Happy Mother's Day to all! We hope you have a wonderful day.
We spent the day driving to visit the east side of Glacier National Park. Much of the area is still closed because of all the snow. We are hoping to drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road later when the snow has melted. The Going-to-the-Sun road is the only road which crosses through the park. It runs 52 miles from the east entrance at St. Mary across the continental divide to the west entrance at West Glacier.
Our drive took us through parts of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. It was cool seeing where Lewis and Clark passed through this incredible area. My respect for them is growing rapidly. It seems impossible to cross some of the places we are seeing. The Blackfeet Nation's 1.5 million acres (3,000 square miles) reservation in Montana has a population of about 10,000, including 8,500 enrolled Blackfeet, several hundred Blackfeet descendents and Indians from other tribes, and a few hundred non-Indians. The mountain views in the area are breathtaking.
The mountains in Glacier must rank as some of the most beautiful in the world. The Glacier area was called "the backbone of the world" by the Blackfeet Indians and the "crown of the continent" by 18th century writer George Grinnell. They are high, steep, and carved in unusual shapes by the actions of glaciers and other agents of erosion. They are massive and magnificent!!! I will let the photos tell the rest of the story. More later from somewhere in Montana.