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August 14, 2012 / lennonsoehl

Glacier

Ah, now to Glacier.  We drove another 9 hour haul on a one lane highway from North Dakota to Montana. It is pitch black on these roads, there was no wehere else but us and the animals that would crawl or jump out on the road as either Sean or I were at the wheel. Let’s see, Sean had deer on the side of the road which compelled him to drive 40 even thought the speed limit was 65 and then 2 skunks, while I also saw deer on the side of the road and also a fox ran across the road. Every hill, every weird tree stump looked like another animal. When you are driving with high beams most of the way you get this tunnel vision and you start to see all sorts of things because you a re trying so hard not to hit anything. The above animals mentioned were real and seen, however we also imagined we saw a moose, elephant, rhino and a tiger. It’s all about perspective I guess! 

We were approaching the Blackfeet Indian reservation at dawn and were quite close to the East entrance for Glacier (St. Mary). We saw some whitish cattle– maybe some sort of Native breed(?) and then we were knocking on St. Mary’s door. We got into the park drove to Rising Sun campground and found a good spot inthe middle of the area. I did not really want to be on the periphery as it looked like really good bear habitat. And yesm the rangers do a good job of basically scaring the shit out of about the bear (although we have not heard or seen any near any of our camp sites).

Glacier is amazing we both agreed. A short hike to St. Mary’s and Virginia Falls the first day in, an 11 mi hike the seond day that left me blistered and sore and then I muddled through a 4 mi hike the following day (don’t know how– flip flops was all i could wear). We were supposed to leave that day but Marvin said he wouldnt be in Driggs for a few days and we decided another day in Glacier was necessary. We went to Many Glacier on Friday and did another 11 mile hike! To the top of Grinell Glacier upper lake were in awe of how close were to the glacier the icebergs and glacial sediment int he sky blue lake and the bighorn sheep on the hill above the lake. The wildlife abounds in Glacier and is not hard to see at all, off the road alone we saw a black bear and her two cubs and at Many Glacier we saw a grizzly and her 2 cubs after our hike. 

By the way we also were lucky enough to see a bull moose at a lake that basically was half a mile form a parking lot and people say the moose had just been hanging there for a few days no matter what time of day. Words cannot even describe Glacier’s beauty and so when I upload the pics you will see why it is called the “Crown of the Continent”. We weer blown away and oohing and ahhing every step of the way. We were so lucky to see the wildlife we did and we got spoiled. The hikes were amazing and though we have many landscape pics they cannot do justice for the real life picturesque scenery everywhere. We definitely want to go back to Glacier– possibly with Doug and Amanda and other friends and really make it a nice vacation. I see why people make it a destination vacation for two weeks. 

The pics will be posted soon. Right now, I am going to sign off and get the car washed and hopefully take a drive up to show Sean Grand Targhee ski resort. 

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  1. Maryann / Aug 14 2012 8:22 pm

    tHIS A GREAT PICTURE I GUESS YOU WERE CLOSE TO GET THIS, LOVED READING ALL THE PLACES YOU WHEN TO. AND THE PICTURE SO FAR., CAN’T WAIT FOR MORE. YOU SHOULD WRITE A TRAVEL LOG IT WOULD MAKE GREAT READING FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO SEE THE COUNTRY SIDE OF THIS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY THAT WE ALL LIVE IN SO MUCH TO SEE WHY PEOPLE TRAVEL TO EUP. AND NOT TRAVEL RIGHT HERE IN OUR COUNTRY. I THINK DOUG AND AMANDA WOULD LOVE TO MAKE THIS TRIP AND MAYBE MELISSA AND IAN . WELL ENOUGH READING A LEARNING ABOUT OUR USA,THANKS LOVE MOM ,PLEASE BE SAFE AND ENJOY YOUR VISIT WITH MARVIN,

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