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

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Today we drove from Canada to Glacier National Park, Montana. It was a long ride. When we got to Montana, we went horseback riding which was sooo much fun. My horse's name was Jimmy and our guide said Jimmy was the smallest horse but she also said that Jimmy's breed was one of the smartest kinds. The scenery was really pretty. It was funny because Vitor and I had the same breed horse. We saw a black bear and her cubs after horseback riding. First they were kind of far away, but then we saw them very close to our car. After the horseback riding and seeing the bears, we went to another store to by fish and tacos to make fish tacos. Vitor did all the cooking. It was soooo good. Finally we went to ... read more
Sofia and Jimmie
Mommy Black Bear and 2 cubs
Moose


After the rigors of the Grinnell Glacier hike, we were ready to take it a little easy, although I frankly felt pretty good the next morning. We had met up with Laura Lee in East Glacier Park Village, and Robbie was staying only a few mies away. We all met up in Browning, and began out trip across the width of Glacier National Park on the famous Going to the Sun Road. This 53 mile traversal is the only road going across the width of the park, and was considered an engineering marvel at the time of its construction. It was completed in 1932 at a cost of $2.5 million (about $43 million in today's dollars). It is considered one of the most difficult roads to plow in the nation, with plowing of up to 80 ... read more
Mountains along Going to the Sun Road
Tunnel on Going to the Sun Road
Birdwoman Falls - 492 feet


Ostensibly, this trip was organized around the idea of being at Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park for the peak of the Perseid meteor shower. About 20 years ago, we were here with the kids for that annual event, and it was a magical moment lying on the shore of the lake and watching 1-2 meters per minute pass overhead. But I always recognized that meteorological events might interfere with the metro viewing, and the more controllable goal (but not discussed) was the completion of the hike up to Grinnell Glacier. We made this with the children 21 years ago and the view from the top was unbelievable. Three years ago, when we were here with our wonderful friend Jan Henry, the upper portion of the trail was closed by snowpack, and I am not sure ... read more
Jennie on trail to Grinnell Glacier
Lucie and Chuck coming through waterfall
Lower Grinnell Lake


We met with my sister in the morning, and decided to take the boat tour down the lake. Lower Waterton Lake lies south of the Prince of Wales Hotel and over the course of some nine miles extends into the United States. Waterton Lakes (Canada) and Glacier (United States) actually form together the first of what is now several international peace parks in areas where ecological and geological systems cross international borders. The park here, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was dedicated by the two countries on July 4, 1932. You can take a boat down the lake from the town of Waterton to Goat Haunt, Montana, and if your credentials are okay you can disembark and hike out from there. The 32 mile hike to the next vestige of civilization did not beckon to us, ... read more
Lower Waterton Lake from boat 1
Citadel Peak and lake from boat
International boundary


Cody – Wyoming We leave Yellowstone Park driving via the Hayden Valley and Fishing Bridge alongside the Yellowstone Lake (which looks more like a blue/green sea with wave crashing the shoreline than a lake) & then the East Entrance without much drama. We then hit the Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway which takes us through some really lovely landscape. A combo of rolling hills, rocks formations that could be from Bryce or Zion NPs, running alongside the Shoshone River and through Shoshone NF. We also go through the Absaroka volcanic area - and see more beautiful rock structures and scenery. There are signs saying that its grizzly country but we don't see any. We definitely feel that Wyoming is the surprise package as one of the loveliest States in the US we have visited. We drive via ... read more
Bozeman brunch time
welcome to Glacier National Park
Butch Cassidy M in Trail Town, Cody


It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man (that’s Jon) is snoring! For 12 days we’ve had sunny weather and this is our first real bit of rain on the trip. Dare I even say we even kinda missed it?!?!!? We started the day with an interesting breakfast at our B&B. A goat’s cheese quiche and some sausage links courtesy of Sierra our host. We’ve now arrived in the part of the world where people name their children Sierra, Rainbow, Tempest, etc. This happened further east than I was expecting but what do I know. Maybe the trend is spreading? If we conceive a child here, we’ll be sure to incorporate the trend into it’s name - Jon Guns-&-Ammo Myatt sounds about right. Today we’ve got about a 6 hour drive ahead of us as we venture ... read more
Going-to-the-Sun Road
Limited visibility
Yikes.


I can tell we are all settling into "vacation mode" as we keep sleeping longer and longer in the morning! We slowly got around and out the door to head into the park to do some kayaking. The drive into the park is seeming longer and longer so I'm thinking this may be the last time, even though its only 15 miles from our campground. We launched our kayaks onto Lake McDonald at Lake McDonald Lodge. Then headed up the lake along the shoreline to find a spot of beach to picnic on. We don't have many pictures as we couldn't bring our good camera as it would get wet, but Ryan had his GoPro so most of the pictures were of the tip of the kayak and his hands paddling. The Lake is crystal blue, ... read more
Huckleberry Milkshakes!
Our bounty from Huckelberry Patch
Huckleberry Patch in Hungry Horse, Montana


We tried to get out the door again early, but couldn't quite get it together until 9:30 but we still made it into Glacier National Park and to our first trailhead in plenty of time. We stopped at Avalanche Trail and took the Trail to the Cedars to Avalanche Lake. It was a 2.7 mile each way hike with a 500 foot gain in elevation (so mostly uphill in the way there) but the hike was well worth it as Avalanche Lake was stunning with at least four waterfalls feeding into the lake from the huge glaciers above it. We also passed an amazing waterfall on the trail with turquoise water running through it! In fact all of the streams, rivers & lakes here have an crystal clear appearance that is the bluest blue we've ever ... read more
Trail to Avalanche Lake
Avalanche Lake
Me and Jeff


Left Missoula this morning at 9:20 and headed North on I93. Again, beautiful timber country! We were especially impressed with the town of Polson on the south end of Flathead Lake. We think we will come back to Polson some day soon and check out this area. One of the chiefs from San Marcos Fire retired there and we can see why. The whole Flathead Lake area is beautiful and we would love to visit again. We continued north to Kalispell then onto Hwy 2 which led us to our campground in Columbia Falls (Columbia Falls RV Park). The campground is clean and nice, but the campsites are super close to each other, kind of a bummer since we'll be here for 4 nights but hopefully we'll be so busy doing all the fun outdoors stuff ... read more
Perfect Cut Meats steak...yum!!




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