Glacier National Park - failing on a bear hunt

Trip Start Jul 19, 2013
Trip End Dec 23, 2013

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Flag of United States  , Montana
Friday, September 6, 2013

We picked a random place on the map between Yellowstone and Glacier National Park - it turned out to be great luck (or maybe everywhere in Montana is beautiful) because we were able to camp on the edge of a beautiful lake with only one other couple nearby. As we drove to grab some dinner a bear ran across the road in front of us - bit exciting! The steakhouse had good reviews in the tiny town, so we went there. I asked about the menu and was told that there was 'steak, steak and steak'. Tried my best not to look horrified and ordered steak for the first time in my life. Not sold, I'm afraid (Rich assures me it wasn't great steak).

Glacier NP is another stunning place and thankfully a few less people, but definitely not somewhere to experience the road less travelled.

Went for a short hike - but it's really hard to relax in the wilderness when the warnings about bears have changed from 'shoo the bear away' in the southern and eastern National Parks (black bears), to 'play dead and cover you neck when it charges at you' (grizzlies). After a few jumps when lizards and birds passed and after hearing Rich's comments about fighting the bears with sticks and stones - it was a good time to head back to the car.

Day 2 we set ourselves up in 'prime grizzly country' (according to the ranger) and had a relaxing afternoon reading in our van waiting patiently for a bear to walk past. Again, too many cars made that unlikely. Returned to camp late to find out they had had bears at our campsite all day. Stoopid bears.
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