Livingston and Glacier National Park
Montana, which means "Mountain", was acquired from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 and was explored by Lewis and Clark in 1805-06. Sure a lot has changed since Lewis and Clark first stepped foot in the state but a lot remains the same - wide open spaces, clear rivers, tall mountains, cowboys, ranches, and scenery that looks like your favorite painting! We took the video (above) as we drove scenic US 212 through NE Wyoming into Montana. We get excited each time we pack up and move to a new place!
Tim was like a little kid, he could not wait to get to Glacier National Park but we needed a stop to break up the long drive from South Dakota. So we stopped for a few days in Livingston at Rock Canyon RV Park. The campground was located on the Yellowstone River surrounded by mountains, the campsites were very tight and expensive, but the bathrooms were spa like with slate tile and luxury shower heads (Renee was happy). Livingston is a small town with a vibrant little Main street area. Two things happen in Livingston fly fishing and trains! Oh and of course Renee found a local brewery (Neptune Brewery) that served sushi, yes sushi at a craft brewery. We also found a place to listen to some live music at the Murray Bar, the Cranford Hollow band was pretty good and were all the way from South Carolina. Check out the pics and videos we took during our stay in Livingston.
After a few days relaxing in Livingston we pointed Peg toward Glacier National Park; you would have thought it was Christmas morning, Tim got up extra early to hitch up Peg and was eager to go. We drove to Glacier Campground located just outside the west entrance to Glacier National Park. We really enjoyed our stay in the campground, originally we booked it for 4 nights but then extended it to 6 nights. The campground was what we call real camping with wooded sites, great staff and no frills. The staff was fun too, great place to hang out at night after long hikes and drives in Glacier National Park. Oh and the girls loved it too because there were lots of kids running around and rabbits!
Almost immediately upon arriving at the campground, we headed to Glacier National Park (Tim could not sit still). That afternoon Tim went for a run along Lake McDonald in the park, check out the video he captured!
The next day we took a drive to a less traveled area of the park along the North Fork Road to Polebridge, located about 20 miles from the Canadian border. Polebridge is a tiny town with a few residences and a little general store (Polebridge Mercantile & Bakery). The Merc, as we cool kids call it, is a must visit. We had coffee and one of their famous huckleberry bear claws (yes Renee shared).
After our snack we drove up a rough gravel road for six miles to Bowman Lake. The rough drive was well worth it. Bowman Lake is fed from melting glaciers, what a beautiful place.
Tim went on a 7 mile hike the next day to Apgar Lookout. The trail was tough, 3.5 miles up the mountain and then 3.5 miles down. The views from the top were incredible.
That evening we took a three mile hike and then enjoyed a sunset picnic dinner by Lake McDonald. A very romantic spot that we had all to ourselves!
While we were in Glacier there was a forest fire in the park which essentially shut off access to half the park unless we wanted to drive several hours around to the east side. However, midway through our stay, Logan's Pass opened up. Logan's Pass is like the main attraction at your favorite theme park except 1000% better! To say Tim was stoked is an understatement! He made us get up at 5am the next morning to drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road to Logan's Pass to go hiking to Hidden Lake. Wow was it worth it, the most amazing scenery we have encountered on our adventure so far! Tim downloaded an audio book that worked as an audio tour of the scenic drive. The book cost $3.50 vs. the actual tour that cost $95 per person. Sorry for the overload of pics and videos, we had a hard time narrowing it down!!
Going-to-the-Sun Road and Logan's Pass
On Our last day in Montana we went to Whitefish. A small town with a lot going on Check out a slide show of Whitefish and miscellaneous pics from our stay in Montana.
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