40’s.


      Comment by montucky — February 26, 2010 @ 9:47 pm

  12. So beautiful. And I envy your warmer days. We are getting the snow and cold now that we didn’t get in January.


    Comment by kateri — February 27, 2010 @ 6:31 am

    • I’m sure there a lot of folks east of here that would love to have this weather, and they would think it strange that we’d be happy to trade. Today I went out into an area I have never before had access to this time of year. We are in very serious need of snow.


      Comment by montucky — February 27, 2010 @ 7:35 pm

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