RV Travels: Weekly Wanderings #34 – Glacier
We've been in West Glacier since last Friday. We survived the holiday weekend in the national park and have been enjoying daily jaunts inside the park, dancing around the weather as best we can.
We went from the 90/100's in Missoula to 40/50's in Glacier and I love it! With cold weather the air is fresh and you can bundle up, so much better than sweating in the heat!
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Mountain weather is always unpredictable and we've had the gamut: rain, snow, fog, wind, sun. We just plan the best we can. Some mornings we've gotten up at 5 for a sunrise shoot only to have it be pouring down rain. We go back to sleep and in 2 to 3 hours we're to adjust and head out somewhere else.
A morning when was a total wash we drove into Kalispell to do some grocery shopping. We've decided not to move to East Glacier which was originally planned for today and instead extended our stay in West Glacier until next Tuesday. Then we've decided to go back to Yellowstone.
The one thing we're disappointed in with Glacier is the lack of wildlife (or let's say in volume). We definitely miss the thrill of anticipation that comes with Yellowstone. Where you wonder when a bison is come crashing through the woods or block traffic as it meanders down the median. Because it is not a matter of if, it is only a matter of when.
The closest we got to a bear was Baloo when we streamed The Jungle Book. In one week's time, I have seen a single mule deer with her baby. Within one hour at Yellowstone, I'd seen elk, deer, and a dozen bison.
However, we did immensely enjoy the landscape. Logan's Pass totally reminded us of Switzerland and the Alps. We did many drives through those mountains and the route from west to east felt very familiar.
Great hikes too, although the weather prevented us from doing more, the ones we did were beautiful. Lots of things for Mr. Misadventures to photograph.
These days I write a lot of blog posts on my phone while I am waiting for Mr. Misadventures to take a shot. I always get a kick out of the people I encounter on the trail or beach, etc who give me that look “jeez, she's in the middle of the forest (nature, at a gorgeous beach, etc.) and she can't put down her phone for 5 minutes!?”
Or sometimes I read a book, but I've digressed.
When the weather was bad on the west we drove to the east, there are many different microclimates in the park, it's just a matter of being willing to do the 2-hour plus drive, which we were since we always get an early start.
On one of our days on the east we drove by the RV park we were supposed to move to. One look at it and we knew we didn't want to spend 12 days there! Plus on the drive back we followed the route we'd have to drive the RV and there was a tunnel that was only 13′ we're taller than that, so that would have been a sucky surprise.
The RV park we're staying in on the west is absolutely fantastic. Big sites, impeccably clean park, gorgeous views, and friendly staff. The best park we've stayed in all year. It wasn't a tough choice to extend our stay.
Foodie bonus this week. We are 2 miles from the West Glacier park entrance. Between the RV park and the park entrance is a taco truck. Mr. Misadventures is not big on Mexican food, but I managed to get him to go. They weren't the best tacos in the world, but they were tacos! From a food truck! In Glacier! Score!
This morning after our sunrise shoot at Wild Goose Island/St. Mary's Lake we did another hike. This time the Hidden Lake Trail above Logan's Pass, this is what it looks like!
We didn't take a lot of photos because you could only see about 10-20 feet in front of you! Tonight we're headed to Logan's Pass for Milky Way photography. The park is having a star party, so that should be fun.
Glacier West KOA in West Glacier, Montana.
That was my week, how about yours?
I can’t believe those photos, humans can’t come close to building anything that can rival nature’s beauty.
I love all of these shots, especially the last one–it’s so moody and atmospheric and reminds me so much of the times I’ve visited Scotland and Ireland during the winter months. I can see how the lack of wildlife would be a letdown after your previous bison encounters, but it looks as if Glacier made up for the deficit in natural beauty!
@Natalie, most definitely! The landscapes are gorgeous. At night too! The stars come out and play and because it is so dark in the park you can see them shine brilliantly!
Wow, I’ve always wanted to visit Glacier for the landscapes… but I’m so surprised to hear about the lack of wildlife! Though I don’t think that would bother me as much. That RV park looks gorgeous!
This looks like an awesome trip, my two guys would really love it!
So beautiful! I’m such a wuss though and I don’t like to hike (maybe when I was younger!).