. This carried us through to Glacier National Park, which we reached about noon. After briefly being confused by the Canadian visitor center in the middle of Montana, we went through the west entrance to Glacier. The first stop was the real Glacier visitors center, where we got some friendly tips from a park ranger about where to do some hiking. Then we scouted out the Apgar campground, which was surprisingly empty, so we were able to find a good spot. We then preceded up the Going to the Sun highway, on which we were only able to go about 17 miles because of road closure. The road was blocked at Avalanche, so we hiked to Avalanche Lake. One of the neatest things about Glacier is all the beautiful rock, most of it a deep purple, but there were other assorted colors such as sea-foam green and grey-blue. The only wildlife to be seen was a brazen young buck, snacking on lichen along the path (on the way up and back), adorable ground squirrels, and a chipmunk on speed. Tired from lack of sleep and hiking, we returned to our tent, made dinner, and went to bed.
After sleeping surprisingly well for about four and a half hours we decided it was time to move on. The morning's drive was quite pretty and uneventful, until we turned North onto 95 in Coeur d'Alene. Then the rain started and got progressively worse, eventually becoming so heavy that when we passed another car, the water it was kicking up completely blinded us. Once on highway 2, the rain simmered down, but we were now in the foothills of the Rockies and the roads were a little hairier. We also entered Montana, which meant a new dimension got added to the scenery; the sign at the border told us that white crosses would mark highway deaths. We saw a lot of crosses. We started Mrs. Pollifax on Safari, an excellent book in a fabulous series by Dorothy Gilman and the books on tape are performed by Barbara Rosenblat, our favorite book on tape voice actor. We have listened to most of the series on previous road trips and highly recommend them for road trip fare or whenever, but they are hard to come by, especially her earlier ones, which are of course the best