A flight to Kalispell, Montana was quickly followed up with a 3 1/2 hour road trip down to Helena, taking Montana Highway 83 along Swan Lake.
There is debate if the lake is named after actual swans or an early resident whose sir name happened to be Swan.
The mountains are also known as the Swan Range.
Due to some quirky laws there are a plethora of small casinos throughout the state, seemingly always attached to a gas station.
This particular one has a lot of bull, and a little dinosaur.
The return trip provided this excellent view of MacDonald Pass
Much of Montana looks like this, cows and small mountains, backed by larger mountains.
The route north on U.S. 93 provided these great views of the Mission Mountains.
The road up the west side of Flathead Lake was scenic, bringing this round trip to an end back in Kalispell.
Time to ride on out of here.