Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

Have you ever experienced the majesty of Glacier National Park in Montana? I have, but my plan for the first day we were there did NOT include throwing up outside the visitor center, the Ranger telling me to move into the grass, and spending the whole day sprawled across the back seat reminding my family every 5 minutes that I didn’t feel good. Besides all that, Glacier was amazing! The second day there we planned to do a hike, but the one we wanted to do was along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, which we already went on, so it would be the same view. (Not to mention it was really windy!) The Going-to-the-Sun Road is the most famous road in Glacier. It runs from the west to the east entrances. On that road we saw 2 mountain goats and 2 bighorn sheep.They were so cute!!!

Big Horns
Big Horns

So that day we just drove around the park and stopped to take pictures and admire the views. Scientists predict that all the glaciers will be gone by the year 2030. They are all melting faster than they normally would, because of Global Warming. One of the glaciers we saw was called Jackson Glacier, it was absolutely breathtaking!

Jackson Glacier
Jackson Glacier

There were also unbelievably clear lakes. My favorite was called Lake McDonald, which is the largest lake in Glacier. It was formed during the last ice age ten thousand years ago. Huge glaciers slowly pushed down the mountain taking rock, dirt and other debris with it, when the ice melted it became Lake McDonald.

Lake McDonald
Lake McDonald

The last day we were there we finally did a hike. It was called Avalanche trail because it leads to Avalanche Lake. The hike was 4.8 miles round trip and it was very cool. When we come off the trail we saw a big lake surrounded by mountains and one of the mountains had a massive waterfall flowing off of it. On our way back down, the people in front of us said there was a bear that had just crossed the trail 4 minutes ago. I guess we were too late because we didn’t see it.

Avalanche
Avalanche

On all 3 days we were there we went on the Going-to-the-Sun Road.  The weather there was nice, but I would’ve liked it a lot better if it wasn’t so windy. 

Going to the Sun
Going to the Sun
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5 thoughts on “Glacier National Park

  1. Thanks Marianne, tell Hailey I said hi! Hopefully we can visit you guys when we come back through Arizona! 😀

  2. Mercy, Montana was my part of the country before Seattle and I loved it there. Glacier is always windy as you found out. Sounds like you are still learning and exploring and enjoying your trip. Hailey is back in school and in a routine—class, homework, study, etc. the rain is back in Seattle. We are back in Phoenix for the winter–enjoying the sunshine. Keep posting. You are a great writer and we love reading your blogs. Marianne (Puyallup Fairgrounds RV Park).

  3. Too bad you spent your first day sick!! Be sure to experience the east side of the park, especially the Many Glacier area. That is where the you will find the most spectacular hikes, including Grinnell Glacier and Iceberg Lake – both are available in the ranger led program in case you have concerns with bears, which frequent both trails. One of the most spectacular lake hikes in the park is to Cracker Lake – aqua blue water with a huge bluff overlooking the lake makes a perfect picnic spot! Glacier is indeed a special place!

  4. Glacier is awesome! Unfortunately, we ran out of time and didn’t make it to Waterton. Looks like we’ll have to plan a future adventure for Alaska and Canada….wanna join us?!

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