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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Aquí Ahí Allá said...

Fun! We stayed at Apgar last year!
Enjoy a swim in the lake!
We saw a rainbow or two from there... :)

Cyndy Brown said...

The! The bear grass is pretty cool too.
The Jeep/tent doesn't look too stable...I'll take your RV.

Nesbit Library rocks! said...

Bear grass is cool. I like the Pileated babies too--wow--fun adventures.

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