Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Missoula to Spokane: Flathead River Country

The Flathead Indian Reservation, located along the rail route on the Flathead River, is home to the Bitterroot Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d'Oreilles Tribes.
Native Americans have lived in Montana for more than 14,000 years, based on archaeological findings. The Bitteroot Salish came from the West Coast, whereas the Kootenai lived mostly in the interior of present-day Idaho, Montana, and Canada. The Kootenai left artifacts in prehistoric time.
An ice fog covers the trees and landscape along HWY 200.
The rail route twists and curves along the Flathead River.
The Flathead River joins the Clark Fork River.
Fences built to block long horn sheep crossing to the river for water.
The beauty of the day and the landscape brought a peace to my mind.  I could not help but think of the words of Chief Seattle: “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our

be strong, be safe, Carlan

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