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3 Amazing Places to Check Out in Montana

August 30, 2016 in Trips in Western United States

Montana is by far one of the most stunning places I have ever been.  Full of incredible scenery and wildlife, it really is one of a kind.  While the entire state is postcard-esque, there are a few spots in particular that I highly recommend checking out.


Many Glacier – Glacier National Park

Many Glacier was by far my favorite area of Glacier National Park.  The landscapes were like nothing I had ever seen.  From enormous mountains to crystal clear waters, everywhere you turn is like a dream.   This also happens to be where you find Grinnell Glacier, a spectacular hike that I also like to refer to as the stairway to Heaven!  That being said, Many Glacier is also full of active wildlife.  With wildlife like this, safety measures are HIGHLY recommended.  Bear spray is absolutely essential!  Read my last Montana blog post to see why I am emphasizing this.

Grinnell Glacier Trail - Glacier NP Montana Grinnell Glacier Trail - Glacier National Park, MT


St. Mary & Virginia Falls – Glacier National Park

The hike to St. Mary Falls was relatively easy and beautiful.  We thought those were impressive until we continued up to Virginia Falls, where we were completely blown away!  This hike does not disappoint.  Be prepared to get a little wet when you reach Virginia Falls!
Virginia Falls - Glacier National Park, MT Virginia Falls in Glacier National Park, MT


Plains

Who would have thought that such an open area consisting of almost NOTHING could be something so incredible?  Wide open spaces galore here!  The downside was a lack of cell service.  However, the views were spectacular and allowed for endless photo opportunities.

Rainbow in Montana Plains
Montana Plains

Glacier NP Montana, Washington & Idaho Adventure

July 19, 2016 in Trips in Western United States

It has been way too long since my last post!  Just to update you all, I FINALLY have internet at the new house so I can regain my sanity.  And on that note, I need to update you all on my most recent travels.
Rainbow in Montana PlainsIn May, I took my first trip out to Washington State and drove the 6 hour drive over to Glacier National Park in Montana.  I’ve seen some beautiful places, but this drive had to be the most beautiful I have ever taken.  Everywhere, from Washington through Idaho and over to Montana – could have been a postcard.

Bison Creek Ranch - Montana

Bison Creek Ranch – Montana

I stayed at Bison Creek Ranch with my family once reaching the Glacier area.  This b&b is a rustic getaway from the mundane.  A family owned ranch, it seeps with history and stories.  I had such an incredible time there.  The owners are incredibly generous and love talking to the visitors.  They gave us plenty of valuable tips as to where we should go and little spots that even sit in their very own ranch property.  BSR is NOT for those looking for 5 star accommodations.  As mentioned before, the cabins are extremely rustic, there are no tv’s, and the only WiFi on the premises is located in the restaurant.  That being said, the breakfasts they serve every morning are fantastic and the service is even better!  The owners felt like family to us that week.

Grinnell Glacier Trail Bighorn sheep following us photo

Grinnell Glacier Trail Bighorn sheep following us on the trail

The scenery around Montana is amazing.  Our time in Many Glacier, however, proved to be most exciting….yet also terrifying.  We were cornered by some curious big horn sheep on the incredibly scenic Grinnell Glacier trail, prolonging our trip by a good hour or so.  They never tried to harm us….but they followed us, and we were terrified that they may become aggressive.  Once we finally got away from the Big Horn sheep……we had an even scarier run in.  Less than 2 miles from the trails entrance, I noticed a large grizzly bear off of the trail (maybe 30 feet or so?).  I quickly turned around, warned the rest of my family, and back tracked.  We made sure to make plenty of noise – apparently the noise we thought we were making on the way down the trail wasn’t enough!  I had my bear spray ready in case the worst were to have happened.  As we eventually tried again, the bear was gone.  Phew.  Close call.  Grinnell Glacier trail is sure to give you the full Montana experience!  It sure did for us.

Virginia Falls - Glacier National Park, MT

Virginia Falls – Glacier National Park, MT

Virginia Falls was another one of my favorite hikes.  You pass multiple waterfalls along this easy trail, but each of those are babies compared to Virginia Falls.  They are enormous and incredibly beautiful as well.  I highly recommend the hike for anyone out that way.

I STRONGLY suggest that if you decide to peruse Glacier National Park to bring bear spray!  This area is about as wild as it gets and you certainly DON’T want to surprise a bear!
Montana Woodpecker
One of the final highlights of my trip out west was a little town in Idaho called Wallace.  I spent my last day wandering the quirky mining town.  Wallace is also the self-proclaimed “center of the universe” as the signage denotes.  Check out the story about that here.  Such a cute and unique little town, I really enjoyed wandering around Wallace.

Take a look at the photos from my adventure – images can speak so much louder than words!  

An Unintentional Hiatus

May 20, 2016 in Everything Else

It has been quite a while since my last post – but for good reasoning as I recently bought a home with my boyfriend of 10 years and relocated!  We have been without tv and internet for over a month but hopefully all will get back on track soon.

Tomorrow I will be headed North West for a week, floating between 3 states I haven’t been to yet.  The majority of my time will be in Glacier National Park, Montana.  I hope to have some amazing photos!

Stay tuned for some new photography and more!

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