Montana – Going-to-the-sun Road

Before we left for Montana, Kaylee and Chase played in the splash park near our trailer sight.

July 30, 31, 2012
We left Hillfield around 9:30 a.m. and arrived at Ft Harrison in Helena, MT around 6 p.m.  Today I have spent all day doing this blog..  I am now up to date !

August 1 – 5, 2012

This is our RV sight in Fort Harrison, Helena, MT
When we woke up a female deer and her twin fawns were grazing outside our window.  What a pleasant surprise.

We stayed in Helena for one week and watched the Olympics.  The only thing interesting we could find in Helena was this beautiful cathedral.

This is Helena’s capitol building

We went to the farmers market for a few fresh vegetables.
August 6 – 7, 2012 
Since there was nothing to see or do in Helena we left for Columbia Falls, MT which is centrally located in the Glacier National park area.
Home for a week….  Columbia Falls is known as the “Gateway to Glacier National Park.
August 8, 2012
On our way to Going-to-the-Sun Road, which goes through the middle of Glacier National Park, we passed Lake McDonald. This lake is 10 miles long and 475 feet deep.

McDonald Creek

From the road along the side of Lake McDonald, you can look up (see the previous two pictures) and see the Going-to-the-sun Road — that’s where we are headed.
“Going-to-the-Sun Road is one of the world’s most spectacular highways.  Bisecting the heart of Glacier, the 50-mile-long road follows the shores of the park’s two largest lakes and hugs the cliffs below the Continental Divide as it traverses Logan Pass.  Many scenic turnouts and wayside exhibits let you stop to enjoy the park.”

Heaven’s Peak

Navigation screen showing hairpin turn on Going-to-the-sun Road

People waiting for one-way traffic to clear

 Logan Pass is 6,646 feet.  This is surprising since all these peaks seem to be huge and much higher than our Wasatch Mountains.

Saint Mary Lake

Many Glacier area

Many Glacier Hotel
This was an all day trip that was loaded with breath taking views, beautiful country !  Everything was lush, green and lots of rugged mountains.

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