Viewing the Mountain Goats-Day 63

Trip Start May 01, 2013
Trip End May 01, 2014

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Monday, July 1, 2013

July 1 (where has the time gone)...only 8 days till we start our trip of 60 days to Canada and Alaska.  We were at the Alberta, Canada Visitors Center yesterday (it was Alberta's Birthday Celebration) and we asked about Calgary and Banff.  They said in Calgary they asked for 1,000 volunteers to help clean up and 7,000 people showed up!  So, the "show will go on"...I heard they had a t-shirt up there that said "come hell or high water, the Stampede will go on"...may have to get me one of them thar shirts!!  That's cowboy talk kids!!  Road to Banff is also now open!  Whew.

So yesterday we went past the West Entrance of Glacier and continue another 30 miles down to the Southern tip where they have salt licks in the rocks to help the goats and it is along a river, so it was quite a view.  We saw...well I won't spoil it for you.

After that, we headed to the small town of Walton where the historic Izaak Walton Inn is located.  We had lunch there and enjoyed this craftsman style Inn from the 1930's.  It was originally built to house the railroad workers who were here to help the trains with heavy loads got up these hills.  We actually saw one of those trains (over 200 cars) when we were in another area and sure enough he passed right behind the Inn (too close for comfort, if you know what I mean).  Can't imagine sleeping and having one of those big trains rumbling along at say 3AM!!!  The tracks are no more than 20 feet from the back of the Inn.  They actually have several railroad cars that you can sleep in - how cool.  We saw an engine, a caboose and several other cars up on the hill to be stayed in.  Pretty novel.  After the decline of the railroad, they decided to make it open for tourists and the rest is history shall we say.  The railroad people still stay there and it is open year round.

We also went to Marias Pass to see what that was all about and we found some nice monuments dedicated to those who helped with the railroads, or donating the land.  Summit Mountain was 8,770 feet.

Enjoy our day on the south side!

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Gerrie Whittle on

Hi Guys,

Love reading all about your trip. Can't wait until we can experience it. Great news about Calgary. My brother lives there and when talking to him last week they were all waiting to hear when they should go and help clean up. I know you will love it there. Safe Trip. Dave and Gerrie

Pamela on

Love the daily report. You got some really beautiful pictures too. I could use a few of those on my walls :)

Claudia on

Glad to see that you finely let "The Flats" out of the coach!

Kathey on

I can't wait for the trek to Alaska. The photos just keep getting better and better. The flowers are magnificent. Are they going to go on thank you cards?

diane and Owen on

Would you believe, Owen, Kara and I spent the night at the Izaak Walton Inn and I mean just spent the night since as you said, " who could sleep when the trains came by every time you finally dozed off!!!!! I believe we only stayed one night!

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