Day 51: Glacier National Park… Where Dreams are Made.
Wednesday, July 21st, 2021
After a much needed night of sleep, I was so excited waking up today for my visit to Glacier National Park. Angela and I had a sitter for her youngest, and then the other two we took to Summer Camp, so we had the day to ourselves and we were MORE than happy for the time to adventure together!
Angela lives nearby in Kalispell, so she has been in Glacier a hundred times or more. I always feel comfortable with her, and I felt even better that she drove the “Going to the Sun” road. IT. IS. AMAZING! Terrifying, but amazing! We used the “timed $2 ticket” that was required this year which didn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense. The ticket wasn’t scanned or punched, just glanced at and waved in with the Annual Pass we had. We didn’t have to wait long to get in, and we were probably there around 9:30 a.m. We were going in the WEST entrance, and for all the nightmare stories I had read online, I didn’t get the “scare” that was put out there. Everyone had tickets, it seemed, at least in front of us, and nobody seemed to be turning around. They got the ticket information out there, and from today’s experience, it looks like it works. But without a punch card or scan system, anyone could flash the ticket from any week and possibly still get in. I just didn’t see a lot of “checking” the tickets they insisted everybody having. So heads up on that.
We took the long drive up, climbing while ears popping. I squealed with fear and delight, the views something my brain couldn’t comprehend. The view it out of a fairytale, it doesn’t look real. Maybe an oil painting of Mountains off in the distance, but the height and drop offs VERY real and VERY close to the road. I just held my breath most the time, took pics and videos, and prayed for our safety. It did the job because we got to the top, “Logan Pass.”
Now, here is where the crowds make everything difficult. NO PARKING AVAILABLE. There is ONE lot, so imagine driving ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL the way up the Mountains, you have braved it, you are ready to hike it, and you can’t put your vehicle anywhere. It became this long game of finding people walking to their cars when leaving, getting disappointed over and over again by people just eating at their car or not leaving for whatever reason…it got old fast. I joked I could use the restroom, go to the gift shop and hike the trail before she found a parking spot. ….it was a joke, but we decided to let me go and at least use the restroom and shop while she drove the parking lot. Thankfully about 25 minutes later she found me, had found a spot, and we were on our way up Logan’s Pass.
We walked the boardwalk area for all of it, and decided to chill on a huge rock at the top. We talked about life, love, and the view. It was the coolest place I have had ever had “girl chat” time in my life! We got Walter out for pics and someone recognized him, so we had her get a pic with him too! He has been a big hit, and so much, that Angela’s family watched the movie tonight to meet him officially (they loved it!)
We drove the long way down, stopped for ice cream, which Walter was ALL about, and then headed back to the house for a much needed nap and rest. A mild migraine hit this afternoon, so I have been working on it the rest of the afternoon. It was a great day, with a great friend, with spectacular views!
What will tomorrow bring? Stop back in and find out! Have a great week.
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