Three Forks to Canyon Ferry Lake

Kristin cinching up her kayak.

Kristin cinching up her kayak before leaving Livingston.

I was thrilled to find out that Kristin was able to paddle out of Three Forks with me, and she was happy, too.  She was going to paddle her kayak after almost a year. Paddling with Norm is easily done in their canoe, so this day, May 15,  she would enjoy the independence of paddling her kayak solo. After a quick stop in Bozeman for a few supplies, we were on our way.

I thought I had lightened my load, but not sure.

I thought I had lightened my load, but not sure.

Getting ready to shove off at Three Forks, the Missouri River headwaters.

Getting ready to shove off at Three Forks, the Missouri River headwaters.

We enjoyed incredible scenery all along the way. We were happy girls!

We enjoyed incredible scenery all along the way. We were happy girls!

Beautiful cliffs

Beautiful cliffs

The train was fun to watch as it rolled right along lake's edge.

The train was fun to watch as it rolled right along lake’s edge.

My beloved pelicans bring me a peaceful easy feeling whenever they're around.

My beloved pelicans bring me a peaceful easy feeling whenever they’re around. We saw about six people silhouetted standing on top of one of these mountains. We imagined how intimidating the Blackfeet Indians must have been when lining the ridge tops.

Norm met us at the dam just as we pulled into the ramp. We loaded up the car with my stuff and the kayak and drove around the dam to the put in about a half mile away. It is there we said our good-byes and hugged one another. We are not sure when we will see each other again. The next day, Thursday, I took off for Canyon Ferry Lake and camped just short of entering the channels leading into the lake.

This campsite was on an island and was so green and lush. Of course, it rained most of the night.

This campsite was on an island and was so green and lush. Of course, it rained most of the night.

A ray of weather hope the next morning. The rain stopped for awhile.

A ray of weather hope as I peaked my head out of the tent. The rain stopped for awhile.

The next day I set out for Canyon Ferry Lake. The countryside and vistas and hospitality of the people continues to blow my mind!

More to come…taking advantage of a rain delay at Lakeside with wifi in my tent!

Live fast ~ Paddle slow (I may have to switch that around pretty soon. :))

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4 thoughts on “Three Forks to Canyon Ferry Lake

  1. Darrell Sears

    this is a very pleasant day to wake up to an update about what’s happening on the river. That is very beautiful, wow!
    Thank you for the update.
    Be safe:)
    D.Sears at Pocatello,Idaho

  2. love how your tent blends beautifully with your surroundings and in keeping with your desire to stealth camp 🙂
    and yes, you will sometimes have to paddle fast and live slow…breathe it all in…memories for a lifetime!

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