Tuesday turned out to be a beautiful day, with blue skies and white puffy clouds. When we saw the weather we immediately changed our plans and decided to drive the Going to the Sun Road again. Wow was this the right decision as with the weather we got some of the most beautiful pictures I have ever taken. I will say this. Once before you die you should be on this road. It is like nothing I have ever seen and if you’re not comfortable driving it, they have multiple car tours that will drive it for you. Plus we had a very close encounter with a bear cub that was amazing. Just the perfect day, but I am definitely going to let these pictures speak for me. Oh and Deb asked me to make the pictures bigger. I may give that a try on some of these …let me know what you think.
As we were going up towards Logan’s Pass a short line of cars was stopped. There was a bear cub walking on the wall and people were trying to give it space but it was incredibly narrow and there was nowhere to go. I was particularly impressed by the motorcyclist who backed up as far as they good. Finally the bear went over the wall and I got some great shots of it with the telephoto lens. Very cool!!
We got some great shots of vistas that were partially obscured the last time we came. It’s definitely worth doing this on more than one day and make sure you drive it both ways as the views change with the light and atmospheric conditions.
The parking lot at Logan’s Pass was too full to stop so we drove right past it to a pull off and Lee found us this great place to eat right by a waterfall.
After lunch we were in uncharted territory and headed down into East Glacier. I was surprised by how different the landscape looked and although I think I enjoyed the views in West Glacier more, East Glacier has more hiking trails that go to the glaciers and more bear activity, but more about that in later posts.
We enjoyed the ride and took the road all the way to the end. On the way we saw our first fire damage, which we found out later had happened about a month ago. It was good to see the forest coming back, but sad to see so much damage. The water in the background is St. Mary’s lake and is absolutely beautiful.
At the end of the road we checked out the campground we would be staying at starting Wednesday. When we got there we were told because of high bear activity they had closed our loop and we would need to move to C. There were only 4 spaces that would accommodate our Open Range or Deb and Steve’s Montana, but we found ones that worked (again more on that later). We also discovered absolutely no ATT, so we had no data for several days which is why this post is so delayed. I’ve been taking pictures like mad though, and if you’ve been reading for a while I am sure you know I hate to get this far behind, so I will playing catch-up as we travel to Susanville, California for Lee’s first Work Kamping job. Anyways, it was an absolutely fantastic day and we were all so glad we took advantage of it because the weather was never this nice again. They actually got some snow in Logan’s pass and closed it for two days the following week, so my best advice is whatever you have planned, rearrange it and spend the nicest day on the Going to The Sun Road. You won’t regret it.
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Great pics as always! So glad you went back a second time! How awesome to see another bear!
Can’t wait to see the next installment!
I vote for the larger photos…absolutely beautiful!!!
I agree with Nancy and Bill on the photos, Tracy. They are really nice!
So glad you went back on a clear day. Those U-shaped valleys are outstanding! Diana and I have been fortunate enough to have been to a lot of places, but we have yet to make it to Glacier. It is high on our list….and even higher since seeing yours and Debbie’s pictures. Thanks for the great post!
Awesome Pictures, hope we make it there one day
Yes on the bigger pictures. Beautiful!
I also like the pictures,and to enlarge them to full screen on your computer. Just click on the picture.The bear was really nice.I saw the road to the sun in 1979.Brings back great memories..I would like to see you throw in the date you was there. when looking back later on, it lets you know when you were there.Keep on living the good life.God bless you both.
Thanks Robert appreciate the feedback. The posts has a date and since I post pretty close to when it happens you know at least he month and year it occurred. I like to do the day of the week because I think that matters from an experience perspective (weekend versus mid-week) for example, but I have not always been consistent on that. Will try to make sure I mention it.