Yesterday we moved to St. Mary’s Campground, just inside the St. Mary entrance to Glacier National Park, a 20 mile drive from Many Glacier. The campground is much more open but we got a site with great views of the mountains. And we have great cell signal here, so we are back online. Plan on hanging out here for the big 4th of July weekend. Luckily the national parks aren’t really places people come to party for the weekend, so we expect it will be quiet. We did have a nice fireworks display at 11 last night, we guess from somewhere in St. Mary, but why they had it on the 1st is a mystery.
We drove up Going to the Sun Road yesterday, stopped at Logan Pass and the Visitor’s Center. There was a trail we wanted to hike to Hidden Lake, but we only got about a half mile and decided to turn back before we broke something. There was lots of slushy snow and it was too easy to lose your balance. Jim went down once on his butt, and I somehow managed to stay on my feet. It was kinda fun, though. The wildflowers made such a nice contrast to the snow.
The trail was also way too crowded with people and kids for us!
We drove along the Sun Road to The Loop and turned around. Pulled over to take some pictures and as we got out of the car, this mountain goat came walking by. That was the first time we’d seen one, and they are surprisingly big. He walked across the road right in front of some cars and continued grazing.
Now all we have left to see here are bighorn sheep and bears!
Here are some of the views from the Sun Road. It is quite spectacular and the road was not as bad as we expected. It is steep, winding and narrow but was built in the 30’s so that is to be expected. There was quite a bit of snow at the higher elevations, and the entire road had just been opened on June 26, due to avalanches.
We stopped on the way back and hiked to St. Mary and Virginia Falls. No snow there, and the falls were gorgeous.