A few weeks ago I went to Whitefish to visit friends. Honestly it wasn't the best trip. My friends were busy with their lives and didn't end up making much time for me. Additionally they wanted to shop and eat at places I have back home, not unique and local places, so I wasn't exactly feeling it. I am also working on somethings so I've been stressed and distracted. Anyways no need to dwell. Sometimes the only way to learn about what you like is to experience things that you don't. I decided to leave my trip a few days early and take my time driving back. I drove down old country roads, stopped whenever I saw something interesting, and it was really awesome. I think about all the beautiful places people drive through and never stop; all the hidden secrets just a few miles off the main road. It felt good to finally stop. Below are random pictures and adventures. The photos are my favorite - I am still trying to "find" my editing style; however I have decided I really want to tell stories with my photos so I am excited to go shoot with that in mind.
Where: Whitefish, Montana
When: May 2018
Lion Mountain Trailhead - Whitefish, Montana
My friend and I decided to go on a hike since the weather was finally spring-like! She had never done this trail so we decided do it. It was a great little hike; it looked like a blast to mountain bike. I've never mountain biked but I think I am going to try it this summer. Hiking, biking, fishing, water sports all sound fun to me; rock climbing, running do not. It's so fun to try new things and figure out what you like. The hike was 4 miles total. There is tons of parking and the trail is easily marked. When we hiked it there were plenty of kids and older people so It's a great hike for everyone. We even saw these two older ladies, I mean 60-70 years old walking slow with walking sticks and chatting like old friends do. It was so amazing to see them out, trying, and enjoying each other's company.
Trail Distance: 4 miles
Glacier National Park
We went to Glacier as part of my National Parks Tour and it ending up being a huge bust. Most of the park was closed, more closed than I thought it would be. My friend and I only spent an hour there where I could have rented a kayak, spent half the day on the water, picnicked, wandered with my camera, and laid on the beach. It was sad that it fell through but like I said before it's great to realize that I could have made the best of it on my own for next time. I've actually never canoed or kayak but it's also on the list for the summer. My friend just bought a fold-able kayak that I want to look into. I think I want a compact one or an inflatable one. Because this was NOT how I imagined my Glacier trip I decided to keep it on the list of undone National Parks. I have a friend that is going this fall and I am goign to go again with him.
Now starts the long journey home. I don't mean long because it's really only 5 hours but it took me longer because I stopped a bunch and took a few back roads. There are two ways to go from Bozeman to Whitefish and I took the route through Seelsy Lake instead of through Missoula.
Lake Alva Campground
I saw the sign "Lake Alva" and had to stop. I am totally a sucker for water. I actually saw this lake on the drive to Whitefish and was pretty excited because it was still covered in ice. The road getting there was narrow as you can see and I thanked my lucky stars no cars came down while I was; we would have had a little traffic jam. There was a van in the parking lot but I didn't see anyone so they were likely hiking. It's crazy how in April there are still ice covered lakes.
Holland Lake Campground
Again a sucker for lakes I drove down to Holland Lake and man was I sure glad I did! This area is beyond beautiful and, at least while I was there, empty. The water was almost crystal clear. I laid on the beach for a bit and saw a cute little cabin across the way. Apparently you can stay at that cabin. It was really peaceful and got me very excited for summer adventures and camping. I also bought that cute little "wild and free" sticker for my car - very fitting!
Salmon Lake is beyond beautiful and from what I gathered less main stream (pun not intended but welcomed) than Flathead Lake. The rocks up there are beyond beautiful and I tried to take some photos of them. Some people put in boats after a few minutres of me being there so I left as soon as the water stopped being smooth.
These are random photos I took along the highway. Like I said before think of how many times you drive through or by an area and never stop. Most of these were just a few feet and a small hillside off the highway. I had so much fun taking pictures, stopping every few miles. It's another reason why I love to travel alone; I don't have to ask to stop or feel like I am being annoying when I get an inclination to explore. I was trying to take fun photos of my car because its a dream to be sponsored by Kia.