Summer Bucketlist: Glaciers and Grizzlies

Summer Guide 2019

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Jacob Jones photo

Every year I can't help but follow at least a few more Earthporn Instagram accounts, the kind that post drool-worthy shots of jagged mountains reflected in the blue waters of places like Lake Louise. Years ago, with this internet guidance, I determined Banff National Park in Canada is the pinnacle of every #vanlife fantasy I've ever mustered. It's remote, but popular. Beautiful isn't strong enough a word to describe it, even just from photos. Plus, there's only a slightly significant chance that you'll have a run-in with a grizzly bear, but I hear the campgrounds have deterrents in place for that.

I don't have a van with a trendy wool blanket and twinkle lights that I can use to shoot hipster photos of my sock-feet and the view of the mountains, but I'm happy to say that in 2019, I'll finally get to cross a Banff adventure off my summer bucket list.

From there, I'm hoping I can cross another item off the list. Glacier National Park, I hear, is about as close an answer to Banff as we have, so these buns will also be Going to the Sun (if you're not already groaning: that's the name of the main mountain road through the park).

Lastly, and this one will be the hardest by far, I think I want to get a plant for my apartment and not kill it. Maybe I'll start small, with some herbs in a window box. Or a cactus. It's got to be hard to kill those in the summer, right?

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About The Author

Samantha Wohlfeil covers the environment, rural communities and cultural issues for the Inlander. Since joining the paper in 2017, she's reported how the weeks after getting out of prison can be deadly, how some terminally ill Eastern Washington patients have struggled to access lethal medication, and other sensitive...