Hello friends, this week brought us to Kalispell, MT. It was quite the drive because it turns out Montana is a pretty long state But we made it! We parked Gurdy at the fair grounds and began our exploring. Fun tip, if you’re looking for a cheap place to stay that’s almost guaranteed to have good cell signal, try the fair grounds in the area! We’ve actually done this a couple times now and its worked out well. Flathead county fairgrounds offered water, electric, and a host of fun events we could walk to over the weekend. This included a food truck festival, gun show, and livestock show! Truthfully we didn’t make it to the gun show since there was an entrance fee, but we enjoyed the other festivities.
The not fun portions of RV Life
But life can’t be all fun and rainbows in this RV life, as I’ve told you before, things break constantly. A lot of times we are able to order the part online and get it sent to an Amazon locker (that’s another difficult portion of living on the road, it can be difficult to get mail). In this case, our generator was on the fritz again and this part was going to take some time to get if we ordered online. Some fixes can be postponed, a broken fan, a flashy light in the RV.
Some problems cannot wait, we have to have a reliable generator for when we boondock at various places. No power, no internet, no teaching, no job, no income, bad times. We lucked out and there was an RV generator store in town! This is extremely lucky because there are not a lot of RV centered parts stores. Yakima Generator had very friendly and helpful staff and even let us hang out in the lot as Luke made the needed repairs. We got a better deal on the parts than we would have online and were so thankful for their insight!
Montana Vortex and House of Mystery
Before heading to Glacier national park we spent time at the Montana Vortex and House of Mystery! First off, “What is a vortex?” you ask. A vortex is believed to be a special spot on the earth where energy is either entering into the earth or projecting out of the earth’s plane. Vortexes (or vortices) are found at sacred sites throughout the world – the Great Pyramid in Egypt, Machu Picchu in Peru, Bali, Stonehenge, Uluru/Ayers Rock in Australia, etc. It is believed that the vortex energy moves in a spiral, moving up or down. The cool part about vortices is they’ve been around for thousands of years. People noted the change in energy in these areas way before we had tools to make note of it. You’ll notice the trees grow in a swirl pattern in the area. This is because of the vortex. Crazy right?
Our tour guide was great and took time to show us some of the oddities in the area. Below you’ll see Luke and I standing on a level plane. In the first picture, I’m clearly shorter, but in the second picture we appear to be the same height. The guide took a level and laid it on the ground as he began the demonstration. Cool right?
As we stepped into the House of Mystery everything went wonky. The house of mystery is a crooked shack built back in 1970, it’s said to accentuate the power of the vortex. If nothing else its fun to watch everyone try to not fall down.
If you decide you want to visit a vortex there are actually several throughout the US, not only in Montana but New Mexico, California, and Oklahoma.
We’d planned to take at tour of the old train depot in Whitefish, but it was closed, nonetheless we enjoyed the outside exhibit and explored their downtown area.
Glacier National Park
The moment you’ve been waiting for, here it is, Glacier National Park!!! Glacier National Park was as beautiful as our other national park adventures however it is smaller (but just as busy). We suggest getting there early. Really when going to any popular national park get there early and you will thank yourself as you see the entrance line when you’re leaving. Avalanche Creek is a very popular spot with very little parking so try to knock it off your list early in the day.
A trip to Montana would apparently not be complete without some huckleberry pie. So we stopped at The Huckleberry Patch on our way home. They had fresh huckleberry pie, huckleberry ice cream (which we also got), and huckleberry fudge. Yum! Huckleberries remind me of blackberries but they are a bit sweeter. I’m not sure on the seed situation because it seems they strained them out for the pie filling.
That’s all for now, folks! I’ll see you next week with some new stories and adventures to tell. If you missed last week’s post, here it is.