Wildflowers with a side order of flat tire...

Trip Start May 09, 2009
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Trip End May 27, 2010


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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

After our hike to Hidden Lake, we took a day off from hiking so I could rest my knee.  We decided to explore one of the back roads on the west side of Glacier.  We took Camas Road and then the Outside North Fork Road to Bowman Lake, a glacial finger lake.  The road switched from paved to unpaved with the drive to the lake being rough going.  But along the road was a profusion of wildflowers, including wild rose, Indian paintbrush, cow parsnip and others we couldn't identify.  We had a lunch-with-a-view at Bowman Lake where the water was smooth as glass reflecting the mountains around it. 

The unpaved road had a little gift for us.  On the way back, we discovered that our rear left tire was almost flat.  We pulled into the parking lot of a trailhead and Jim started the laborious process of changing the tire.  He cursed the modern design that now places spare tires under the chassis with a Rube Goldberg method of removing the spare.  He figured it out, though, and  with the help of a Columbia Falls tire store, we were fit to be on the road again.
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