We arrived at Glacier National Park to find it very rainy and very cold out. We came into site of Glacier heading west on Hwy 2 from Malta, MT and followed it down the east side of the park to a National Park campground by the name of Two Medicine Campground.
The campground was fairly busy but not full and we were able to secure a wooded site next to a river. We could not see the river from our camper due to all of the trees but we were able to hear it and walk to it on a short path. The boys were immediately out of their shoes and wading in the river before I even had time to start setting up the camper for the night. They lasted about 15 minutes in the frigid waters before they were back to the camper talking about how they could not feel their feet anymore.
Once the camper was set up and we walked to the registration station and paid for the camping we returned to the camper to start dinner. I have a camp stove much like the Coleman brand that I found at a yard sale for $2 that I have been using for several years now and it has worked like a dream. I set it up outside of the camper usually on a small fold up table that we bring with us and hook a small portable propane tank to it. I bring 3 or 4 of these small tanks with me and they last a surprisingly long time before they are empty.
I carry two cast iron pans with me, 2 regular size sauce pans, and 1 small sauce pan, plus a tea kettle and a percolator for when I need to make a large amount of coffee at once. Everything I have in the camper with the exception of 1 of the regular sized sauce pans I have picked up over time at yard sales. I love finding cast iron pans at yard sales that are rusty and people are selling them for a few bucks. I can have a rusty pan looking like new in about an hour or less, which I find rather gratifying.
Anyway back to Glacier…we decided to have noodles with spaghetti sauce that evening and had purchased a pound of mild Italian sausage at a grocery store along our route. I browned the sausage in my cast iron then added a jar of spaghetti sauce, I prefer garden vegetable versions but am not picky about brand. I let the sauce get warm and when the water in the sauce pan is boiling I add a package of noodles. We use an gluten free version of elbow mac type noodles that we like, gluten free because my wife is allergic to wheat so almost all of the cooking I do when she is with is gluten free. Once the noodles are done it is time to eat.
We ate our meal in the camper that evening because it was pouring rain, I forgot to mention that I had to cook dinner while holding an umbrella. I do not have an awning on my little camper, if I am camping in the same spot for several days in a row. I do have a free standing canopy I can put up that sits right next to the camper and works like a charm but if I am only camping for the night I don’t usually take the time to set it up. Once dinner was done and we had everything cleaned up we pretty much just went to bed as it was already fairly late and we wanted to get an early start the next day.
The next morning we awoke to more rain, the camper was damp due to not being able to have the windows open very much and the condensation building up which I have found to be fairly common with my camper especially when the temperature drops to 50 or less. That morning the temperature was sitting at a balmy 38 degrees inside the camper so things were feeling very damp. I managed to get myself out of my warm (and dry) sleeping bag, get dressed, and get everyone else moving. We were on the road in less then an hour and on our way to the south entrance of the park.
Going to the Sun Road ended up being closed off at the 16 mile mark so we only got to see a very small portion of it due to there still being to much snow blocking the road, so we saw what we could in the cold and the rain and then had a family meeting and decided our time would be better spent on the road heading to better weather. So after some photo ops, a few small hikes, and a stop at the visitors center to get the boys sworn in as Junior Rangers and to get their badges we were on our way south.