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Jul 22, 2017 - Going to the Sun

What to do? I'm 5 miles from Glacier National Park in a rented cabin. Must travel the Going to the Sun road through Glacier; hike; and see a glacier while I'm here. Problem? No dogs allowed on any trails in Glacier National Park. It is over 90 degrees during the day. How can I see Glacier and yet care for the pups in the heat?? You do what you gotta do, so it is up by 6:00 a.m. to get to Glacier early enough to shuttle the Going to the Sun roadway, hike some, and get back to Gypsy with the pups before the heat hits in early afternoon....

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Gypsy Journey

Jun 30, 2017 - Glacier National Park

For the last two days we have gone to Glacier National Park. It is about 40 miles from the campground. It is one of the most spectacular parks we have been to. This is our third summer visit to the area. We were really lucky in that just as we drove up to the entrance we were told that the Going to the Sun road had just opened 20 minutes earlier. It had been closed since Fall due to heavy snow and they have been plowing since Spring. Three years ago when we were here we arrived on opening day, July 4th, and were afraid we would miss it this...

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Jun 26, 2017 - Glacier East side - Day Three

Mon., June 26th – Everyday we keep asking if the road has opened…well, we’re making the best of it with limited access to Going to the Sun. Today we drove to St. Mary Campground and made Many Glaciers our first excursion. We wandered through the rustic Many Glacier Hotel and sat on the back porch enjoying the scenery and the moose and baby on the opposite shore. Later in the afternoon, we traveled the open 13 miles of Going to Sun to Jackson Glacier. We spotted a mama bear with her cubs in the field, but they were a little too far out of...

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Jun 25, 2017 - Glacier's West side Day Two

Sun., June 25th – We all ate a hearty huckleberry pancake and egg breakfast in Coram before going to the little Baptist Church service close by. Our afternoon took us on the very long 4 mile round trip Trail of Cedars hike at Avalanche Lake…the farthest we could enter on Going to the Sun Road. The 500’ climb in elevation took us 3 hrs., but the views at the lake were awesome and worth the effort. We went back to relax for an hour or so at McDonald Lodge. Tomorrow we head for St. Mary on the east side of the park.

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Jun 24, 2017 - West Glacier National Park

Fri., June 23rd – Another move day, but only about 25 miles to Sundance RV in Coram, MT just outside Glacier. We set up and went in to check out the park at Apgar Visitor Center and Village. We were glad to have blue skies and not the rain that had been forecast earlier in the week. After another round of ice-cream cones, we planned our next two days for the west side of Glacier before calling it a day….of course there was a little time left over for a couple more games of Joker. Sat., June 24th - With the middle of Going to the Sun Road...

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Sep 17, 2016 - Many Glacier

Our last riding day in Glacier we went to Many Glacier and I admit, I thought, can’t be prettier than the St. Mary side. WRONG! It was so picturesque, lots and lots of lakes, high mountains and green trees. We hiked to Swiftcurrent Lake and fished a little and took in the view. I admit, I took in the view more than I fished. We hiked a little further to Josephine Lake, but the wind was really whipping up and it was too shallow to fish from the dock. Still, spent a lot of the time just looking, taking it all in. On our way back to the...

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Sep 7, 2016 - A Very Wet Day

Alan got in late yesterday evening, so we all gathered for breakfast in our van—extremely crowded with 7 people in a van meant for two. But we enjoyed the chance to talk all together, and it was raining outside. It continued to rain the rest of the day; Alan, Nicole, and Laura were in tents so they were more than happy to hang out with us. Mark and Leslie headed out for Laramie shortly after breakfast, reducing the crowd somewhat.

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Sep 6, 2016 - Memorial Service

Nicole and Laura had selected Glacier as the location for a memorial service for their father because it was their favorite place and one where they went almost every year. Permission was secured from the Park Service to scatter his ashes, which we did on Tuesday. Sam and Mark recorded the service and Sam will put those plus lots of still pictures into a video when we get back home. It stopped raining long enough for us to hike in about a mile to a lake where we had the service and get back out again before the skies opened up once more. We...

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Sep 5, 2016 - Arrival at Glacier

We found Glacier to have lots of rain, wind, and cold. Mark and Leslie, Barbara and Sam all arrived on Sunday, September 4. Granddaughters, Nicole and Laura, were already there. Barbara's son, Alan, did not make it until late Tuesday evening. He had to drive from Austin to Dallas, catch a plane to Spokane, rent a car and drive to Glacier. Between Nicole, Laura, Mark, and Leslie, they had enough camping equipment for him to arrive to a tent and a warm sleeping bag. Monday, the four women in the group decided to drive across the Going to the...

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Sep 3, 2016 - On the road to Glacier

We are now on the way from Laramie to Glacier National Park. We figure three days of driving about six hours per day. Saturday morning, we packed up both rigs (Leslie and Mark as well as Sam and Barbara) and headed out. The first day was mostly Interstate, and we tried caravaning but at the end of that day decided it was just too much trouble trying to match speeds. Besides, all of us like stopping on the fly when we see something interesting. The second day as we left, Sam spotted a farmer's market, so we stopped and bought fresh lettuce,...

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Sep 3, 2016 - Glacier NP-west, around the southern loop to Glacier NP-east

Today since it was foggy when we started, we decided to head around the southern part of Glacier then up the eastern side, hoping that the weather would clear up as we headed back into Glacier as we did yesterday. Well, we were right. Although foggy, the weather cleared up by the time we got to East Glacier, MT and decided to stop in the Great Northern Lodge. Tom & I saw this lodge from our Amtrak trip we took in 2011 only the ground was covered with snow. The lodge was beautiful, larger than the Lake McDonald Lodge. They even had the old...

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Rocky Mountains-2016

Aug 28, 2016 - Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

We return to the states for the day to visit Glacier National Park in Montana. Stopping at the border, the patrol came on the bus, individually collected each of our passports, looked at us vs our pictures, took all the passports inside for stamping and returned them to us. This is a seasonal border cross point and closes in a couple of weeks. Glacier National Park is nicknamed The Crown of the Continent because of the spectacular alpine scenery. It covers a million acres of wilderness containing 200 mountain lakes, 1000 species of plant...

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Canadian Rockies

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