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Sep 20, 2013 - Crossing the Great Divide

It was very interesting, crossing the mythical line that separates the western states and the West Coast from the portions of the country that are part of the Mississippi River system. The Continental Divide meant so much to Americans of the past two hundred years because it represented that western portion of the country that had yet to be "tamed". When the Lewis and Clark Company of Adventure reached this point everything that lay ahead was unknown and if it had not been for their Indian guides and local tribes our history might have...

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Sep 6, 2013 - North to the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park

It was another drab day, threatening rain, so we decided to go north across the border into Canada's portion of Glacier. Year's ago when the park was established the US and Canada jointly established the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. It didn't take too long to get to the Canadian border, though it was challenging to maneuver around the free-range cows and horses. One cow, in particular, was not wanting to move. It finally did, but with a swish of his tail on Bill's door. This seems to be the norm around Montana. The park in...

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Sep 5, 2013 - Glacier - Logan Pass

This morning we awoke to the sun. I was optimistic. We dressed like hikers with all our gear and entered the park at St. Marys for a trip up to the Logan Pass Visitors Center with the intention of taking a hike there (not a long one). We were on the road about 10 minutes and it started to cloud over. By the time we got to Logan Pass it was raining cats and dogs. There were definitely some seasoned hikers there with all their rain gear (mostly in their 30s). I asked Bill if he wanted to go in the rain and he looked at me like I had three...

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Sep 4, 2013 - Glacier National Park Many Glacier area

What a day it was today! The first thing we did today was to go to the Visitors Center/Rangers Stations at Many Glacier area (one of the several in the Park.) While I went into the ladies room, Bill talked to the ranger about what hike to take. She suggested that we do the hike to Iceberg Lake, a 4.8 mi hike (her personal favorite) which goes by Ptarmigan waterfall, because it was a beautiful day and the weather was going to change tomorrow. The trailhead was at the Many Glacier Hotel. We parked and found several trailheads, but, as you...

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Sep 3, 2013 - Glacier National Park

Today we took a bus trip from St. Mary (east Glacier), across "Going to the Sun Road" to west Glacier. Don't you know that it was raining! Not a lot, but just a steady sprinkle. And it was cooler, below 80 deg. You'll see the picture of our special red bus with a convertible top. We put the top up and down several times during the 6 hr. trip. and thank goodness, blankets were provided. Lisa, the bus driver, was very good and entertaining and full of great information about the park. It really is beautiful scenery. I'm just disappointed that...

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Aug 17, 2013 - Day 3: Glacier National Park

Miles today: 138 Our whole day was spent exploring this beautiful, mountainous national park. There is still snow in the higher mountains and clear glacial lakes. We are staying in the same campground we were in last night. Our greatest frustration is the lack of speedy wifi and very intermittent cell phone coverage. Of course, we had no cell phones all day in the mountains. To get on the internet here, I have to carry the laptop to the main office and sit outside on the deck to connect. We sit around and complain to other campers how slow...

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Off to Alaska

Aug 16, 2013 - Day 2: Montana

Day 2 - St Mary's, Montana Today - 568 miles Total - 1006 miles We are located in a campground next to Glacier National Park and we plan to spend two nights here. We expect to see lots of beautiful scenery tomorrow. The temperature was in the high 90's all the way through Montana, and it reached 101 degrees in Havre, Montana. It is now 8:30 in the evening and has cooled down so we should have a good night's sleep. That reminds me of last night's misadventure. Paul got up at 3:00 in the morning to use the bathroom and thought he would look...

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Off to Alaska

Aug 3, 2013 - Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park - Kinda wordy... sorry. Yesterday I drove from The Palouse to the south end of Flathead Lake (thanks Walmart for the overnight spot) and today I drove to Glacier Campground about 2 miles from the west entrance of Glacier National Park. Buddy and I arrived in the early afternoon and went on a drive in GNP just to get a taste of this magnificent park. The first thing I noticed was that there were a lot of people, cars and RV's here. There is only one road into the park that goes across the center to the other side. It is...

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Jul 31, 2013 - Many Glacier area of Glacier National Park

Wednesday, July 31,2013 Weather: Gorgeous Sunny Day Temp: Low 40’s in the early morning then up to 75 in the afternoon “You’re crazy” is what some people would say about setting an alarm to get up at 5:00 AM when on vacation. Of course, some people would say a 7 ½ week tent camping trip to Alaska is crazy, too. So maybe we are a little crazy, but we’re having lots of fun. Sometime today we must get this Tahoe pointed toward home, but before that there are trails to hike, and new areas to explore here in Glacier National Park. A couple days...

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Jul 30, 2013 - Glacier National Park - Hiking at Logan Pass

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 Weather: Sunny w/Thunderstorm w/some hail in the late afternoon Temp: Low 50’s in morning, high 70’s later – then down to 45 at Logan Pass Wilmer was up early to take some pictures down by the lake. Then after breakfast and packing up we followed the “wet lands” that we had viewed from the overlook while making dinner last evening. The Columbia River and wetlands, at 180 kilometers in length, is one of the longest intact wetlands in North America. While still in British Columbia we stopped at a farm that had a “fresh...

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Jul 26, 2013 - Glacier National Park Montana USA

After nearly two days travelling we arrived at Apgar Village in Glacier National Park in Montana on the border with Canada. We arrived about 5.00pm and about the first thing that we noticed was the temperature which was about 30 degrees compared to the 6 degrees when we left Adelaide. The next thing that we noticed was the stunning vista from our hotel balcony of a beautiful blue Lake McDonald stretching away to the high mountains with the peaks dotted with clumps of ice. Apgar was packed with tourists and many were out on the lake paddling...

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USA and Europe 2013

Jul 26, 2013 - Glacier National Park

We are at Glacier National Park, or more correctly, we are leaving Glacier National Park tomorrow. We have been here for a week and have had a wonderful time. We stopped in Minnesota for a month to visit Larry's relatives on our way to CA for the winter. We stayed a full month so you can tell that we were having a good time. We saw everyone and happy to say that we will be seeing some of them this winter in Palm Springs. On our way out we traveled through the North Dakota Badlands. So much more green than the South Dakota Badlands. On our...

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