Welcome to the Great State of Montana
We have been in Montana for five days and all I can say is, WoW! We are so in love with this place. The drive up from American Falls, Idaho took about eight hours. The time was truly enjoyable as we watched the terrain change from high desert, to rolling hills speckled with farms, to ultimately the heavily wooded forest surrounding the largest freshwater lake, west of the Missouri River. It was still light outside when we pulled into our campsite and we were in awe of the beauty we observed in just the first few hours of being in this gorgeous state.
That night we decided to eat dinner out at the Flathead Lake Brewing Co. Pubhouse. The outdoor seating was full but our table inside had an incredible view of Flathead Lake. As we watched the sky turn from a pretty pink to the black night sky, we realized that we had picked the perfect spot to spend our first month in our RV.
We hit the ground running the next day. Our time has been filled with pure enjoyment and exploration ever since. From indulging in the most delicious cinnamon roll at the Pocketston Cafe in Bigfork, to driving, walking and riding our bikes all around Flathead County. I could go on and on about the beauty we are so blessed to be in the midst of. The foliage season has arrived in Montana and we are so thankful to be able to observe the leaves changing from green to various shades of red, yellow and orange. To add to the already perfect scenery, there are deer grazing around every corner.
Another thing that we love about this place is the fact that the majority of the grocery stores are family owned. Additionally, a lot of the produce is locally grown and the dairy products come from nearby farms. Prior to heading out on our adventure, I mapped out the farmer’s markets in Flathead Lake County. Saturday was Kalispell’s Farmer’s Market. We bought Noah his first pumpkin of the harvest season there along with some organic veggies grown at the Two Bear Farm in Whitefish.
We visited Glacier National Park today but I will save that for another blog post. After leaving Glacier, we were headed to Bigfork for their Farmer’s Market but ended up stumbling on the most amazing pumpkin patch, Sweet Pickins’ Pumpkin Patch. It’s located in Kalispell and it was like something straight out of a movie. The farm was truly a child’s pumpkin paradise. Noah headed straight for the jumpy thing. I really don’t know what the proper name is other than, “jumpy thing.” We rode a tandem bike thingy and strolled through the corn maze several times. I just love when we stumble on places when we least expect it!
After leaving the pumpkin patch we headed for the Bigfork Farmer’s Market in Historic Bigfork. It was a bit smaller than the one in Kalispell but the live music really added to the ambiance. There were a couple really cool food trucks and I found a booth that I really loved! They were selling Jun-Tea (Kombucha) made with organic green tea and local organic Flathead honey. They were also selling cool glass jugs. I usually only buy produce at Farmer’s Markets but I couldn’t resist….