Warning: Long post ahead, but it is mostly photos.
As a kid in the 50’s, my best friend’s father was a railroad engineer and his family got to travel for a greatly reduced rate on the train. Each summer they would take a long vacation to the West and he would tell me of the wonders he had seen, creating a great envy in me.
I finally saw the Grand Canyon a few years ago, on this day I drove the Going-To-The-Sun Road, and we’re heading to Yellowstone next. As an engineer, I gazed in awe at what it must have taken to build the road in the 20’s – here’s a shot lifted from Wikipedia.
Our visit to the park was just a drive along the famous road from west to east and it began along the pretty Lake McDonald.
Just above the lake one of the prongs of the Flathead River runs along the road.
The mountains are very steep and craggy and the views of them and the valleys would have been breath-taking had it not been for the haze in the air. We also noticed many dead trees, some of which was fire damage but not sure about the other.
On the east end of the road was the other pretty Lake St. Mary.
After leaving the park, we drove back to our area via the southern route and saw some interesting terrain while on a small MT route, reminding me of Dolly Sods in WV.
We stopped in East Glacier Park to pick up something to eat at Brownies Hostel-Bakery-Deli.
We got a chuckle from the signs on the business next door – “World’s Largest Wooden Spoon Shop” and “Hard Carved Stuff.” We were in a hurry to get back to Whitefish so we didn’t go in.
We then got on US-2 and followed it through the valley around the park bottom and beside the railroad track which was also a great piece of engineering and construction (orig. – Burlington Northern and now BNSF).
We decided to check out Whitefish for a potential shopping trip the next day and stumbled into a good sized farmers market, which the ladies explored while I minded the dogs across the street at the BNSF RR station and yard – didn’t get to see the museum though.
All-in-all a pretty good day I’d say, finished off watching Madison romp with Bodie.
Photos best if enlarged by clicking on them.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.
8/27/2013 event date