Rafting with Wend Magazine
The summers in West Glacier sometimes define our existence here–amazing blue skies, hot summer days and endless wild water to play on. One of our favorite things to do is show off our backyard, and this past week we were lucky enough to host two very inspiring journalists. Rick Olson, an editor from Wend Magazine and Cali Bagby, a freelance war correspondent for KVAL and KATU in Oregon, stopped by our neck of the woods this week on their epic journey to bike to 14 different National Parks as part of The Playground Tour. It’s an ambitious cycling journey that will take several months. Since Glacier National Park was a must-see, we convinced them to stay the week, relax and go down the river with us!
We packed up the boats, our Wend guests, a few office staffers, some rookie guides and our pals at Outside Media and headed to Bear Creek put-in to begin our two-day, one-night adventure down the Middle Fork of the Flathead River to West Glacier. The day began perfectly with crisp blue skies complemented with clear, cold glacial runoff water.
With boats loaded and paddles in hand, we meandered through the upper sections of the Middle Fork through the heat of the day. We ate good food, had plenty of good laughs and explained the area to our guests. The trio of rafts made it to Lower-Burn camp late in the afternoon. We set up camp, endured a few rain drops and ate some great steak. The next day we made breakfast, broke camp and headed for the whitewater section of the Middle Fork. The river is at a fun level, and we got everyone good and wet.
Rick has a great blog called Playgroundtour.com, updated almost daily. There are plenty of great stories and insight of their travels on the bike. Thanks to our new friends– we hope to see you again someday! Next time, come when there is white stuff on the ground and we’ll explore this place differently.