Saturday, July 13, 2013

"A Beautiful Morning"

Polson, MT
June 11 &12, 2013

5:52 am today

This morning Joe and I set out before 6:00 am to do our walk. It just has to be our favorite time of the day! What a way to wake up and greet the morning and each other!
 While we were walking I got this song stuck in my head and I have been singing it all day long. Does that ever happen to you?
Do you remember The Young Rascals and the song "A Beautiful Morning"? It came out early in 1968 and by June '68 was a certified Million Seller and made it to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

This morning was just one of those mornings...a cool mid-fifties, sun coming up, fresh air and a great to be alive kindda feeling. 

"It's a beautiful morning, ah
I think I'll go outside a while
And just smile
Just take in the fresh air, boy!
If the weather's fine, and you got the time
It's your chance to wake up and plan another brand new day
Either way
It's a beautiful mornin', ah
Each bird keeps singin' his own song..."

I was still in high school (barely) in 1968. I can remember most of The Young Rascals great hits. You sure don't hear songs like that on the radio these days! What a shame...

After coffee and some computer time, I took Sally for a walk. She is a wee bit over weight and I enjoy walking with her so we did a couple laps around the park here.


Sally is very patient with me...she politely lays down wherever I stop to take a picture.

There is a small airport across the street from us. We thought it would be very noisy, but it's not. In fact, we enjoy watching the planes land and take off. One plane ran off the runway landing yesterday...that was exciting!

The flowers in the pictures today are wildflowers. They grow along the fence that is in front of the first road of motorhomes.

Speaking of the 1960's...I had one of those Beetles. It was blue, a straight shift, and so much  fun!

Sally is so sweet!

Yesterday, Joe and I rode around the other side of Flathead Lake. It's a huge lake!

In fact, Flathead Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi.

It is a remnant of the ancient Glacial Lake Missoula. It is bordered on its eastern shore by the Mission Mountains and on the west by the Salish Mountains.
The Flathead valley was formed by the glacial damming of the Flathead River and has a remarkably mild climate.

 We were quite surprised to find cherry orchards. The mild climate allows for cherry orchards on the east shore.

We passed one orchard after another and finally stopped to make a purchase. The Bing cherries and Rainier cherries are very sweet! And they are good for you too!

There are vineyards for wine production on the west shore...haven't visited those yet! As well as apples, pear and plum orchards.

There are 5 state parks along the shore of Flathead Lake and 1 state park that is an island and only assessable by boat.

We stopped at Finley Point SP on the east shore for a picnic. We do plan to see them all!

 It is a beautiful ride around the lake... about 90 miles all the way around.

There are some gorgeous properties along the way.

I waited and waited for a better picture of the doe and her fawn, but not meant to be this time. It you look real close you will see the fawn in the bottom left corner or click on the picture to enlarge it. 

I saw this bear when I was tromping through the cherry orchard taking pictures...sure caught me by surprise!

These flower baskets are hanging everywhere in Polson.
Until next time...
Take care and God Bless!


  1. OH, BEAR!!! I would have had to change my pants! Yikes!

  2. Looks like a lovely spot. Ken and I are getting 'hitch-itch'.

  3. Those old tunes that get stuck in you head are nice but sometimes they just don't go away for a long time.
    I had three of those old Volkswagons and just loved them so much fun to drive.

  4. Beautiful Morning Indeed! What a wonderful way to begin my day! Makes me wish we had spent more time in Polson, I had a 1968 baby blue VW bug as my first car too! Fond memories:) It was so wonderful to get to visit with ya'll while we were there overnight! Wanted to let you know that Yellow Stone was great. Grizzly RV as a great location. No dog park but plenty of places to walk the dogs. It is a short walk to downtown. We are passing through Iowa now. If you head this way an easy overnight stop is On-ur-wa RV Park, in Onawa, not fancy at all but it is in a grove of beautiful trees just off the interstate, with long pull thru sites.Very nice folks. Heading to Omaha today. Hugs to all, and happy trails:) PS Gay keep an eye out for those bears!

  5. You definitely had a Beautiful Morning and the pictures were pretty spectacular too!

  6. Now I wouldn't want to be on foot and that close to any bear!

  7. I could just feel the cool air and positive energy of your Flathead morning walk. The cherries there are a wonderful memory for me of the times I spent there with my boys when they were young.

    Amazing that you (Joe?) captured the photo with you and the bear. Quite the look on your face.

  8. Sounds like a couple of wonderful leisurely days. Beautiful photos. Loved your reaction in the bear shot. You probably surprised him too.

  9. Thank goodness it was not a Grizzly mother with cubs! I can't wait till we make it to Montana again, just love that state.

  10. Gee, I can't believe you were that close to a bear!

    Thanks for sharing your photos, song, and thoughts about "A Beautiful Morning!" I really enjoyed your post - seriously! :-)

  11. Love love your great photos of the wildflowers! I do have some songs stuck in my head that everytime i sing it loud, Steve rolls his eyes and walk away. ha ha
    I envy your cool days, it is quite hot and humid here.
    Your pic with the bear reminded me of the same situation when we were hiking in Alaska, a grizzly was watching us while we were taking pictures and caught us by surprise.
    Scary but exciting!