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Last day! Had to get one more "leg day" in. Hiked up to the Apgar Lookout. About 3.5 miles up, elevation gain 1948ft. Steady uphill climb. Great views of mountians in the distance and of Lake McDonald. We have had a great time here. Weather has been perfect (38 this morning but hitting about 67 this afternoon). Not looking forward to the 90s back in Hot-lanta, but ready to be home. Oh yeah, bear spray, not used, $50. (more than about two good bottles of wine) and we gave it away to someone other hikers - our good deed for the week!... read more
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North America » United States » Montana » Glacier National Park September 14th 2018

Drove up to Bowman Lake today. About 30 miles on unpaved roads - I still feel like I'm bumping along. Hiked along the lake for a bit. Stopped at the Polebridge Mercantile and found that they make the most amazing bakery items - huckleberry bear claw for me and a poppyseed chocolate chips Danish for Russ. Last day is tomorrow. Hoping to find one last great hike.... read more
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North America » United States » Montana » Glacier National Park September 12th 2018

In case you are looking for places to eat while in Glacier National Park here are the places we went: 1) Waterton - Prince of Wales hotel dining room. You don't need to be a hotel guest to dine there. The food was good. We did have the best pancakes ever, so try those. 2) Waterton - Lakeside Chophouse. Ate there twice. Nice selection of local beers. Bison Reuben was yummy. Also had spaghetti with a white truffle cream sauce and short ribs, both were delicious. 3) St Mary Lodge dining room - looked basic, but had good fish tacos and bison meatloaf 4) Many Glacier hotel dining room - great cocktails and HUGE desserts 5) West Glacier - Glacier Highlands restaurant. Another place with a good selection of local beer and wonderful pies! Chocolate banana ... read more
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North America » United States » Montana » Glacier National Park September 11th 2018

Drove an hour back east from Apgar to the Two Medicine area. Hiked up to Cobalt Lake, passing Aster falls and Rockwell falls. 11.4 miles round-trip. A bit of an incline in areas but not as bad as Crypt Falls in Waterton. Both falls are large with many Cascades and tiers. You can climb up along the sides of both to the top. Again, amazing views. Cool weather, only hitting about 60 as the high. Cloudy today too. Saw a moose about 15 feet off the trail. Oh, the chipmunks are not timid. ... read more
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We stayed one night at the Village Inn at Apgar. Very cute, decorated retro 1960s. Right on Lake McDonald. You can see in the picture on the left and towards the center some of the smoke plumes from the fires. All hiking in the Lake McDonald area is still closed. We are hopeful that by the end of our trip we might get in there. We are now staying at the Cedar Creek Lodge in Columbia Falls. After a full week of small rooms, double beds and cruise-ship sized showers, this room seems HUGE. Two queens and a full shower/tub. You have to sacrifice charm for modern amenities. Oh the things we get used to in our daily lives. It is nice that there is onsite laundry because after a week of hiking my suitcase is ... read more
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North America » United States » Montana » Glacier National Park September 10th 2018

Today we hiked to Iceberg Lake (4.8 miles one way). It starts off fairly steep but then levels off to a gradual incline. The lake is just beautiful - all colors of blue. We got a bit of sun while there which was lucky because the clouds rolled in on our way back. After that we headed to the Apgar area of the park on Lake McDonald. (2 hour drive)... read more
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Hiked to Grinnell Lake this morning. Decent length , 3.6 miles (one way)but fairly flat. Quite windy again today. Saw a moose! Also hiked to Red Rock Falls (1.9 miles one way) a bit uphill. And yes, the rocks are red.... read more
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Headed up the Going-to-the-sun Road this morning to Logan Pass from St Mary. Currently you can't drive past there due to the Howe Ridge fires, only shuttle and tour buses can, with no stops until they reach the Apgar area. We did the steep walk up to the Hidden Lake lookout. It was very windy and raining a bit as we started out. They mean it when they say be prepared for any type of weather. The sun finally managed to come out while we were on our way back down. Walked a bit on the Highline Trail along the cliffside, too. Then we headed up to the Many Glacier area from here, which was about a 40 minute drive.... read more
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So I'm catching up...been offline for almost three days. The Many Glacier area is just the place to do that. NO cell reception and the Many Glacier Hotel only had WiFi in the lobby, but it was slower than dial-up. Weird but good to be unplugged for a few days. The hotel is old and charming, but a little on the noisy side. Squeaky floors and you can definitely hear your neighbors. But luckily most people quiet down by 10pm. It's right on the Swiftcurrent lake where you can easily spot moose. We also saw mountain goats up on the hill and some bears. We hiked Apikuni Falls on the way to the hotel, short hike but pretty much straight up. Had a very close encounter with a black bear, which we watched for about 20 ... read more
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North America » United States » Montana » Glacier National Park September 25th 2017

This fall break we are heading to Seattle where Mark got a new job assignment; we are to take a look at the area we will be moving to in the Spring of 2018. This is our great American road trip #9. We have had many road trips in the past 7 years, and I still marvel at the amazing road network in the United States. You probably are wondering why that is a marvel, but you really should look at it from my point of view. I have seen a lot of the world and there is nowhere else in the world where you can get on the road and go endlessly around an entire continent. That aside, I grew up in Africa where the roads leave a lot to the imagination; like I, mention ... read more
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Glacier National Park, Montana




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