I never take for granted how fortunate I am that my dad and his wife Pat live in the North Fork of Montana, off the grid. No phones, electricity from a generator, water from a well – and a view off the porch of the western boundary of Glacier National Park.
I WROTE ON THIS BLOG A FEW YEARS AGO ABOUT THE NORTH FORK, WITH LOTS OF PHOTOS, WHICH YOU CAN SEE HERE
While my daughter was visiting, we went up to the cabin to visit for 4 days…having a wonderful time, as always.
We drove my favorite rugged trail over the mountains, Trail Creek, never seeing one car during the trek (this is good, because it is a narrow and rocky road on steep cliffs!). Hannah and Spot were in the pickup truck, too – and Spot drove us all nuts with his meowing, letting us know he did not approve of the bumpy, rough ride. We had to crank the music the whole time, trying to drown him out!
Dad took my daughter on the 32 mile round trip ATV ride to the top of Hornet Lookout – which made her obsessed with driving the ATV for the rest of our visit. So I let her drive me around to our favorite places, where she snapped photos and kept hoping to see a bear for the perfect photo opportunity (fortunately, this did not happen).
Another day we spent the majority of the day driving to Polebridge, then into the west side of the park to Kintla Lake. It’s an amazing place that everyone needs to see – sometimes scenery is so picture perfect, it almost looks fake!
I WROTE ON THIS BLOG A FEW YEARS AGO ABOUT KINTLA LAKE, WITH LOTS OF PHOTOS, WHICH YOU CAN SEE HERE
Before we moved to Montana in 2001, we brought our guitars on Amtrak one year and played on the porch of the Northern Lights Saloon. Keep in mind, this is an off the grid establishment, just like my dad’s…they make pizza on weekends and the people living up here (and tourists passing through) all gather outside at these tables, laugh and have a great time. (photo below)
Those were the main activities we took part in and, as is always the case, time flies by in the North Fork of Montana. Four days felt like four minutes and, before we knew it, we were saying our goodbyes and listening to Spot screech in the backseat as we drove back over the mountains and home to our campsite.
The day after we got back, my daughter was back at the beach and camping with friends while Jim and I performed at a private party in Trego, MT. We were exhausted but that’s the thing about Montana, you just can’t stop moving. Too much to see and do.
We feel summer flying by us, knowing we will have to say goodbye once more at the end of September…so trying to savor each day!
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