This summer, my family took a vacation to West Montana to visit the stunning northern Rockies and one of America’s greatest national parks: Glacier. I fell in love with the entire Flathead Valley, which is full of adorable towns like Kalispell, Whitefish, and Columbia Falls. The mild summer weather was blissful, and the many clear lakes were gorgeous. It was so relaxing hammock outside of our cabin while watching the sun set over Whitefish Lake.
Once we entered the mountain range, I was astonished at the size and majesty of the peaks. Even at the end of June, there was snow! For a girl from Louisiana, any sighting of snow is exciting. We went on hikes through beautiful, peaceful forests on trails that led to high-altitude snowmelt lakes or past rushing waterfalls. There was wildlife everywhere; we came face to face with a huge bull moose, and we saw two grizzly bears, luckily from a distance.
I truly loved Glacier National Park and the surrounding areas, and I could envision myself living there or somewhere similar in the future because of the beautiful landscape and plethora of outdoor activities. I love hiking, kayaking, and enjoying nature, and I would love to get better at skiing, so mountainous regions are perfect for me. I can’t wait to return to Montana again!