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Living the adventure: Off the grid with glaciers, goats and grizzlies

December 11th, 2010 2:20 pm by Marci Gore

Living the adventure: Off the grid with glaciers, goats and grizzlies

Betty and Bill Burris

Betty Burris describes her time at Sperry Chalet in Montana’s Glacier National Park as being “off the grid with glaciers, goats and grizzlies.” The past two summers, Betty and her husband, Bill, lived and worked in the backcountry chalet, completely cut off from the outside world with no electricity, no indoor plumbing, no heat, no telephones and no Internet service.

Betty was the librarian at Dobyns-Bennett High School until she retired in 2008. Bill was a woods resource manager at Domtar. He retired in 2009. The couple resides in Colonial Heights.

“We exchanged the Domtar plant leadership team meetings and Dobyns-Bennett High School faculty meetings for training sessions on bear awareness, wilderness first aid and Hantavirus precautions,” Betty said. “[My time at Sperry  Chalet was] far more than I could have ever imagined looking out the window of the Dobyns-Bennett High School library, dreaming of retirement.”

A colleague of Betty’s first told her about Sperry Chalet.
“We’d never even heard of it,” Betty said.

So, 10 years ago in 2000, the Burrises decided to go check it out for themselves — as guests.

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