Viewing the Mountain Goats-Day 63
Trip Start May 01, 2013
184Trip End May 01, 2014
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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!