North Shore of Flathead Lake with Swan Range in background. (Keith Hammer photos)
Four Swan Rangers strolled the north shore of Flathead Lake to watch a forecast record-breaking winter storm roll in on Saturday, September 28, 2019!
It was a bit breezy - enough to delay this report due to a 5-hour power outage that was the second outage of the day!
Arctic air from the east could be seen slipping under the warmer western air, flowing down the Mission Mountains onto Flathead Lake, where waves of 3-6' were forecast!
When cold air hits warm water you get steam . . .
. . . if not boil, roil, toil, and trouble!
Islands appear to float above the lake!
Wetlands abound along Flathead Lake's north shore, providing great habitat for ducks, geese, and bald eagles!
An immature bald eagle takes off from its perch.
Just in time for Halloween; a headless mature bald eagle flies by!
Looking up the Flathead River toward the northern Swan Range.
Life after death.
Driftwood Bob drifts into a sandbar and says to Deadwood Sam, "Pardner, sometimes you just rub me the wrong way"!
The Swan Rangers meet every Saturday at the Echo Lake Cafe for breakfast at 7:30, leaving at 8:30 for a partial day outing in the northern Swan Mountains and foothills.
They carpool from the Swan River School parking lot next to the Cafe.
When hiking in bear country, remember to carry bear spray and avoid the 3-D's: dawn, dusk, and darkness.
Everyone is welcome!