Favorite Travel Quotes

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts."
-- Mark Twain
Innocents Abroad

"Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey." -- Fitzhugh Mullan

"A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving." -- Lao Tzu

Hanging Out As Storms Break

©Bert Gildart:  For the past five days we’ve been hanging out in Glacier National Park reading books, listening to rain thumping on the roof of our Airstream, and then, when the spirit moved us, doing a bit of exploring by biking, hiking and driving.  As it turned out all the preplanning in the world could not have provided a better delegation of time.  For one thing, we managed to take in one of the most inspiring of times in Glacier National Park, and that’s when storms  lift over the park’s majestic mountains, easily seen at Glacier’s lofty Logan Pass.


Airstream parked at Glacier's Apgar Campground providing ideal retreat for "hanging out."



We made the drive to Logan Pass excited by information one of our neighbors in the park’s Apgar Campground provided.  He said he had driven through a violent snow storm among the mountains on Logan Pass.  He said it “was the season’s first blizzard,” and that tomorrow, the pass should still be covered with snow.  He said we should expect fog and “brilliant cloud formations.”

Next day we followed the man’s advice and discovered that he was right. About midway up Going-to-the-Sun Road, fog enveloped us.  But we kept driving and in due time reached the 6,646 foot-high pass.  We did a storm dance, celebrating as the clouds opened and closed, exposing as they did a dozen craggy snow-covered peaks.

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L to R:  Signs along trail at Logan Pass; more signs at Logan Pass warn of bear danger (less we think than created by urban malcontents);
flags at half-mast, because of tragic shooting in Washington, D.C.

Logan Pass visitor center was still open, and as we walked up the stone steps to the fog-muted building we noticed that both the American and Canadian flags were flying at half-mast.  That prompted questions, which soon informed on the tragic shooting in Washington D.C.  Distant as the capitol city was, the overwhelming beauty of  fog and clouds swirling around Logan Pass helped mute the horror – and soon obscured it.

Departing the Visitor Center we hiked a short trail that warned us we were entering grizzly country. But we hiked on – for Janie and I are both inclined to believe we are safer among the bears than we are among the urban malcontents.


Clouds breaking -- then reforming -- provided one of great moments of our day of "hanging out."


We hiked for an hour, and then returned to our truck.  Fog still drifted in and out, and it engulfed us.  Sometimes we slowed but before long we were back at our Airstream, building a fire, baking potatoes in aluminum wrap over a cozy fire.  Cooked in this manner they require about 45 minutes.  We then lighted a portable cooker and roasted a couple of steaks, which we synced for readiness with the potatoes.  We topped that off with a glass of wine, then retired to the trailer, where we continued reading our various books. My choice for the evening was Lawrence Sander’s Fourth Deadly Sin; and that, folks, has to do with Pride, the fourth cardinal sin.  It is good escape reading!

Tomorrow would be a different day, and we thought we’d hang around, simply to see what it might bring, perhaps more storms.  Whatever, the day would prove satisfying, and finding such glorious contentment represents our current mission in life.


Grand Canyon


4th ed. Autographed by the Authors

Hiking Shenandoah National Park

Hiking Shenandoah National Park is the 4th edition of a favorite guide book, created by Bert & Janie, a professional husband-wife journalism team. Lots of updates including more waterfall trails, updated descriptions of confusing trail junctions, and new color photographs. New text describes more of the park’s compelling natural history. Often the descriptions are personal as the Gildarts have hiked virtually every single park trail, sometimes repeatedly.

$18.95 + Autographed Copy

Big Sky Country is beautiful

Montana Icons: 50 Classic Symbols of the Treasure State

Montana Icons is a book for lovers of the western vista. Features photographs of fifty famous landmarks from what many call the “Last Best Place.” The book will make you feel homesick for Montana even if you already live here. Bert Gildart’s varied careers in Montana (Bus driver on an Indian reservation, a teacher, backcountry ranger, as well as a newspaper reporter, and photographer) have given him a special view of Montana, which he shares in this book. Share the view; click here.

$16.95 + Autographed Copy

What makes Glacier, Glacier?

Glacier Icons: 50 Classic Views of the Crown of the Continent

Glacier Icons: What makes Glacier Park so special? In this book you can discover the story behind fifty of this park’s most amazing features. With this entertaining collection of photos, anecdotes and little known facts, Bert Gildart will be your backcountry guide. A former Glacier backcountry ranger turned writer/photographer, his hundreds of stories and images have appeared in literally dozens of periodicals including Time/Life, Smithsonian, and Field & Stream. Take a look at Glacier Icons

$16.95 + Autographed Copy

4 Responses to “Hanging Out As Storms Break”

  1. LaneVids Says:

    Just found you guy’s blog! My wife and I are in the dreaming / get out of debt phase, but when we can get our airstream, we hope to find you on the road.

    Your book choice piqued my curiosity about your religion. If you don’t mind me asking, what is yours?

  2. Larry and Bill Says:

    Lovely, we are still in the process of getting our trailer, named “Dim Sum”, for its first outing in Oct. With luck, we will have Fall temperatures and get to try out our new Mr. Heater, a canister propane heater.Cheers,
    Larry & Bill

  3. Bert Says:

    Because we had so little sun in the deep woods of GNP, meaning no solar energy to charge our solar panels, we, too, used a Mr. Heater to keep us warm. Outside temperatures this past week dropped into the 30s at night, but we were warm as could be.

  4. Bert Says:

    Hi LaneVids — I grew up as an Episcopalian, but don’t think I’ve been to church in decades. Whatever spirituality I still possess comes from inspiration derived from nature. The book mentioned above, incidentally, is a mystery book, and once you read it you’ll understand why pride — excessive pride — is a workable theme for this Lawrence Sanders thriller. As I say, it provides good escape reading, but that’s about all. Hope to see you on the road!