Glacier Adventure

Glacier National Park.

My favorite.*

(*at least for today)

There are things in nature that I love with every little bit of my heart. Big mountains. Cold flowing water. Tall trees. And all the all the all the green.

Glacier is the ultimate mix between massive mountains and walkable woods. For some hikers, the cold rugged ridges of the Colorado or Canadian Rockies, soaring close to three miles above sea level, are a bit daunting–inaccessible. They feel sort of desolate. While that’s part of their draw for me, Glacier is different. Glacier feels more like a place to go just hike, no matter how little or much mountaineering you’ve done. Glacier’s peaks aren’t quite as massive and cold, but the slightly lower altitudes make it a little more comfortable and accessible–and SO GREEN!!! And the glacier-fed lakes and rivers are the most shocking turquoise! (Oh and all the wildlife!)

If you’re looking to get into hiking and national parks-type adventures, Glacier’s the perfect place to start!

If you go–hit me up, I’ll give you all the best spots!

My sister and her husband and my wife and I took a week-long adventure to Glacier National Park back in June of 2018. We took a train on Amtrak’s Empire Builder route from St. Paul Minnesota’s Union Depot to East Glacier Montana just outside the park. We stayed on the west side near Whitefish, where on the last full day we woke up early and cold and drove across the park to run the Glacier Half Marathon up and down mountains in the rain. What an experience.

Why don’t you come along on a visual adventure?

Apgar Lookout Trail

Photo by Alyssa Elbridge

Lake McDonald

Looking weird to feel good. Foundation Training always helps us stay strong and comfy on our adventures full of long train rides and hours in the car. | Photo by Susan Powell

Two Medicine Lake

“Trick Falls” – Running Eagle Falls

Views along US Highway 2 through Glacier

Photo by Susan Powell

Silver Staircase Falls

Photo by Susan Powell

Kayaking in and out of the rain on Lake McDonald

Photo by Susan Powell

Swiftcurrent Lake, Many Glacier

Photo by Alyssa Elbridge

Grinnell Glacier hike

Photo by Susan Powell

Glacier Half Marathon

Photo by Alyssa Elbridge
Photo by Alyssa Elbridge

Hope you enjoyed, and hope sometime you go find some adventure for yourself at Glacier National Park!

Thanksgiving 2018: Celebrating a Year Full of Adventure

I think this last year has been the oddest of my life. It has been one of the best and felt at times like one of the worst. The low times included getting another concussion the week before my wife and I moved and I restarted school, holding my wife’s hand as she walked through sad personal stuff, uncovering a lot of deeply rooted issues of my own to work on (thanks in part to my concussion) and losing some of the most meaningful parts of my life during a long (ongoing) recovery–like running, working out, and playing sports.

But along the way I’ve learned so much, experienced so much, and come to so appreciate trust and safety, the fragility of the human heart, and the beauty of love, truly supportive friendships, and healing.

And looking back at the end of the year, the sad times are all but lost in the exciting and blissful memories of the adventures and inspiration this year has given me.

So happy Thanksgiving season 2018! Thanks for the adventures!

Some of the year’s happiest memories: Exploring the Smokies, Big Bend, Glacier, and the Rocky Mountains; Running my first official half marathon, rejoining Toastmasters, marathoning all the Marvel movies with my best buddy Lyssi, moving into and decorating a new place with said buddy, discovering the story-telling of Neil Gaiman, officiating the wedding of two of my favorite people (one of the most meaningful experiences in my life), and buying an awesome new Yamaha digital piano and playing it for hours and hours and hours.

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Appalachian Trail near Newfound Gap, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, November 26, 2017

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Charlies Bunion, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, November 26, 2017

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Alum Cave Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, November 27, 2017

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First steps on our 17 mile hike, Chisos Mountains, Big Bend National Park, February 26, 2018

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Casa Grande and the Pinnacles, Big Bend National Park, February 26, 2018

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View of Lost Mine Peak, Big Bend National Park, February 26, 2018

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Emory Peak, elevation 7825 ft, Big Bend National Park, February 26, 2018

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Panoramic of South Rim, Chisos Mountains, Big Bend National Park, February 26, 2018

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Panoramic of Santa Elena Canyon, Rio Grande River, Big Bend National Park, February 27, 2018

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Playing in the snow during winter’s last big snowfall, Louisville Swamp Area, April 3, 2018

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Apgar Lookout trail, Glacier National Park, June 13, 2018

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Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, June 13, 2018

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Two Medicine Lake, Glacier National Park, June 14, 2018

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Grinnell Glacier, Many Glaciers, Glacier National Park, June 15, 2018

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Glacier Half Marathon finishers, East Glacier Park, Montana, June 16, 2018

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First steps in the Rockies, Bear Lake Trailhead, Rocky Mountain National Park, August 16, 2018

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Nymph Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, August 16, 2018

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Peaceful snooze, Lake Haiyaha, Rocky Mountain National Park, August 16, 2018

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South Saint Vrain Creek and Canyon, Roosevelt National Forest, August 17, 2018

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Elevation 14,265 ft, scariest drive and highest point yet, Mount Evans, Colorado, August 17, 2018

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Peak 12,150, Rocky Mountain National Park, August 18, 2018

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Majestic alpine terrain near Peak 12,150, Rocky Mountain National Park, August 18, 2018

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Incredible view from near the top of the highest paved through-road in the states, Rocky Mountain National Park, August 18, 2018