Is Glacier the most beautiful US national park?

Trip Start Jun 30, 2010
Trip End Aug 15, 2010

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Where I stayed
Abbott Valley Homestead

Flag of United States  , Montana
Saturday, July 24, 2010

We started the day with Irene on the phone trying to find other accommodation which, at this time of the year, is virtually impossible. However, persistence paid off and we found a place that had had a cancellation. This time we got our own rooms but it was a little expensive - we figured that since we were getting a refund on the awful place in Whitefish it was well worth it. 
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. We drove out there to dump our bags because it is on the way to the park. It took us a while to find it but Marion, the owner, said that she would be at a reunion, so when we saw a group of people I went and found her and she drove us to the place. It was quite a distance so we never would have found it without her. Our rooms were in the main house, they have a number of cabins on the property, and it was so lovely - such a shame we could only stay one night. There was a rocking chair with a rocking foot stool that I have never seen before. She had three dogs, one called Cricket kept trying to get inside but was so cute...
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. I had to give up but Irene carried on and said when she came back down that it was really hard going. Some people just had thongs (flip flops) on and others looked like they were going out on the town, covered in bling and glittery shoes! I sat at one spot halfway and watched the human wildlife which was amusing. The wind was rather cold though so I started to dawdle down and saw a marmot which I had never heard of before. The alpine flowers were much more spectacular than those at the San Juan.
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!). 

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matthew on

your sandals look crazy.

Jane on

Isabel likes the sandals!! Great pictures and blog. Good to see Banana is enjoying himself, Isabels Banana is having some quiet at home time. Maybe you should send "the girls" over here for a boot camp!

isabel on

banana is drawing a he is playing . i cuddle him.

Mother on

Loved the picture of the sandals, as Matthews said they look crazy.
I really do love reading and seeing all the photos, and look forward to it everyday after I have fed the animals.

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