Day 14, 6/12/15, Friday
Weather: Sunny and very pleasant all day. Temperatures in the 70s
This is our second day at Glacier National Park in West Glacier, Montana. As we have moved northerly in our trip the sunrise has come a little earlier each day and sunset comes at approximately 9 pm.
We had two plans in mind to accomplish today. The first was to take the Going To The Sun Road which travels across into the Park northeastward from our campground. The trip would encompass twenty miles and at that point only vehicles less than twenty-one feet could proceed. Those who were able to drive further had an additional ten miles before they too had to turn around. The final piece of that road is under planned reconstruction and is not due to open until the end of June. When we arrived yesterday, we discovered that some of the services in the Park are not operational. The shuttle bus that could take us the full length of the Going to the Sun Road, if it was open, and many ranger activities are not scheduled to start for two weeks. We have always taken advantage of ranger programs in our National Parks, from Acadia in Maine to Yosemite in California. With our Senior Park Pass all admissions are free and camping fees are half! Due to the weather here the Park closed after Labor Day.
The drive along the road was beautiful and very scenic with many areas available to pull off and enjoy the view. The mountain driving is steadily becoming easier to us nor’easterners as the days pass. At the end of this drive we went to the Canadian visitors’ center just outside the Park. It is the only wifi in the area. Thank you Canada!
Our second goal for the day was to go kayaking. We were ready to unload our inflatable kayak and put it into Lake McDonald. However, we were not able to fulfill this plan because of the windy conditions and the white caps on the lake. There were actually waves on the lake too! Plans are to try again in the morning.
When we do finally leave, we will be stopping on the east side of Glacier before crossing into Alberta Province, Canada, and probable heading for Banff. From Banff we will travel on to Calgary.
G & P