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Jun 27, 2019 - Glacier National Park

We arrived at the St Mary KOA a day later than planned. So, our stay was reduced to five nights. The trip from Great Falls up U.S. 89 was uneventful until after we passed through Browning and headed through the mountain stretch of the highway. They were rebuilding the road and the single-lane route through was delayed, muddy and often narrow. We maneuvered the Phaeton through the mess and were rewarded with the sight of Glacier National Park as we descended into St Mary. The KOA was communication disabled. There was no cell phone coverage...

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Aug 15, 2018 - our big hike day

We couldn't hike to Iceberg Lake due to grizzly activity!! So we made our own 7 mile hike along the lake past 3 beautiful waterfalls!! Then up to the pass to look for mountain goats. Going to the Sun Road was closed on the west side so this was our only look see.

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Jul 9, 2018 - Red Bus Tour

Red Jammers are buses used at Glacier National Park to transport park visitors through the park. While the buses are called reds, the bus drivers are called jammers because of the sound the gears made when shifting on the steep roads of the park. The "jamming" sound came from the unsynchronised transmissions, where double-clutching was a must. Originally tested at Yosemite National Park in California in 1935, they were manufactured as the Model 706 by the White Motor Company from 1936-1939. The distinctive vehicles, with roll-back canvas...

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Jul 7, 2018 - Running Eagle Falls and Aster Park

Nestled between Upper and Lower Two Medicine Lakes in Glacier National Park is one of the most remarkable and most beautiful waterfalls in America, Pitamakan, or Running Eagle Falls. In the spring so much water rushes over the upper falls that the lower falls is completely hidden. During the summer, as the river flow decreases, the water appears to change course and flows out of the lower falls, a jagged hole half way up the side of an almost perpendicular cliff. This is why white men named it Trick Falls. In recent years, the name has...

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Jul 4, 2018 - Going To the Sun

Even though we had made plans to do a Red Bus Tour that included the Going to the Sun Road, Marc wanted to take the big loop from West Glacier to Logan Pass and return to West Glacier through St. Mary’s. We wanted to do the drive at our own pace and stop wherever we wanted, for as long as we wanted. An ‘our way’ road trip. We spent some time at Logan Pass but the trail leading up to the Hidden Lake overlook was still in snow. Many more energetic visitors trudges up through the snow and some were rewarded with seeing a paint of wolverines!...

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May 16, 2018 - Canadian Rockies

Day: 5 Miles: 81 Total Miles: 1454 Start: St Mary, MT Stop: Waterton Lakes, AB Campground: Waterton Townsite CG Beautiful blue skies - very cool in the morning and running the heater - upper 80’s in the afternoon running the air conditioner. Made the drive toward Many Glacier but the road was closed at the dam – very disappointing. We were able to drive 5 miles farther in 2011. One visitor told us the road was open, but some unknown force (politics) was keeping it closed. Our route for today took us to Cardston, AB, just as a new way to...

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Alaska 2018

May 15, 2018 - Mountains

Day: 4 Miles: 393 Total Miles: 1373 Start: Ft Peck, MT Stop: St Mary, MT Campground: St Mary KOA Mountains. After miles and miles of Montana wheat fields, we finally found the snow covered mountains that we have been waiting for. Spring weather also showed up today with temps in the mid to high 80’s and a wonderful clear blue sky. After checking in at the campground we drove out to the Rising Sun area of Glacier NP and enjoyed the views across St Mary Lake to the mountains on the other side of the lake. We talked with a local who said the...

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Alaska 2018

Jul 9, 2017 - Boat Tour at Two Medicine Lakes

Today was a little cooler in the morning. We stayed at the RV through lunchtime catching up on journal entries. After lunch we traveled to the southern part of Glacier to Two Medicine Lakes where we had reservations for a boat tour hike combo. We boarded the boat and traveled up the lake. The captain/tour guide told us the history of the area and the names of some of the mountains and legends about them. When we reached the other end of the lake, we disembarked and hiked one mile to Twin Falls. Along the way, our guide told us about bear...

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Canadian Trip

Jul 8, 2017 - Touring Glacier

We had breakfast at the restaurant and the campground. It was okay but pricey as seems to be the case in this area. We decided to take a ride to the Canadian side of Glacier which is called Waterton Lakes Park because we are headed there next and wanted to see if the shorter road was okay for our RV. The scenery along the way is beautiful. We crossed the border and found our campground with no trouble then headed back to the RV. In the afternoon, we drove over the Highway to the Sun. This is a very scenic ride up over Logan's Pass and down...

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Canadian Trip

Jul 7, 2017 - Off to Glacier National Park

Because we have only a two hour trip today, we sleep in then take a nice long shower in the very clean showers at the campground. Once we are underway, we pass some more of the canola fields that we saw so many of in North Dakota. This time we got a picture. About twenty miles from our destination we see our first glimpse of the magnificent peaks of Glacier National Park. After several days traveling through prairie, it is indeed a welcome sight. We arrive at our campground, Johnson's of St. Mary around 2:00pm. The campground is up on a...

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Canadian Trip

Jun 24, 2017 - Many Glacier Boat Ride, Not

The weather today was more favorable for a boat ride on the lakes at Many Glacier so we drove the 20 or so miles there. The road into the Many Glacier area is a combination of decent pavement, potholed pavement, and gravel sections so you have to slow down to 5-10 miles per hour in many sections. We finally got to Many Glacier Hotel at about 1PM. We went to the dock to get boat tickets and found out the 2PM and 4PM trips were full and they were only taking names for the waiting list. I put our name on for both trips figuring we’d get lucky...

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Jun 23, 2017 - Rain Day

We were planning on going to the Many Glacier area of Glacier NP today, but it was raining in the morning and the forecast didn’t look too promising for the afternoon. The weather cleared late in the afternoon, so I took a ride north along US 89 toward Babb, MT and drove part of the entrance road to Many Glacier. The entrance road is in terrible shape from winter weather and land slides requiring you to drive slow and weave to avoid the deep potholes. I got to the park entrance sign before I decided to turn around and head home. We’ll try...

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