Alaska 2007 travel blog

East Side Shuttle

West Side Shuttle

Ground Squirrel

Logan Pass Visitor Center View

Mountain Goat

Rocky Mountain Sheep

Today we moved to St Mary Campground in Glacier. The are no hook ups but it is very pretty. We have a site with good shade and usually has a nice breeze. This will be very good for the next few days.

The park road did not open until July 1 this year. In addition to the snow there were several sections of road washed out from last November. It took May and June to get the road open. Because of the road conditions and wanting to reduce traffic, they have implemented a new free shuttle service along the Going to the Sun highway.

We decided we needed to explore the new shuttle service by riding it up to Logan Pass. The shuttle leaves every half hour from the visitor center which is a 5 minute walk from where we are camped. The shuttle makes 7 stops while going to the top. Once at the top you can transfer to the west side shuttle and ride it all the way down to Lake McDonald. We decided to save that for another day. Of course for anyone who has been here before we saw the Rocky Mountain Sheep and Goat. They are still here.

There are fires to the west of the park and the smoke does reduce the visibility significantly. You can even sometimes smell the smoke. We had a rain storm last night with lots of thunder and lightning and a little rain. On the return trip there was a new fire just East of Rising Sun which is west of where we are camping. We checked at the visitors center and was told the expect it will burn its self out and not be a problem. No fires are allow in the park at all. It is very dry and the rain last night had no impact.

We attended the ranger program which was about the history of the park. The program was very good, and I wish I could retain the information.

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