The drive from Whitefish to Polson, Montana on the Flathead Lake was a quick and beautiful drive. I was excited to meet up with several different friends from college and their families. As I drove into town I passed by the “Happy Hippo” which seemed to be a Montana version of the “Ride the Ducks”. I have always wanted to Ride the Ducks and so I thought that this was my perfect opportunity. When I met my friend Aimee and her husband Kevin and kids Lex and Nate at their restaurant; The Cove (http://www.covedeli.com) I proposed the ride to them and they eagerly agreed to join me. We had a wonderful dinner at The Cove, which creates its own fresh dough every morning for their pizzas. I know what you are thinking, pizza? It is all in moderation my friends and boy did it taste good!
The next day we payed our fee and hopped aboard the Happy Hippo. We were all instructed to wear life jackets for the duration of the ride, both on land and on sea. As I settled in to my seat, which was covered with brightly decorated duct tape, I immediately saw buckets full of water sticks/guns. I was wondering how exactly we were going to get wet and I think I spied the answer.
We took a nice tour of town which included a Pirate attack at The Cove and moved on to the lake tour. The captain instructed his First Mate to hand out the guns and placed buckets of ice cold lake water in the aisle for reloading. There was a small child, about two years old, sitting behind me with adorable curly hair piled into a little pony tail on the top of its head. The First Mate noticed it getting agitated and asked the mother if he was doing okay, after she answered I turned around and said, “I can’t believe she called your child a he, she is obviously a girl” I realized my mistake immediately, mama bear was not happy with me. Dumb. Dumb. Sarah. Fast forward ten minutes to the water fight. I was sitting in the front row, strapped into a seatbelt with no access to the water buckets, aka no ammo and no target in front of me to shoot. The back of my head however became the perfect target for the offended mother and the rest of the passengers. I can’t say that part of the ride was my favorite, being hit with piercing cold water repeatedly for about five minutes was enough water play for me.
After a nice warm shower I said goodbye to Aimee and her family and went to meet up with my friend Rich and Susan and their son Zach. They were traveling from Bend, Oregon to a rented home on the lake. I thought it was a bit of a hike and was wondering if they didn’t have lakes that were closer but the second I stepped onto the property I understood the reason they chose this place, it was beautiful. We shared an amazing dinner as the sun set over the lake and even finished the evening with a quick night swim. They invited me to stay in the extra bedroom which I didn’t hesitate in accepting.
I had such an amazing time reconnecting and enjoying this beautiful part of the country.