The Montana Truck Camper Rally 2016 is here at last! I had been planning this rally for just over a year and while it seems to take forever to get here it comes up fast at the same time. This year there would be a couple new things planned from the previous Montana Rallies. We did return to Glacier Campground where the rally was held three years ago. Glacier Campground is just 1 mile from the west gate to Glacier National Park. It is a very wooded campground and you really do get a feel of actual camping than just being parked at a resort. The owners are great and very accommodating.
Wednesday, day one of the rally. Today would be a laid back day as people would arrive through out the day from varying distances. There were several who had already arrived a day early too. In the evening we would all meet at the site across from where I was parked, that was set up as the gathering area. I welcomed everyone for attending, went over the rally schedule and explained a couple things. We then played Torklift Bingo. What is Torklift Bingo? It is simply bingo but with Torklift products on the board that you put your mark on as I called the products out. We played three games of bingo and the winner of each game got a prize. After the bingo games we then did a ten question quiz on Glacier and the surrounding area. The winner with the most correct answers got a prize and the one with the fewest….yeah…they got a small prize too. You had to be there to get the humorous connection of what the prize was though.
The rest of the night was a social gathering as we met each other and some gathered around the campfire.
Thursday, day two of the rally. Today was the caravan to Polebridge and in the evening a local musician, David Walburn would sing his songs for us.
Polebridge is just outside the northwest gate to Glacier. The town is very historic and everyone goes to the “Merc” for the bakery. Out of this fairly remote place they bake up some of the best bakery goodies. I really looked forward to going back there. We bought several items and then ate some of the goodies outside at one of the picnic tables.
After we ate, some of us went for the short drive back into the park and on to Bowman Lake for a quick visit. Others drove back to camp with a stop here or there.
The weather was starting to turn to cooler and a bit windier. The musician was to arrive at 6 and start at 7. At the gathering spot we had set up three pop up tents and we had a huge tarp covering some of the sitting area too. Some rain did come with the passing storms and the winds kicked up a little bit but we got through it just fine. After all the warm weather it was pretty cold but that is what warmer clothes and blankets are for. The musician, David Walburn was awesome! He sings about Glacier National Park and Montana. The songs were beautiful, in depth and humorous. Everyone who listed to David said he was terrific, he was indeed.
Friday, day three of the rally. Today would be a hike to Avalanche Lake and the Chili Cook Off in the evening along with 70’s night.
In the morning some of us that wanted to do the hike would arrive at the trailhead and hike up as a group. The weather returned back to great weather and did for the rest of the rally. The hike starts off on the easy boardwalk portion then goes to a nice trail. The views are fantastic along the way. There was a warning that bears have been seen frequenting the area but the trail was still open. The arrival at the lake was awesome. I have done this hike 15 times now and I never grow tired of this hike. I look forward to my next hike to the lake. In all, it is about 5 miles round trip. Bears, we did not see any on the hike but a very fresh pile of scat was right on the trail near the lake. Yep, they are there….somewhere…watching us I am sure.
Back at camp it was Chili and 70’s night. We had 9 chilies enter the competition. There was only Joanne, Cody and I along with two others who dressed up in 70’s attire but that was okay. I had fun with my big “fro”. The chili brought buy several people was fantastic. So many different styles. After everyone voted we did a count and gave prizes away to 2nd and 1st place. I swear it was not rigged but our son Cody got 2nd and I got 1st. Thanks for the votes! After we had our fill of chili we once again sat around the fire and socialized. Another great day in Montana.
Saturday, day four of the rally. Today would be Red Bus day and the big potluck dinner in the evening. We had two red buses for a private tour today. We would start at Lake McDonald Lodge and go on a three hour tour to the top of the pass, then return to the lodge. The weather could not have been better and the views were breathtaking. It was a fantastic time for sure!
We returned back at the Lodge then went back to camp. It was potluck dinner night followed by prize give away drawings. The food, as always was great with plenty to choose from and plenty of it. People bring so many great things every time. Some of the prizes were donated by companies and I want to thank the following for that:
Thank you for your donations and for supporting the rally!
It was a wonderful night and ended with another campfire gathering. Great times for sure.
Sunday, day five and the last day of the rally. Today was farewell breakfast day. Friends Sally and George made delicious biscuits and gravy for everyone and Joanne and I supplied scrambled eggs and juice. Somehow the morning escaped me without getting any pictures but just imagine people with grins and a great breakfast set before them.
After breakfast most everyone got things gathered up and left towards their homes or other travels. The rally was a great success and an incredible time. I want to thank everyone who could attend and make this rally such a great time. Thank you to those who helped out and thank you to those who supported the rally.
Until next time!
montana truck camper rally 8/17 – 8/21 2016