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10 Things to Do in and Near Glacier National Park

Montana's Glacier National Park gets top marks for natural beauty. In fact it's been called the Switzerland of America. To justify that name consider this; over its one million acres there are 175 named mountains, 200 named waterfalls, 25 named glaciers and literally hundreds of lakes and streams. And the area surrounding the park is also a hotbed of beauty.  Glacier National Park is a fantastic destination in summer, offering an incredible range of activities.…

Why It’s Important to Clean, Drain and Dry Your Boats

If you've been reading my blog for a while you know I'm passionate about kayaking, nature and the outdoors. I'm also fully on-board (as it relates to these themes) in trying to keep invasive aquatic species (AIS) out of our waters. Invasive species are nasty - displacing native fish and wildlife through rapid growth and competition for food and habitat. Many are probably familiar with the devastating zebra mussel problem in the Great Lakes, but…

A Summer Visit to Flathead Lake & West Shore State Park in Montana

Did you know Flathead Lake in Montana is the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River? It's deep, clear and lovely for swimming and boating. It reminds me of Lake Okanagan without the wineries. What it does have is six state parks at various locations and in different ecosystems scattered around the lake. Each park offers quite a different experience. We stayed at West Shore State Park at the northwest end of the lake…

Why You’ll Want to Visit Montana’s State Parks This Summer

How would you like to win a free Montana State Park pass? or better yet a grand prize that includes camping and rental fees, a gas card, a Visa card to cover food and a whole lot more with a value of approximately $700? For those of you keen to travel and see new country, consider a road trip to explore one or more of Montana's 54 state parks. They are broken roughly into three…

Biking the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park

I've had a trip to Whitefish, Montana in my sights for some time. I didn't have specific plans other than to see what sort of outdoor adventures one could do in the area. And then I found out a good chunk of the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park was open to hikers and cyclists right now. That nailed it, especially with good weather in the forecast for the weekend. John and I…

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