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Discover Colourful Equilibrium in Pebble Shore Lake, Montana

Discover Colourful Equilibrium in Pebble Shore Lake, Montana

“Colour is joy. One does not think joy. One is carried by it.” – Ernst Haas

Standing at the shore of Lake McDonald absorbing the virginal beauty of the nature in Glacier National Park in Montana; one feels that truer words were never spoken.

Pebble Shore Lake along with being one of the most colourful and scenically mesmerising parts of the Glacier National Park is also the largest lake in the park. On the map it appears like a perfectly aligned hot-dog amongst all the green of the forests and measure more than 10 miles in length and about a mile in breadth. It sits in the very lap of nature surrounded by magnificent mountains and dense coniferous forests, which on calm mornings reflect perfectly on the transparent waters to make it look like a picture straight out of a Monet painting

.lake McDonald

The Pebble Shore Lake was formed following enormous glacial activity and erosion and sits as a bowl on the foot of the mountains; which also provide the source of its pristine waters in form of the McDonald Creek. The McDonald creek runs into drains after the lake and then meets the Middle Fork Flathead River. The creek is entirely snow fed resulting in clear and pure waters of the lake. As the lake runs transparent for good lengths one can see pebbles of different shapes and sizes, scattered or lying in some kind of natural array, on the shore or even in the waters; but one thing which is common in these sights is – colour. The colourful beauty of the shore and the lake itself which is only enhanced by the colourful flat pebbles scattered across the shores, some like perfectly aligned dominos; is the reason behind it being named as the Pebble Shore Lake.

Lake McDonald is situated 960 m above sea-level and covers an impressive area of about 6800 acres. The Lake is located in Glacier National Park often hurled as the ‘Crown of the Continent Ecosystem’.

The combination of strong standing, ice covered mountains, pristine waters, colourful shores, dense forests and a wide variety of fish, plants and other wildlife contribute in making Lake McDonald the most popular destination in the Glacier National Park.

Several services and lodging facilities are located at the Lake mainly around specific locations like entrances and towns. Probably the most famous of which, is the Lake McDonald lodge; built in 1913 it is a 3-story, lake-facing structure located at the Southeast shore of Lake McDonald. It was originally named Lewis Glacier Hotel after its builder John Lewis and has retained many of its original furnishings. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

The Lake is easily accessible via the scenically exceptional Going-to-the-Sun Road which runs parallel to the lake on the south side. It is located approximately 5 miles east along the road. At several spots the lake is just a hike away from the road. This is also facilitated by numerous parking spots all along the road and also one boat ramp in the village of Apgar. Along with renting power-boats, this is also the location of National Park Service Visitor Centre with dining and lodging services.

The lake offers variety of recreational activities from boating to camping.

In recent times it has been especially popular amongst hikers who prefer to start at the southern end and then follow hiking trails going into the forests and along the shores. Camping is a family activity which has always been popular with people visiting Lake McDonald. Set up tents and a fire and one is ready to have one of the most memorable family trips of their lifetime.

One can also rent a boat, if they have not already brought one, and go far and wide into the vast stretches of pristine, virgin waters of the lake. Fishing enthusiasts can take pleasure in a plentiful catch which might consists of trout and a large number of cutthroats, some of which grow really large. The ease of fishing makes it an ideal spot to learn fishing, simultaneously enjoying the glory of nature.

One of the most appealing things which people have often described about the lake is the feeling of being one with nature and completely at peace at the same time, which is often credited to the lower number of boating use in the lake.

boating in lake mcdonald

Inevitable meaning one can enjoy the true essence of nature without being disturbed by the typical hullabaloo of a tourist spot of such magnificence.

There seldom are any difficulties in fishing or hiking along the lake as the waters are generally calm at all time of the day with little to no breeze and the terrain along the shore is filled with colourful gravel bars which people more often than not take home as souvenirs of their time spent in nature’s adobe.

Animals like Grizzly bears, Moose, Deer and Black bears are found around the lake but are commonly sighted in the forests along the northern shores.

There are tourist-spots which people visit and enjoy and then are places which at the first sight find a place in your heart, create an unchangeable memory in your mind and which call you back because of the connection they form with you when you are there The Pebble Shore Lake, certainly would fall into the latter category.

Prague – A European Charm

Prague – A European Charm

The capital city and the second largest city of Czech Republic, Prague is one of the most beautiful historical cities in the whole world. In the central Europe Prague is one of the largest cities and it has been the capital of historical Bohemian region for centuries. The city is known for its wonderful architecture, its theatres and a unique blend of an archaic and modern setting which makes this place quite magical and charming. The cobbled lanes, countless churches and 9th century castle give this city a beautiful archaic look. Whereas the music and energy, fine dining and cultural art events form the vibrant and modern soul of Prague.

Prague has an unpredictable weather that keeps changing throughout the year. Winters are beautiful but rare snowstorms can hit you anytime. The spring season is vibrant and colorful with the whole nature wakening up and filling the place with its own magic. This is usually the best time to visit the city. The summers over here are sunny and cheerful which causes a lot of tourists visiting the place in the month of May.

national museum, prague

Prague is famous for its number of museums that are home to some great collections of art works, motorcycles and other mobiles, maps and many exhibitions. Czech National Museum (Národní muzeum) is one such association of various museums which are dedicated to natural history and other subjects. Showcasing modern Czech art is the museum named Prague City Gallery whose main building is the House of the Golden Ring at the Old Town Square.

prague castle

When you are out in Prague wanting to see the beauty this city beholds then these are some must visit sights. The Prague castle has to be number one. According to Guinness Book of World Records this castle is the largest ancient castle in the world and it offers the most beautiful views of the area below. The Palace Garden provide another stupendous sight and they also take you away from the hustle bustle of the city and let you feel its magic. The Old town is a historic centre of Prague which has many historical building located nearby. Connecting the Old Town and the Lesser Town together is one of the most magnificent structures of Prague, called the Charles Bridge. Standing tall as a widespread religious symbol if the Infant of Prague which is a statue of Jesus Christ. Josefov, New Town, Lesser Town, Loreta, Strahov Monastery, Prague Dancing House are few other sightseeing spots worth a visit.

prague theatre

The amazing city of Prague is also quite popular for its theatres. These are unique, audacious and classical and they encourage music, dance and other innovative productions. One such amazing theatre of Prague is the Black Light Theatre. This theatre has a black backdrop, hence the name, and here many musicals and theatricals are performed which are loaded with special effects and superb actors. Or if you have a thing for classical dramas then Švandovo Theatre in Smíchov has to be a must visit. Here many international classics as well as Czech’s are played and even a language barrier doesn’t stop the tourists from visiting this place as English subtitles are projected during few performances. The Estates Theatre is another popular theatre in Prague where the Mozart himself conducted the premiere of an Opera Don Giovanni. Even till today this opera is performed over here and it attracts many tourists from all over the world.

segway tours prague

In Prague you can find many different tours which can provide you with some recreational activity besides just admiring the beauty of the place. One can get running tours, Segway tours and even bike tours in Prague. The running tour over here can make you see most of the Prague in just 90 minutes. This lets one explore the city and also stay fit while doing so. Segway tours are another option. Segway can be rented by the tourists to explore the city and dwell in the magical mystery if Prague. Bikes can also be rented from cycling centers or cycle tour agencies. There are guided cycle tours available or one can also pick up a cycle and traverse the place on their own.

The culture of Prague incorporates opera and black light theatricals which often entertain the tourists though they are not up to the professional standards. Nevertheless you can enjoy them! Prague also holds a few festivals viz. Prague Spring, Prague Folklore Days and Prague Advent Choral meeting. Prague Spring is a classical musical festival while Prague Folklore Days is a folk dance festival.

Prague can be a shopper’s paradise as the city has got some amazing shopping malls including the largest one in the Czech Republic, OC Letňany. OC Chodov is another huge one with a hypermarket. The newest of all the malls in Prague is Paladium which is situated in the city centre. It is the most luxurious mall with a food court and few moderate as well as expensive restaurants. Other than the regular shopping from shopping malls one can also buy gifts and souvenirs from many design shops and studios located over here. De-Sign, Dox by Qubus, Hard De Core and Chatty are few of them. These sell varied designer products including custom made luxury clothes.