Glacier River Retreat
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We were driven 160 miles throughout the Glacier National Park over 9 hours, including lunch and numerous stops for views and small hikes.
We set off from our log cabin at 7.45am and drove back down the mountain for 20 miles to the Apgar Visitor Center to make our 8.30am start for the little red bus tour of the park.
The red buses have been touring the ...
Drove 670 miles in 11 hours and 45 minutes.
Got away late at 10am and immediately hit a traffic jam due to a draw bridge being raised, that combined with small bladder issues early on had us staring down a long frustrating day.
However once we reached the I-90 at around 2pm our momentum kicked in. We had a quick P4 (Pizza, Pepsi, Petrol, Potty) stop around 2.30pm and ate ...
... of the family see it later in the day without a ton of traveling back and forth. So we decided to see if the first come, first serve campground at Many Glacier was available. But alas, when we got to the visitor’s center at the St Mary entrance, they had a sign stating that it was already full. So we headed over to St Mary and setup camp.
After our tent was up, we drove back towards St Mary Falls above ...
... and hadn't gone a quarter mile when we met a group of 5 or 6 people hiking swiftly toward us. They said there were two large grizzlies right off the trail not 5 min from us and we might want to turn around. We did so. Although, a part of me really wished it had been us that got to see them. I really want to see these bears...but from a safe distance and in the right circumstance. We turned around and took the Ptarmigan Falls Trail instead. A great choice. Hiking up to ...
... trains went past the hotel while we were eating dinner. Also, our hotel room faces the tracks.
US 2 has really been a beautiful drive. Well maintained, even to the point that they were widening it, actually making the road go uphill, where it hadn't done so previously. I should have taken a picture of it, it's hard to describe in writing.
We were glad to be at the hotel. Pictures of it and the surrounding area to come ...