Is Glacier the most beautiful US national park?
Trip Start Jun 30, 2010
41Trip End Aug 15, 2010
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Where I stayed
Abbott Valley Homestead
First we went into Whitefish to find some breakfast and Irene was thrilled to find a place that made real coffee - that is where I managed to post my blog of three days ago. I am getting behind but am trying to do two today so I can catch up. It was rather nice sitting there in a humming place. We had to laugh when we talked to some people in bathers (swimming cossie for the non-WAites) and they said they had been to City Beach. It is just a lake but called a beach cos it has sand.
Abbott Valley Homestead is near a place called Martin City which is really tiny but used to be a thriving place
The great thing about Glacier NP is that they have a series of free shuttle buses to take you to various spots throughout the park. You get a running commentary about what is available at each spot - at a couple of places you get both a water faucet and water spigot. I thought they were the same thing really. At least they have plenty of restrooms and even though they are drop toilets they dont' smell, are kept very clean and there are no flies. They have hand sanitiser as well so you don't have to waste water and use paper.
We chose to go up to Logan's Pass which is the highest area. There is a hike to a hidden lake and we thought it would be a good thing to do. Well I was unprepared and had sandals on - I did not think that with all the heat there would still be so much snow
We had to put our names on the list for the shuttle bus back to the bottom and we were known as Aussie Kite! I am sure we say 'a' properly. It was amusing though, the guy asked all others on our shuttle whether they minded travelling with Australians and it was all good humoured.
While waiting we decided to walk a short way along the Highline Trail which is nothing more than a goat track that hugs the side of the mountain. There are two goats looking down at hikers on the picture I have added to this blog. See if you can see the head of the one sticking out of the rock!
We met a lovely lady who even offered for us to stay at her place down near Bodega Bay in California but as there will be four of us then we had to decline. She had the hairiest armpits I have seen on anyone (including blokes) for ages. It has been so nice to meet such lovely people after the shock of LA!
We had dinner at a Japanese fusion restaurant in Whitefish and they had a slogan on the wall - if you have a good meal, it adds 75 days to your life. We definitely need to stop the takeaway. Some other great signs and t-shirts - Sheepeater Cliff (we didn't go there) and DEA (drink every afternoon!).