so, after the four days of full hookups, laundry, cleaning, and regular bathing, we headed north to glacier national park. we arrived on friday (and thankfully/surprisingly got a campsite, which i will detail later) and got busy exploring on saturday. glacier happens to boast one of the most beautiful scenic drives in the country, the going-to-the-sun road, so we figured we would check that out, taking in the scenery and getting our bearings for the next two weeks of adventuring.
i took about 8000 pictures and i tried to narrow them down, but still ended up with a bunch.
the first bit of the road from our campsite isn’t very exciting, following along lake mcdonald (without a view of it). then along a river. when we finally started ascending, the views started to pick up. 🙂
when the road was being planned, the folks in charge wanted to preserve the wilderness of glacier as best they could. so, there’s just this one road, narrow and winding through through the park as unobtrusively as possible, with beautiful stone work,
like these arches that let the waterfall pass through.
it was saturday afternoon, so pretty much everyone was driving along with us and most of the turn outs and parking areas were full, but we did manage to find a couple to hop out and take some better pics.
we stopped at the rising sun campground and village to have lunch. the restaurant was super fancy and expensive and i didn’t see any lidkid approved fare, so we went to the general store and bought (overpriced) lunch meats and eggs and cheese and chips to fill us up for the ride back.
we DID stop at a spot where i thought we could wade into the creek to cool off. when we got out, someone told us there were two deer just up a little, so we grabbed the fancy zoomy camera and took off to get some pics.
it was a successful first day of exploring. on sunday, day two, we decided to just lay low and head over to apgar village on our bikes and do a bit of canoeing on lake mcdonald. our campsite is a quick little ride to apgar village, one we would take many times during our two weeks.
i busted out the fancy camera with hopes of getting some good shots of the kids. i managed a few okay pics.
so, that was our first weekend at glacier. lots of scenery and exploring. but i was definitely ready for some hiking…