People Along the Way:
A couple from Virginia in their new Casita
Many Glacier Campground, Glacier National Park: I stop by to meet the owners of a Casita that showed up in the campground. I meet a lady who says her husband is away but she shows me the interior of their new Casita. Their wait was only about 4 months. The husband had done some excellent cabinet work on the rear of the Casita. They have an LD model and have configured it with two beds running length ways in the back of the Casita. Wood cabinets have been added by her husband to the back of their Casita. Later I meet the husband who stops by my Casita.
St Mary Campground, Glacier National Park: A young couple locates in the campsite next to me. They have a baby that is crying that is not happy with the new accommodations. The man stops to ask me about my Kansas “Casita” personalized tag. They had lived in Lawrence, Kansas in the past and had stayed in the Flint Hills at a bed and breakfast type place located near Matfield Green. I tell him that my tag is named after the manufacturer of my camper but I am aware of the “Casitas” he had stayed at. They are located along the Santa Fe Railroad and once housed workers of the railroad. An architect from Chicago relocated to the Flint Hills after discovering its beauty and built a modern very energy efficient home there and converted the railroad housing on his property to the bed and breakfast. I tell him I am hosting an RV event in nearby Elmdale, Kansas in October. The history of the Santa Fe Railroad housing is documented in Dr Hoy’s book about the Flint Hill’s cowboys.
KOA Campground, St Mary: There are two Casitas in the campground when I stop to do my laundry there. I meet a couple from Ashville, North Carolina who have been touring Canada and Glacier. They are a long way from home.
KOA Campground, St Mary: For convenience sake, I stopped by two evenings for dinner there. There have an outdoor pavilion surrounded by Aspen with wonderful views all around. A small building next to the pavilion has a walkup order counter. Two young men staff the facility. The menu is listed on a sign at the counter. I order the “Famous Chicken”. It is grilled with BBQ sauce on it and served with a very good coleslaw. I tell them I will put it in my blog and they can now claim that it is “World Famous Chicken”. They laugh. One young man is from Jamaica and first thought he was being punished for being located to a Montana work assignment. He now thinks much differently. The other young man is from China and he enjoys Montana as well. I tell him that I buy a lot of goods from China. He laughs as he has heard that one often. Both indicate they are very pleased with the treatment provided by the owner of the KOA. I am very impressed with this KOA.
St Mary Campground, Glacier National Park: When the second Casita at the KOA relocated to St Mary I stop by to meet the owner. His tow vehicle is a large Ford Van. He is from Illinois and is interested in the satellite mast I added to my Casita.
Many Glacier Campground, Glacier National Park: A tent camper across from me stops by. He is an engineer from Idaho. His buddy has been singing the praises of a Casita he recently purchased. The engineer is very interested in my Casita. I give him a tour of mine and he comes back with his camera to take pictures of some of my modifications. I tell him there is a gallery at my website that documents many of my modifications. I do tell him if he uses it that he is obligated to take me trout fishing on his property that borders the Teton River. He is an active trout fisherman and his organization has been involved in rehabitating streams in his area. He agrees to take me trout fishing. I warn him that I do not take such an invitation lightly and I will take him up on his offer.
Swiftcurrent Inn, near Many Glacier Campground” A man from just North of Salina, KS sees my Kansas tag and stops me in the parking lot. He asks me if I am escaping the Kansas heat and tells me his home town. I tell him record highs have been following me all summer in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas in my travels. I am glad to be in the Mountains again. This is his first time in Glacier. He has traveled Colorado for years like me and enjoys it. He also recognizes like me, that Glacier is very special. I tell him every day in Glacier offers some magic.
Many Glacier Campground: A lady ranger approaches my campsite and asks me how I like my Casita. She seems very interested and I give her a quick tour of the cabin. She tells me that my campsite is her favorite campsite at Many Glacier. I tell her I am supremely happy with it. The truth is I would have been happy with any campsite in the campground.
Grant Village - Yellowstone. I meet Will and his wife from Seattle. They have a brand spanking new Casita just delivered to Jackson, Wyoming where they picked it up.They are delighted with the Casita and I tell them that doesn't change. Will has already started on modifications to make the Casita personalized for their needs.