Things have been fairly quiet around here lately. Brian and I have been busy with our job that ends (this seems impossible) in mid-October. Where has the year gone? We’re busy securing plans for life after October (more on this coming soon), working on a few new projects we want to launch (Me: a book! Brian (with my help): a travel e-course!) and just generally running around like lunatics.
We’ve just recently wrapped up two weeks in Montana. It is, hands down, one of our favorite states. Despite the rain, Montana has charmed us with her rugged mountains, sweeping valleys, ancient glaciers, moody skies and, yes, even with her grizzly bears.
The highlight of our time in Montana was the week we spent in Glacier National Park. Our friends drove in from Portland to hike and camp and kayak with us. It was a wonderful time and, while the photos don’t really do the beauty of this place justice, I wanted to share them anyway. Enjoy.
Driving to Glacier National Park from the east on U.S. Highway 2.
Camping at the Apgar campground. The campground is first come first served and we felt lucky to have snagged a great site.
Driving the Going-to-the-Sun Road through Glacier National Park.
Hiking to Siyeh Pass. We carried Bear Spray, hiked in a group of four, talked loudly and clapped our hands around blind corners. The bears were happy to avoid us.
Heading up to Siyeh Pass.
Taking a rest at the top of Siyeh Pass.
We went kayaking on beautiful Lake McDonald. Everything was going well until a storm blew in and we were pelted with high winds, strong rain and hail. Luckily the lightening stayed in the distance. I’ve never paddled faster in my life to get back to the safety of shore.
Our chaotic campsite. Brian and I always laugh at how quickly we make ourselves comfortable no matter where we are.
A marathon walk back to camp with bundles of firewood.
Hiking to Avalanche Lake.
A group shot at Avalanche Lake.
The road out to Many Glacier on the east side of the park.
A few four-legged friends we found along the way.
The Many Glacier Hotel was a beautiful place to drink a glass of wine. We agreed that one day we’d come back and stay here.
Glacier National Park is a place I know I’ll return to time and time again. I was sad to leave but felt lucky that we had so much time to explore the park and surrounding areas. Montana, you’ll be seeing more of me!