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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"G" is for Glacier National Park

"Flying into Glacier" ©Mary Montague Sikes
"Morning Haze on Lake McDonald" ©Mary Montague Sikes
Last summer, we spent a week at Glacier National Park and soon discovered seven days is not nearly enough time to explore this spacious portion of the state of Montana. We did not attempt to visit the entire park which features 700 miles of hiking trails, but instead focused on the southwestern portion and Lake McDonald. The pretty town of Kalispell and the historic Kalispell Grand Hotel, built in 1911, served as our base.

We learned that Glacier National Park was established in 1910 and contains approximately one million acres. We also discovered that Going-to-the-Sun Road is a spectacular road to follow across the park from Lake McDonald to St. Mary Lake. Completed in 1932, the road is considered an engineering marvel. Driving the narrow roadway over Logan Pass is not for the feint of heart, but the journey is breathtaking and offers numerous unforgettable photographic opportunities.

I hope for another chance to visit this National Park and explore the eastern side where St. Mary Lake is located. It would be fun to follow Highway 89 north toward Canada.
"On Lake McDonald" ©Mary Montague Sikes


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Now I want to go drive that road!!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

That road is quite an experience, Alex!

Comley Charlotte said...

lucky lucky you! It looks amazing. So nice to connect and follow

Julie Flanders said...

I'd LOVE to visit this park someday.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks Comley Charlotte for the comment and the follow!

Julie, it's an adventure!

Beth Camp said...

We drove along that Going-to-the-Sun Road during a summer of camping and still remember how mad a RV-driver was after he barely made it through. Signs did post warnings. Gorgeous pictures. Happy memories!