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Hello Glacier National Park (AKA for the Love, How is this Real Life)

Confession time: sometimes I wonder out loud to myself, “Is this real life?” Because you guys, I have to tell you that there are days where I legitimately wonder how in the world I’m in this exact spot at this exact moment to be able to experience this life.

This is my "REALLY LIFE?!" face. Or it's my "Don't cry because life really can be this good face." You decide.

This is my “REALLY LIFE?!” face. Or it’s my “I cannot believe this beautiful life” face. You decide. PS: sorry for this giant photo of me that’s currently staring you down from your computer/iPad/phone screen. 

Take for example, a recent afternoon spent in Glacier National Park.

The view of our destination: Glacier National Park.

The view of our destination: Glacier National Park.

I was traveling with a group of friends and we had a few free hours to explore the Crown of the Continent. Since it was the first trip to Montana and Glacier Park for most of them, we did what any group should do: we took a red bus tour and boat tour.

Our chariot AKA one of the historic red buses that provide tours in Glacier National Park.

Our chariot AKA one of the historic red buses that provide tours in Glacier National Park.

A required photo stop: the west entrance into Glacier National Park. PS: I'm currently obsessed with these shirts from Montana Shirt Company.

A required photo stop: the west entrance into Glacier National Park. PS: I’m currently obsessed with these shirts from Montana Shirt Company.

After stopping to take in one of the best views in the world (Lake McDonald from Apgar Village), our red bus driver Glenn took us along the Going-to-the-Sun Road to Lake McDonald Lodge for a guided boat tour with Glacier Park Boat Company on the DeSmet—a historic wooden boat that calls the waters of Lake McDonald home. And for 45 blissful minutes we cruised the waters of the park while taking in snow-capped mountain peaks and learned about the history of the boat company and this region of the park from the boat’s captain.

This view never gets old.

This view never gets old.

Getting ready to board the DeSmet.

Getting ready to board the DeSmet.

See ya soon, Lake McDonald Lodge.

See ya soon, Lake McDonald Lodge.

Pro tip: if given the chance, always take a photo with a park ranger.

Pro tip: if given the chance, always take a photo with a park ranger.

This little lady is one of my favorite travel buddies.

This little lady is one of my favorite travel buddies.

I'll cruise with you any day, DeSmet.

I’ll cruise with you any day, DeSmet.

Showing our love for Glacier National Park.

Showing our love for Glacier National Park.

Needless to say, it was a good day.

xo,
TT

Western Montana: Choosing a Travel Guide Cover

Every year, we are tasked with selecting a cover for our annual travel guide. And every year, we have stunning selections to choose from. (But then again, it helps that we live and play in one of the most beautiful places of the world). However this year, we decided to do something different. We decided to let you, the public, vote on which photo would grace the front of our travel guide.

If you like us on facebook, chanced are that over the last few days you’ve seen people weighing in with their opinions on which photo they liked best.

Blackfeet dancers in Glacier National Park.

OPTION A: Blackfeet dancers in Glacier National Park.

A red bus tour in Many Glacier, Glacier National Park.

OPTION B: A red bus tour in Many Glacier, Glacier National Park.

Why?

Well, there’s a few reasons…

  1. We are in love with both images.
  2. It was too hard to choose! Picking a favorite cover was like asking my mom to pick a favorite child out of her vastly different five children. 
  3. Social media plays an active role in our promotion of Western Montana. Because of it, I’m able to interact with people who are coming to Montana and to answer various questions like “Where’s the best burger in Missoula?” (By the way, the answer to that is The Mo Club). In a nutshell, it allows me to interact with people in way that was out of reach before. Each week on the blog, I’m able to share with you my own Montana adventures and experiences, all while showing you my silly, dorky side. (PS: I love you guys for allowing me to do that).  

And so, it seemed that this year it was time. Time for you to vote. We genuinely wanted to know which photo you connected with and which photo made you feel like you were seeing something truly special. After all, that’s what Montana is. It’s a special place that is best described as magical, majestic and awe-inspiring. So with that, your messy-haired blond friend thanks you for sharing your two cents. After all, this is YOUR cover.

cover winner

xo,
TT

Montana: Sometimes There Are No Words

Every once in a while, there are moments when this girl wonders if the last few days have been real. Once such moment happened last week.

I’d been on the road for work for several days and had seen some pretty amazing Montana moments along the way. As I was searching for the words to describe what I’d seen and felt, I realized that sometimes no words are needed.

This my friends, is one of those times.

Taking in the view at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Taking in the view at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

 

Watching the sunrise at Tally Lake.

Watching the sunrise at Tally Lake.

 

The view from a Montana backroad.

The view from a Montana backroad.

Watching the next generation marvel at the majesty of Trail of the Cedars in Glacier National Park.

Seeing the next generation marvel at the majesty of Trail of the Cedars in Glacier National Park.

American Indian dancers in Glacier National Park.

American Indian dancers in Glacier National Park.

The early morning mystery at Many Glacier in Glacier National Park.

The early morning mystery at Many Glacier in Glacier National Park.

Greeting the day with a red bus tour in Glacier National Park.

Greeting the day with a red bus tour in Glacier National Park.

The view toward Logan Pass from the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

The view toward Logan Pass from the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

xo,
TT

Great Glacier Giveaway

I have to tell you something. It’s something I’ve been itching to spill the beans to you on for weeks and now I can finally shout it from the mountaintops: Glacier Country Tourism is GIVING AWAY a trip to Montana!

As a girl who’s been in love with Montana for years, giving away a trip to Western Montana tickles me pink. It makes me excited for you to come and experience Big Sky Country, where you’ll be able to “fly with joy” down the zip lines at Whitefish Mountain Resort, hike a beautiful trail in Glacier National Park and marvel in the stunning beauty that is the Crown of the Continent.

But it’s more than that. I’m excited because I get to share a place that I love so much with you. And it doesn’t get much better than that.

Here’s the scoop on how to enter: Great Glacier Giveaway

Hope to see you in Montana soon,
TT

Five Days in Glacier Country, Montana

Happy first day of autumn! I hope this finds you each well, relishing the past months of summer and looking forward to a beautiful fall.

Last week, I headed off for a few days with two of my favorite Montana ladies and some friends from Europe. We were together a total of five days (give or take a few hours) and definitely made the most of our time by exploring Western Montana’s Glacier Country and cramming in as much fun as we possibly could.

Our trip included exploring Whitefish, Missoula and Kalispell, sampling beer from Great Northern Brewery, zip lining/Walk in the Treetops at Whitefish Mountain Resort, a trail ride at Bar W Guest Ranch, lake cruises on Whitefish Lake and Flathead Lake, a red bus tour in Glacier National Park, checking out museums, rafting, hiking and eating delicious food from Whitefish to Somers and Missoula to Charlo. But instead of just telling you about it, I’m going to show you.

A boat ride aboard 'Lady of the Lake' on Whitefish Lake.

Traveling the Going-to-the-Sun Road in our red bus.

Beautiful McDonald Creek in Glacier National Park.

Lake McDonald Lodge, Glacier National Park

The Far West docking in Lakeside, Montana.

Ninepipes Museum in Charlo, Montana

A Kootenai Indian Dress on display at Ninepipes Museum.

A kayaker enjoying a late summer paddle on Brennan's Wave in Missoula, Montana.

We rode the Carousel!

Checking out a plane used by smokejumpers at the Smokejumper Visitor Center in Missoula, Montana.

Until next week,
TT

Storytime: Montana Style

Over the last several weeks, we’d been reading stories from travelers, writers and bloggers about the beauty, fun and experience that is Western Montana. Stories heralding everything from our brewery scene to places to view wildlife and red jammer tours to the best towns to grab great food.

And we love it.

Here’s a sampling of some of the latest stories on Western Montana…

Seven Days in Montana’s Beer Country – One woman’s journey of how beer brought her to Montana…and how it’ll bring her back again.

USA Today – One of the best places to view wildlife is the National Bison Range.

Local beer in Missoula, Montana. Photo courtesy Donnie Sexton.

BootsnAll – Looking for good food in a small Montana town? Look no further than Whitefish.

Camelsandchocolate.com – Flathead Lake and hiking the overlook to Kerr Dam.

Highonadventure.com – Touring Glacier National Park on Glacier Park, Inc.’s Great Glacier Adventure.

On the trail to Iceberg Lake. Photo by Lee Juillerat.

So even if you haven’t made it to Montana this summer, you can still feel connected to the high mountain peaks, hearty people and plentiful activities of Glacier Country. And when you’re ready to come visit, we’ll be here waiting.

Happy weekend.
TT

Glacier Country, Montana: We’ve Got Swag

Hey you. Happy Friday. I hope you’re having a splendid, summer-lovin’, fun-filled week. And I hope you’re ready to win some swag from Western Montana’s Glacier Country.

We’re not sure if you’ve heard, but we’re running a promotion on our facebook page called the “GREAT GLACIER GIVEAWAY.” Each week (for 10 weeks) we draw a winner and give away Montana goodness…so far we’ve given away a cookbook, stuffed black bear, luggage tags, billy goat and miniature red bus.

Good Montana Morning. Yes, please.


Hello adorable mini red bus.

And if you haven’t won yet, not a worry. We have five weeks of prizes left to give away!

How do you win? Head on over and like us on facebook at www.facebook.com/glaciermt and you’re automatically entered to win.

Because after all, everyone deserves a little piece of Montana.

TT

Portland + Montana=Direct Flights

We got some exciting news this week: Alaska Airlines announced that it is adding seasonal DAILY, DIRECT flights from Portland, Oregon to Missoula, Montana. The flights will start June 5 and continue through August 27. Can we get a woohoo? (woohoooo!)

We’re completely tickled about this new offering! Not only will it allow Montana residents to jump a quick flight to Portland and the beautiful Oregon cost, but it will provide Portland area residents with a short, direct flight before they’re out exploring Western Montana.

And as an added bonus, passengers in either direction will be flying Horizon Air’s Q400 turboprop. This plane is one of the most environmentally friendly regional aircrafts, burning 30 percent to 40 percent less fuel than comparable jets. Very cool.

Because we’re so stoked about the this new flight, we’ve put together a list of 10 Not-To-Be-Missed Western Montana Activities & Attractions.

1) Check out our breweries. Portland is a great beer city and we’d love for you to taste some offerings from our local craft breweries. Plus, we dig the the names of our brews: Golden Grizzly Ale, Moose Drool, Dancing Trout and Old Stache Porter. (Yep, there’s a mustache on the bottle).

Image from www.tamarackbrewing.com

2) Rub elbows with smokejumpers at the Smokejumper Visitor Center in Missoula. During the summer, the smokejumpers train here before being called out to fires, most often found in remote mountainous terrain. (Hands down, one of my favorite attractions in all of Missoula).

3) From Missoula, you’re within easy reach of three blue-ribbon trout streams. Whether you’re looking to cast a line or float the waters, check out the Blackfoot, Clark Fork and Bitterroot rivers. Take a rafting or kayak trip with 10,000 Waves Raft & Kayak Adventure. For fishing guides in the area, click here.

4) Hike the M. This short hike on Mount Sentinel is one of the most popular in the state. It also provides a beautiful view of the Missoula Valley. After you’re done, reward yourself with ice cream from The Big Dipper.

Enjoying the view from the top.

5) Eat a Nap’s burger. These burgers make my mouth water just thinking about them. Located in Hamilton (about an hour’s drive south of Missoula), they are totally worth the drive. Trust me.

6) Visit the National Bison Range. This range is one of the oldest in the nation and is home to 300 – 500 head of bison, as well as black bears, antelope, deer and more. Plus, the views are serenely beautiful.

The view from Red Sleep Mountain Drive.

7) Visit Flathead Lake. Take a boat cruise on The Shadow at KwaTaqNuk Resort in Polson, wade in the water or pick up perfectly ripe Flathead Cherries to snack on during your travels.

8) Ride the zips at Whitefish Mountain Resort. The resort offers tours on the “Original 4” or the full “6 Zips.” The 6 zip tours has an 1,800-foot long line that takes zippers 300 feet above the ground. If you have little ones? Take them down the Alpine Slide. They’re sure to love it!

A happy toddler.

9) For a quiet and beautiful drive, travel through the Seeley-Swan Valley. It’s home to countless lakes, charming little towns and endless outdoor recreation. One of my favorite activities: rent a canoe in town and paddle the Clearwater River Canoe Trail.

10) If you’re coming to Western Montana, Glacier National Park is a definite must see. The park has more than 700 miles of trails, plenty of lakes for water fun, boat tours, wildlife and historic lodges. Numerous outfitters also offer guided tours in and around the park, from red bus tours to trail rides and helicopter tours to rafting and fishing trips.

Red bus tour in Glacier National Park.

For more travel ideas, visit www.glaciermt.com.

Let’s hear it for direct flights!

TT

Jammer Reunion

During September, I was in East Glacier at the same time as this group…

The Crowd

They were in town for a nation-wide reunion of all former red bus driver and their families. During the evening that I was there, they had a reception under a beautiful white tent on the front lawn of Glacier Park Lodge. They also had speakers that included Montana’s Lieutenant Governor John Bohlinger and the Centennial Coordinator for Glacier National Park–Kass Hardy.

But my favorite thing about the entire evening was visiting with some of the folks who attended the reunion. There were jammers from various years throughout the park in attendance and I was lucky enough to be able to hear some of their stories and visit with them about their time driving red buses.

One of my favorites from the whole evening was Sandy. He drove from 1948 – 1950.

Sandy boy

There was something about his sweet smile and twinkle in his eyes that assured me his time in the park was pretty spectacular.

And based on my short time with these jammers, I’m quite confident the following is always true. Forever & ever.

TT

Heaven on Earth

This summer, we stumbled upon a request in the Missoulian newspaper.

The request was simple. There was a young man in Missoula whose last wish was to visit Glacier National Park. Of all the places in the world that he wanted to see before his time here on earth was over, it was Glacier.

With the help of a few, his wish came true. He traveled to Glacier National Park in July with his family, where he stayed at Lake McDonald Lodge, took a boat tour on Lake McDonald, donned Glacier National Park gear and toured the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Now it’s a few months later and this young man has left the earth.

When I read his obituary yesterday, I couldn’t help but cry. My heart went out to his family, the people who loved him and the people he loved.

His trip to the park this summer touched my heart. To the angels that helped his wish come true, thank you.

Heaven on Earth.

TT