Blogs from East Glacier Park, Montana, United States, North America


42 degrees when we set out again this morning. Our plan was to get out early to some of the sites on Going to the Sun Road that we missed on Thursday because all the parking was full. We were successful & got pictures of more beautiful mountains, glaciers, lakes, & falls, including Triple Arches & St. Mary Falls. Tim, Bill, & I were adventureous and hiked 1.6 miles to St. Mary Falls & back. It was a nice morning hike, however, it delayed our breakfast so long we missed breakfast at St. Mary Lodge. We stayed on the narrow, winding road to East Glacier & decided to check out the restaurants in East Glacier. Had lunch at Two Medicine Grill and most interesting was the homemade rhubarb-orange pie we shared for dessert. There were chopped ... read more
Triple Arches
Hike to St. Mary Falls
Forest fire evidence

THE BASICS We traveled from Butte to Helena to Missoula, Montana, then left the cities to drive up to Glacier National Park. We had a wonderful time at Glacier!! THE FLUFF We drove to Helena from Butte, the "richest hill in the world" (people out West tend to speak in superlatives), because we were planning to travel up the eastern side of Glacier NP. But people we encountered convinced us to go to the west side of Glacier, so we went a bit southwest from Helena to Missoula en route. Helena is quite charming, as well as having the impressive large buildings of a state capital. We again took a bus tour of the city, and enjoyed it. Helena is quite hilly, and a gulch runs through the center of the town. It is named "Last ... read more

Early the next morning, we were again at Swift Current Lake. This time with our canoe. The waters were calm and we rowed easily across to a little dock that is used by the tour boats that ferry people around the lake. Vacations are where we are challenged by new experiences -- some good, some not so good, and others, well ... they make us think. To get to the next lake, we had to either paddle upstream or portage across a small island. We chose to portage -- something we had never done before. There was a small path across the island that guests of the tour company used to get to the next lake. To get to the path, we had to lift our rather heavy canoe up a small rocky slope. We then ... read more
Michele & David by Lake
David Canoeing on Josephine Lake

About an hour down the road from Waterton Park is Glacier National Park. In 1932 these parks became the first International Peace Park celebrating the world’s longest undefended boarder in the world. In the 1970’s they were designated Biosphere Reserves and in 1995 a World Heritage site. After settling in at the St. Mary’s campground, we went to the Many Glacier Hotel. This hotel holds some of my most treasured memories. Surrounded by mountains on the shores of Swift Current Lake this is Swiss-styled chalet was built in early 1900’s. David and I came here on our honey moon nearly 31 years ago. We had my parent's car and tent trailer and had planned on staying in the nearby campground. However, there was a bear in the area and no soft-sided trailers were allowed. So, we ... read more
Lobby of Many Glacier Hotel
Colourful rocks with flowers at hotel

The crowd is roaring as the two teams are presented; Blowfish and the Shookers. The teams get into position. Straw in hand. Head bent. Fish cup on the go. One, two, three, go. And the goldfish race has begun. It is East Glacier Park Montana. It is Blackfoot country. And I am at the only saloon in town. The Trailhead Saloon. The place is jam-packed as one of the most exciting events is taking place. The goldfish race has gathered more than 20 teams which all compete to blow their goldfish over the finish line first in a long run of elimination matches. If the goldfish doesn't win, you eat it. - That night a lot of goldfish ended their days in the stomachs of hungry contestants. East Glacier Park is a small four block wide ... read more
Me at Lake McDonald
Me at Lake Josephine

After the rigors of the Crypt Lake hike, we needed an easier day and got it on our drive back into the USA to the Glacier National Park area. Heading south from Canada, we encountered Chief Mountain again from the north side, giving us a much different perspective. This 9080' mountain is composed of limestone that is much older than the underlying gray shale. This occurred as part of the Lewis overthrust when Precambrian rocks were forced by tectonic forces over the 1400 million year young shale, forming the Rocky front that extends from Montana to Alberta. Erosion removed much of the surrounding rock, leaving the surrounding tower we now see. It has long been considered a sacred place by the native Blackfeet indians of the area. The very difficult climb was first made by a ... read more
Swiftcurrent Lake in front of Many Glacier Hotel
Jennie at Luna Restaurant
Glacier-fed river

July 4, 2010 Happy Birthday, America! I am currently in Glacier National Park. Yesterday, we drove up here from Yellowstone. Leaving Yellowstone was quite exciting. A Black Bear literally crossed in front of my car. Like screeching brakes, seat belts tightened, pedal to the floor stop so I wouldn't hit the bear. Nobody should be that close to a bear. But we had the protection of Chloe. It was a black bear and it was just wandering across the street. No big deal. We dropped by Mammoth and headed on out to Glacier. For the record, if you live in Montana and are not a cowboy, can you respond. Because I am pretty sure only cowboys live in Montana, and there are only a few cowboys left, as you know. They're practically endangered. These poor men, ... read more
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