Many Glacier Hike to Red Rock Falls

By Katrina

We have slowly realized that, for as much as we like to hunt and fish, we could still do more to encourage our children to experience the amazing adventures that are waiting just outside our door. With the prevalence of screen time and the changes to society that seem to encourage families to disconnect from others and spending time outside, we have decided to be more intentional about leading our family out to experience the amazing world around us.  We want to instill a sense of adventure and wonder in our children, and encourage a curiosity for the natural world.  We also want to better our health and experience more opportunities to hike, hunt, fish, and camp.   With that being said, I received an invitation to go hiking with some fellow homeschoolers this past weekend, and rather than talking myself out of it, we said yes.

We set out for Glacier National Park at 7am on a cloudy and cool (41 degrees) Friday morning. I started to doubt the sanity of this trip the further we drove along.  Initially, there was a light rain that alternately turned into heavy rain, sleet and finally snow and dense fog. Then halfway there, we had an episode of car sickness which resulted in a change of clothing and the use of a lot of wipes. For one brief moment, I considered just going home.  But then I thought, we are tougher than that!  I had brought clean clothes and had supplies to clean things up. It was chilly but not freezing, so I determined to carry on!  A little bit of a mess and cool weather wasn’t going to stop us!

Entrance

We arrived at Many Glacier around 10 am and set off with 7 children (the youngest being my 4 yr old)and 6 adults. When we checked in, the rangers informed one of our group that they had just re-opened the trail to Red Rock Falls that day because it had been closed to keep people away from a grizzly that was feeding on a moose calf.  Well, we wanted adventure!  We were prepared for the possibility of a bear encounter and had coached the kids on steps to take and were armed with bear spray.  But we didn’t have anything to worry about.  Except for one brave deer and some grouse that occasionally “drummed” nearby,  I don’t think there was any wildlife that was willing to come within a mile of our loud and rambunctious group.

Group Picture

The day was not quite what I would have asked for, it was a bit drizzly and cool, but the sense of adventure was high and everyone was in good spirits.  We didn’t see wildlife, but it’s hard to be disappointed in a place like Glacier.  We saw a myriad of interesting plants and moss, amazing rock formations and of course the gorgeous water fall. And we just plain had fun hiking around.

The Crew

I wasn’t sure how my four year old son would do, but he embraced the sense of adventure and along with my friend Amy’s son and one of the dad’s, they led the hike pretty much the whole way.  They climbed up and jumped off rocks, they ran and explored… It was great.

My oldest daughter who is nine, went on an extreme Nature Study hike.  She examined every indentation, moss bank, unknown plant, and tree we came across and discussed it with a friend’s son, his grandfather and myself. I am afraid they also learned more fairy lore than they ever wanted to know.  Which all resulted in us bringing up the end up the line.

And my social bug, who is seven, flitted from the front  to the back of the line, teasing and visiting amongst all of the children.  We had a great group and when she grew tired at the end of the hike, and began howling like a lost puppy (don’t ask, I don’t know why), my friend’s grandfather helped boost moral by pretending to throw her into the forest.  It made for a lively return trip and of course my four year old had to participate in being thrown into the forest too.

It was a beautiful experience and the ideal way to build community.  I can’t wait to get out on our next adventure!

The Way Out

 

 

About Us

About Us

Hello and welcome to the Montana Outdoorsman blog!  We thought we would share a little about who’s behind the writing on here.

We are Katrina and Bob, we will be sharing about our adventures in the outdoors in our home state of Montana.  We hope to inspire and encourage you and hopefully hear more from you and the ventures you undertake.

Our families have lived in Montana for at least 3 generations. We have grown up in fishing and hunting families and we continue to carry on the tradition.  We not only enjoy these activities but they also support our family.  We stock the freezer every fall and that’s the majority of the meat we use for the rest of the year.  We have helped my parents butcher chickens in trade for some of them, but otherwise we eat almost only wild game.

As you browse through the blog, Bob will be the one who covers a lot of the hunting and fishing experiences, gear reviews, and tips and tricks. And Katrina will be doing more of the the hiking, cooking, gardening,and preserving portion as well as the behind the scenes help.

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Tangy Asian Venison Bowl

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Tangy Asian Vension Bowl

This recipe is my take on beef and broccoli but it’s Paleo and Trim Healthy Mama friendly!  So if you are looking for a yummy low-carb meal, this is a great option.

Ingredients

  • 2-lbs Venison Steak (I used round steak, but loin would be really good too.)
  • 16 oz Frozen Broccoli Florets
  • 2-16 oz bags Frozen Cauliflower Florets (makes lots of extra so you can freeze it in individual portions to eat later)
  • 1/2 c. Bragg’s Amino Acids (like soy sauce)
  • 1 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 2 tsp Sesame Oil
  •  2 tsp coconut oil- 1 tsp per broccoli & cauliflower
  • 1 tsp Fresh Grated Ginger
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions

Prep ahead of time: (These are optional, but it makes things easier and tastier!)

Make sure you have thawed steak and lay it out on a plate and sprinkle with salt.  Let sit for at least 1 hr.

Take broccoli and cauliflower out of freezer 30-45 minutes before cooking to thaw slightly.

Steak:

Cook steak to desired doneness in skillet.  I cook mine on high for 2-3 minutes per side or until the juices coming through the top aren’t bright red anymore.  Let rest for 5 minutes prior to slicing into thin strips.

Broccoli:

Heat 1 tsp coconut oil in skillet on med-high.  Add broccoli to skillet and saute to desired doneness.  In the meantime, mix ingredients for sauce.  Once the broccoli is tender, add the sauce and stir in until heated through.

Sauce:

In a small bowl, mix Amino Acids, Rice Vinegar, Sesame Oil, Ginger and Garlic.

Cauli-Rice:

Lightly steam cauliflower and pulse in a food processor until you have rice sized pieces.  In a skillet, add 1 tsp coconut oil and saute the cauliflower for a few minutes with salt and pepper to tate.

To dish these up, add a scoop of cauli-rice, add broccoli and layer steak on top.  Then spoon some of the sauce from the broccoli over the steak.

Enjoy!