Life Less Ordinary

Well, I hate to be a bother,
But it’s you and there’s no other, I do believe.
You can call me naive,
But I know me very well,
At least as far as I can tell,
And I know what I need.
The night you came into my life
Well, it took the bones of me
Took the bones of me.
You blew away my storm and strife
And shook the bones of me
Shook the bones of me.

Carbon Leaf

Happy Anniversary, Molly! We really have put together a unique life together. It’s been an incredible 17 years and I’m sure the years ahead will continue to be full of adventure and fun.

Glacier National Park is also pretty incredible! We woke up this morning at the Many Glacier Lodge. It isn’t the best lodge we’ve stayed in, but wasn’t the worst either. Perhaps its most defining chacterisitc for us was the penis drawn on our window at some point in the night. We had a pretty crappy room location, the basement level with a view of the sidewalk. Apparerently someone decided that our window would be the perfect canvas for their artistic talents. Since it was on the outside of the window there really wasn’t anything we could do about it ourselves, but I did leave a note for the housekeeper that read “there is a penis on our window, you should wash it”. I wish I could have seen the reaction.

We decided to start the day by kayaking/canoing on the lake adjoining the hotel. Ellie and I were canoe buddies. We managed to circumnaigate the entire lake in the hour we had. The views of the mountains in this area are absolutely breathtaking. I can’t wait to return here to hike more. I think we’ll devote a day to hiking Grinell Lake/Glacier. I guess it’s time to start the spreadsheet for 2022 already.

Our next plan for the day was to hike to the summit of Mt. Oberlin. Unfortunatly, when we arrived it was raining and the sky was dark in all directions. After discussing the weather forecast with a ranger we opted instead to hike to the Hidden Lake Overlook. I’m glad we did, because although it isn’t the kind of hike we normally do, it was excellent. The trail climbed just a few hundred feet in a mile and a half. But in that mile and a half we had nonstop views of the entire park. Perhaps the best part of the the hike was that the mountain goats lining the trail were indefatigueable.

Generally speaking, I think goats are assholes. However, these particular goats minded their own damn business. They also had adorable babies who followed them around. They were fucking adorable. My hatred of goats is deep seated and stems from abuse that I suffered at their species hand while I was in high school. These mountain goats may have done a bit to help me see their kind as something other than head-butting jerks.

Since we still had a bit of daylight left we did another hike near the Lake McDonald Lodge where were’re spending tonight. It was fine.

The Lake McDonald Lodge itself is magneficent. Molly and I have talked and decided that this will be the inspiration for Colorado Home. I need to take a lot of pictures. Tonight we’ll have dinner in the dining room here and tomorrow we’ll move south to Yellowstone. I can’t wait to return to Glacier though, what a cool place!

2 thoughts on “Life Less Ordinary

  1. I remember staying at Lake McDonald Lodge when I was in high school. Every night the summer college kids who worked there would sing folk songs…it was 1969, after all.

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