Glacier National Park: Oh. My. God.

I couldn’t stay in Montana for very long before I was drawn to Glacier National Park’s famous Going To The Sun Road. I Think it only took me five days to visit Glacier after I had settled in to my new spot at the ranch in Bigfork, Mt.

Oddly enough I don’t feel the need to leave the ranch very much, it holds its own in the wildlife and natural beauty department. Turkey, deer, ground squirrels, birds, etc- they hold my attention and are acclimated to seeing humans so they aren’t very fearful of humans. Good for wildlife sightseeing…

The drive took only about 50 minutes to get to the West gate, which was the closest entrance. The drive to Glacier was very scenic with the forest covered Swan Mountain Range to my right, and about halfway there I began to get a glimpse of the heart of Glacier National Park. I loved the rocky faces of the mountains and their snow filled crevaces. It was such a wonderful little tease to see those stunning peaks through my windshield during the drive.

Hay fields, pastures birthing bright yellow Canola flowers and rolled hay bales encompassed my vision along the way.

I passed through a couple of small uneventful towns,  then like an explosion, the Michelangelo of landscapes blinded me. I came around a bend just past Columbia Falls on Hwy 2, and BOOM there’s a river the color of turquoise flowing at the base of a tree filled mini mountain. There was even a train track running parallel to the road across the river.

I’ve been to Glacier National Park eight  times since then, and on that first day the water was the most colorful of all. It’s truly hard to believe the color even though you are seeing it. (Though Banff is much more staggering, Glacer’s water is still gorgeous.)

After a quick stop at the west gate Apgar visitor center, I (we, if you count The Girls…) proceeded to hit the Going To The Sun road and it was instant eye-candy. The drive starts along the southwestern tip of Lake McDonald with Logan’s Pass’s peaks ahead and the drive is on a curvy wandering  Christmas-tree lined road. You are afforded little glimpses of the peaks, and there are pull offs for picnics and photo opportunities, but one can see the lake and it’s color, and I think it is one of the most scenic spots in the entire park. Stop and smell the flowers if you get there…

I made a couple of stops for photos along the way, and I had to stop just before Logan’s Pass, since the entire stretch of road from Logan’s Pass to the East gate wouldn’t open until two days later. It’s the earliest opening of the Going To The Sun Road in the history of Glacier Park. I suppose I brought a little too much of Florida with me.

However, I finally got to see and touch some SNOW!!!! It’s been so long since I have had the chance to enjoy it. Of course, I had to put Trixie and Gizmo up on that little bit of snow to capture their first experience with it. They didn’t appreciate it much (at all). But the background scenery was beautiful for the shots, and they forgave me.

It’s now November, and the road from the West gate is only open to Avalanche Falls. The rest of the road is closed for the Winter. Peace to you for the Winter, Glacier… you had a hard year with the fires!

The photos speak for themselves, let’s take a look.

Trixie striking a pose

 

 

Gizmo trying to copy her sister

 

Ok, enough, is the photo session over yet?

 

FEET!! COLD!!!!! MOOOOOM!

 

 

Right at the big switchback.. at the Piegan pass trail

 

 

Wow. Seriously? Thank you, Glacier! Heaven on earth…

 

The very little leftover snow. Giz and Trix were on there… mystery girl walking .

 

Cool cave under the ice, over the waterfall.

 

 

This is Beargrass, in bloom. Gizmo posing underneath, unaware of the Beargrass looming behind her.

 

If I were a better writer, I would have gotten the name of the peaks behind me. Instead, I took photos of a girl and her dog for her, and then asked her if she would catch me with my girls. Animal lover importance takes the cake. It was windy, hence the flying hair.

 

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Yes, hiking. Neat thing on this trail near Avalanche was a deer that basically walked right up to me, coming within 5 feet of me, I stayed there, statue still!

 

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Avalanche Falls. No caption necessary. Just stare.
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Taken near St. Mary entrance. I wanted you to see the amazing color of the water here. I apologize for the small photos now… not sure how I have ticked off my computer, but there it is…
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Someone likes Glacier more than I do? Well then….

Thank you for checking in, I will be launching again very soon (within a week) and will have much more to report, so look for more posts asap! I feel like I will be ‘re-launching’ my original plan! Southwestern USA, here I come!

 

 


6 thoughts on “Glacier National Park: Oh. My. God.

  1. I never ….. ever …. get tired of reading your beautiful words and looking at your amazing pictures.
    You sure have a great eye for seeing and enjoying the little things in life.
    Talk soon and safe travels 🙂

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  2. HI:
    Thanks for your post, I just had to run the snow blower to get two feet of snow off my drive way so I’m not quite a enthusiastic to touch snow, but I, as with you, love Glacier. A while back my buddies and I always went there to ride our bikes up and over then back for training. the road really reminds me of some of the roads I have ridden in the past in Europe. thanks again for the post, I like the wind blown look !!!

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