Flaathead Lake - 195 square miles and the biggest fresh water lake west of the Mississippi River, 370+ feet deep. It's dotted with resorts and cherry orchards on its east side. Farmers grow Rainier and lapin cherries. (lapin cherries. Big and very juicy! And a big temptation to bears! Photos of Flathead Lake: villages on the lake, farms, prairies and mountains.
We drove up the west side of Glacier Park to the community of Polebridge at the top abd saw a ptarmigan on the way. They change color to match their environment.
"Merchantile" means "general store". There are a few farms in the plains at the foot of the mountains.
Polebridge Merchantile was created around 1918 by a couple who settled there.