Hello again folks,|
I had a great day today. After breakfast at the hotel I headed out at about 7:30 this morning. It was about a 45 minute drive to the entrance of Glacier National Park. In Glacier I traveled on the "Going to the Sun" highway. The first 20 or so miles in the park are mostly forest as you ride beside Lake McDonald and later the river. But after about the first 20 miles the road gets spectacular.
It was a beautiful day. A few low clouds this morning but it became a mostly sunny day. In the picture below you can see one of the Glacier Park touring cars passing in front of Bird Woman Falls.
The scenery is breathtaking. The picture below is looking down on where I had come from.
The picture below is the Weeping Wall. If that motor cycle were in the other lane he would have gotten very wet.
Below is looking down on one of the many switchbacks on the highway. I was still climbing up the mountain at this point.
That line just below the snow in the picture below is the road going up the side of the mountain. Barbara, this looks like a good place for your next adventure.
Still climbing in the picture below but getting near the top. That is Logan Pass you see above.
There was not a parking space to be found anywhere at Logan Pass so I had to skip it and head down the other side. Below is looking up at Logan Pass from the other side. Also a lot of pretty waterfalls in the picture.
A waterfall beside one of the tunnels is pictured below. Shortly after that picture was taken the road was under construction until almost the end of the park. It was not possible to take pictures while dodging bull dozers.
While heading north on the other side of the park there was a large herd of cows standing in the middle of the road.
Pictured below is the Canadian border and the entrance to Waterton-Glacier Peace Park.
So this was an international trip. Below is a picture looking down on the park.
That is the Prince of Wales Hotel perched above the lake and looking down on the town site. I ate my lunch sitting here in front of the lake.
I really wanted to spend more time here. But it was 3:00 and I had to drive all the way back to Kalispell. So I headed back to Kalispell retracing the exact route in which I came. I spent about 90 minutes in Canada. Driving in the opposite direction gives you a whole new perspective on what you have already seen. I saw lots of scenic points I didn't notice the first time heading the other direction. Below is the back side of Glacier National Park.
Unfortunately I had to go through the road construction again. Below is another hairpin curve climbing back up the Going to the Sun Highway in Glacier National Park.
And the nice thing about doing things twice, I did find a place to park at Logan Pass this time.
Below is looking east from Logan Pass.
I walked along the Highline Trail for a short while. As usual my feet wouldn't let me go very far, but I did get a look at a couple scenic vistas.
You could really smell the pine along the trail.
Now it was time to go back down the other side of Logan Pass. The sun was in better position for some views than it was hours earlier when I was here before.
And in my final picture below you can see another one of the touring cars heading down the mountain.
I got back to Kalispell at 7:30. It took less than half the time to get back since I made considerably less stops. A stormy day is predicted along my path for tomorrows journey. So I am hoping it doesn't interrupt my planned activities.
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