TUESDAY, 25 JULY:
It was about a two hour drive to Kalispell where I checked into Hilton Homewood Suites. Prior to getting my room I had some breakfast at their buffet, and then did some computer work. I was able to go to my room about 1130. I unpacked and took a nap while waiting for the family to join me. They were all coming from Lincoln where they had been together for a couple of days at Klara's abode.
My first memorable trip to Glacier was when a fellow teacher, Sudy Cadwell Schneider, and I drove across country in my 1964 VW Bug. It was a whirlwind trip. We spent one day in Glacier National Park driving the Going to the Sun Road.
I found my slides from that trip and had them scanned so we can see changes which have occurred in 59 years:
|1964 - GARDEN WALL|
|2023 GARDEN WALL|
|1964 Clements Mountain|
|2023 CLEMENTS MTN.|
|1964 St. Mary Lake |
|2023 St. Mary Lake|
Wednesday, July 26:
Planning our days:
|Plotting Our Days|
After failing to get a Pass for access to Going To Sun Road, we opted to go to Two Medicine Lake whose access was on the East side of the Park.
It was a long day of driving for Tina, but once at Two Medicine Lake we enjoyed a windy lunch on the shore and then a little hiking, some photography, and painting by the girls.
|Two Medicine Lake|
|Mt. Sinapah and Two Medicine Lake|
We also visited their Visitor Center and Gift Shop where we bought several items including a new jacket for George, and a couple of water bottles, one of which I left on the plane as we flew home!! Another purchase was a mystery story that takes place in the area of Glacier. (It was a very good read: A Sharp Solitude by Christine Carbo.)
The return to Kalispell went smoothly and we enjoyed many of the views once again.
THURSDAY, 27 July:
This morning we succeeded in getting the three day pass for Going to the Sun Road effective starting tomorrow, the 28th.
After breakfast we were off to the town of Big Fork for a touristy type of day. This was by design so that Tina had an easy day of little driving. The town of Big Fork, is home to art galleries, restaurants, and a variety of small stores. We enjoyed meandering along main street, enjoying the many galleries and specialty shops. We were tempted at a jewelry store where Tina and I found some very nice jewelry to add to our collections.
We enjoyed an early dinner at Bonfire which had an interesting cuisine mixing American and oriental flavors.
Once back at our suites in Kalispell we enjoyed relaxing and knoshing on desert, and a little wine.
Friday, July 28th:
We enjoyed breakfast once again in the Pickerel Suite. We then packed snacks and gear for the day on the Going to The Sun Road. We were on the road by 0800.
The road is quite mountainous and winding, but the various views are well worth the many opportunities to stop and enjoy.
|Bird Woman Falls (Just below Snow/Glacier)|
There was no parking available so we proceeded to the East Side of the Continental Divide to the Jackson Glacier Overlook.
Here are a couple of views of the Jackson Glacier:
We slowly proceeded back to the West with stops along the way to enjoy the view, photography, and some painting. Oh yes, there was also a lunch stop with a view.
This was a wonderful time together sharing time in Glacier National Park. Tomorrow we go our separate ways with Klara returning to work here in Montana, Tina and Justin returning to Ohio, and us flying home to San Diego.