Saturday, September 15, 2007

Glacier National Park

We stayed two nights at Glacier Meadows RV Resort near East Glacier, and on Friday we drove into Glacier National Park. It was a beautiful day, and we drove up the "Going to the Sun" road that goes up to Logan Pass. It's a very twisty road that climbs the side of the mountain through a series of switchbacks. It's very narrow at times, and they're working on it this summer to repair parts of the road that washed away last winter. But we were not in a hurry, we wanted to enjoy the views!

There's a visitor center at Logan Pass and you could really tell that the glaciers are receding due to the warmer climate. Instead of continuing on the loop road that would of taken us back over roads we had driven the day before, we turned around and started back down. It's amazing how different the views are when you're driving the opposite direction. It's like an entirely different road. There was some smoke in the air from 3 different fires that were currently burning around the park. Some of the hillsides were damaged from the major fire in the park in 2006.

When we got down off the mountain, we stopped at the Lake McDonald Lodge for lunch and to enjoy the views of the lake.

The dining room was closed, so we ate in the lounge. John even had a sample of the local brew and the view from the deck was fantastic! We walked down to the lake, but John couldn't see any fish from the docks.

On the way back to the car we saw one of the famous tour trucks that was built by White Truck in the 1930s. Back in the 1990s they were falling apart, but the visitors loved them so much that Ford Motor Co. rebuilt them all with all new components. They're beautiful and they run on propane instead of gasoline.

If you would like to see all of our pictures from Glacier National Park, please click on this link to see our Picasa Album:

Thanks for sharing this adventure with us!

1 comment:

Jeni said...

Was that snow I saw on the mountains? That road to the sun looked pretty narrow and scary. I bet you were glad you had the Pilot! I've never heard of the "famous" Ford tour cars, but they look pretty cool. Almost as cool as my BeetleBug!