Moving on With My Journey to Glacier
Second Stop Bozeman Montana
With my last post, I asked a question, what should I focus on? I got one request on Facebook to continue on with my journey to Glacier National Park, so today I honor that request and add the next phase in our adventure. To recap for those of you just joining me on my journey or to refresh the memories of those of you who’ve been following along you know that we left Minnesota early in the morning on July 22nd for our first long haul with our travel trailer. Our first stop was in Valley City, North Dakota, where we enjoyed a nice lunch, of burgers and all the fixins’ prepared for us by Steve and his son Alex. We can’t thank them enough for opening your home to us during your kitchen remodel and serving us lunch. We really felt honored and blessed by your kindness.
From Valley City we drove to Medora, North Dakota where we spent two nights and one full day. The full day was a pack it all in, tour of the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the Painted Canyon. The weather was hot, dry and very sunny. We saw tons of bison and prairie dogs, a few horses and gorgeous scenery. It was an exhausting day trying to fit it all in, but well worth it. You can read more about my day there at: Theodore Roosevelt Park and Sentinel
And then it was back on the road to Glacier. We were still quite a way away so we planned a stay in Bozeman, Montana. The drive was uneventful though as we got closer we heard more and more about the fires that were spreading across the west. We saw lots of smoke and fire fighters, but no fires. I wanted to take their pictures but they seemed to be in a great rush or really tired, so I let them be.
The campground that we stayed at was okay. Our site was not very level and extremely close to the neighboring sites. It was like a gravel parking lot in the middle of a field. Though I must say the view of that field was very pretty and the sunset was spectacular. The staff was friendly and the showers and bathroom were very clean, though the men had no soap in their bathroom to wash their hands. It did the job by giving us an overnight place to stay, though I wouldn’t stay here for an extended period.
After the long drive from Medora, North Dakota, we were ready to get our and stretch our legs. First stop the Madison River Brewing Company. The beer was good and the clientele was super friendly. I met a couple there that said they had come to Montana over ten years ago on vacation, and never left because Montanans were so friendly. I totally understood. Could I move there, in some respects in a heartbeat in others, no. I think my heart is too tied to Minnesota and all the lakes to make an official move, but I could definitely stay for several months.
After the brewery we drove into historic Bozeman, Montana to walk around. Such a cute little area. Bozeman has long been a center for Native Americans, early settlers as well as Lewis and Clark expedition, so it's no surprise that the area has several historical markers and a strong historical museum. There were all kinds of metal sculptures and adorable little buildings. I don’t usually do street photography but I was so taken in by the charms of the area I couldn’t resist. I was also very intrigued by the metal sculptures and all of their little cogs and the buildings were great. I spied a lizard on the side of a building, a rearing horse advertising bicycles and cross-country skis to the art gallery called, The Altitude Gallery, which I think was my favorite, with all the bright colored glass in the window and the “crown” above the door. It would have been fun to go in but it was not to be. Next time along with several other things that looked cool to do in Bozeman. Like hike around the Gallatian River and canyon or hike to see Grotto Falls or the Palisade Falls. Sometimes Trip Advisor gives me too many ideas, but it's what brings you back. Right?
Though most things were closed when we go there due to the hour, there were quite a few quaint shops and several good looking restaurants. We walked around taking pictures and exploring for about an hour before the sky opened up and the rain came down. We took shelter under one of the restaurant awnings while we waited for the rain to pass. Returning to our campsite the sun came out and graced us with a snippet of a rainbow in the distance and a beautiful pink sunset.
Once again, we were up early in order to hit the road. This would be the last leg in our journey to Glacier National Park. I was excited to get there and start exploring the park. My husband and I had been there two years ago in mid-June, but only for one day, which was not remotely enough time. this time we would have four full days to explore. We had been lucky enough though to get there on a day that Going to the Sun Road had opened up to Logan pass. It was crazy to think about how much snow they have there and that the road was still covered in snow. Glacier averages a sixteen-foot snow pack according to the Glacier National Park weather page. Which seems crazy to me. I can't even imagine that amount of snow.
In retrospect four days was not enough time in Glacier, though it was much better than one. I guess that just means another trip to the great park is in my future, though there are so many other spectacular places in the United States to see. I have been to twenty-five of the fifty states and I am looking forward to seeing the rest of them and sharing my journey with all of you.
Thanks for stopping and adventure on!
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