2014 Great Circle Tour travel blog

Today's route

Remembering the war dead of Flathead County

Peeping Tom Cowboy and climber in downtown Kalispeel, MT

Flathead County Courthouse

Old Ford pickup truck on the roof of an antique store

Welcome to Hungry Horse, MT

Winnie parked at North American RV Park & Yurt Village

West Glacier, MT gateway to Glacier national Park

Here we are at Glacier NP

Lake McDonald in Glacier NP

Lake McDonald with Lewis Range in the background

Sue admiring the view of Lake McDonald

Another view of the Lewis Range


Water in Lake McDonald - about 1ft deep

Water in Lake McDonald - about 6 ft deep

Amazing cloud patterns this afternoon

We were only 34 miles from the Canada-US border

Flathead River on the western edge of Glacier NP

The Flathead River looking east


Dead falls as a result of a fire in 2003 - The...

Lake McDonald


What is this?

Sue sitting in front of the Lake McDonald Lodge - Still closed...

Looking south from the shore of Lake McDonald at the Lodge

We made the short drive from McGregor Lake to North American RV Park & Yurt Village about 6 miles from the entrance to Glacier National Park. Along the way we passed through Kalispell, MT the county seat of Flathead County. The RV park just opened for the season and we had our pick of sites. We chose one with a view of snow capped mountain range from Winnie’s windshield. After lunch, we drove over to Glacier national Park. The weather was warm and sunny and we didn’t want to waste it. I’m glad we did because the forecast for the next 2 days is not favorable for sightseeing.

Since it’s so early in the season, not a lot was open in the park. The Visitors Center is only open on week ends, the motels and Lake McDonald Lodge were closed, as were 12 of the 13 campgrounds. The up side of this is there is no traffic. Travel through the park on Going-to-the-Sun Road was limited to the first 10 miles of its 53 mile length because snow plowing has not been completed. It’s not expected to be open for the entire length until mid-June. It is the only road that crosses Glacier National Park from west to east. It crosses the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. The road was completed in 1932.

We drove the 10 miles to the Lake McDonald Lodge. It’s located on the shores of Lake McDonald which is the largest lake in the park with a length of 10 miles and a depth of 472 feet. The glacier that carved the Lake McDonald valley is estimated to have been around 2,200 feet thick. The water is probably the clearest I’ve ever seen. Near shore you can see the stones on the bottom like there is no water at all. Even when you walk out on the dock where the water is nearly 6ft deep, the stones on the bottom are clearly visible. The weather today allowed some great pictures. I have a hard time sometime picking the ones I’ll use in the journal, and today was no exception. I hope you will forgive the repetition. With that I’ll end and let the pictures tell the rest of the story for today.

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