From Yellowstone to Glacier NP

Trip Start May 25, 2008
Trip End Aug 03, 2008

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KOA East Glacier

Flag of United States  , Montana
Monday, June 2, 2008

Since we had a long day coming up we woke up early - 6:00
am. It had sleeted last night so we had ice on the RV as we closed in the
slides. Though we packed most of the RV last night, it still took us until 7:00
to pull out. Driving the RV through Yellowstone that early in the morning was
awesome as not so many other people were on the road. It took us about an hour
to reach our only stop in the park that morning - Mammoth Hot Springs at the
north entrance to the park. We walked around for about 1 hour but unfortunately
most of the features were dormant. It was not near as impressive as I remember
from 5 years ago. Maybe it was still hibernating from the winter. Not the best
way to end our trip to Yellowstone, but we had a huge drive to Glacier ahead of
us. The road out of Yellowstone was all downhill - so much so that my RV was
getting 17 MPG (that's how much the truck get's WITHOUT the RV). But of course
I'd lose that latter as half of today's trip was in a headwind - very strong as
we got close to Glacier. The road from Yellowstone to the I-90 was another
classic Western Road - winding though a valley with high rugged mountains on
each side. Today's drive was a mix of interstate and 2 lane roads through dusty
towns in the middle of nowhere - being from Gwinnett this can seem like
paradise. Entire counties in Montana have less people than the school I work
in. The last stretch of interstate - the I-15 north - was totally boring. I had
to talk to people on my phone just to keep awake. Finally we reached the 2 lane
road that would take us the rest of the way - US 89. But the headwinds were so
hard that my high MPG took a nosedive. The last 30 miles had was twisting and
turning all over the place. And since this was ranch land, every time the dogs
saw a cow or a horse, they'd go crazy, which after 10 hours of driving was
getting on my nerves. We finally made it to St. Mary's Montana, which is just
outside the East Gate of Glacier National Park, and made it to the local KOA
camp. Very beautiful setting with HUGE mountains on three sides in a valley.
The good news was that I got a pull-through site (that means I did not have to
back into the side). The bad news was that the wind was blowing 20 - 30 miles
per hour so getting the RV ready was a chore. And man, this wind was COLD. The
cool part was that the park is right on the St. Mary's river so I walked the
dogs down there - with several layers on I might add. Just think about it -
here I am wearing three layers of clothes in June. For the rest of the night
the RV rocked back and forth from the wind.
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