Day 100, 9/7/15, Monday – Labor Day Weather: At regular ground level the temperatures were in the 50s. However, at the higher locations the temperatures were in the 30s.
We left the campsite and drove to the Visitor Center to check on the status or the shuttle operations. The Rangers confirmed that although additional snow had fallen during the night the roads had been cleared and the shuttles were now making their complete trips.
Our timing was right because one of the shuttles was at the Center and scheduled to leave shortly. We took it up to Logan Pass where we had to transfer to another shuttle that would proceed down the other side of the mountain. However, when we arrived at Logan Pass there was some confusion where exactly we would locate the other shuttle. Many private cars and other Park vehicles had also driven to this location. It was suggested that we wait at the Visitor Center until the appropriate shuttle arrived. Unfortunately, when we and other visitors walked to the building it had not been opened as yet.
This was now 11 am. The weather at this location was very cold with light rain/sleet falling and fog because we were at cloud level. We were informed by one of the Rangers that no one had the key to open the Center. A short time later, another ranger informed us that it was not open because they were waiting for the book store crew to arrive. Obviously, there was no thought being given for the visitors who were standing in the cold waiting for Park personnel to get their act together.
We took the westbound shuttle towards the Apgar Visitor’s Center. Others had told us that the visibility was great just a few minutes passed the continental divide. We took the bus about 3-4 miles before deciding to return to the east side and our RV.
When we arrived back, we had lunch in the RV and then left Glacier Park for the last time. The views of the surrounding mountains were beautiful and we thoroughly enjoyed the two stays that we made to this Park.
Now we began the journey south along highway 89 toward Great Falls. We had the option at one point along this route to turn east and join up with Interstate 15 but opted to take this scenic route through the small towns. This was a good decision because we saw vast grazing lands, cattle, horse, and bison farms as well as wheat fields that had recently been harvested. We passed through the small town of Choteau that was absolutely picturesque. The topography of the landscape along this route also opened up to the mountainous buttes which we remember from this part of Montana in western movies. We finally arrived in Great Falls at about 5:30, had dinner out and then park at Walmart for the evening.
Tomorrow we need to locate propane to replenish our supply. Then stop at the local AAA office to check on suggested routes to take east that would continue to provide the local scenery instead of taking the Interstate. Montana is a beautiful state and we want to see as much of it as we can.
G & P