New Yorker on Trail with Bears

photo1Last month I was hiking with family in Glacier National Park in Montana. If you ever walk in the woods, keep in mind that wild animals can be near the trails. The wild things in Glacier are BEARS!

Some blogs advised wrapping bear bells around wrists, ankles or walking sticks. Once inside Glacier National Park, however, the locals said that bears are actually attracted to the rhythm of the clanging and know there will be humans with food. Better to get pepper spray, or better still, talk constantly so you don’t surprise them. We had no problem keeping up continual chatter and saw bears only when driving.
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We took a day-long bus tour to cover some of the park’s 1,583 square miles (the size of about 47 Manhattans). Manhattan has red double-decker tourist buses, and Glacier National Park has a fleet of 1930s buses (Red Bus Tours) refitted with new engines, gas tanks, tires and other mechanical parts. A tip of the Witch Hat to Ford Motor Company for doing the re-engineering. The tour is a glorious way to see the park. Trust me, you don’t want to be the driver on the Going-to-the-Sun road.
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We enjoyed cocktails and dinners together. A few of us wine snobs (from Oregon and New York) were worried about local selection. This New Yorker is willing to admit the error of her eastern seaboard ways and concede to loving every bottle opened in Montana. FYI, you can get an amazing selection of wines in almost any touristy store near Glacier National Park. That being said, I am talking about uncorking after a long day of hiking. Just about anything would be delicious.

Here is the view from the terrace where this Witch sipped her Pinot Noir starting at 6pm with family. Every night. The sun does not set until 9:30pm, so needless to say, a lot of bottles were consumed. (Note: a month after we left, a large fire broke out nearby.)
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Do not get the impression that all we did was hike and drink. We also visited the Museum of the Plains Indians in Browning, MT on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.  It is fabulous and do not miss it if you are in the area. Some of the locals sell their crafts there. museum

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Here’s what’s on my Kindle and night table: 

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, (yes, I know I’m late to the party on this best-seller. I’ve started and not certain I like it). I’m thumbing through Japan Journeys by Andrea Marks with beautiful reproductions of famous Japanese woodblock prints. The publisher sent it to me after a book signing we both did earlier in the year. When I put down The Goldfinch, which might be soon, I plan to read H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald.

Take a peek at your August Witchscopes.

048FigBar_015Even if it’s summer, a home-baked treat, such as Fig Manhattans, is the perfect gift to bring to a dinner party, poolside or BBQ! Check out our Recipe File on how to make them.

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