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Labor Day Art, Antiques & Rummage Sale!

August 16th, 2011

Mark your calendars for our (kind of) annual Art, Antiques & Rummage sale at the Tamaracks Resort Labor Day Weekend!

The sale is Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4 from 9am to 5pm at the Tamaracks Resort Pavillion.

Pass the word and bring all your friends; we’ll have booths with art, gifts, antiques, backed goodies, all of this year’s closeouts from the resort gift shop, and anything we have turned over and out of the cabins including linens, furniture, kitchen ware, appliances, and recreational items like canoes and kayaks.

We’ll see you there!

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Things to Do - Hike Jewel Basin

August 12th, 2011

Looking for something to do to get you out of the house? This hike will take you through some of the most beautiful country in Northwest Montana.

Jewel Basin is a designated hiking area consisting of over 15,000 acres, 27 lakes, and over 35 miles of trails. The views are absolutely amazing, including overlooks of the Flathead Valley, hillsides covered with wildflowers, jagged mountain peaks, and deep blue alpine lakes.

Getting There:

It takes about 90 minutes to reach the Camp Misery trailhead from the resort, but is well worth the drive. From Tamaracks Resort, take a left onto Highway 83. Take a right turn off the highway at Echo Lake Road between mile markers 88 and 89. Follow Echo Lake road about 2.5 miles and turn right on Noisy Creek Road. Follow the winding dirt road up the mountain about 7 more miles until you dead-end at a large parking lot. The dirt road is well-used and will be passable for most vehicles.

For maps of the hiking trails in the area, click here. Maps can also be purchased at the cabin at the trailhead for $2 but only if the ranger is there.

An easy trail to start out with is a 4.4-mile round trip hike up to Twin Lakes, a pair of sapphire-colored lakes nestled just on the other side of a notch between two mountain ridges. From Camp Misery, follow trail #8 along the west-facing slope of the Swan Range. Keep your eyes peeled for amazing views of the Upper Flathead Valley, Kalispell and the Whitefish Range. In late August, you might also stumble on to a patch of huckleberry bushes along the trail - but only if you get there first! The trail will eventually swing east and you will travel along a scree field and through a notch. The trail sill split here into #7 and #721. #721 will lead you down to the south end of the southernmost Twin Lake. From here you can backtrack and head along #8 back to Camp Misery.

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If you would like to add a mile or so to your trip, you can take the long way back around the ridge. Follow trail #7 south around the back side of the ridge, where you will have some amazing views of alpine valleys filled with wildflowers and peaks that stay snow-covered well into August. The trail will take you through another notch at the south end of the ridge, after which you will meet up with trail #68, which will lead you back to #8 and Camp Misery.

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There are a few things to keep in mind while hiking in Jewel Basin. One, there could be snow on the trails well into August. We hiked trial #7 just two days ago and walked on snow for about a mile. Unless you are familiar with the area, it is easy to lose the trail in the snow. Two, Jewel Basin is a very heavily used area due to its proximity to Kailspell, Bigfork and Whitefish. On weekends you may find the Camp Misery parking area full.

Always remember to use safe hiking practices: plan ahead, carry water, check-in at the trailhead if available, stay on trails and walk single-file to prevent erosion, leave no trace and respect wildlife.

angie Hiking, Scenic Drive, Things To Do

Placid Lake Ghost Trees

July 27th, 2011

We didn’t find huckleberries at Placid Lake as we thought we would but we did take another nice drive today. We let the doggies (Kali and Max) swim, had a picnic lunch overlooking the lake, and drove around taking photos of the Ghost Trees. These are so interesting. The trees were logged out around 1910. Two loggers would cut a slice into the tree about 4 to 5 feet off the ground, insert a “spring” board into the cut out part on both sides of the tree, then hop up on the board to cut the tree about 8 to 10 feet up. They did this because the “butt” of the tree is full of sap and too heavy to float down the rivers to the mill. If they didn’t get enough of the butt cut off the tree the log would sink before it made its way across the lake or rivers to the mill down at Bonner. Apparently the loggers had a good sense of humor because they painted the faces on the trees after everything was logged out. The mouth is where the spring board was inserted. Some of the original painted faces are still visible and untouched for over 100 years, some have been repainted to show people how they might have looked. I think we must have spotted a couple dozen visible from the road. Some people think the ghosts of some of the loggers lurk among these old tree stumps.

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