We arrived here Friday after a leisurely one-hour drive from Waterton Lakes plus a 20 minute border inspection. I guess it was just our turn. We had done nothing but answer their questions at all of our border crossings but they finally wanted to look through the Mothership on this one. I think they were doing training as they way too many border agents for this small border crossing. They were friendly and polite and we were on our way before too long.
We are staying at the Glacier-St. Mary KOA in St. Mary, MT, just outside the east entrance to Glacier National Park. We have full hookups and WiFi, though the WiFi is very slow. We also have good cell service so, since we are back in the USA, I am using my Verizon internet card which is much faster than the WiFi.
Saturday we took the shuttle buses over the Going to the Sun road that goes from the east side to the west side of the park. This requires two transfers as they use larger buses from the east side to Logan Pass and also from the west side to Avalanche Creek. The road between Avalanche Creek and Logan Pass is very restricted. The vehicles can be no wider than eight feet (including mirrors); no longer than 21 feet and no higher that 10 feet. This requires a small 12 or 15 passenger van sized bus to run that one section. That section of the road is very narrow and snakes down the mountains, presenting a fantastic view of park.
It's just impossible to describe how grand the scenery is on this section of the park. The pictures don't do it justice either. You just have to come and see it for yourself. The last two weeks along the Icefield Parkway and here in Waterton-Glacier have had unbelievable vistas that completely defy description.
Saturday early evening (about 6 pm) we took a hike to Fishercap Lake. This is a lake that is known for moose about that time. Sure enough there was a cow and calf there. The cow was eating vegetation off the bottom of the lake and the calf was just having a good time. A white-tailed deer also crossed the lake shore right in front of us before going over and getting run off by the moose cow. We also could see mountain goats on the mountain wall about a mile away. We watched them for almost an hour before finally leaving to return to the Mothership.
Sunday we hiked some trails. The first was to St. Mary Falls and Virginia Falls, about two miles together. We then drove down to the Two Medicine entrance in the southeast corner of the park and drove to its end. While there we hiked to the Running Eagle Falls, another great view. I have included short videos of the falls and the calf playing in the water.
Then we drove to Browning, MT to check out the route we will be going on Wednesday when we leave here. Between East Glacier and Browning, Doris noticed a buffalo herd in the pasture. I guess this is where all of the buffalo meat being advertised in the restaurants around here comes from!!
Monday we hit the trails again. This time to Sun Point, Baring Falls, and Sun Rift Gorge. All of these trails are intertwined, going to one then returning to a point and going on another. We went a little over three miles total but limited it to that by taking the shuttle back from Sun Rift Gorge to Sun Point where we had parked Libby. Doris' knee is getting stronger and stronger. The park has some great trails, but you would have to be in much better shape than we are (and have a lot more time) to hike them all. A good many of them are over five miles and several are 10-15 miles.
Tuesday we stayed around the campsite for the most part getting the Mothership ready for the next couple of weeks drive ending in Elkhart to get the damage fixed. Tomorrow we head for two nights at Havre, MT, about 200 miles away.