Yair and I have happily continued our trend of finding rockin’ people, music, sights and parking on the road. We spent the past eleven days exploring Montana – first in Bozeman and then in Glacier National Park.
Our visit to Bozeman was supposed to last just a weekend, but we so enjoyed spending time with our Burning Man campmate Sarge that we stuck around for a full seven days. During that time, I presented Faces of Israel to the Jewish community and we danced our butts off at Music on Main, ate at the community co-op restaurant three times (delicious!), befriended Sarge’s crew and took Bozeman by storm.
After a swim at the “Bozeman Beach” that made me proud*, we said our goodbyes and headed north to Glacier. (*I’m a doggy-paddle type of swimmer, but that day I swam across the entire lake and back, and then jumped in to join a stranger’s volleyball game despite being majorly intimidated. Go Ayo! Yes, self-congratulation here. It’s okay.)
One of the striking things about Glacier was the abundance of water, and particularly the mini-waterfalls and streams that were created from snowmelt. The wildlife was striking, and we befriended a family of mountain goats.
On our hike to Sperry Glacier, we trekked over ice and snow and Yair challenged a 12-year-old girl to a snowball fight. (She declined.) A highlight of that hike was meeting and befriending a rockin’ bluegrass crew. Just check out the video:
Glacier NP forbids vehicles over 21 feet from traveling on the Going-to-the-Sun Road that connects the east and west sides of the park, so we used the shuttle system to get around on our first two days. Both Yair and I preferred the east side of Glacier because it seemed less populated and less commercialized than the west side, but we made the trip over to meet up with two blog readers (and now friends!) Randy and Brad.
Randy, Brad, Yair and I rafted the Flathead River and enjoyed a wonderful dinner together on Sunday evening. We are now in Idaho and I’m excited to get myself some potatoes!
If you happen to be missing and craving the national park spirit, I give you my crush of the week: Ranger Austin of Glacier.
He’s just a tad clean-cut for my tastes and regardless I’m not sure if he likes the ladies, but we enjoyed him all the same. Hopefully, you did too. :-)
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