You Probably Won’t Get Eaten By a Bear, But You Might Drown!
Glacier National Park in Montana, our last BIG trip stop, is considered one of the major tourist destinations. It became popular because of its proximity to the railroad, and today we think of it as being in the same category as Yosemite and Yellowstone.
The first day we were there, we took the Red Bus Tour. These historic buses take you around the park. The various tours can last anywhere from 2.5-8.5 hours. We did the “Crown of the Continent” tour, which picked us up at the KOA (Kampgrounds Of America) and took us all the way up to Lake McDonald Lodge. The driver, called a “Jammer,” was very funny. He said things like, “The bears call bicyclists ‘Meals on Wheels,’” and “We call bear bells ‘dinner bells’ because they make the bear curious.”
The second day in Glacier, we took a shuttle up to Logan Pass and trekked through snow to get to Hidden Lake. We also did a ranger program called “Montana Jones and the Secrets of Red Eagle Valley” that involved a hike through a burned area of the forest.
The third day we were there was Mom’s birthday. We drove to Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada. Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks are the International Peace Parks. We did a strenuous 7 mile hike that took us across the border. We got to see the border line that was cut through the trees. I also had fun jumping form one country to the next (example: “I’m in Canada, I’m in the US, I’m in Canada, now I’m in the US, I’m in Canada, now …” and so on).
That night, we ate dinner at the Cattle Baron’s Supper Club in the town of Babb (back in Montana). There happened to be some kind of Corvette cross-country trip (I am not making this up) dining at the club. Seriously, there were, like, 10 Corvettes outside! The Corvette people ate up all the filet mignon and the New York Strip steaks.
Our final day in Glacier, we drove to Apgar Village. There we shopped around and had ice cream. We ended by taking a shuttle back up to Lake McDonald Lodge.
Thus ends my play-by-play of our time in Glacier National Park. So, if you’re ever planning a trip there, remember this: The number one cause of death in Glacier is drowning!
So have fun, and don’t forget to bring your life preserver!