It was the summer of 2015. August in particular. A very HOT August, in fact when we arrived at our campsite near Glacier National Park. The sky around us was hazed and the faint smell of smoke lingered about.
Forest fires. They were in full force we learned from the camp host. “But ya never know how the weather’s gonna be – some days we wake up to blue skies and other days it’s a smoke fest that’ll make yer eyes water – and then again, we get days with a little of ’em both.”
Seems that was the case for us. Beautiful blue skies followed by smoky haze the further up the mountain we drove. Then, at the top? Blue skies. Needless to say, it was quite an adventure and a stunning (heart racing) one at that ♥
Notes from the trip:
The “Going To The Sun Road,” was ridiculously frightening for me. And for B. And especially for hubby. We drove the truck, which happens to be 22′ feet long — never ever again. Okay, scratch that — maybe I would do it again, but only in one of those red tour buses.
Speaking of the red tour buses – the drivers are seriously talented folk who clearly have no fear of heights. I mean. Wow. Just wow.
Traveling with a little fur baby puts limits on places you can go within the National Park, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way ♥
Great photos, thank you! My husband and I are planning our first extended trip (38 days) in our Airstream next summer to the western NPs..Glacier is one of them. We plan to take our two Bichon furbabies. Do you ever leave your dog in the trailer while you hike, etc.? We plan on using the red bus for the Going to the Sun road trip. Thanks! Donna
Hi Donna — just adore Bichons! I even have a friend who has a pack of over five I believe? I enjoy following her pictures and travels. Anyhow, when we went, we went in August and it was SO HOT. But if the temperature was more mild and not too warm – say in the lower 70’s, I would have left Oliver for a few hours max. I do wish I could have hiked some of the trails, but that just wasn’t possible having him along. If you feel comfortable leaving your furbabies overnight there are some boarding/pet sitting facilities — might be an option to give you a good full day to explore the park, if you can leave them that is. I left Oliver once overnight with a sweet lady in McCall, Idaho (who was referred to me by the local vet in town — he leaves his dogs with her when he goes out of town) when we went on a snowmobiling adventure and of course I worried about him the entire time and he was totally fine. Anyhow here is a link of some options for you: https://www.yelp.com/search?cflt=pet_sitting&find_loc=West+Glacier%2C+MT+59936
Oh and a 38 day trip?! I am so jealous, would love to have that kind of time — wishing you a safe and happy road trip :) XO
Seriously gorgeous photography! I can’t get over how you seem to capture Oliver with such human expressions! My hubby wants to know where those fish are what type are they? I missed having a recipe, but will give you a break after your travel scare!
I know!! Isn’t Oliver so funny with his “human” eyes. I love you notice that little cute trait of his — sometimes I think there is someone very special who has been reincarnated into him. Sometimes I even think it may be my little brother. I promise I am not crazy Sandi LOL but his expressions and his general “being” is so special to me. Hard to explain. OH and the FISH — can you believe how many there were??? It was unbelievable! Tell your hubby they were Mountain Whitefish. I promise I will start cooking again in my little kitchen, so happy to hear you do appreciate my recipes – I need to hear that from time to time. Makes me feel proud of my little space here in the inter-webs of the online universe :)
Just tried to send this email via a post where you gave someone your email address and it came back to me. Here’s what I asked:
Hello Dear Monica, and Happy Labor Day!
I envision you and your family somewhere deep in beautiful wooded surroundings, or by a sparkly bay! Being on the East Coast, we are getting the last hurrah from what was Hurricane Hermoine and rain has kept me inside only to delve into your blog and your wonderful recipes!
I see in many of your pictures that you use ceramic or glassware. I have had to ban these from my trailer as it all breaks after one trip or another. Can I ask, what you do to ensure your cookware and etc are travel safe? I’ve thought of making individual padded sacks or bags for some of the things I’d like to bring, but just haven’t yet. I can’t imagine with all the backwoods, albeit beautiful, places you travel, there aren’t bumbs and crashes in the trailer.
You are such an inspiration to all of us on the road, I recommend you to everyone! My camping friends all call me Monica Wannabe, and I don’t mind a bit! Sandi
Hi Sandi! Oh boy — I sure have had some glassware break while on the road but not too many times. Here is what I did, I went to the craft store and bought some crafting felt sheets — I then placed the plates on top outlining them. I then cut the shapes out with pinking shears and put them in between the plates when they were stacked. It works well. As for my glassware, I keep them in the drawer snug together and if not snug, I will tuck little mini felt pieces in between then. So far, no catastrophes there (knock on wood). Oh but one particular time, I left my butter dish that I simply adored — in the shape of hen and made out of milk glass — anyhow I left that out on the counter and off we went. When we arrived at our destination I found it in pieces all of over the floor. I was able to glue it back, but it was a lesson. Always triple check the trailer before you head out (and make sure the water pump is OFF lol — I have a funny story (now I can laugh) about that). Thank you for being here, I always LOVE hearing from you XO