Well…we are happy to report we found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, after rving a total of 2,031 miles! We just never thought the puzzle pieces would come into place once we got home, but we are so happy that they did. So let’s catch up on where we last left off…our last day, departing Shelby, Montana and heading home to Trego, MT.
The drive from Shelby to Trego is just amazing – and we’ve done this route many, many times when we lived in Montana full time in a house. You see the eastern border of Glacier Park in the distance…then it gets closer and you’re skirting the southern border of Glacier National Park for hours along Highway 2.
The air smells like something you wish you could bottle (no, “pine” air fresheners don’t cut it)…and the air is so crisp and clean…you feel like you’ve landed on another planet. We stopped at a favorite pit stop in the mountains, at Marias Pass. You can see the pictures below:
So after a pit stop, we continued weaving our way through this beautiful drive along Highway 2. Here are some more pictures of that drive, though our camera phone can’t do it justice!
When the part of Hwy 2 along Glacier’s southern boundary ends, it spits you out in our familiar “home” – the cities of Kalispell, Columbia Falls and Whitefish, MT…where everything feels familiar and we know we made it! We made a quick stop for lunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant, then we were driving MORE to our final rv campsite in Trego, MT. Taking 93 north from Whitefish, you take the beautiful 2 lane road through the forest. We used to take this drive everyday to work at one point (about 40 miles one way) and it is breathtaking. Our favorite part, and where we were to turn off for Trego, is Dickey Lake…just look at this lake below!
So at the north end of the lake, we hung a left and had ten more miles to go…on a narrow road through the forest, where deer love to bounce across quite frequently, so it is slow driving.
Before showing you our site, now we need to fill you in on how we found Utopia. It’s amazing how life works sometimes. The couple who owns the 220 forested acres we are staying on were our biggest fans, back when we lived here year round and performed at local establishments and festivals as the music duo “One Less Karen.” Before leaving Illinois, they gave us a call to see how we were doing. One thing led to another and they told us they have a private rv site in the woods that we are welcome to stay at. We had no idea what to expect but thought it would be nice to see them and be close to our old stomping grounds we left in 2009.
Oh…my…gosh – not kidding. We NEVER knew how beautiful their home and property was. They have trails all over the 220 acres, Hannah is in dog heaven and so are we. Plus our site is down a road, off on our own. It has 30 amp and septic. The only issues are that we have to haul water, which isn’t a big deal with the pickup truck, and there is no cell or internet service (hence since you haven’t heard from us). We LOVE that but, if we want to continue working, we will need to get a phone/internet line set up in the next few weeks. For now, enjoying the quiet and disconnect from the crazy world we left. Here are pics of our site:
So on Wednesday, June 12th, we got settled in and joined our friends around the campfire that night on their property after we were set up. We were so tired and wired at the same time. As for the pets? They completely passed out. But we couldn’t stay put for long because we were hitting the road Friday morning (without the 5th wheel) to my dad and his wife’s cabin off the grid – for five days over the Father’s Day weekend. So off we went…
This post would be too long to talk about those five days, but here is one highlight of the weekend. On Father’s Day, my dad took us on the ATV – 16 miles one way – to the top of Hornet Lookout, which still had snow. Some of the most gorgeous views of Glacier National Park from way up there. It was an amazing day!
So after a fantastic five days, we made our way back to our camper, “Wilbur,” in our little piece of Utopia in Trego, MT. We are so happy to be home and are truly enjoying the absolute quiet and peace. Thanks for following us along our journey! We are so happy we made it here safe and sound…and will be back posting with more frequency soon…
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