Glacier National Park ~ Building a Compound, Many Glacier and a Boat Ride

July 22 – 24th ~ Chewing Black Bones Campground

On the dock, Swiftcurrent Lake

We were sad to pack up and depart our fab spot at Apgar Campground, right on Lake McDonald, but it was time to move on and explore a different region of Glacier. The St Mary Campground was reservation only, and booked solid until the end of the season so we were on the hunt for an alternate place to stay.  Continue reading

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Glacier National Park ~ Trail of the Cedars and John Lake Trail

July 21st ~ Glacier National Park

Tim, Joanne, Karen, Dick at Avalanche Gorge – Trail of the Cedars

We are still camped at Apgar Campground and venturing out from there. Two more hikes were selected with variety, photo opportunities and not being too strenuous in mind: Trail of the Cedars and Johns Lake Loop.  Continue reading

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Glacier National Park ~ Running Eagle Falls and Glacier Park Lodge

July 20th ~ Glacier National Park

Entry on the East side of the park

Glacier NP is often called the Crown of the Continent, and with good reason. It is enormous, diverse, sits on our northern US/Canada border, and provides magnificent scenery.  Continue reading

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Glacier National Park ~ Lake McDonald and Rocky Point Hike

July 19th ~ Glacier National Park

Rocky Point overlooking Lake McDonald

Lake McDonald

“Ten miles long and nearly 500 feet deep (152.4 m), Lake McDonald, the largest lake in the park, is a direct result of glacial carving. High peaks surrounding the lake all show evidence of the power of glaciers to carve even the hardest of rock. The powerful glaciers that carved the broad “u-shaped” valley that Lake McDonald sits in also carved smaller hanging valleys with wonderful waterfalls that are accessible by numerous hiking trails.” ~ NPS.gov

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Glacier National Park ~ Going-to-the-Sun Road

July 18th ~ Glacier National Park

Our view on the hike to St. Mary Falls

After a visit the day before at the visitor’s center, we knew that parking lots in prime areas, such as Avalanche and Logan’s Pass often fill up early, so we hoped to beat the crowds with a 6:30 a.m. departure.  Continue reading

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Glacier National Park ~ We arrived but no sightseeing yet…

July 16 – 17 ~ Glacier National Park

Along the drive from Rollins, MT toward Glacier NP

On the night of the 15th, we simply found a last-minute campsite in Rollins, MT, where we were the last to arrive and then the first out the next morning at 6:30 trying to make a beeline up to Glacier National Park.  Continue reading

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Helena Montana ~ Capitol, Museum, Cathedral and Buddhas

July 14th and 15th ~ Helena, Montana (Sorry, but we have had no Internet for several days, and I am WAY behind)

Cathedral of St. Helena

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Bozeman Montana ~ Museum of the Rockies

July 12th and 13th ~ Bozeman, Montana

Museum of the Rockies

After the thrill of the Beartooth Highway, it was time to head our rig toward Glacier. But with a couple of stops built in along the way. I grabbed our AAA travel book, and looked to see what the “Gem” sites were for Montana, and was pleased to find one in Bozeman, which was a perfect overnight spot for us.  Continue reading

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Beartooth Highway ~ America’s Most Beautiful Drive (Part 2)

July 11th ~ Beartooth Highway (Day 2)

Beartooth Highway

The weather had been dismal the day before, so we decided to give the Beartooth Highway a second chance to WOW us. I’m so grateful that we did!

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Beartooth Highway ~ America’s Most Beautiful Drive (Part 1)

July 10th ~ Beartooth Highway (Day 1 of 2)

View from Pilot-Index Overlook ~ Beartooth Highway

Tim and I are continuing on our 3.5 month epic RV road trip through the western USA and Canada.  Continue reading

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