My Love for Glacier is True

I have many words for Glacier, but I think I can sum it up for you in just one: GO! Seriously, just go. Glacier is a magical place.

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We hit it a bit early (the famous Going to the Sun road and many trails aren’t open yet), but the quid pro quo is that we’ve had the park largely to ourselves (a treat!), the wildflowers and waterfalls are spectacular, and the wildlife is everywhere (apparently the high altitude spring snow drives animals to the lowlands; they head back up to hide from the summer crowds, so Spring is the best time for seeing animals).

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And see wildlife we have – moose (with young), mountain goats (my favorite), big horned sheep, bears, bald eagles…everywhere you look!

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We splurged here with a heli tour to see parts of the park not yet accessible via car or foot. It was incredible! The sad fact is that many, if not all, of the remaining glaciers here will likely disappear in our lifetime. Another reason to GO!

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Glacier actually feels like 3 parks in one – the West, East, and North (Waterton, Canada) are all different so it pays to move around and experience it all!

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Tomorrow we head to Banff & Lake Louise for 4 days before hitting the Icefields Parkway to Jasper, said to be the most beautiful road in the world.

P.S. A special hello to our favorite Canadian border control agents who wanted to confiscate the BAMF (who doesn’t?) and who made us feel very welcome on our entrance to Canada. Hi guys!

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P.P.S. Molly/Renny/Weylin: if you guys are reading these stories about your crazy aunt, I can’t wait to bring you here. You’ll love it! Love and miss you… xoxo

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Going off the Grid: Glacier, Banff, Jasper

Just a quick heads up…after falling in love with WhiteFish, MT (so cute!), we’re heading into Glacier National Park for 5 days and then over the border into Canada for two full weeks (Waterton, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Bowron Lakes – woohoo!)

WhiteFish, MT #loveatfirstsight

WhiteFish, MT #loveatfirstsight

This is part of the trip (outside of Alaska) that I am most excited about and I will have a ton of photos & experiences to share, even thought the famed Going-to-the-Sun road in Glacier isn’t open yet (ARGHHHH).

I’m not sure how accessible WIFI and cell connectivity will be in Glacier & Canada or how often I’ll be able to update the blog, so I wanted to give you a heads-up to not worry if we go radio silent for a short time.

I will post as soon & as often as I can, and I promise the next set of blog posts will be filled with cool stories, photos & videos. So don’t go away! 🙂

Miss you all…xoxo

Trespassing on Ted Turner

Ok, so we didn’t exactly trespass but it’s a great blog title, no?!

We DID follow the advice of a bar owner in Bozeman (go figure) who told us about a cool, locals-only campsite way back on a dirt road between Bozeman and Big Sky, MT. To get there, the public road passes over 8 miles of Ted Turner’s private estate (we’re talking 130,000 acres of private property, people!).

Camping in Ted Turner land. #heaven

Camping in Ted Turner land. #heaven

Let’s just say, if you asked me to describe heaven, I would show a photo of this land. Miles and miles of grassy rolling hills, running streams, forests, and snow-covered mountains. On the way to the camp, we saw moose, elk, deer, bison, sandhill crane (8′ wingspan!), and a large black bear on the way out this morning, just hanging out in the meadow. I could sit for days and just watch the wildlife move around us.

A little slice of heaven. #pleaseadoptmeTedTurner

A little slice of heaven. #pleaseadoptmeTedTurner

More heaven. As far as the eye can see....

More heaven. As far as the eye can see….

My cabin will go nicely here!

My cabin will go nicely here!

Best campsite reco ever! I’ll be back…

Antler Obsessed

By sheer happenstance and dumb luck, we were in Jackson, WY for the annual “Antlerfest” (aka Elk Antler Auction). Every spring the local Boy Scouts scour the Jackson Elk Preserve acreage for shed antlers & carcasses which go up for auction along with the sale of thousands of other antlers by locals. It’s a trip!

I never knew of this antler market world, but now I want in…

AntlerFest 2015. #nicerack

AntlerFest 2015. #nicerack

Stylin: antler-style that is!

Stylin: antler-style that is!

Boyscouts showcasing "the goods". It was a bidding war!

Boyscouts showcasing “the goods”. It was a bidding war!

Nice rack!

Nice rack!

I’ve now decided that my next home (cabin) must have everything made out of antlers (door handles, chandeliers, wine racks, tables, bed posts) – we’ve seen it all, and it’s bad ass! They even make dog chews…

They make great chandeliers

They make great chandeliers

They make hat & coat racks!

They make hat & coat racks!

They make table legs!

They make table legs!

They make table decorations!

They make table decorations!

I’m starting my collection! #antlerobsessed