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Week 7: Craters of the Moon > Sawtooth Mountains > Glacier National Park

Craters of the Moon, ID | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip
Craters of the Moon, ID | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Craters of the Moon, ID | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Craters of the Moon, ID | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Craters of the Moon, ID | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

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Sawtooth Mountains, ID | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Sawtooth Mountains, ID | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Sawtooth Mountains, ID | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Sawtooth Mountains, ID | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Sawtooth Mountains, ID | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Sawtooth Mountains, ID | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Sawtooth Mountains, ID | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Sawtooth Mountains, ID | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Sawtooth Mountains, ID | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Sawtooth Mountains, ID | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Sawtooth Mountains, ID | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

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Glacier National Park, MT | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Glacier National Park, MT | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Glacier National Park, MT | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Glacier National Park, MT | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Glacier National Park, MT | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Glacier National Park, MT | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Glacier National Park, MT | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

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At Craters of the Moon there were tons of tiny, colorful little flowers growing out of volcanic ash. In a land that seems inhospitable to almost all life, this made us smile.

To be honest, our Sawtooth Lake hike was a mix of lows and highs, though ultimately the lows made the highs that much more worthwhile. It was really hot at around 102º F with the sun beating down on us for seven hours and I was feeling some altitude sickness, not helped by Barley pulling hard almost the entire ten miles (how??) and my shoes soaked from hobbling across streams. But there’s a certain feeling of bliss you get—part endorphins, part exhaustion, and part accomplishment—when you push through physical and even mental discomfort to literally summit a mountain. We drank snow melt (through a filter), passed out on the grass, and I was so tired I wanted to camp the night instead of hiking down. This has never happened.

A lot of National Parks have scenic drives you can take and we often use these on day one somewhere new to get a lay of the land and figure out which trails we want to hike. Glacier has a drive called Going to the Sun Road that hugs the sides of huge mountains with tiny stone walls separating the road from sheer cliffs. It’s terrifying in places and thrilling the whole way through. We especially loved stopping at McDonald Lake, where when the water was still, it perfectly reflected the blue and purple-tinted mountains around it. When the water was choppy, it almost felt like the ocean and a small taste of home.

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We arrived at our hotel in Ketchum in the Sawtooth Mountains to a weird vibe and smelly room that someone had tried to cover up with an economy-sized can of Lysol. We were able to switch rooms the next day, but it was a stinky night and we drank green juice at every opportunity in an attempt to detox the chemicals. Also, there was no fridge, so every meal required a trip to the (pricey) grocery store.

I don’t want to get into a political debate, but anyone who doubts climate change should really drive across the U.S. Every single place we’ve visited, people have told us “it’s not usually like this” in one form or another with regard to cold temperatures, daily thunderstorms, drought, or intense heat. The weather feels extreme and in relation to our road trip, it’s definitely made time spent outdoors harder to navigate. It shouldn’t consistently be 105º in Glacier National Park.

I still don’t want to get into a political debate, but the casinos, guns, and going back to pre-women’s rights…I’ve had enough of that. Casinos and guns are rampant, and the sexism (sadly) seems to be part of daily life in quite a few places. When we were switching our cell phones to Verizon, the sales woman asked Aaron if I was “allowed to be on the account”. She said many men don’t allow their wives to have access, if they allow them to have phones at all. Another time, when Aaron was looking for me in a sporting goods store, someone joked to him that “you don’t want to lose your wife in a department store with a credit card!” To which Aaron wanted to respond, “Ha! You think I let my wife have a credit card?!” (The sarcasm would have been totally lost.)

We’re pretty sure we received a ticket leaving Idaho for being from Massachusetts. We got pulled over for driving 47 in a 45 zone, except it somehow turned into a “warning” and a $130 fee for not having physical proof of our just-renewed car insurance. This officer didn’t consider pulling up our policy on our phones as adequate proof. He did tell us, however, that we could mail the local police department a print out of our new insurance policy to have the ticket waived. I expect we’ll get a typewritten letter from him hand-delivered in three months as confirmation that we’re all set.

#PHroadtrip Week 7: Craters of the Moon, Sawtooth National Forest & Glacier National Park | picklesnhoney.com

no-bake chocolate chickpea pie with pretzel crust / greens + beans / grocery store mish-mash

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  1. Grandma Kiki says

    O M G so beautiful! Hard to believe the sexism in this day and age. At Verizon did you tell her “I am sorry…but we are from a progressive, open, intelligent area of this great country where we, Man and Woman are Equal!” I wonder what her reaction would have been? lOL

    1. Amanda says

      It’s really kind of crazy…had we not taken this trip, I wouldn’t have known the level at which it still exists because as you said, MA is very progressive. I think we told the woman at Verizon something along the lines of “That’s insane. People still do that?”

  2. Grandma Kiki says
  3. I’m literally speechless…And that’s something that very hard for me…
    So beautiful, so peaceful…

    xx
    Marina

    1. Amanda says

      I’ve also had that rare moment of being speechless on this trip. <3

      1. It’s that feeling of pure serenity, yes. <3

        xx
        Marina

  4. Grandma Kiki says

    Amanda, hope you two are aware about the “ice caves” collapsing in WA. Just worry that you or hubby will want to go in one of these! Yeah….I am a worry wArt! Stay safe!!

    1. Amanda says

      So sweet of you to comment about this! We saw that on the news…tragic. They had signs posted about NOT going into ice caves in Glacier National Park and I wonder if they didn’t post these in WA. With this heat, it’s definitely a bad idea to stand under ice/snow. We’ll be enjoying them from a distance. 🙂

  5. Caitlin says

    wow…that level of sexism is hard to swallow and horrifying. i’m sure the people at the verizon store loved that you didn’t change your last name 😉 dayv got a new car a few weeks ago and the salesman said to me, “what? did you not change your name in case it wouldn’t last?” umm.

    1. Amanda says

      Oh boy. Those comments about not changing our last names…so awkward/inappropriate. We’ve had a few moments like that. I remember one right after Aaron and I got married with someone from our insurance company who assumed my last name was Scott and when we corrected her she said “Oh, you kept your last name? That’s really weird.” Um, thanks for the unsolicited feedback?

  6. Josee says

    I just wanted to say that I’m usually all about the food and I don’t often read the rest of the content on food blogs. But your photos are breathtaking and your stories very interesting. The fact that you still create recipes when you’re not in your own kitchen and have to search out ingredients shows so much creativity.

    I’m really looking forward to your next post!

    BTW, I get the same comments about keeping my last name. I may live in a large city but Toronto can be very “conventional” at times. Like I told my future mother in law when we got engaged “he’s free to take my last name”.

    1. Amanda says

      Josee–thank you so much for the super sweet comment! Your timing is perfect because I was feeling a little burnt out from trying to navigate recipe creation from hotel rooms and spaces without kitchens…you just gave me that extra boost I needed to push through it. <3 Also, I'm high fiving you right now for your comment “he’s free to take my last name” to your future mother in law! Hilarious and why the hell not?!

  7. Jennipher says

    I would bet your ticket troubles happened around the Ketchum area. I am stating that based on living sort of close and having gone there before. You have my sympathies. And yes, guns are a BIG deal in the west. I don’t get it AT ALL, but whatever. Also TOTALLY totally agree with you about global warming, it’s happening people!

    Your photos each post are absolutely stunning. Keep sharing. 🙂

    1. Amanda says

      Yes!!! The ticket did happen around Ketchum! It was the first (and hopefully only) time we get pulled over for no real reason.

      The global warming thing…totally happening, I can’t even believe people are still questioning the science.

  8. Rosanna says

    Totally mesmerized by the location and how you take those pictures!.. You are a great recipe developer, but you sure are an awesome photographer! I suggest you seriously think of adding that skill to your resume! I’m sure National Geographic would hire you in a nano second! xo

    1. Amanda says

      Photo credits go to Aaron! He’s working on getting a little better each week, so your comment will most definitely make him very happy. 🙂 Freelancing for Nat Geo would be a dream job!

  9. THESE PHOTOS. So stunning, Amanda! Also, props to you for making it through your hike with the temperature being 102… you’re a warrior!! 😉

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks, Sarah! Hiking in that kind of heat is ROUGH. I had quite a few mini meltdowns! The photo of me holding my hat is one of them. haha

  10. Ashlae says

    Ummm, wait a minute.. AARON ALLOWS YOU TO HAVE A CREDIT CARD??? I obviously need to have words with Thom.

    😉

    So enjoying following along on your trip, lady. XO

    1. Amanda says

      I am SO lucky to be ALLOWED to have my very own credit card and cell phone! I just have to check in with Aaron for permission before I use them. 😉

      So happy to hear you’re enjoying following along! xo

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