Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Montana Vacation - Day 7

Day 7

Our second night sleeping in the tent at Glacier National Park was bear free (Thank God!), but was, again, wet.  I retightened the tent and laid everything out so it would dry.  We slept better, but still not great. 

Today, we decided to drive the "Going to the Sun Road."  From the National Parks website:  "One of the most amazing highlights of Glacier National Park is a drive on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. This engineering marvel spans 50 miles through the park's wild interior, winding around mountainsides and treating visitors to some of the best sights in northwest Montana."  It was amazing.  We took our time, made many stops, and got lots of pictures.

It was COLD that day.  Highs probably only in the 50's and we did see 40's.

The guys hiked the Highline trail.  It was very cold and windy that day, so the kids and I declined the hike and boy were we glad we did.  The guys decided to hike for an hour--they would go 1/2 hour out and then turn around and come back, but after 1/2 hour it started raining/sleeting/freezing rain.  In addition to the nasty weather, the hike itself is treacherous, it is a narrow trail following the side of a mountain with shear drop offs on one side!  While we were waiting, we explored the Logan Pass visitor's center and relaxed in the car.

Yep, that's a snow bridge.  Snow in July!

More of the snow bridge and an icy mountain stream.

What a view!

The Weeping Wall.

Glacier National Park's famous bear grass.

After a day of beautiful views and scenic driving, we went to our campsite for our last night in the park.  The wind had picked up and was gusting to probably 40+mph, but we still managed a careful fire and sat outside.  The kids decided to sleep in the car and have a dry, warm night for a change.  They like to curl up in a big puppy pile together in the backseat.  I covered them with a sleeping bag and they were all set.  Troy and I slept in the tent and hoped for the best since the winds were gusting and the temperatures were in the low 40's. 

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