Day 11 – Glacier National Park

This morning we woke up at 5:30.  Since we all showered last night we just needed to dress and leave the hotel.  We drove to Chick-fil-a and were there before they opened at 6:30.  We drove to Glacier National Park and when we arrived at the Avalanche area we were surprised that all the parking spaces were taken.  I drove down a section that said the parking lot was full and found an open parking space.  We took a hike along the Trail of the Cedars.  It was a short, level, hike just right for Albert.

Trail of the Cedars

After the hike we drove on the Going-to-the-Sun road toward Logan Pass. The parking lot at Logan Pass was full, so we continued driving toward Rising Sun.  Once we arrived at Rising Sun we made our way to the Rest Rooms. Afterwards, we got coffee and a Dr Pepper at a nearby restaurant and took a break for second breakfast.

We drove West along the Going-to-the-Sun road.  We stopped at a park where there was water access to St Mary’s Lake and explore the area.  Next we continued West.  We planned to stop at St Mary’s Falls and do the hike, but there were no parking spaces.  We continued West until we reached Logan Pass again where we lucked up and found a parking space.

After a restroom break we did the Hidden Lake hike at Logan Pass.  We did not do the whole hike, but just up to the snow fields.  We turned back and hike back to the visitors center.  We got back in the car heading West along the Going-to-the-Sun road.  I stopped or slowed down along the way, so Shari could take pictures.

Logan Pass

We stopped at the Redrock picnic area and found a rock among the shady trees and ate our lunch.  We brought some asian wraps from Costco along with our usual snacks for lunch.  After lunch we continued West along the  Going-to-the-Sun road.

Redrock Picnic area for lunch

We stopped at the shops just outside the park entrance and looked for a few souvenirs.  Shari and Albert bought shirts and I bought a baseball cap.  We walked over to the ice cream shop to end our day at Glacier National Park.

After we returned to the hotel, we went for a swim in the pool.  Afterwards we all took showers.  We ate snacks for dinner and then read in Albert’s National Geographic National Parks book about Yellowstone National Park, our next destination.

We played a long and raucous game of Uno tonight.  Ultimately Albert won. 

Albert and the bear outside our hotel

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