Montana–Day 2: Wild Horse Island
While we were in Montana we had not one bad meal. Boy oh boy do they have some talented restauranteurs and chefs in the area. We usually went out to one of the meals each day and I cooked the other meals during the day. We had a very warm, cozy, and homemade meal from Farmhouse. If I hadn’t have had so many other places to try on my list I would have just gone there for every meal.
It is in a really party of town by trees and with an outside stage that people perform on at night. The girls played out there for awhile and had a ball. Tyler likes to play a game with them called “Improv” where he thinks up stories for them to act out. We also had a little photo shoot where Reagan stole the show. I love watching her make her sisters laugh, be silly, and relax.
For our activity that day we took a boat tour of Flathead Lake over to Wild Horse Island. I have one bad thing to say about Montana—most of the tour guides were pretty rude. So were the waiters, store clerks, etc. We were at the very end of their busy vacation season so I think they were very done with tourists. But our kids were so behaved, the surroundings were so beautiful, and the tours themselves were great. So we pushed the rudeness off with a lot of patience, I was proud of us!
Back to Wild Horse Island, we started the tour learning about the hieroglyphs in the area and about the glaciers melting. My girls love anything to do with Native American tribes so that was a treat for them to hear the story behind these:
The boat ride was relaxing and gorgeous. You guys, can I live there?
Driving up the island we knew it was going to be a special treat. It seemed like it was a setting for a novel, something that isn’t real in actual life. That it was made up in someone’s imagination and came to life.
We were told that there was a lot of wildlife on the island, but that the wild horse number had dwindled over the years and that they were hard to catch a peek at. After we docked the boat, ate our lunch, got the how to on the bear mace, and played in the water a bit…
….some beautiful RAMS came running down the hill to drink at the water’s edge. Oh you guys we were so close, and they were so beautiful. I still cannot believe we got to experience that together.
We hiked around the island, that was a dream as well. It was so, like I said, novel like. We saw the girl RAMS (how embarrassing, what are girl rams called?), some beautiful deer, and saw the water all around us.
The girls did a lot of just playing in the dirt, being free. I loved how dirty they turned out at the end. Shae really enjoyed this trip and led the way on all the hiking.
As we drove away at dusk and then watched the sunset over the lake, I decided that is one of the most magical places I have been with my family. How lucky am I.