Fourth of July in Glacier

  • October 12, 2017
  • Posted by Taylor Cannon (Utah Crew)

The Fourth of July is my favorite holiday.  Strange I admit.  Most people go with Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving…you know, the ones where presents, food, and sweets are provided.  But in my family July 4th reigns supreme.  Every year we (including the dogs) are decked out in our red, white and blue gear, we hit the beach, and cook in a 24-hour all out grilling session.  Boats, beach, crazy outfits, 100 degree weather; this is the Fourth of July to me.  This year however, the Utah crew was stationed in Glacier National Park during this sweet, sweet holiday.  Now, Glacier is a pretty hopping place most days, but the week of Fourth of July was extra HIP-hopping.  As a result, our crew decided to go on a post-work hike on Independence Day to get away from the hustle and bustle.  Plan = failed.  We ventured up to Logan pass and Hidden lake trail, which to our chagrin was HIP to the infinity power hopping.  It was also completely covered in SNOW.  That’s right, this beach bum had traded in white sandy beaches for white snow on the Fourth of July.  We made the hike anyways, and in spite of the host of human invaders, it was a beautiful sight.  Many people come to the Montana Conservation Corps as crew members for some adventure; to help the environment and see some truly spectacular things that are impossible to see anywhere else in the world.  I can count the number of times I have seen snow on my two hands, so for me, this was the moment I realized the impact this experience was having on my life.  Oh and by the way, we did some work this hitch too.  We blazed a reroute for a horse trail through the woods in ONE DAY (yea we’re awesome), and were able to clear a large area of trail on the west side of Lake McDonald by perfecting the notoriously tough brush saw swing dance.  Overall, a very successful hitch for the Utah crew, and a Fourth of July that I will certainly never forget.  And God Bless the USA.


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