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Sunday, July 28, 2013

My Bag Is Always Packed - A Visit to Glacier

My bag is always packed and ready to go. I enjoy travel and would like to see as many places as possible and revisit often those destinations I've grown to love.

We just returned from a week in Montana--a family vacation planned by our daughter, Allison. She loves the National Parks and selected Glacier for this year's exploration.
McDonald Lake at Glacier National Park ©Mary Montague Sikes

The scenery was spectacular--a photo op in every direction. We quickly learned that a week is not enough time to explore this park. While we saw a lot of the western side, we did not actually visit the eastern section. However, when our daughter, Alicia, drove us over the Going to the Sun road, we viewed parts of the east side of Glacier. My digital camera amazes me with its ability to capture photos through a car window while traveling along a roadway. Because of that feature, I have some pictures from the eastern section.
"Through the Window - East Glacier" ©Mary Montague Sikes
We flew into the Glacier Park International Airport from Chicago. Because of a tight connection, we had a 15-minute run/walk to a terminal far distant from the gate where our plane from Richmond landed. We were thankful to have daughter, Amy, to lead the way through crowded O'Hare. The Kalispell airport is a nice size and easy to reach. A local resident told us the airport was discovered about 10 years ago by celebrities, including some movie stars, who use the facility for their private jets.

©Alicia Sikes
 Do you enjoy travel? Is there a season of the year when you most like to explore someplace you've never been?

I always learn something new, especially when visiting the National Parks. I'll keep my bag packed and look forward to the next time...


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It's not just scenery in a park - it's the fresh air.
I like traveling in spring or fall. I don't like to visit any location when it's really hot. Although I doubt it was hot there.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

We were expecting it to be cool and were prepared for that. However, they were having a heatwave with day temps in the 90s! Thanks for visiting, Alex!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

That gorgeous picture of McDonald Lake at Glacier National Park made me yearn to go there -- especially with the sizzling temperatures around here in South Louisiana! :-)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

What a beautiful place to visit. I'm ready to travel anytime.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Roland, it was hot at Glacier, but not humid like you probably are in Louisiana. Everywhere is beautiful there. Thanks for visiting.

Diane, it's great to love to travel!
Thanks for stopping by.

Julie Flanders said...

Oh, I've heard great things about this park and would love to visit myself. I love your pics and I'm glad you had a good time!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks, Julie. We didn't see everything and need to go back. Also, I want to see the Canadian section of the park.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Monty,

Man you are always on the move! How fantastic! Gorgeous pics!

I LOVE to travel, but finances keep me from running all the time. Hopefully someday I can go and come as I please. But, until then I enjoy what few travels I do have.

Sharon Himsl said...

What a beautiful state. My husband has family there. Went to a family reunion in Kalispel and loved seeing Glacier. Mountain goats were cool.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Michael, we travel instead of doing other things. Thank you! I love taking pictures.

Sharon, you are fortunate to go to such a beautiful location as Kalispell for a family reunion! We had one of those big mountain goats come charging down the boardwalk and right past us at Logan Pass.