Joe and Ingrid's Alaska Trip travel blog

view on the nature trail in Great Falls campground

mts and St. Mary Lake

waterfall where we met the deer

Yup, she was that close

Just more mts and lakes

Lake MacDonald Lodge & red busses

East Glacier Lodge

Gardens in the International Peace park, E. Glacier


Hi, Everyone from Jasper, AB,

So, hey, we finally have decent Wifi. I'll catch you up in two installments, just incase you don't want to read all of this at once.

We went to Great Falls,MT on 6/9 to a lovely KOA which had nice trees screening each site. Only problem was VERY tight quarters on the sites to the point that our slide out was in the lilac bushes that lined our left side. Nice private feeling though. Here we went to the Lewis & Clark interpretive center, well done with views of the Great Falls which have now been damned and are not so threatening, nor is the Mighty Missouri River as wide as it was back when L&C arrived here and had to portage 18 miles around the falls...a terrible two week ordeal for them.

Our campground had a wonderful nature walk which we and Colden enjoyed each day. Wonderful views from the bluff, signage that told of the area and the views, and a teepee for shelter from the ever present winds. Lots of bunnies for Colden to chase and our new Alaska friends caught up with us here. Cold and rainy the morning we left.

Left Great Falls on 6/10 headed for St. Mary in the East Glacier area. Stayed at a KOA again and caught up on laundry. Town is so small that our GPS couldn't find it. Had to call the campground to get a town nearby. It is on the west side of the Blackfeet Reservation. Passed huge grain elevators and wind farms on the ride over. Arrived at the

at 12:30 in time to drive into the EAst Glacier end of the park in the afternoon. Learned that the "Going to the Sun" highway through the park wouldn't open until 2 days after we leave but we could go in 13 miles from this side which we did.

Glacier on this side is very rugged. Lake St. Mary is a phenominal green color. On a short hike to a waterfall we met three delightful your women from FL. Joe teased them about there being bears in the woods. Didn't see bears but we were surprised by two doe who joined our group at the waterfall/stream. Walked right through our group and one followed us up the trail back to the road. Such a joyful surprising day!

Bought eggs (reasonably priced) and VERY expensive ($15.99 for 12 oz) Montana coffee at the camp store. Met some campers from Illinois who had a 3 yr old black lab named Samantha. She and Colden ran and ran (she outran him). Her family was leaving for West Glacier in the am since they were tired of the wind and rain they'd experienced for 3 days on the east side. We found out what they meant that night since the wind just blew, blew, blew all night. Shake rattle and roll in the trailer! The wind folks, the wind...

On 6/11 we drove from east -West Glacier to see the other side of the park. More commercial and more facilities over here. A HOLY S--T road over, curvy with no guard rails in lots of places and incredible views, 55 degrees. Crossed the Continental Divide at Marias Pass. Entered the west gate around 11:30 and went to lunch at the Lake MacDonald Lodge. This side of the park is more lush in vegetation, some pines even have Spanish-type moss hanging from them. Took pics of some of the new "old red busses", remade by Ford which shuttle people through the park.

On the way back we stopped in the town of East Glacier and went to the International Peace Garden and the East Glacier Lodge. This is the one in the great train rides DVD we have. Built as most of these big Lodges were by the Great Northern RR, it was stunning. Golf course looked in great shape too. No we've not played. Prices too high for my lack of skills and the wind too challenging! Beautiful sunny day on this side 65 degrees at 5:30.

The next day we went into Many Glacier area and more adventures. Catch you there...

Ingrid

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