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Sep 07

Exploring Montana

 

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Arugula is our new thing. How have I lived this long and not discovered the joys of arugula? Well, it’s awesome. So our new obsession is arugula salads filled with lots of yummy veggies.

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We purchased REAL bear spray. I’ve always run with mace, but up in Montana, mace will not do. You need the real deal 100% legit BEAR SPRAY. Because: grizzlies. We have also learned the mantra “paws to jaws” – this means- spray upwards, starting at the paws and up to the jaws.

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I have also always run with a bear bell, but I’ve outfitted Myra with it as she makes a lot more noise and typically runs ahead of us.

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A short hike along the North Fork of the Flathead River at our campsite, Glacier Rim (because Glacier NP is JUST across the river!).

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Messing around with Myra. She is absolutely loving the camp sites – each new site brings different smells to sniff, critters to chase after, holes to dig, and nasty things to roll in. She is in heaven.

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Enjoying the Montana landscape.

 

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Tried this local Whitefish-brewed IPA last night in Whitefish, served in a mason jar.

 

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While at a pit-stop at the Whitefish Safeway to fill our fridge with more Arugala, avocado, and seltzer waters, we discover that The Buffalo is part honey badger.

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After being on the road for two weeks, we need to take care of a little Buffalo business. I clean our clothes while Stephane goes to dump our holding tanks and fill up on fresh water and fuel.

 

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Just west of Whitefish is Tally Lake. We drove around the entire lake looking for a good spot (you know the criteria now). Although we failed in that effort, we did get to see more of the area up in Whitefish, which is beautiful.

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Enjoying a few beers at the Kalispell Brewery (in Kalispell).

 

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The Great Northern Brewing Company in Whitefish.

 

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Stephane diligently studying through all of our adventures and exploration. He is working on his CFI re-certification (Certified Flight Instructor) and also his ATP certification (Airline Transport Pilot). ATP is the highest rating / certification you can get as a helicopter pilot.

 

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One of the reasons we went on this road trip – to check out and meet Two Bear Air! Two Bear Air is a pretty amazing company – they are a search and rescue helicopter, funded completely by one man, Mike Goguen. They perform search and rescues in Glacier National Park and all around Flathead County, working in conjunction with the sheriff’s department. Stephane really admires what they do and we were both hoping to chat with these amazing people. Unfortunately, the airport was not able to get us in touch with them – they are pretty private. A big bummer…

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We drove up and down the highway in front of the Two Bear Air hangars for a bit, hoping to see someone we could shout to but…no dice.

 

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