Another day in Glacier National Park

Trip Start May 06, 2010
Trip End Oct 14, 2010

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Sunshine Inn Motel

Flag of United States  , Idaho
Saturday, June 19, 2010

I thought about going mushrooming with a friend from Missoula but, in spite of the forecast, it looked like it was going to be a nice day so I decided to visit Glacier National Park instead.  I drove in the Going-to-the-Sun Road, stopping at a few turnouts and taking some pictures around Lake McDonald.  I eventually wound up near where the road was closed yesterday.  I couldn't find parking yesterday so when I saw an empty spot I grabbed it.  I walked further along the road, expecting to find the roadblock.  After about a mile I turned around and went back to the car to check a map to figure out where I was.  Well, I was right where I thought I had been.  The confusion is that, in spite of what I had been told yesterday, several more miles of road had been opened.

It turns out I was at the trail head for the redundantly named Trail of the Cedars Nature Trail, which is the trail I wanted to take.  I hiked the Nature Trail and continued on to the Avalanche Creek Trail to Avalanche Lake, a round-trip hike of around five miles.  I spent some time at Avalanche Lake taking pictures and then headed back.

When I got back to the car I was curious to see just how much of the Going-to-the-Sun Road was open so I headed east.  It turns out there was quite a bit open today that I couldn't get to yesterday.  I eventually got to a barrier just a couple miles short of Logan Pass. 

I turned around and headed back west eventually reaching Lake McDonald.  I had intended to come back to some of  the spots I had visited earlier to get pictures around 6:00 when I thought the lighting would be best and the lake calmer but with the hike taking longer than expected and the time I took checking out the newly opened road it was around 9:00 by the time I made it back.  I set my GPS for Mt. Rainier and headed there. 

I started looking for a place to sleep but my GPS lead me through the middle of nowhere.  I eventually got on I-90.  I got off in Kellogg, Idaho to check the motels.  In spite of the not so warm welcome of being stopped by a cop almost immediately (I didn't get a ticket), I got a room in Kellogg for the night.  It was around 2:00am Montana time but luckily I got an extra hour when I entered Idaho since they're on Pacific Time.  Tomorrow I'm going to finish the drive to Mt. Rainier National Park.
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