A Sunny Day in Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park has been on my to-do list as long as I can remember. It is just so far away from everything, it has never presented itself as an opportunity. When the idea of a month long roadtrip through United States National Parks was being discussed between BC and myself, Glacier was my only must-do. He could pick everything else and I’d be content.
So this picture was a happy moment for me:
After a night in Kalispell we headed into Glacier from the West Entrance and immediately drove to Avalanche Lake Campground to claim our site. Right when we entered the campground a nice couple directed us to a site, B67, that had just vacated and was one of the best in the campground. We found it right away and wow, was it halfway into the forest.
All I could think about are those “Bear Country” and “Beware of Bears” signs. Luckily the bathrooms weren’t far and I could sprint if I needed to (the things one thinks about in bear country are quite unusual)
Once camp was set up we backtracked to Apgar Village and Lake MacDonald on the Going to the Sun Road which is the little roadway that traverses the length of Glacier National Park.
Apgar Village had some lovely mountain views:
The Lake MacDonald Lodge is one of the few places where you can take a boat out onto Lake MacDonald. We did an hour around which was a good little trip to learn a little bit about Glacier’s history and see different parts of the land that you cannot view from Going to the Sun Road.
After a turkey and cheese sandwich picnic lunch at a table near Lake MacDonald, BC and I decided to do a 4 mile round-trip hike to Avalanche Lake, our campground’s namesake.
The trail left from a parking lot near our campground so we hoofed it from Betty the Jucy van. The two miles in was a little bit uphill but definitely not too hard. There were a few pretty spots along the way but the best spot was at the end.
Avalanche Lake came into sight and it was awesome!
We hung out on the little beach with our fellow hikers, ate a banana on a log, and took some selfies while admiring the magnificent view.
After the downhill-ish 2 miles back to camp, we lit our Dura-log fire (we are cheaters!), roasted some hot dogs and marshmallows, and drank some of Montana’s best- Moose Drool. It is really good stuff!
More from our Glacier National Park Adventure soon! (as soon as I can get more internet!).
Reader question: Favorite campfire food- hot dogs, marshmallows, other favs?