Exploring Glacier and Replacing a Radiator

Hey Friends!

**Big announcement coming tomorrow**

On Friday we headed to Glacier National Park. Its absolutely stunning! If you get the chance, its a once in a lifetime experience. The forests on the west side are these thick temperal rainforests. Absolutely beautiful! Topher read that there are over 800 species of wildflowers in the park! It was raining on and off and the staggering peaks (though less than 10,000 ft in elevation, the peaks are so rocky and steep, no trees grow up there so they look a bit more impressive!) were shrouded in clouds. We drove the Going to the Sun Road, which is a 40 some mile mountain pass. It was amazing! Crazy steep, with waterfalls flowing from the tops of the peaks all the way to the forest floor. There were many waterfalls that the road crossed, so drains had to be installed in the road. We went through tunnels and over arches. Its insane to think how long ago some of that stuff was built! At the top we saw a mountain goat grazing away which was pretty cool!

The car had been overheating on and off for awhile. We had taken it to our mechanic before we left and he had brushed it off, charging us $800 for a steering boot instead. The heavy driving and mountain passes were making the overheating problem worse and it go to the point that unless we were going 60+ on a flat road, it was getting hot and we were having to pull over. Topher is my hero. We stopped at an O’Reilly in Kalispell, MT (which is actually still a nice modern town, albeit in the middle of nowhere) and Topher replaced the radiator in the parking lot with a screwdriver and a $10 socket set (meanwhile Kenzie and I discovered the joys of laundromats and huffed it a mile down the highway to a Wendy’s). So far its holding up! Very glad to have spent under $200 on it as opposed to $400 a shop would charge! My amazing guy is a “renaissance man” as he puts it!

We’re all a little tired, a little bug bit and a little dirty. But we’re in positive spirits and can’t wait to explore what’s down the road.


A waterfall on Going to the Sun Road
A few of those 800 species of wildflowers!

Author: mikaelaruland

I'm a twenty something living the wanderlust life in Colorado with my boyfriend and dog. During the week, I'm a Marketing Manager but when the clock hits 5, I'm an adventurer, a traveler, a hiker, a climber, a skier, a blogger, a photographer. Live the adventure life, you won't regret it.

2 thoughts on “Exploring Glacier and Replacing a Radiator”

  1. This sounds like so much fun. As a family we made parts of this trip and were in constant awe. We have a ton of faded 35mm slides from this adventure. You two sound like you are loving this. Have a great time because “real life” will smack you in the face too soon!! Love you. Gma and GPA


  2. You go! So those peaks you posted used to have glaciers huffing them, since I was there as a kid 40 yrs ago those glaciers have totally melted. If anyone still has their head in the sand about climate change, this is a perfect example right in our own back yard. Beautiful scenery!


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