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Jul 17, 2015 - A good day for Eyeore

Friday July 17, 2015 Miserable rainy day in East Glacier. Drove to Many Glacier and hung out at the lodge around their really big fireplace in the round. The logs they burn are 5 feet long. There is a guy dressed up in a traditional Swiss costume (I bet he just loves that) who comes around with a huge steel pole to place a new log every now and then. The scenery looks to be fantastic, but we just did not get the opportunity to see it.

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Jul 16, 2015 - Two Medicine Lake

Thursday July 16, 2015 Travel to 2 Medicine. Hike to Upper Two Medicine Lake with a ranger. On the way back it turned rainy and gloomy for good. What we learned today: Moose can dive 25 feet down to the bottom of a lake and stay there for three minutes.

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Jul 14, 2015 - Two Medicine Valley

Nine days of experiencing Glacier National Park... We've never spent this much time in one national park before but, we drove a long way to get here and it is so beautiful. Our last day was actually only a morning in the Two Medicine Valley. Most people don't travel to this area of the national park which is in the southeast section. We had to drive an hour each way on a twisting mountain road to get to it. But the colors of the scenery and majesty of the mountains were well worth the effort that we made. We didn't do any real hiking as we...

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Jul 12, 2015 - A Wonderful Day in Many Glaciers

On Saturday we drove around Glacier National Park to the east side near St. Mary. St. Mary is located at the eastern end of the Going-to-the-Sun Road. The drive was a lot easier than we thought it would be. We crossed the Continental Divide at a pass called Marias. This is a famous pass because a railroad could be built through the Rockies in this pass. If Lewis and Clark had known about it, they would have shortened their trip and reduced their labors. After setting ourselves up at our campsite, we drove into the park and stopped at the...

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Jul 10, 2015 - Whitefish and Johns Lake Loop Hike

We had a nice time in Whitefish. It was a pleasant break from all the hiking in the national park. We enjoyed coffee and a scone at Montana Coffee Roasters, spent some money at a gift shop and bookstore and had a great lunch. Penny had many adoring fans pet her while we sipped on our coffee. People who miss their dogs love to pet her too. Today we went on our last hike on this side of the national park. It was only 2.4 miles and included going around a small lake, Johns Lake, walking through dense woods and to see Sacred Dancing Cascade...

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Jul 8, 2015 - Going-to-the-Sun Road Didn't Disappoint

Ever since we decided to try to make it to Montana in our RV and go to Glacier National Park, we tried to imagine what the Going-to-the-Sun road would really be like. It's been described as the most beautiful drive in the country. Now that is saying something. I'm not sure one could ever come to a decision about "the most beautiful drive", but after having driven it today, it has to be in the top ten of any list. We knew it would be crowded as this is the high season here so we left pretty early, about 7:45 a.m. Often this road isn't even...

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Jul 7, 2015 - Hike to Avalanche Lake

Glacier National Park has a famous road called “Going-to-the Sun-Road”. It is considered an engineering marvel. It goes for about 60 miles across the park and crosses the Continental Divide at Logan’s Pass. We had planned to go on it this morning but when we woke up it was raining. It was a good thing for the area to help prevent forest fires, it’s been so hot and dry, but not good for sightseeing. And so we decided on an alternate activity, hiking one of the many great hikes in the park. We had to find one suitable for us, not too...

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Jul 6, 2015 - We made it to Glacier National Park

We did it! After many months or was it years of planning we are now in West Glacier, Montana, just a few miles from the entrance to Glacier National Park. We arrived at about noon and had to wait a bit for our campsite to be available. It's very nice. We're staying at a KOA that is 2 1/2 miles from the road going into the park. After getting set up at our campsite, we went to the visitor's center called Apgar. There were lots of people here. I spoke with a couple who have a cocker spaniel named Annie and they told me that the traffic can be...

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Jun 27, 2015 - Glacier National Park (West)

We were reminded throughout the day of the title of a song by the Eagles – “Peaceful Easy Feeling”. The lyrics don’t fit, but the title sure does! We had a peaceful, relaxing two-hour raft trip down the Middle Fork of the Flatiron River. Our group consisted of three rafts with 7 people in each raft. It was the most peaceful time we’ve had on this trip. We just sat back and relaxed, with our feet over the side of the raft feeling the cool, clear waters of the river admiring God’s creation in the form of the Rocky Mountains. We did see one...

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Jun 26, 2015 - Glacier National Park (West)

Once again, it was another beautiful day in the Montana Rockies. We completed our visit to the eastern part of Glacier National Park and drove the Going to the Sun Road from St. Mary, stopping at Logan Pass for a short break, and then on to West Glacier. The road down the western slope is noticeably different; it’s narrower with more precipitous drop-offs. And in our lane, away from the drop-offs, the rocks were perilously close to our car. We noticed quite soon that the drivers in the left lane going up the mountain with the drop-off to...

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Jun 25, 2015 - Glacier National Park (East)

What a wonderful day! Clear skies, mid-70s, slight breeze – a great day to hike In Glacier National Park. We began by driving the Going-to-the-Sun Road to Logan Pass, stopping at the Visitor Center on the Continental Divide at 6646 ft above sea level. We had decided on doing two hikes from there, the Highline Trail and the Hidden Lake Trail. We went about ½ mile on the Highline Trail before the lack of oxygen at that level got to us, so we headed back and tried the Hidden Lake Trail. We went about a mile, trudging through the snow, and...

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Jun 24, 2015 - Glacier National Park (East)

It took us a bit longer to get here than we planned on. We had a couple of road construction delays of more than 30 minutes, and a lot of other construction where the going was slow. This is the time of year for road work – they can’t do it in winter. But it was a nice drive, nonetheless. About 4 hours before we got here we could see the Rocky Mountains off in the distance. Quite a sight! We don’t know how the first pioneers didn’t turn back when they saw these mountains. We only had a chance to get in one hike after we arrived at Glacier...

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