From Spokane, Washington we get rain in and out of the mountains, travel through the panhandle of Idaho, into Montana, across a big gorge, on to Kalispell and Flathead Lake in Bigfork, Montana. Our hiking buddy and good friend, Tara, with whom we taught in Hong Kong lives in Bigfork.
Tara has beautifully decorated a lovely home in Bigfork. She shows us the small town and we take a hike along the Swan River. A thundershower interrupts the hike, but we wait it out under a tree for 15 minutes as it passes over.
In the pictures below, you'll see the 'gum tree' where people stick their chewing gum as they walk by - who knows why and how something like that gets started??