2015 Montana, Calgary Stampede, Icefield Parkway travel blog

St. Mary, MT - St. Mary/East Glacier KOA - site F33

St. Mary, MT - St. Mary/East Glacier KOA - site F33, another...

St. Mary, MT - St. Mary/East Glacier KOA - site F33, and...

St. Mary, MT - St. Mary/East Glacier KOA - site F33 -...

St. Mary, MT - St. Mary/East Glacier KOA - site F33 -...

Lake Louise, AB to St. Mary, MT 0 - our route -...

Lake Louise, AB to St. Mary, MT 1 - as we start...

Lake Louise, AB to St. Mary, MT 2

Lake Louise, AB to St. Mary, MT 3

Lake Louise, AB to St. Mary, MT 4 - lots of hay...

Lake Louise, AB to St. Mary, MT 5

Lake Louise, AB to St. Mary, MT 6 - back into the...

Lake Louise, AB to St. Mary, MT 7 - One of the...

Lake Louise, AB to St. Mary, MT 8 - firefighter camp just...

Lake Louise, AB to St. Mary, MT 9

Kalispell Trip 1 - one of the viewpoints as we near the...

Kalispell Trip 2

Kalispell Trip 3 - lots of dead trees - we assume from...

Kalispell Trip 4 - lots of purple wildflowers along the road

Kalispell Trip 5 - and the beautiful mountains

Kalispell Trip 6

Kalispell Trip 7 - you can see our road around the mountain...

Kalispell Trip 8

Kalispell Trip 9 - Two Medicine Lake

Kalispell Trip 10 - did I say it was open range most...

Kalispell Trip 11 - we thought we would come back a different...

Kalispell Trip 12 - you can see some smoke from one of...

Kalispell Trip 13 - almost back to the campground with Lake St....


Our trip from Lake Louise, AB to St. Mary, MT was a not too bad 295 mile, five and a half hour trip. We managed to give the Mothership a drink in Calgary at the same Flying J where we had filled up going into Calgary five weeks ago. We had managed to burn 265.21 liters of diesel at the tune of $257 CDN which translated to 196.06 US by the time our credit card did the conversion. The border crossing at Piegan Port of Entry was uneventful after they asked a few questions and we made it to the campground about 1:30 p.m.

We are staying at the St. Mary/East Glacier KOA until September 11 when we go back into Canada for two weeks at Waterton Lakes National Park for the elk rutting. We have a 50 amp full hookup pull-through site with passable WiFi at certain periods of time in the middle of the day when the campground is empty. Our particular site is very unlevel front to back and we never did get completely level. Since we have a residential refrigerator that wasn't critical and we were level enough to put the slides out. Verizon is strong and we have a clear shot to the satellite with all three satellites locked on strong for HD. We understand that Verizon is the only cell service here.

Friday we made the long 280 mile round-trip back over to Columbia Falls and Kalispell. While in Columbia Falls, I retrieved my guns from the bank safe deposit box and got my ears lowered again. We then went on down to the Wal-Mart in Kalispell to stock up for the next five weeks as there isn't much around St. Mary shopping wise. It was a long day but it felt good to be back in the USA and get our life back to normal.

Though they still don't have the Reynolds Creek fire completely under control, they have contained it enough to have opened the Going to the Sun Road Friday but most of the trails along the eastern part of the road are still closed. We hope to hike the St Marys Falls and Virginia Falls trails before we leave but that is still to be determined.

I have also gone back to my previous three posts and corrected a few errors as well as put some links in the write up so you can get more information on some of the things we did if you desire.

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