Cobalt Lake + Two Medicine Pass

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This past weekend I did the biggest hike I’ve done so far. A whopping 16 miles round trip. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve never been the biggest hiker, but checking a hike this big off my list has definitely given me the bug.

The hike to Cobalt Lake is absolutely gorgeous. Lots of little streams, tons of beautiful Alpine wildflowers, and even Rockwell Falls a mere 2.2 miles in. We made pretty great time to Cobalt Lake, and although there’s a bit of a climb, it’s definitely doable.

Initially, we had only planned on hiking to the lake, located in the Two Medicine area of Glacier Park.  But by the time we got to the lake, and it was still only noon, and after a quick (and absolutely freezing dip), and some lunch, we decided to see how far up the pass we could make it.

I’m not going to lie, those were the slowest and longest 2.2 miles up I’ve ever done in my life. But once you got to the ridge, the views were absolutely spectacular. The trail gets pretty hairy in the last half a mile or so, and when I say hairy, I mean it. There were moments I was literally lifting myself up onto rocks to get through the trail which pretty much dropped off the side of the mountain on one side. We were hiking on shale a big portion of the way, and when storm clouds rolled in, it definitely left us a bit scared.

But hey, I hiked my first pass! This was a definite check off the bucket list, and has made me want to do something crazy….hike a 10,000 foot mountain. I know, I know, that might be childs play for some people, but I definitely have a new goal.

Two Medicine Pass is definitely not for beginners. The elevation picks up quickly, and the weather can turn fast, so I would recommend it for avid hikers only.

DISTANCE: Cobalt Lake/Two Medicine Pass: 5.7/2.2 : 7.9 miles one way
ELEVATION: 7,641ft
ELEVATION GAIN: 2,300ft
DON’T FORGET: Sunscreen if it’s sunny, lots of water, and poles! I’ve been given a hard time when I carry poles, but on a trail like this, believe me, they came in handy, I definitely fell more than once.
WORDS OF ADVICE: Bring rain gear! Up on a high ridge the weather can turn quickly, and you definitely don’t want to be out there if the weather turns

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The Best Drunk Cell Phone Trick I’ve Ever Heard Of…

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The other morning I woke up to a stream of text messages. And not the good kind you’d like to wake up to, a stream of angry, incoherent, text messages. Initially, I rolled my eyes, turned off my phone and decided to get another forty minutes of sleep. But after that forty minutes, when I reread the messages I was in complete, and utter shock.

What. The. Eff.

I could not believe what I was reading, but then I looked at the time stamps and they started around 2:00AM and ended at about 2:30. Suddenly, it all made sense, I had stood my ground with a friend of mine the night before and after the bar closed and he wasn’t distracted by shots, beers, and his friends, he decided to let me have it.

Needless to say, he was so embarrassed the next day that he didn’t even respond when I told him we needed to talk about this out of line behavior (go figure). And let’s be real, we have all done this. I know I’m totally guilty of it, and in my younger days, many a Saturday morning would be spent scrolling through my phone, completely embarrassed by what I had said the night before.

Luckily, I’ve gotten better at it…..sort of.

When I was discussing this with a couple girlfriends the other night, my friend Rhonda had the greatest piece of advice I had ever heard:

When she’s tipsy and wants to send a text message that might be iffy, she sends it to herself first. She then waits 20-30 minutes, rereads it, and decides whether or not it’s worth sending. 

Is this not the most brilliant idea you’ve ever heard of? The instant gratification of being able to say whatever you want to someone through text message can be soooooooo damaging. Arguments, bloodshed, wars, all over a misread text message after one too many glasses of vino (or tequila shots in my case #sorrynotsorry).

This method definitely takes a bit of patience, which I’m definitely lacking, but I would much rather wait the 20-30 minutes to send a text message than deal with the possibly negative repercussions the next day, amiright? 

Watermelon Mint Refreshers

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The Native Transplant is most definitely not The Dandy Life. While, the focus is different on this blog as opposed to my previous one, there are certain things you can’t really take away from me. And one of those is….a love of cocktails.

What can I say? You can take the girl outta the bar, but you’ll never take the bartender out of the girl.

The other day, I was drifting off to sleep for an after work nap, when it hit me that I had both watermelon and mint that needed to be used up ASAP. So naturally, I thought of adding some vodka (hey, it was a Friday afternoon), for a light and refreshing cocktail.

Needless to say, I’m addicted! And the best part? They’re super low calorie, which means I can have a couple and my bikini body will stay intack (hahahahah, bikini body….right…)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cubed watermelon
  • 5-6 sprigs of mint
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • Soda water
  • Lime for garnish
  1. Blend the watermelon and mint leaves in a blender.
  2. Pour the vodka over ice, top with an equal amount of the watermelon and mint mixture.
  3. Top with soda water and garnish with lime!

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Iceberg Lake

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Can I just take a second and reiterate how happy I am to be back in Montana? Because, the more I get outside and enjoy my time, the happier I am here. And this past weekend, I got to check a bucket list hike off my list.

I’ve been wanting to do Iceberg Lake since I was a kid. I had seen pictures of the floating pieces of ice and it became a must-do. Unfortunately, there are a ton of factors that make this hike a difficult one to do.

First off, I feel like the trail closes every year due to grizzly sightings, and in addition to that, if you go too late in the season, you risk there not being any ice left. So it becomes a bit of a time sensitive issue.

So we decided to get it done nice and early this year. We headed over to Many Glacier nice and early Saturday morning, and took the Going to the Sun Highway over (word of advice: they’re doing some construction in St. Mary’s so make sure you add 20-30 minutes to your travel time).

We ended up not getting on the trail until close to 11. The hike is short, 4.9 miles, and the elevation gain isn’t too bad. We arrived at the lake just before 1 PM, where we enjoyed our lunch and spent some time relaxing next to the water and watching icebergs calve in the water.

The roundtrip was much quicker, but was super busy. Truthfully, I was kind of blown away by the lack of trail etiquette (I’ll be writing a post on this coming up), and it ended up slowing us down a bit more than it should’ve. Luckily, we had some fun and made up some time by doing some light trail running when we could!

If you make it to Glacier Park, and feel like doing a bucket list hike that’s not too strenuous, Iceberg Lake is an awesome choice!

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DISTANCE: 4.9 Miles each way
ELEVATION: 6169 Feet
ELEVATION GAIN: 1275 Feet
DON’T FORGET: Sunscreen and lots of water!!! This hike has hardly any shade, so make sure you beat the heat!
WORDS OF ADVICE: DON’T drink the water. It may seem like awesome, refreshing spring water, but unless it’s properly disinfected, you could get sick…we actually saw tourists doing this. Happy giardia!

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Here’s a fun little video of us doing our own “ice bucket challenge”!

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Summer Reading List

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Ever since I learned that you could borrow ebooks through our local library, I’ve been a reading fiend. Here are a few of the books on my summer reading list!

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