Monday, June 30, 2014
In order to get there we need to go back to Route 2 east and then take Route 464--about 70 miles or so.
This is part three of our Glacier visit. To see the previous visits at Apgar and Two Medicine, look at the issues below. These two antique cars were at the entrance to Two Medicine as we left. When these cars were new, the owners were guaranteed to be stopping every so many miles for tire repair and other mechanical fixes. All we can think of is that they are far,far from any help.
East Glacier is on the way out to Route 2 and there are some enticing stops such as Brownies.
They were advertising Huckleberry pie. Well, who could resist? We picked up two slices of pie for our dinner later, some cinnamon pastry, and a blueberry cream pastry that was absolutely delicious!
Lady Blue is happy in a very comfortable site. The elevation here is about 5,000 feet. We are a very few miles from Canada and there was a temptation to go to the Canadian entrance for Glacier, Waterton Park. But we decided ,no, for this trip.
As in the other campgrounds, we have no phone or internet. Surprisingly, we also had no satellite radio.
We also learned, after seeing how full this campground was, that this is the most popular campground in the park.
There are trails all over and some right out of the campground. Some obvious new signs of beaver.
Jan and I stared at these beaver cut stumps for a while , wondering about how big these beaver were.
Yup----you already guessed it. These were cut in the winter or spring with a fair amount of snow still on the ground.
Signs of spring all over.
Even a variation of Indian Paintbrush.
Along our trail around Swiftcurrent Lake is a great view of Many Glacier Hotel. This was the "gem of the west" when it was built in the early 1900's.
We were picking up a trail map at the ranger station when we overheard a couple in front of us describing their encounter with a grizzly bear on the Grinell Trail. Evidently the bear didn't want to leave the trail and some hikers turned around. The woman had a picture of the grizzly. Jan was not in favor of that trail. Bear spray is highly recommended here.
You have to stop frequently to take in the views here.
The entrance to the hotel has a Swiss feel to it. Again, these hotels were built by the railroad owners to encourage tourists to come to Glacier. They were all within a days horseback ride since there were few roads in the park.
Jan and I had to take a peak at the dining room. An elegant place with linen on the tables and that huge fireplace at the end.
We did not dine here, but I'm sure it would be very good.
There were mountain goats outside the hotel, but no sign of the Bighorn Sheep. Some regular campers had mentioned seeing the sheep on the hillsides now and then.
A plaque here gives a little hint of what it might have been like in the early 1900's , visiting on horseback.
Jan is checking out a different view back to the hotel.
A young man who passed us on the trail is headed back the other way. He says there are two bears ahead. Someone else is mentioning a moose and a young moose off the trail. We go on, but we see only beautiful Glacier views.
We will leave you with a panorama from the porch of the hotel. Yes, a great place to stay if you are not into camping. There are boat, canoe, and kayak rentals here as well as boat rides. Even in late June, some of the trails were not considered passable due to snow, but there are many trails to choose from.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
This is the second of three issues about Glacier National Park. To see the first--Apgar--go to the following issue below.
To get to Two Medicine, we joined Route 2 east out of West Glacier and then Route 49 north. Signs made it clear that we could go no further than Two Medicine on that route--limits of 21 feet in length and 8 feet in width. This is on the road into Two Medicine
The sites were all on a first come , first serve basis. There were open sites, but the campground was busy. Again, many hikers.
There are a number of Bighorn sheep that visit the campground. This is a mom and lamb. The males have the big rounded horns--so the ranger told us.
We were thinking mountain goats.
Jan and I headed up the Aster Park Trail. That was to give us a great overview of the lake and campground.
Along the way are small flowers --some that we saw blooming weeks ago at lower elevations. We are now at about 5,000 feet of elevation.
We kept crossing paths with a nice young couple. We offered to take their picture--it was their 14th wedding anniversary--and they offered to take ours.
Didn't break the camera--so I guess we're good.
These blue flowers, we had not seen before.
Lots of colors.
Jan had a chance to use the new camera.
Good job, Jan!!!
We remember that Grampy used to say, "Atta girl!"
"End of Trail" sounds a little scary.
Oh, I guess they didn't mean "that".
Always like to add pictures of old cars. These are adventurous antique owners, because it is a long, long ride to a town of any size.
Two medicine was a great stay. You could spend a day kayaking on the lake, climbing trails, or just sitting and enjoying the scenery.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Some beautiful scenery just on the road into the park.
We find a site on loop A, the only one open on Friday. But, if you have a choice, we would recommend B or C. Still, this is a very comfortable site.
This is one of the cottages along the shore.
Since 1914, tourists have been able to move around this huge park in the Red Bus vehicles.
Considering the mileage , the price is not too steep.
Unfortunately, the Going-to-the-Sun Road is still closed for snow removal and will be for a while.
Our second day is a bike ride around the south of the lake and over to Fish Creek on the west side.
Every corner in this park elicits a "Wow" for a different view of these snow covered mountains.
Jan was not too excited about these signs on the bike trail.
It didn't help that the ranger at Fish Creek Campground asked if we had seen the bears on the trail.????
It seems there were black bears on the bike trail earlier, but we missed them.
Jan kept the noise level up all the way back!!
Some views from the bike trail--and road.
Some interesting flowers pop up along the way. This is, we believe, beargrass.
This is a rapids on the McDonald Creek.
Lady blue really enjoyed the Going-to-the-Sun Road.
This link will take you to information and pictures on the Road. Scroll down on the left on that site for a link to the pictures. http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/goingtothesunroad.htm .
We had mentioned the snow the week before. Most of it has melted, but also there is a large snowmelt with the warmer temperatures.
The river is really moving. If you look to the left of this picture, you can see how small the people are along the far bank. Also, remember, you can click on the pictures to enlarge.
It was the weekend and unfortunately, we could not park at Avalanche Creek. But , we did find a spot at McDonald Lodge, right on the lake!!
The Lodge is celebrating its 100th birthday this summer. Back in the early 1900's, the railroads built a lot of these lodges or hotels within a day's horseback ride of each other. The idea was to encourage tourists to stay even though there were few roads in the park.
You can imagine how the tourists in the 1900's loved this lakeside part of the hotel.
It's probably a good time to mention here that we are working with a new camera now. The camera is wonderful, but I've noticed that the large files are changing some of the colors when they are minimized for the blog. I'll be working on that.
Inside, at Luckes Lounge, Jan and I decide to take advantage of a window seat and a great view of the lake.
Jan had a glass of Dark Horse Cabernet from California(http://www.darkhorsewine.com/index.asp) and I have a glass of Going-to-the-Sun IPA (https://www.greatnorthernbrewing.com/our_beers.php ).
With those, we have a great Wild Salmon Dip with home made bread and vegetables.
With so many pictures from Glacier, Jan and I decided to divide them into three issues. This one--Apgar-is the first. The second, in a few days, will be Two Medicine on the East Glacier side. And the last will be Many Glacier , a little further north on the east side.
Back out on Route 2 Lady Blue climbs easily to the Continental Divide at Marias Pass.
We are so glad that we waited for good weather.
It would have been a shame to miss these wonderful views.