They help each other find words and finish sentences because they know each other that well. They are both always kind, helpful, and oozing generosity, hospitality in every sense of the word, and love. My great Aunt Delores and Uncle Larry have been married 66 years!
I was blessed to be in their space on Friday evening, Saturday, and until noon on Sunday. I miss them already.
Different combinations of Uncle Larry, Aunt Delores, Jessica and I enjoyed a variety of activities in Helena. We toured the old Governor’s Mansion, The Cathedral, and partially toured the Capitol building, and did a quick visit to the Helena Museum. Pizza Hut on Saturday night was offered up as a dinner option and I was excited!
It’s been a while since I’ve had pizza.
On Sunday, I went to church with Uncle Larry and Aunt Delores on Sunday and made may way to Glacier National Park around noon.
Some photos from the weekend.
Sunday Volt took a shower and then I drove from Helena to the West Glacier entrance of Glacier National Park. A beautiful 5ish hour drive with rolling hills in places and gorgeous canyons in other spots. I went through towns that are barely towns, but I didn’t stop anywhere for long (except for gas and bathroom breaks) because I wanted to set up Telula by dark. I did remember to top off Volt’s tank when possible and had no nerve wracking commute this time where I wondered if I would make it to the next gas station. Volt gained some miles again and drives well in “mountain mode”. I had forgotten Volt had that option. Oops.
Glacier National Park-West Glacier Entrance
I bought a 7 day pass for 30 dollars and found out you can keep your receipt and use it as credit toward an $80.00 yearly pass to all the NPs.
Traveled a few miles to Fish Creek Campground. Obtained 1 of 2 remaining tent sites, but just for 1 night. Ranger said I could go to Apgar and see if they had more sites available and since it is a first come first serve Campground I wouldn’t have to move.
I considered that option but then thought I should go with the “sure thing” for the night. Fish Creek also has showers on site. Always a bonus. Besides, Telula is easy set up and take down AND I’m getting faster at the job. I paid 23 bucks for the night. Ranger loved on Volt, called her “cute” and off we went.
It is light by 5:30 and that is also when the birds wake up, therefore I wake up. Sometimes I go back to sleep.
Showered, dressed, breakfast eaten, new home acquired in Apgar Campground. New home site is obtained by self check in where you find your site, fill out an envelope with your name, how long you are staying, license number, type of vehicle, and enclose payment for desired number of nights ($20 bucks a night here. I don’t think they have showers). Took Telula down in Fish Creek and put Telula back up in Apgar by 8:30 a.m.
Then I hikedto Apgar Visitor Center where I learned how to prevent a bear mauling by shouting and clapping on trails. We were told by Ranger Clansen that we shouldn’t worry about looking or sounding stupid and that it is to our benefit to make noise and look foolish rather than be eaten.
She didn’t say that last part.
But not out loud.
Only to myself.
She also showed us how to spray bears with pepper spray if needed. I took copious notes and bought a can of bear spray.
Apgar Campground ⛺️-Site D187-Home # 7
Fun Facts or Just Facts-
Stretching outside your comfort zone is hard at first, but gets easier.
Don’t let the idea of what is safe or unsafe in a world full of fear dictate how you live. Life is meant to be lived, loved on, and enjoyed. You’re still much more likely to die in an auto accident than killed by a bear.
Keep life simple.
Same with going outside.
Be hospitable and kind. Invite someone in or over or out. We all are in desperate need of community.
Be willing to change and change plans. That’s called flexibility and it helps a lot of things.
Worry less often by trusting the One who has it all taken care of.
Books I’m Reading:
The Other Einstein: A Novel By Marie Benedict
A Man Called Ove Yes. Again. Found a used paperback copy in stellar indie bookstore in Bozeman.
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. (Audio version).
Books I’ve Read:
A Man Called Ove-Audio
Small Great Things-Audio
What Is the Bible? -Audio
Things I’m Learning or Learned:
Don’t leave cooked sausage patties in a bag in the bottom of a cooler.
Put ice in cooler after you put it in the back of the car.
Stop and notice the beauty. Not later, but in the moments they arrive. (More pics to come when I have a better signal)
Accept gifts and help from others and send out gifts and offers of help to others.
Writing clears the brain.
Ask questions and don’t be offended by the answers.
This is on a poster in my office and it’s rattled around in my head a lot lately…”Why Not?”
Surround myself with big picture, possibility thinkers who are cheerleaders of and willing participants of new ideas and adventures.
JOY and Peace.