The 'Going To The Sun Road' is the only road that crosses through Glacier National Park. Vehicles over 21feet in length are not allowed over the summit. For this reason we decided to head right to the west entrance and do our touring from there as we were heading west after. Leaving Yellowstone we took scenic two lane roads again whenever possible. National forest campgrounds are always our favorite stop between park destinations, and this one in Montana was berry berry good. Along the road people were picking something that we discovered were Huckelberries. We were ordered by the locals to pick some and to have fresh muffins for breakfast which we did and enjoyed enough to pick a few more cups before we moved on for the next morning. We have had unbelievable good luck finding camping spots but we actually had made reservations for Glacier due to its limited number of campgrounds. We arrived in Kalispell in the afternoon before our reservation and pulled into a Cabellas. Lucky us, a Wal-Mart was across the street so we provisioned for Glacier. There was also Hu Hot and we introduced Jo and John to the fine art of the Mongolian Grill. We passed Big Mountain Ski Resort just before entering into Glacier. I had skied there back 20 some years ago and doing that calculation sure gave me a reality check.
Arriving just before check in time we had to wait a bit for our campsite so we headed for the visitor center and loaded up with maps and brochures. The next morning we caught the early shuttle to the east side, stopping on the way back several times. We walked along mountain lakes and cliffs on of the side of a rock face overlooking valleys cut by glaciers thousands of years ago. I don't know how every park can be such a great work of natural art. There are not enough superlatives to describe our parks and I may need to pick up a thesaurus. The Going To The Sun Road is one of the top scenic roads in America. Even the brave hearted would marvel while they hold their breath on the narrow hairpin curves.
Glacier has lots of snow, this year the opening of The Road was delayed because of a major snowfall mid June. And did I mention the really old snow? 10,000 year old glaciers, really? How do they carbon date snow? And snow melts! Everywhere there are waterfalls and cascades that last days, weeks or the entire season. Impossible to count. Impossible to name. Stunning streams of sparkling sterile stupendedness. I am out of words so you will just have to look at the rest of the pictures in the photo gallery over there on the right side of the page.