Somewhere in Time II
Trip Start May 15, 2010
28Trip End Jun 10, 2010
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The lodge was built in 1914 when there were no roads in the area. Lake McDonald is the largest lake inside the Park and is 10 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. When built, all visitors had to come by water. You can see it is very rustic but in a beautiful setting. We checking in and our room was ready. We stayed in the Motor Inn down the road. Even this early in the season it is very busy with guests arriving from all points east and west. Once we deposited our bags, we headed back to explore the General Store and lodge gift shop. The lobby is three story and full of game trophies. The front of the lodge faces the water, was a great place to sit and just absorb the view. We checked out the various tours available and found them limited due to the "Going to the Sun" road still being closed and the bear activity. We ate lunch in the dining room and decided to take the “Red Bus Tour” at 3:00 pm. But before we headed on the tour we went back for a short nap. Shorter night than we thought on the train.
The trademark “Red Buses” were made in 1936 & 1937 by White Motors for use in the National Parks for sightseeing. In 2002 they (35 of them) were refurbished by Ford Motor Company and updated with new engines, automatic transmissions, and other updates
Back on the bus we stopped numerous times for scenic views of the surrounding mountains. Didn't spot any bears. We did see a deer about 15 feet from the bus at one stop. Near Apgar is a beautiful view of Lake McDonald and the various mountains that surround it. We arrived back at the lodge shortly after 6:00 and decided it was time for dinner. After a great meal we turned in early.