Going to the Sun – at Glacier National Park

LOCATION:  Columbia Falls, Montana
CAMPGROUND:  Mountain View RV Park
WEATHER:  Beautiful – especially in the mountains.  Cool (49) in the AM

Another fabulous mountain day!  This one at Glacier National Park….

We set the alarm for 5:30, dressed quickly, grabbed our breakfast and lunch picnics, and were out the door by 5:45.  We were in a race to get to the Visitor Center parking lot at Glacier.  Crazy, but you have to get there by 7:00 AM in order to find a parking space!

We were successful and hiked around the Visitor Center at Logan Pass. 

This photo was taken from the Visitor Center – the highest peak in the park.

It was quite cool – still only about 55 when we were hiking.  The wildflowers were beautiful – a lot of fireweed.

One of the trails was closed due to bear activity. 

Then, on up the mountain. The drive is so scary – the road is narrow and the cliffs hang over the highway. 

We stopped along the way for more hikes. 

Some of the pull-out parking areas were full, so we missed some hikes.  When we could find a parking spot, we hiked some more, including a hike to these pretty falls.

At another turn-out hike, we followed what had been the horse trail.  In early years of Glacier tourism, some people travelled by cars, others by horses.  The horses had a separate trail so the cars would not scare them.

Mask-wearing when you are hiking is interesting.  We do what most people do…..when we are totally alone, we take the masks off.  When you are breathing hard, they are a pain. Then, when you see another hiker approach, you don your mask.  Either we or the approaching hikers stop, get off the path in order to provide social distancing, and the other group passes by.  What a different way to hike!

In “normal” years, you can take the Going-to-the-Sun Road across the park.  Often the road is closed,  as they are still clearing out the snow at Logan Pass, even into the summer months.  This photo was taken this past JUNE when they were clearing it….

This year, we could not go all the way as the far eastern section of the road is closed.  This area belongs to the Blackfoot Indians and they have decided to close the highway to keep people out, for protection from Covid-19.

So, we did a U-turn and started back down.  On our way down the mountain, we encountered a lot of vehicles climbing up, some of whom were hogging the yellow middle line.  We (George) moved over to avoid hitting them, resulting in us hitting one of the overhanging cliffs!  There was no damage – just pushed the mirror in. 

We found a pull-out with no other cars near Lake MacDonald.  We wandered down into the woods and found a beach.  We enjoyed our picnic all by ourselves.  Heaven!

After Glacier, we spent a few hours driving around the Hungry Horse Reservoir and Dam, until we encountered the dreaded “Pavement Ends” sign.

Back in Joy, we rested, after such an early morning and rigorous hiking.  Then, George got out the grill and cooked our dinner…

DINNER:  Grilled pork chops.  I sauted the oyster mushrooms we had bought in the farmers’ market –  so special and yummy.  Side was a big salad. 

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