beauty & some beasts

what a beautiful place!

Montana, where have you been all our lives! This place is spectacular!


We spent a couple of days last week camped out in a beautiful park in Hungry Horse, about 5 minutes from the huge Hungry Horse Reservoir and about 15 minutes from Glacier National Park. We dedicated one whole day to driving through (with lots of stops) Glacier National Park, and the other day we spent exploring the reservoir. We’re currently camped in another beautiful RV park in Columbia Springs for two weeks, to give us time to explore Whitefish and Kalispell.

As you can see from the pics, the views and wildlife in Glacier National Park are truly amazing. We were in awe! The only drawback was that the sky has been very hazy because of wildfire smoke in the air. Thankfully, a brief rain last night cleared the smoke away, and since our current campground in Columbia Springs is only about 30 minutes from Glacier National Park (and since our national park pass gives us free entry), we decided we’ll go back this coming week to see what it looks like with clear skies.

In addition to stunning views of flora, fauna, waterfalls, mountains, lakes and rivers, we were privileged to see a young eagle near his nest, some white-tailed deer, and a couple of black bears (one of which was wandering through our campground!). Now we’re just waiting to see a moose!

Sadly, despite how breathtaking this place is, we’ve pretty much decided it’s not going to be our new home. Though the cost of living isn’t too bad, the housing prices are still very high, and it snows here A LOT. We’re pretty sure we two So Cal babies would have a hard time adjusting to 4+ months of living in snow, not to mention our two dogs, neither of which possess warm, fluffy coats. So, we’ll continue with our plan to spend this winter in South Bend, Washington, and Florence, Oregon, and see whether either one of them speaks to us.

views from Idaho to Montana
Mountain Meadows RV Park
Glacier National Park
Hungry Horse Reservoir

for the foodies…

The only restaurant we visited this week was Mudman Burgers, and I neglected to get pics of our surprisingly delicious food (mud=house made chili on all their burgers).

homecooked goodness
Salmon tacos with guacamole and spicy slaw


Prepare slaw: in a medium bowl stir together mayo, sour cream, lime juice and cumin, and a small amount of salt and sriracha; mix in cilantro and then cabbage. Add more salt and/or sriracha to taste.
Prepare guacamole: mash avocados in a medium bowl, add about a tablespoon of lemon juice. Mix in onion, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Adjust lemon, garlic powder and salt to taste.
Season salmon with salt & pepper and lightly sear in oil until cooked to medium rare. Break into small pieces.
Warm tortillas and make tacos with salmon, cheese, guacamole and slaw.


tortillas of your choice
½ lb salmon
Salt & pepper
cotijas or other cheese (we used Mexican cheese blend because no cotijas was available)

for the slaw:
2 tbs mayo
2 tbs sour cream
juice of ½ lime
1 tsp cumin powder
2 tbs chopped cilantro
½ cup chopped cabbage (we used savoy but you can use any type) or coleslaw mix
salt to taste
sriracha to taste

for the guacamole:
2 ripe avocados
2 tbs chopped red onion
lemon juice
garlic powder
salt & pepper

praise & prayer

Praise the Lord: the engine seems to have settled in and is running well! Also, the dogs seemed to have overcome the recent flying-object traumas and are riding peacefully again (as long as I sit with them for the first 15-20 minutes of each trip). Thank you for praying!

Is there anything we can pray about for you? If so, please reach out and let us know! This leg of our journey is slow and peaceful, and we have plenty of time to lift up your requests.

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