Last day in Glacier

Trip Start May 09, 2009
Trip End May 27, 2010

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Glacier Campground

Flag of United States  , Montana
Thursday, July 16, 2009

We've spent the last few days with our good friends, Brenda and Mike Hartley from Miamisburg, OH who are vacationing in Glacier this week and next. It’s been great to spend time with them in such a terrific setting.

Yesterday, we did a short hike in the morning to John’s Lake and then took a 3-hour scenic raft ride in the afternoon on the middle Fork of the Flathead River which is part of the western boundary of the park.  No rapids on this ride, but a great way to view the river and the park. 

Today, the guys went on an all day strenuous hike – something they both were looking forward to.  Usually by this time of year, Jim, Mike and two other friends, John and Dave, have gone on a two-week backpacking trip out west.  Due to timing, neither Jim nor Mike could join John and Dave this year, so today was their opportunity to get some strenuous hiking done without their admittedly wimpier wives holding them back.  Jim will do a separate blog entry on their hike to Sperry Glacier.

Today is our last day here at Glacier NP.  Tomorrow morning we finally get our camper awning repaired back in Kalispell MT and will head out towards Canada immediately after that.  We will be going to Banff and Jasper (Canadian National Parks) and then will head over to Prince Rupert, on the western coast in British Columbia.  There, we will store our camper and board a ferry on August 1st that will take us up the inside passage of Alaska.  After our Alaska journey, we will pick up the trailer, board another ferry to Vancouver Island.  We won’t be back in mainland US until early September when we plan to be in Washington State.

We're giving you a heads up on our itinerary because we just learned that the rates for our laptop's air card in Canada are astronomical, so we won’t be able to blog unless we find some free wi-fi somewhere.  Consequently, don’t be surprised if you don’t hear from us for a while.  Just know that we are having a great time up north and that we will be in touch when we can.  We would love to find some emails (or messages via Travelpod) when we do get online (hint, hint!!).
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