July 20, 2013
That's right...yesterday, down on
right here in downtown Polson, MT was the Flathead Cherry Festival.
It was no surprise to find lots of colorful booths with hand crafted items for sale.
The streets were pleasantly crowded with all ages of folks out enjoying a nice Saturday morning. And a few four legged kids were seen as well.
We saw homemade cherry pies and cherry tarts and displayed lots and lots of will power...no pies today!
We did have a nice visit with the little fellow in the picture below.
As it turns out, he is the youngest of 3 sons in this cherry growing family. Each son was busy with a job...this fellow's job was to offer free samples of their cherries. The cherries were in the bucket and the red bowl was for seeds and stems. He knew the names of the cherries, and said " my dad knows everything else like how much they cost." We bought 5 pounds of mixed cherries!
As we rounded the corner, we heard the Poppin' John...and saw the sign...Homemade Ice Cream. One scoop each...no willpower at the ice cream stand!
I love watching the people, we love home made ice cream, and it was a good way to spend a couple of hours on a Saturday morning.
Friday morning we drove a loop which took us by Kerr Dam and out Buffalo Bridge Road and back to Irvine Flats Road where our home is parked.
Kerr Dam is 5 miles southwest of Polson along the Lower Flathead River. It is 541 feet long by 205 feet high.
Construction on the dam began in 1930,but was stalled for 5 years during the Great Depression. Construction began again in 1936 and was completed in 1938.
|The view of boater's stream from the lake.|
|The view downriver.|
After visiting the vista point, there is also a drive down to the powerhouse near the bottom of the dam.
It's a great place for a picnic with well kept grounds and a public restroom. There is a boat launch for the lower river...this group was from Flathead Rafting.
The dam is located inside the Flathead Indian Reservation and operated jointly by PPL Montana and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
The drive to the powerhouse was quite pretty...Pam, this picture is for you!
After Kerr Dam, our drive of 50 or so miles gave us views of beautiful farmland...I hope you enjoy some of the sites we saw!
Have a great week!
Take care...until next time...