2) A ranger told us Bowman Lake -- 7 miles long, about a half mile wide, and in a remote northwest portion of Glacier National Park -- is a great place to kayak. Late this morning we started the supposed 33-mile drive on a part paved, part gravel road. Forty-three miles later we were thinking "Where in the heck is Bowman Lake?" When we saw a sign that read “Canada -- 10 mile" we knew enough to stop.
Jim turned around on a lane that just happened to have a two people standing near a car -- the first people we’d seen out of cars/trucks the entire drive. The woman knew exactly how to get to Bowman Lake. It was beautiful. (And Jim blames bad signage.)
3) After kayaking, we wanted to get our National Parks Passports stamped at Glacier Park’s visitors center and pick up a loaf of bread at the park market. But first we made a quick stop at the rig for Jim's wallet and my purse. About one mile into the two-mile drive from the rig to the visitors center, a huge windstorm suddenly hit. Pine trees swayed and branches fell on the road. When we got to the visitors center, their electricity was out, as was the electric for all nearby shops, including the market. People huddled in front of stores, watching the storm.
We decided to get back to the rig as fast as we could, and saw even more downed branches on the return trip. Just before the turn into the campground -- on the very same road we’d been on just minutes before -- a big tree was across the road.
Jim and I got out of the car, as did the folks approaching from the other side and people who stopped behind us. In the pouring rain, Jim and the guys dragged the main part of the tree as far as they could while I picked up limbs and threw them off the road. We were able to get our car around the mess; some folks with large trucks were about to use a bow saw on the tree trunk when we left.
|Click on the photo for a better view of Jim on Bowman Lake.|
|The water at Bowman Lake was so clear you could see the rocks under the surface many feet out from the shore.|
|These female "merganser" ducks let me get close. A "Ducks Unlimited" website said they like to nest near clear water in forested regions and on mountainous terrain, which is a great description of Bowman Lake.|