One of my best friends from Reno flew into Montana, Missoula to be exact, for a Pearl Jam concert. His brother Brian also made the trip. So I decided I had to drive over to Missoula, pick them up, and give them a tour of one of my favorite cities - I went to college there!! The day after the concert we drove up to Glacier, stayed the night, and drove back to Missoula. It was a whirlwind; 5 days of chaos. I took some video the first day, to make a vlog, then dropped and broke my camera (it still works! I have a new screen on order). Then I accidentally formatted my SD card so I lost all my video footage of my getting them from the airport - I made a cool sign so I am sad I lost it! I’ve been extremely uninspired lately, and after all of this lost footage/broken camera chaos and being busy living in the moment, I didn’t take many photos or any more video but here is what I did end up with!
Where: Missoula & Glacier, Montana
When: August 2018
Missoula - Garden of One Thousand Buddhas
I have always wanted to visit the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. Throughout college a lot of my friends, and even on my parents, visited and posted pictures. Located outside of Missoula, I’ve actually driven past it quite a few times on my way up to Kalispell Lake, I just didn’t know it! It’s extremely hard to find, basically you turn off the two-lane highway on a random road.. but this time I made it a point to stop and I’m glad I had my GPS turned on… we almost missed it! The boys were not overly excited about it but I thought it was pretty neat and I am glad I visited! I would love to see aerial footage some day!
Glacier - Logan Pass
I’m not sure I mentioned it but we went to Glacier, unfortunately, when it was on fire. The lake at the west entrance was burning and a lot of the famous Going to the Sun Road road was closed. It was extremely smokey, definitely hard to breathe, but we still ended up hiking a few miles when we go to the top of Logan Pass.
The smoke actually made everything extremely beautiful. I’ve been following some amazing photographers on social and I realize that they take most of their pictures at sunrise/sunset. I, for a while, started forcing myself to do this and it was really hard because I felt like I couldn’t post things that happened during the day. I’ve taken a step back and I really want to start blogging again about my every life. I realize, although it’s fun to take beautiful photos, I am never going to make a living as a photographer so I need to stop spending time stressing myself out about it!
A few good things did happen though. First, due to the smoke and the time of year, there were not a lot of other guests so we were able to enjoy our time. We saw a lot of wildlife and the smoke made sunset last forever. Usually you have an hour to take pictures but it was hazy and sunset like for a few hours so I was able to get these photos. Really, with the smoke, there wasn’t much of a typical sunset anyways.
Although it was a lot of driving in one day I am so glad we drove up and hiked around! I think the photos came out beautifully and it reminded me how much I love and missed Montana and being outside in Nature. I bought the year pass to the National Parks so I can visit any of them for “free” for the next year! I plan to at least go to Yellowstone a few times this winter, Glacier in the spring, and maybe another park next spring/summer, one that I haven’t been to.
Glacier - Many Glacier Hotel
After Logan Pass we drove to the hotel, Many Glacier Hotel. We stopped at this random steak house and had super delicious and HUGE portions of food for a super decent price. I believe it was called - Cattle Baron Supper Club. Afterwards, I let my friend drive my car, because of my bad night vision after Lasik. We had a cow and a fox run out in front of the car and needless to say it freaked us all out. I was so happy when we finally made it to the hotel and the next morning we got up and walked around a little bit before heading back to Whitefish. These pictures were taken in the morning and again the smoke made it so beautiful.
Anyways I hope you enjoyed my photos and my description. Many things were left out, which is why I want to start videoing more often… I didn’t talk about broken bed in the Airbnb, “let’s go eat one of those b*tches”, the world’s worst wine… etc. If you are interested in more stories from Glacier comment below and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel - I just started doing weekly vlogs!