Taking the Kids: Even if it rains, glamping is still fun
Bald eagle sighted on our fly-fishing trip at Paws Up Resort

Taking the Kids: Even if it rains, glamping is still fun

For the uninitiated, glamping means experiencing the outdoors without the work or challenges (except maybe weather!) that camping typically requires

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Taking the kids: On the road this pandemic summer
Walkable Main in Breckenridge. (Elaine Collins/Breckenridge Tourism Office)

Taking the kids: On the road this pandemic summer

We experienced the mask issue firsthand on our 2,850-mile road trip from Colorado to Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, social distancing as much as possible

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Taking the kids: To a unique family owned Montana ranch this summer
Guests from Seattle came to Flatlake Lake Lodge in their own helicopter

Taking the kids: To a unique family owned Montana ranch this summer

A visit to Flathead Lake Lodge, just south of Glacier NP, this pandemic summer is about a lot more than learning a new sport or upping your skill, visiting kids say, especially after being stuck at home for months.

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Dinner is served! Chuckwagon fun caps a day of weather challenges at Paws Up
Dinner is plated at the Paws Up Chuckwagon dinner

Dinner is served! Chuckwagon fun caps a day of weather challenges at Paws Up

Other times, you just soldier on as we did horseback riding and riding ATV vehicles some 15 miles to Montana’s well preserved ghost town Garnet—a mining town in the late 19th Century.

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Navigating Glacier National Park during #COVIDSUMMER2020
Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park

Navigating Glacier National Park during #COVIDSUMMER2020

So far this summer, the east side of the park remains closed due to heavy winter snows—we could only go as far as Avalanche, where we went hiking to Avalanche Lake, about a two miles each way with a gradual gain of about 500 feet in elevation.

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At Glacier National Park: a Covid summer like no other
A family of ducks make their way along the shore of Kintla Lake

At Glacier National Park: a Covid summer like no other

Glacier National Park is only partially open this Covid summer. No park lodging. Eastern side closed completely. So be prepared for scarce lodging, food, even hiking options

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Last Day at Flathead Lake Lodge: Kids discover friendships and much more
Kids playing under the wagon at the outdoor Barn Dance

Last Day at Flathead Lake Lodge: Kids discover friendships and much more

And after months sheltering at home, “This place encourages you to make new friends,” said Sam Young. “We’ve been to a bunch of different places on vacation, but this is the best.”

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Best Bacon Ever: On a breakfast trail ride at Flathead Lake Lodge
Breakfast is served on trail ride at Flathead Lake Lodge in Montana

Best Bacon Ever: On a breakfast trail ride at Flathead Lake Lodge

“The breakfast ride is my favorite thing at the ranch. Breakfast tastes so much better,” says Sydney Byrne, 17, a guest at Flathead Lake Lodge in NW Montana

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Three generations, 75 years: The Averill family and Flathead Lake Ranch
Trailside lunch is served

Three generations, 75 years: The Averill family and Flathead Lake Ranch

Flathead Lake Lodge is much more than a lodge - it's a ranch, farm and acre upon acre of wilderness and lakefront.

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