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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Glacier National Park – Week One

Rick Morgan


On Tuesday, July 24 we pulled into site A2 in the Apgar Campground in Glacier National Park. We will be volunteer camp hosts here until the first week in October.

But first... Two of the biggest fans or our blog are my parents, Mary and Dick Morgan. After reading our last post my dad called wondering if I remembered our pack trip up in the Spanish Peaks. For several summers our family would pack up the station wagon and head “out west”. More specifically we went to Lone Mountain Ranch. This was over 50 years ago, before there was Big Sky, MT. At the time the ranch was a true working “dude” ranch. We stayed in “rustic” cabins complete with elk and deer heads on the walls and bear skin rugs on the floor. I remember the main lodge had the head of a Texas Longhorn hanging over the huge fireplace. (I wonder if it is still there?) I spent two weeks, mostly on a horse riding in the surrounding mountains and rounding up the far-flung cattle. Yes, there was also time for some amazing fly-fishing. The trip my dad was reminiscing about was a several day pack trip to a snow fed mountain lake high up in the Spanish Peaks.  If my memory serves me right this is where I caught my first Golden Trout. I was 11 or 12 and for a kid from the suburbs of Chicago this was as cool as it gets. Yes, Dad I remember – How could I ever forget? To paraphrase Bob Hope - "Thanks for the memories"? 

Boy were the other camp hosts happy to see us. The campground has 194 sites that are covered by two volunteer couples. The couple we were replacing had to leave early, which left the oversight of the entire campground to the one remaining couple. We had expected to have a few days to get settled in before starting our work but that was not to be the case. Luckily, this was not our first experience with camp hosting and we were able to jump right in. I will write more about our duties in a future post.

Surprise (not really) on Wednesday, July 25th our friends Hal and Lois pulled in to the campground. They had been on an extended trip through Alberta and British Columbia and were on their way back to Colorado. We have been on several RV adventures with Hal and Lois (as many of the posts on this blog will confirm) and it was good to see them.


When we are with Hal and Lois there are always plenty of laughs. During the day they toured the park while we worked and in the evening we would reconnoiter (Lois’ favorite word) in our “living room” and over a campfire and glass of wine share stories. Life doesn’t get much better than that.




While JoAnne held down the fort, the three of us had a chance to drive to Polebridge and Bowman Lake. The Bakery at Polebridge Mercantile is awesome – and yes, Hal, I ate 7 cookies on the way back to Apgar. On Monday (our day off) we played golf. On the 18th hole a Bear joined our foursome.


On Tuesday morning we said good-bye… We miss you guys.

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