One of the things that drew me to racing Ironman Boulder was that Neil and I could turn the race into a road trip to see new places. We hit the road and took off to our first destination, East Glacier, Montana.
I warned Neil that I would want to stop at any “Welcome to (fill in the blank state)” signs along the way. Luckily Montana had a nice roadside pullout for us!
We spent our first night just west of East Glacier at Summit Mountain Lodge. We stayed in a very cute little cabin in a beautiful setting.
It was a great place to unplug, which was lovely for relaxing. That made it a little difficult to track my friends racing Ironman Canada though! After a good night’s sleep Neil and I hit the road, heading west towards Kalispell. We took a quick detour to Hungry Horse Dam.
Whoa, that is a long way down!
In Kalispell we found some delicious French press coffee at Montana Coffee Traders.
We then headed south through the Flathead National Forest. We popped by the Swan River National Wildlife Refuge but we couldn’t spot any wildlife. It was still really pretty out!
We then found a great picnic spot at Holland Lake.
The problem with road tripping can be that you wind up eating out a lot! We had picked up some wraps, ham, Swiss cheese and baby carrots so we could stop and make sandwiches for ourselves and eat in pretty spots.
As we drove towards Helena the scenery changed from this…to this…
It was a really pretty drive! We may not have seen a ton of wildlife today but we did spot this really large cow!
Tomorrow…a new state!