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North America » United States » Montana » Whitefish September 21st 2016

We drove from Sandpoint to Whitefish today...It was a beautiful sunny day, with almost no traffic on our route. We drove north to Bonner's Ferry, and then east to Libby, north again to Eureka, and finally south to Whitefish. We learned more about the great geographer, David Thompson, on this trip. David Thompson was born in London, England, on April 30, 1770. His parents were Welsh, and of little means. His father died when he was two, and at the tender age of seven, he was enrolled by his mother in the historic 'Grey Coat' charity school near Westminster Abbey. Having shown an aptitude for mathematics, his education was oriented towards preparing him for life as a midshipman in the Royal Navy. His studies included algebra, trigonometry, geography, and navigation using 'practical astronomy'. Over the years, ... read more
Former lake bottom..10,000 years ago!
First glimpse of the falls
On the swinging bridge....

North America » United States » Montana » Whitefish April 24th 2016

Day: 7/8 Distance: 2535 Note: the Internet connection is so bad that loading pictures and map will have to wait. The management sincerely regrets any inconvinence due to speed and wishes to announce that they are looking for faster gerbils with which to expedite future postings. After 7+ days I can report a few things: 1. It's really easy not taking a shower or change into new cloths when the temperature is in the 20s (read that as I need another shower). 2. My skin has become like leather and feels rough and weird no matter how much lotion I put on (albeit I didn't usually put much on, if any, before). I must be "chicking" out. 3. My sinuses are dried out and feel like an old panned out gold mine (no nuggets - get ... read more
Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park
Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park

North America » United States » Montana » Whitefish September 3rd 2015

Our second day in Montana started with a wonderful surprise as I opened my bedroom window to come face to face with some deer. It was an experience to be repeated every morning while I was there, and I joyfully welcomed my morning visitors from then on. Our day started with a hike through one of the several natural trails within the Flathead National Forest, right from our back door through our friend's property. The climb to the main trail proved challenging for me, unused to the climb. Soon we found our way to Bear Creek, and the exertion was forgotten in the enjoyment of the peaceful isolation and wonderful wilderness surrounding us. Afterwards, we made our way to explore Whitefish, quiet before skiing season. A highlight of the visit was our lunch at a popular ... read more
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North America » United States » Montana » Whitefish July 21st 2015

Hello folks! Today was day #1of our big ride.starting from Whitefish,MT. The day began inauspiciously, punctuated by me (Ken) showering myself with bear spray (my eyes and nostrils still sting as I write this) and ended 48 miles later in Bigfork, a pretty little town perched on a mountain lake. More on that later, but first a little bit about our trip out here: We flew out of Norfolk on Thursday, July 16th, arriving in Chicago where we spent the nigbt before catching the Amtrak Empire Builder to Whitefish. We stumbled off of the train two days later at about 3:45 am, 6-hrs late due to some heavy weather and a freigbt train derailment in North Dakota. I don't know the extent of damage or pollution, but the tank cars tipped on tbeir sides in the ... read more
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North America » United States » Montana » Whitefish July 1st 2014

Two days before departure and preparations are well in-hand. Briefly, here are the bare-bones of our North America trip: On Tuesday (01July) we're on a flight (BA) to London. We change at Heathrow and then join AA for their flight to Vancouver, Canada. Four Days relaxing in Vancouver then (5July) we fly to Kalispell, Montana via Seattle. Jen is on the Lynn Erickson 'Concept Based Education and Instruction' certification training course at Grouse Mountain Lodge, Whitefish, Montana. We have a couple of days extra in Whitefish before we board Amtrak's 'Empire Builder' for the 7 hour journey to Leavenworth, Washington State (mock Bavarian township). After two days relaxing in the Rocky Mountains in Leavenworth, Worthos we are back onboard Empire Builder (18July) for the 4 hour run into Seattle. We are looking forward to four days ... read more

North America » United States » Montana » Whitefish July 15th 2013

Today we headed to the little town of Whitefish via Walmart in Kalispell. We needed to restock on a few items and discovered that Kalispell is a really nice town with all the modern shopping centers like Home Depot, Target, Five Guys, and just about all the same stores we have in Temecula. Whitefish is just a little north of Kalispell and that little town is super cute and "trendy". It is at the base of Big Mountain Ski Resort. We found a restaurant to eat at that had rooftop dining called Casey's. The boys had burgers and I had some really yummy fish tacos. We did a little shopping and then drove up to the ski resort. Big Mountain ski resort is very nice and they had an alpine slide that the boys rode a ... read more
Alpine Slide at Big Mountain Resort
Eating lunch rooftop at Casey's
Rooftop lunching

North America » United States » Montana » Whitefish February 19th 2013

Since this particular trip through Whitefish was in August, it was nice, sunny and warm. Whitefish is a beautiful little town, withbeautiful scenery. It’s so beautiful, ABC’s The Bachelor 2013 even filmed an episode there. (They spent their group date canoe racing, milking goats, and bucking hay*…because that’s what all Montana girls do…) (That being said, most Montana girls probably do know what “bucking hay” is… but if you don’t know, the dictionary defines it as: “is a type of manual labor where hay bales, usually 65 lb. to as much as 140 lb., are stacked by hand in a storage area such as a barn.") Whitefish is a very tourist-friendly town – and not just because it’s a world-renowned ski destination, but it also has so much to do in the summer. Even the ski ... read more
View of Whitefish Lake
Ski Lift
Learning to snowboard

North America » United States » Montana » Whitefish February 9th 2013

45 minutes south of Fernie, and just on the other side of the US/Canada border, you will find Eureka, Montana. Once upon a time, people would only know “Eureka” if I added the identifying “you drove through it on the way to Whitefish” (where everyone goes skiing.) (Or if coming from somewhere other than Canada, people might have an idea where it is if I added “It’s close to the Canadian border…North of Whitefish, which is north of Kalispell, which is in Montana, which is in the northern part of the United States, and no, we don’t all live in teepees, and yes, we have electricity there, and indoor plumbing.”) Although, to tell you the truth, when we first moved there, even further back, in the “once upon a time” story, we didn’t have electricity OR ... read more
Tobacco Valley Ridge
Typical Montana scenery
Montana's Winter Wonderland

North America » United States » Montana » Whitefish June 13th 2012

No post yesterday as the Wifi was down at our hotel. It was a long day, and the first two thirds were roads that we had already traveled. We saw a few bikes heading north still. We wish them good luck. Last we heard was that it would be this week. But once it does open, there will be 3 or 4 days worth of backed up trucks and other travelers all going the same way. The last third of the ride was wonderful from Grande Prairie to Jasper, AB. The trip down the Ice Fields Parkway had been recommended by another rider in Ft Nelson. We had mountains on both sides of us, but rain a lot of the time. Jasper reminds me of the little towns around Boulder, CO. Same atmosphere, and same sort ... read more
Continental Divide
Mike

North America » United States » Montana » Whitefish January 6th 2011

Arrived Whitefish Montana by driving 5 hours south southeast and crossing into US of A at Roosville - It started snowing as we crossed into the border Mountains and hasn t stopped for 3 days - Amazing 2 days boarding - with very excited locals but very few out of towners here - its a well kept secret mountain - Huge area, amazing knee deep powder tree runs - ripping open glades - fast chairs and simply some of the best snow I ve ever ridden in ! No photos as we ve been up to our necks in powder. Java is skiing and doing black runs now ! Amazing progression in her skiing - Sarah is keeping up with her and has improved her confidence in deep snow - harder on skiis than a board. ... read more
Kite Vermillion Lake Banff
LakeLouise
Powder Day2




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