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  • Day5

    Glacier National Park Montana

    August 6, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 7 °C

    We started early since Kalispell is an hour drive to the West entrance of Glacier National Park.
    We drove the going to the sun Road. A scenic drive with a lot of possibilities to take small hikes.

    We stopped several times but the best place was the lake near St. MARY. We stopped and did a 20 minutes hike to the lake and we stayed there for nearly two hours. A breathtaking view and landscape. Nearly one Kilometer before the park end we finally saw a bear direct next to the street. An awesome final for this day especially to our son.
    After that we had a 3 hours drive to Great Falls where we stay for one night.

    Wir sind frueh gestartet, da es vom Hotel noch immer eine Stunde bis zum Park Eingang war. Wir sind die going to the sun road gefahren. Eine wunderschöne Strecke mit vielen Möglichkeiten kleine kurze Abstecher zu machen. Wir haben oft gestoppt aber der mit Abstand schönste Ort war der See naehe St. MARY. WIR HABEN EINE KURZE Wanderung dort hin gemacht um dort fuer fast 2 Stunden zu bleiben. Eine atemberaubende Aussicht und Landschaft. Als wir dann Richtung Usgange gefahren sind haben wir dann doch tatsächlich noch einen Baer am Straßenrand entdeckt. Eine tolle Erfahrung, vor allem fuer unseren Sohn.
    Danach hatten wir noch 3 Stunden zu Fahren mit nach Great Falls, wo wir fuer 1 Nacht bleiben.
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  • Day89

    It's All About The Lakes, ...

    August 13, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Despite the fact we have visited some absolutely incredible places on this trip so far, the Tetons just blew me away with its jagged peaks and stunning lakes and canyons, not to mention the wildlife (and celebs!). Still, all good things must come to an end and we eventually headed out of the park. We headed north, over some 10% gradient roads which Elvis wasn't too happy about. We're liking this part of the world more and more as we found a beautiful free camp site by a large lake with hardly anyone in it, and managed a few hours fishing before watching the amazing Persides meteor storm with several shooting stars per minute.

    Elvis's driver side window has given up the ghost, and I'm amazed how warm it is this high and far north so it's driving me crazy. I have to have the air-con on whilst Jo has her window fully down. So we picked up a replacement part but annoyingly it didn't fit. Along with an oil change we lost a good couple of hours, and spent the rest of the day chewing miles as we headed north. We stopped for a quick lunch at a place called Gates of the Mountains, which is aptly named due to the narrow vertical crack running through the rock and into a gorgeous looking lake. We found another lake to camp by (again free) which allowed a quick run followed by a nice cool down (and de-smell!) before we had a camp fire on the beach.

    The next morning we continued our drive north and got close to Glacier NP. It's really popular around here so we struggled with a camp site and ended up in a parking lot next to an official site right outside the park. There was a freight train line not far away so it wasn't our best night's sleep, but that did enforce an early start which meant we got the penultimate spot in an official site in the NP :)

    As it was still early we drove up to Many Glaciers, which sounded promising. Even more impressive sounding was Iceberg Lake, but we weren't expecting too much - it is August, it's 30+C and we are only at 5,000 feet. Despite our scepticism, after a couple of hours hike we arrived at this gorgeous turquoise lake ringed by a high vertical ridge so it gets almost no sun, and yes - it was full of icebergs! They were admittedly not Titanic proportions, but were several metres across. As we were noshing down on our sandwiches this unbelievable guttural tearing noise echoed around us, and 20 odd seconds later a big slice carved off the glacier on the far side of the lake. About a minute later a mini tsunami almost pulled our bags into the water! It was such a gorgeous and unique spot that I felt compelled to swim out to one - a decision that was hastily regretted, although a experience I will never forget! Jo decided to have a nice long hot shower at the end of the day instead - what a wimp!
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  • Sep14

    Speechless @ Glacier National Park

    September 14, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 52 °F

    So. Many. Pictures. And I can only choose 10 per Footprint. So you'll have to deal with me posting a couple of footprints for this awe-inspiring trek on Going-To-The-Sun Road, cutting across Glacier NP.

    Carter wanted to show off her "Carter in the Wild" look, so she's making an appearance in this footprint. She's the star of several scary mountain pass road videos, if I can figure out how to get them uploaded.
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  • Day92

    Glacier National Park, Montana

    August 26, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Say hello to Glacier National Park, our favorite park of the trip so far! Words and pictures will both come far short of describing this park, but I'll give it a go. Everything in Glacier is huge. The mountains are simply enormous. The glaciers have slowly carved the mountain peaks into horns and spikes, and flattened some into buttes, and the sides of the mountains are so steep in some places that they are nearly vertical. The valleys between the mountains are filled with icy blue lakes made of glacier water.

    Glacier has the highest population of grizzly bears in the continental US, and is also home to black bears, coyotes, wolves, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and many, many other creatures. We were lucky enough to see most of the list above. Each hike in the park leads to some of the most breathtaking views you could imagine. When we arrived in August, nearly all of the 20+ types of wildflowers were in bloom, and the 7+ types of berries were ripe. This is something that only happens for a couple of weeks during the entire year, so we were very lucky.

    We were only able to stay in the park for a few days, but we both absolutely loved it. Glacier, we'll be seeing you again!
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