Glacier National Park and Great Falls - Montana

Trip Start Jun 06, 2005
Trip End May 31, 2006

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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Hello everyone!
This update is more about pictures than words. We left Canada and visited Glacier National Park in Montana. At the border we got stopped and had our hotdogs confiscated, there is a big clampdown on hotdog smuggling at the moment.

There's not that much to say really we spent 3 days at the park and then 2 days in Great Falls (midway through Montana), which isn't that great at all.

First we stayed in a town called Hungry Horse, 5 miles from West Glacier. The campsite was very good and had a great little trout pond to fish.

People have been emailing us as they think we have killed and eaten Jack but here's proof that he's alive and well.

Glacier National Park or GNP is located close to the Canada / America border and is mountain terrain. A road called Going-to-the-Sun road winds through the park and quickly becomes a mountain pass reaching elavations of over 7000ft.

At first you pass a lake called Lake McDonald.

Then the road passes a few waterfalls as it starts to climb higher and higher.

Just to give you perspective the light brown horizontal line in the mountainside is the Going-to-the-Sun road, this is the only way through the park. The Excursion loved it!!!!

We reached a point called Logans Pass about 6400ft high where we took a 3 mile hike to see Hidden lake. It was all uphill to the lake but thankfully downhill all the way back.

Here is some of the things we saw on the way!!

Kelly posing on a rock!!!

Chris looking tired!!

There were a lot of mountain goats on the trail but Kelly fell in love with this one!!

The road runs for 52 miles and we took quite a few pictures that we've posted up the top, so have a look!!!

We returned to the campsite and Chris fished again, this time he caught a 1 1/2lb brown trout, his first!!!

So we set off for Yellowstone National Park, in Wyoming with a stop off at Great Falls.

Just two days here to recoup after a 5 hour drive. The campsite is great with it own little waterpark and evening entertainment. A guy who looks like David Letterman and his wife playing country stuff, Kelly absolutly loved it so much she nearly got up and danced!!!!(hated every minute which I found very funny).

So today we had a look at the sights Great Falls had to offer and it's not a lot.

Some of the falls.

We found Great Springs Park. Montana lies on Madison Limestone which is about 250 million years old. Rain and snow melt soak into the limestone where it exposed in the mountains.
The water drains down through the stone and flows through cracks to Great Falls area which it rises 700 ft through fractures. It is then forced out at Great Springs at 300 psi. Great Springs discharge 134 thousand gallons of water per minute. The water takes many hundreds of years to travel the 34 miles to Great Springs. So you would think it was big, yeah?

Not really but it does form the worlds smallest river, the Roe River only 201ft long.

So thats about it for this update. We are off to Yellowstone NP ,home of Yogi Bear, tomorrow for about 4 days. Don't forget there are lots of pictures up top, look out for the mean biker!!!!

Jack's fact - No word in the English language rhymes with month
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