best to just begin at the beginning, right?
the "bear cabin"
at Lick Lake
Christmas Card potential. for sure.
Nick's dad helped carve out these benches.
yes. those are bears.
a mama and her cubs. this is as close as i allowed myself to get.
they just walked across the road. right in front of us.
walking is really hard work on vacation.
you should definitely stretch afterwards.
my handsome lake chauffeur.
drinking the king of beers on Glen Lake
because i'm an American dammit.
and i'd probably rather be drinking something else.
Nick's dad's family has had property on Glen Lake for years.
where is Glen Lake, you ask?
it's in Eureka, Montana.
just 8 short miles from the Canadian border in NW Montana.
so that water that looks delightfully refreshing? it's like, 58 degrees.
this Florida girl jumps in and gets right back on out.
anyway. here's some family history:
Nick's grandfather used to live in Eureka.
in the 1950's, immediately following the polio epidemic,
he got word that Stanford University was giving out scholarships
to people willing to study Physical Therapy.
so he moved his family to California to study PT.
after he graduated, somebody said,
Hey. There's no Physical Therapists in Santa Cruz.
so Grandpa Fleming went to Santa Cruz to fill that need.
Nick's dad and his uncle both followed in their father's footsteps and became PT's too
and they eventually took over his practice in Santa Cruz.
every summer, they would each give the other one a month of vacation
so they could take their families back up to Montana for a month on the lake
the family has a couple of little cabins
right on Glen Lake.
Nick spent a month in Montana every summer
for his whole life
until he went to medical school
we went to Montana in 2008--between first year and second year--
and haven't been able to get back there until now
there's lots to do there:
you get the idea?
and now you see why i need to lose 5lbs.
these are just the first of many gems from our trip to Montana.
next up, i shoot a gun.
several of them, actually.
without hurting myself or any other living thing.