My work in Glacier National Park two summers as a seasonal hotel employee, a volunteer in several environmental organizations defending the park ecosystem, and my volunteer work with a park-sponsored nonprofit as an assistant in the production of two Glacier guidebooks was enough to get me hooked on Northwestern Montana. I’ve been back a fair number of times.
Four of my novels are set, in whole or in part, in the park: The Sun Singer, Sarabande, Mountain Song, and At Sea. The Sun Singer (a hero’s journey) and its sequel Sarabande (a heroine’s journey) are contemporary fantasy. Mountain Song and At Sea are realism with a touch of fantasy.
A View Inside the Park was Glacier’s centennial publication. Glacier from the Inside Out is an anthology of stories that originally appeared in the nonprofit Glacier Park Foundation’s newsletter “The Inside Trail.” I’m a life member of the foundation.
Every spring, ploughing Going to the Sun Road becomes a major undertaking. One could almost start a betting pool on the day the road will be open. Usually early in June.
Park hotels usually open during the first week or so of June. This year, plans are in a state of flux since the park is currently closed due to the pandemic.