Fernie to Hungry Horse Reservoir

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September 3, 2017

We got off to a leisurely start. Taking the trash and garbage to the disposal area, we found a man sorting recycling into different bags. Kelly struck up a conversation with this lean gentleman, probably in his 60’s named Holmes. He is an retired engineer, who had to go back to work because his pension wasn’t doing well enough. He comes to sort recycling, takes it to a center and then gives the proceeds to a senior center charity.  Once I told him I was from Charlottesville, like everyone else we meet, he went on about how we were still fighting the civil war. I had to set him straight. He is from Newfoundland, and talked extensively about its politics and history. I told him that is where I would like to go next summer. We probably talked for an hour before we left. It would have great to talk more over cocktails as he is s very interesting guy with a great sense of humor.

Then we went by Elk River Guiding Company to buy some flies. They have a huge collection of beautiful flies. Leah helped us and told us to stop at Larry’s Fly Shop in Columbia Falls, which is owned by a girl named Hillary, and to tell her hi. We thanked her, headed out and picked up a Starbucks coffee for the road.

Smoke clouded the mountains as we drove south toward the border. The grasses were dry and brown. There were only two cars in front of us at the border, and the crossing was easy with a nice young man telling us where the fires were – all over, but we should be OK at Hungry Horse Reservoir.

In Columbia Falls, where there are no falls, we found Larry’s Fly Shop, went in and again bought a few flies. Disappointed Hillary wasn’t there, we talked to a nice fellow who gave us some good information. Spotted Bear River was really low, but the Flathead was fishing good. We thanked him and after crossing the dam, drove a rough road for 45 miles.

We found a beautiful campsite next to the reservoir. Once we got set up, we took a drink down to the lake as the sun sunk behind the mountains. The water was crystal clear as small fish broke the surface. To the south was a huge grassy plain. I searched for bears or elk, but didn’t see any. It’s a little spooky, but cool at the same time to be in a remote place all by yourself with bear warning signs all around. As the evening went on, a full moon lit the smokey sky.

  3 comments for “Fernie to Hungry Horse Reservoir

  1. C K
    September 12, 2017 at 8:28 am

    what does a bear warning sign look like???

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    • September 13, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Hi Carol. First there is a big sign saying you are in bear country, and to stay “bear aware”. Then there are bear-proof trash cans and bear-proof food storage lockers. Then you just know you are in the Rockies where there are black and brown bears. Being alert for cougars is a new thing for me. We haven’t seen a bear yet. I saw more walking the Appalachian Trail in Virginia.

  2. September 12, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Not really fighting a war but city council has voted to move all civil war statues because city council is mostly black and we had a riot so they blamed the statues and the stupid people of cville gave their ok to city council. DUMBER than MUD at least that is the story I heard. I find it hard to believe that the people of Charlottesville said that was OK. Those beautiful statues, Shame shame

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