July 15, 2017 was Day 17 of our Northwest trip. We left Jackson near Grand Teton National Park and headed towards Butte, MT. We were making good time, so we decided to continue on to Helena, MT. We were scheduled to stay in a Walmart parking lot but found Lincoln Road RV Park and stayed there. Grandma and I backtracked a bit to get provisions from Walmart and got caught in a rainstorm when we were coming out with a cart full of groceries.
Day 19 – East Glacier National Park. The wind was amazingly strong. I would have to guess that it was blowing at least 40 mph. We arrived and set up then headed into the park Visitor Center to get a maps and information. We learned how to get to Waterton Lakes in Canada and decided to head that way. This was my first experience going across the border and into Canada. The country consisted of great views, great people, and, of course, “ehh'”. Lol. When we went to went to enter the park, grandpa and I learned that it’s Canada’s 150th anniversary year of Confederation. Due to this, we gained and took advantage of the free entry deal they are offering. What a great deal! We hiked around and gift shopped a little. We also tried the Huckleberry soft frozen yogurt, which was very good. It was a great day, and although Canada is a pretty country, I would much rather be in the good ole United States of ‘Merica.
Day 20 – This day we went into the park. We drove the very the famous Going to the Sun Road and stopped at the very busy visitors center at Logan’s Pass. As sad as it is, it was not named for me, lol. We snooped around the first shop and bought a few things. After that, I convinced the “old people” to go on the Highland Trail – one of two trails that the ranger recommended. We started off and found our selves scaling a mountain with a rock face on one side and a sheer 300 ft drop off on the other. As a safety precaution, the National Park Service put in a safety cable for people to clip in or use as a hand rail. I absolutely loved the trail. It was challenging, but not to hard. The scenery was excellent, and it made for great pictures. I wanted to keep going, but grandma wanted to turn back. I agreed and we headed back. Next, we all agreed to go on a shorter 3 mile hike on the Hidden Lake Trail. There was a boardwalk that led us to some mountain ranges. On the rare occasion that snow is melted, the boardwalk is an easy hike to some great views. When snow is on the ground, it makes for an interesting hike. That was my challenge of the day, but grandma and grandpa decided not to hike at the point of snow and they sat and waited while I went further to see the hidden lake. It was slick and hilly, but I made it to the overview and back in 45 minutes, which is really fast according to the ranger grandma and grandpa talked to while I was on the trail. We headed back after an exhaustingly fun day.
Day 21 – Me being the slow-minded person I am, I forgot to get souvenirs for my family and I when we were in Canada. So, I asked the Grandparents if we could cross the border once again and get some gifts and they happily agreed. However, they had to take a phone call around noon. So we decided to see Many Glacier first. I got a few gifts there and we headed back to the RV. After the phone call, we all headed to back across the border. As we were driving along toward Waterton grandpa spotted a Grizzly Bear in the road just ahead of us! We slowed down and got some great photos of him on the shoulder of the road as he headed into the trees. I spent my little heart out in that little city. We headed back and did some laundry at the KOA RV park. We rested the rest of the night.
If you follow Grandma on Facebook, you probably know where we are heading next. Here’s a hint… there’s more to Glacier National Park than East Glacier!
– Logan Chazen