Glacier Adventure: Day 4

Our second full day of living off the grid (digitally speaking) left us searching for either a cellphone signal or a dependable Wifi connection. That’s what led us to Babb, a tiny town about 10 miles north of St. Mary. It also happens to be the gateway to the Many Glacier area of the park,…

Glacier Adventure: Day 3

After a hearty breakfast under clear skies, we prepped for our trek across the Going-to-the-Sun Road, a 50-mile engineering marvel that traverses the entire park. The road features narrow passages, dark tunnels, hairpin turns, and stunning vistas. Glacier National Park was established in 1910. It is characterized by pristine waterfalls, deep lakes, wind-swept prairies, old-growth…

Glacier Adventure: Day 2

We set out from Sheridan about two hours later than expected, and soon we were traveling through Montana—the northernmost state we’ve visited. With just more than a million residents, the population of Montana is about a sixth the size of Dallas. We entered the state by way of the Crow Reservation, which includes the Little…

Glacier Adventure, Day 1

We set out from Dallas for Glacier National Park at 9:45 a.m., successfully avoiding rush hour traffic and construction gridlock. Once we settled comfortably onto U.S. 287, we started listening to Ron Chernow’s epic biography of Alexander Hamilton. There’s no better way to pass the time of nine hours on the road than by listening…

Plumbing Repair Gone Awry

The videos on YouTube made it look so easy. We could simply disconnect our leaky sewer valve, replace the seals, reconnect it and be on our way to a wonderful weekend. “It should take 20 minutes,” Cliff said. “Thirty, tops.” Famous last words. Not only were we unable to make the repair after more than…

A Minimal Existence

One of Jon’s colleagues asked about our weekend plans, and he told her we were headed out for another camp-out. She asked about what we would do, considering the weather forecast was for high heat and humidity. Jon said we would probably just stay inside Cloud 9 most of the weekend, enjoying its creature comforts.…

Park Place

Our favorite backyard park is a woodland area about 17 miles from our storage unit, but it may as well be a world away. Locally popular but otherwise unknown, Loyd Park provides not only an escape from work but quick, easy access to Joe Pool Lake and 220 campsites nestled under mature native Texas trees.…