It’s all downhill from here and all I can see is…everything.
I spent a week in Montana visiting a friend and four days off the grid in Glacier National Park. I spent a fair amount on time in Montana and Glacier as a kid, as my dad is from the Flathead Valley, but there is something special about being there as an adult. Not having a cell phone for four days was magical; I wish I could live without one. The effect of being in the church of the natural world and not having the noise of my normal life completely cleared out my head. I couldn’t use my phone (or internet) to numb out, pass the time, or give in to boredom. I had no choice but to show up as myself without distraction, ask for guidance from Mother Nature, and listen for the answers. I felt grounded and in my body for the first time in months (literally - before I left I was having to tap myself while driving to stay present and focused. It was creepy). My trip gave me the bandwidth to tie up a lot of loose ends in my head and my life, and helped manifest some very profound things for me and my life and what I want from it going forward.
This trip will serve as a waypoint for me: a before-and-after point when I reached the top and could look back and actually see how the work I’ve done this year has changed me.
|Flathead Valley from Big Mountain in Whitefish, Montana|
|Red Rock Falls, East Glacier National Park|
|Wynn Mountain, East Glacier National Park|
|Flathead Valley, looking north from Flathead Lake|
|Trail to Grinnell Glacier|
|Below Red Rock Falls, East Glacier National Park|
|Lake Josephine, East Glacier National Park|
|South of Swiftcurrent Lake, East Glacier National Park|
"The mountains are calling, and I must go."
More photos from my trip on Instagram
All photos taken with iPhones and © Katie Swanberg, 2016