I started off on a drive today that started as a trip to a local drive-in for a nice burger. Well, the air-conditioning felt pretty nice so I decided to go for a little bit of a drive and ended up taking about a 3 hour drive though the mountains and through a little bit of Flathead National Forest. There were so many amazing things to see along the way, but perhaps the most startling and overwhelming was the section of Flathead National Forest that was just miles and miles of burnt up trees. At the end of the day, I’m really happy I decided to go on this very random and very rough drive. I’m also really happy my little Chevy Cavalier survived the rocky terrain.
The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain (documentary short)
Leif Haugen is a fire lookout in a remote corner of the Flathead National Forest in northwestern Montana, and each summer he lives and works alone on top of a mountain three miles from the Canadian border.
That’s a boring cop-out answer, so I’ll give you this story instead - my last trip to Montana. We (me and spouse) had a goal – Glacier National Park, and a plan for the first night - camp at Makoshika State Park.
We had no plans beyond that, and ended staying in a Lewis and Clark State Park, which was actually kinda boring, but then found a great little State Park on Flathead Lake:
From there, we were close enough to everything that we ended up getting the yurt campsite at the state park (heat, bed, electricity – really it was just a round cabin.)
We made it to Glacier:
And went hiking in the Jewel Basin area of Flathead National Forest.
It wasn’t a daring adventure, but it was fun because almost every piece of the trip was improvised.
I’ll be doing something very similar next August for the solar eclipse – build a week’s journey out of a single goal.