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A Summer in Montana

We are currently on our way to our next destination, the sugar beet harvest in North Dakota.  We committed to a few weeks of crazy work, but we are excited to take on a new adventure.  I will fill you in more on this opportunity soon, but in the meantime, I would love to share a few more of the highlights of our stay in Polson, Montana.

Along with Glacier National Park, we had to visit a few other local destinations such as the National Bison Range.  This huge park is a must-see if you are in the Flathead Lake area.  We were told that not only would we see bison, but there were also bears, coyotes, deer, elk, and much more!

After being told that in this part of Montana, there is a bear within every square mile, we were excited to see a few.  (At least from the safety of our car).  The National Bison Range is about 18,000 acres, and you drive on a loop road that takes you throughout the park in about 2 hours.  (More if you happen upon a few animals up close).

We did see plenty of bison and elk, but unfortunately no bear.  It seems that the bears avoided us during our entire stay in the state.

The Kerr Dam, officially known as the Seli’š Ksanka Qlispe’ Dam, is a concrete gravity-arch dam located about 10 miles south of Polson.  The dam is owned by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, as is much of the land in and around Polson.

To get to the dam required walking down roughly 300 steps, and the whole time I was going down I was thinking about having to go back up them.  But I have to tell you that it was worth the extra workout.  On the day that we visited the dam, all of the gates were open.  The concrete arch-type dam stands at 204 feet high, which is 54 feet higher than Niagara Falls!

Our summer working in Montana was very enjoyable.  The resort itself was amazing and had by far the nicest view I’ve ever seen in a campground.

From our campsite we could see the Mission Mountains and the amazing Flathead Lake.

The owners of the resort are Paul and Carlisa London.  They have owned it for 19 years and have put so much of themselves into the place.  We enjoyed being part of their team this year.

Taking the dogs for long walks in the nearby fields and enjoying the views from the deck were things that we often did on our days off.  We enjoyed the season changes.

We arrived to snow on the mountain peaks and green, green fields.

And then came the drier summer season when rainy days were a distant memory and the fields turned golden brown in the sun.

September brought some needed rain showers and colder nights where we could sit around the campfire with our co workers and talk about our day.

We will miss Montana.

Even if we didn’t get to see a bear.

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Polson Montana and Glacier National Park!

It has been six months since I updated this site, and I don’t even know where to start!  First of all, we are still on the road.  We love this lifestyle and have been enjoying a ton of adventures.  With three websites and a growing pattern business, I have had to put this travel website on the back burner.  But over the next few weeks, I am going to make an honest attempt to get it caught up.

We are currently in Polson, Montana, where we have been working at the KOA.  First, let me just say that this particular campground is by far one of the most beautiful that we have worked at.

Our campsite has an amazing view of Flathead Lake and the Mission Mountains.  When we arrived here in May, there was still plenty of snow on the mountains and a chill in the air.

This is a privately owned campground, run by a couple who have owned it for the past 18 years.  They have been a pleasure to work for and as campgrounds go, it has been a great season.  I am working at the front desk, and Dave is working outside maintenance.

We had a gathering yesterday to celebrate a great season here at the Polson KOA. These are some of our workamping coworkers. From right to left- Roger(Gator Bait), his wife Tina (Bear Bait), Chuck (Cue Ball), his wife Connie (Precious), me and Whiskey Dave.

It is wonderful to have a crew that works so well together! We will miss them all when we hit the road in a couple of weeks.

We had promised ourselves that our next campground would be small and privately owned and it was a great choice after some of the larger ones that we have worked in the past few years.

Glacier National Park

As with any of our previous workcamping jobs, we always play the tourist on our weekends off.  So, our first tourist stop had to be Glacier National Park.

The park is located about an hour and a half from the campground, so a day trip was needed to begin exploring it.  Our plan was to drive the “Going to the Sun” Road through the center of the park. The Going-to-the-Sun Road was completed in 1932 and is a spectacular 50 mile, paved two-lane highway that bisects the park east and west.

It spans the width of Glacier National Park, crossing the Continental Divide at 6,646-foot-high Logan Pass, and passes through almost every type of terrain in the park along the way.  Scenic viewpoints and pullouts line the road to allow you to stop when you would like.

The road is one of the most difficult roads in North America to snowplow in the spring. We were told that up to 80 feet of snow can lie on top of Logan Pass.  And all of that needs to be plowed each spring to allow access to the road.

The road takes about ten weeks to plow.  This year, the road did not fully open until nearly July 4th weekend!

We made one more trip to Glacier National Park in the beginning of August right before the Fire season began, and I have a whole other batch of photos to show you of that area.

We had planned on going back one more time before our contract ends here in mid September, and travel the Going to the Sun road in the opposite direction.  Unfortunately, that may not happen at this time. You see, Fire season is in full force right now and part of the road is closed now due to a large fire in the park.

We are hoping that the cooler weather and a bit of rain and snow over the past couple weeks will calm the fire down enough before we leave.

Stay tuned for more sights of beautiful Montana!

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