Way back in 2018, I went to Montana and came back with some thoughts. Well, my husband and I went back to Glacier National Park and I’ve returned, once again, with some new thoughts.

  1. Have a plan.

Similar to schematic design, we made a loose plan of what hikes we were doing on which days along with notes regarding the mileage and elevation gains for each anticipated trail. Our schematic layout of hikes allowed us to plan but still make changes while we were in the field constructing our days.

  1. Change the plan.

We had intended to do a hike known as Dragon’s Tail. Per our plans, we headed out early in the morning intending to beat some forecasted rain. On the way to the trailhead, I saw a sign regarding a missing hiker who was last thought to be headed to Dragon’s Tail. Once we got to the trailhead, we encountered high winds. As this particular hike follows an exposed ridgeline with mere feet to hold your footing, we decided it was too dangerous to attempt. We later learned that all trails in the area had been closed a few hours after we left for bear activity. From start to finish there were warning signs to not attempt this trail and we actually listened. Listen to your gut and be willing to change your plan. Have your eye on a Pinterest-worthy kitchen design, but something keeps nagging at you? Perhaps it’s time to find a different solution.

sunrise in the mountians
Figure 1 At least I got a nice sunrise photo at the trailhead. Photo by Janelle Horst
  1. Sometimes problems will make you feel like running away.

Did you know moose are big? Like really big. Dustin and I headed to a lake where he could spend some time fishing. We knew moose frequented the area so he chose an area he thought would be out of their way. He was wrong. Being between a cow and her calf is not a good place to be so he got the heck out of dodge. Once he was out of danger, he went right back to fishing, much to the enjoyment of fellow hikers who witnessed the encounter. During the design and construction process, you will come across problems. Decide if you should run or stand your ground. In the case of moose, run.

man running away from moose on the edge of a lake
Figure 2 Dustin running away from the moose, but still keeping hold of his fishing equipment. Photo by Janelle Horst
  1. Break timetables when apropos.

We hiked to Granite Park Chalet for an overnight stay, intending to hike Swiftcurrent Lookout the following day. At one point in our hike, we found a sign pointing one way to the chalet and another to the lookout. We still had energy so decided to take advantage of the clear skies and hike the mountain, but risked losing our kitchen time in the chalet. The view was worth the possibility of a missed dinner. Don’t be afraid to change your timetables during construction if something comes up. And believe me, something will come up. Assess and consider if the change is worth it.

trail signs and a couple on the trail
Figure 3 Trail Sign. Photo by Janelle Horst. Dustin and I at the top of Swiftcurrent Lookout. Photo by Dustin Horst.
  1. The world is an inspiring place.

Nature has so many textures, colors, and stars! So many stars! Buildings improve when we incorporate a variety of textures and colors (even monochromatic colors)! Take a page out of nature’s handbook and incorporate a bit of variety into your space – maybe a pop of color.

collage of nature images taken while hiking
Figure 4 Top and Bottom Row: Various photos along the trail. Middle Row: Night sky at Granite Park Chalet. All photos by Janelle Horst

by Janelle Horst

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