Glacier National Park Day 2

We began our day by getting out in it all.

Our plan was lunch at Avalanche Lake, a four mile round trip stroll through some beautiful forested land which paralleled the rushing waters of Avalanche Creek.





And this is where we had lunch, on the shores of Avalanche Lake. It was breathtakingly beautiful!

 Did I mention there were 1,200 varieties of plants in the park?

 This made me think of Bob & Jenny, my fungi loving friends!


We ended our day at Lake Mc Donald Lodge. For 103 years, this has been the hospitality hub of the Lake. Behinds us is a Red Bus. Since 1914 there has been a bus service in the park. This actual one is a restored one from 1936. What an iconic image to see in front of the iconic lodge.

We came for the Huckleberry Pie. Montana is the land of huckleberries and this was our first, and certainly not last, foray into eating this delicious fruit.

Today was the day of nature sighting. These were my favorite critters whose images I captured.



Glacier is exceeding all our expectations. We are truly happy campers.

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Glacier National Park Day 1

We will be spending a few days here, exploring as much as we can. Throughout time, people have sought out Glacier National Park's rugged peaks, clear waters, and glacial-carved valleys; its landscape giving both desired resources and inspiration to those persistent enough to venture through it.

The majority of early European explorers came to this area in search of beaver and other pelts. They were soon followed by miners and, eventually, settlers looking for land. By 1891, the completion of the Great Northern Railway sealed the area’s fate, allowing a greater number of people to enter into the heart of northwest Montana. Homesteaders settled in the valleys west of Marias Pass and soon small towns developed.
Around the turn of the century, people started to look at the land differently. For some, this place held more than minerals to mine or land to farm… they began to recognize that the area had a unique scenic beauty all to its own.

By the late 1800s, influential leaders like George Bird Grinnell, pushed for the creation of a national park. In 1910, Grinnell and others saw their efforts rewarded when President Taft signed the bill establishing Glacier as the country's 10th national park.
We discovered these cool packs at the Nature Center. A family can check them out for free and find a stash of the most interesting items to satisfy everyone in the group's curiosity (binoculars, handbooks, maps, etc). Where were these when our boys were young?
The selection of wildflowers was extraordinary! The mountain landscape holds a diverse mosaic of plants... over 1,200 different species. I'll try not to share everyone of them with you.






Beargrass was truly everywhere and the most unique.


We are spending two nights in the Apgar Campground. This Jeep got the award for the neatest set up. Way, way cool!
In an RV, home really is where you park it and this is where we're calling it quits for the next two nights!

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Flathead Lake, Montana

For our first night back, we are camped along the shores of the very Tahoesque, Flathead Lake. I'm going to let the photos express its beauty.

Come and enjoy beauty and serenity on Flathead Lake sheltered by a lush and mature fir, pine, and larch forest. Bring a picnic and enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, and camping!
West Shore offers glacially-carved rock outcrops that provide spectacular views of Flathead Lake and the Mission and Swan Mountain Ranges.

I am a lover of "heart rocks" so my time on the shore involved searching for them. I found some beautiful ones, too.










So far, we are loving Montana.

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