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Meadowlark Lane at Big Arm, MT
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Meadowlark Lane at Big Arm, MT 
Meadowlark Lane at Big Arm, MT
 
Hiking avatar Aug 04 2021
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Hiking3.60 Miles 202 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles   1 Hour   12 Mns   3.00 mph
202 ft AEG
 
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Debbie had to go to her workout so I decided to do the Lane Walk to the Big Arm campground area. Needless to say, this is a much more beautiful "hood walk" than my place.

I walked up the long driveway from her property to hook up with Meadowlark Lane. I turned the corner and headed east altho it felt south. Almost immediately there is a cherry and apple orchard on my right and a deer on a grass lawn on my left and this hike has only started :) . It was still smoky this day so my views down to the lake were slightly obscured.

Almost all of these lake front properties are rather substantial and quite a few of cherry orchards or beautifully landscaped large yards. The homes are pretty nice too. Fortunately, you eventually get away from the sound of the highway that passes by here and is more busy due to the closure of Hiwy 35 because of the Finley Point Fire (Boulder 2700 Fire). I passed by one orchard where a fellow was mowing the lawn between the trees.

There were a few substantial homes that weren't lakeside but had pretty good views and here I encountered another deer by this barn looking house. There was also an old boat filled with a flower garden which I thot was really cool! Down a little ways was a chicken fenced garden that had little decorations. It was really cute. I gradually approached the campground area for Big Arm/Flathead State Park but this is the closed side so you go thru an opening in the fence and continue. The campground was fairly busy. I ended up turning around at the Yurts; there were three of them. There is a little beach here but it's so hazy, it's not worth staying long unless you plan to take a dip. Normally you can see Wild Horse Island from here.

On the way back I encountered some magpies scampering about and making a lot of noise as they normally do. There was this one house that was decorated in signage. Up from there on the other side of the road was another orchard and I saw a little Iris garden as well. This one property had 5 lights that were set to shine through some sort of plastic thru the address numbers engraved in a boulder. Even the garbage cans were unique as they are made to keep out the bears.

On the lake I could see a sailboat so I took a picture which was pretty clear considering the smoke. There are lots of fabulous trees but my eye was on the cherry trees. There was a rainier cherry tree and that was the one I stopped at for a few minutes to imbibe :D . I stopped to admire my friend's apple trees for which she had a bountiful harvest last year. Looks like there will be more of the same this year. I should see if the apples can last long enough to bring some down here.

Also spotted on this hike was a Kokopelli and a Vulture. Anyway, if you want to see all of this you can watch the video which has additional pictures than the ones I posted. [ youtube video ] The video includes our evening at Lake Mary Ronan where we had a beer tasting contest as well. And, before that, of course, I had to have another Huckleberry Mule.


WATCH: 3.55 miles, avg bpm 120 with a high of 141. (22% in Zone 4, 73% in Zone 3 aerobic) burning 425 calories (avg cadence 117, max 138) Starting temp 73.3 and 50% humidity finishing at 12:22PM
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