4th of July in Glacier National Park
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Happy 4th of July!
The kids enjoyed the joyous atmosphere at the KOA this morning at the playground and pool. I handled adult stuff- reservations, phone calls, RV prep. Then I grabbed them from the pool and after a whirlwind Walmart stop and gas, headed up to Glacier up Hwy 89, which has been a terrific road from
We arrived at Glacier NP in just 3.
We were lucky. I’d made a reservation at Fish Creek Campground on the west side of the park, only to find out that Going to the Sun Highway, the road that traverses the park, was not yet open due to snow. So we’d have to drive WAY around the park to get to the campground and again in the morning to get up into
Well it turns out that the Going to the Sun Highway opened all the way across the park just two days ago on Wednesday! However, RV’s over 21 feet are not permitted past Sun Point, but Glacier has a free shuttle service here which started yesterday. We decided to drive up to Sun Point and then catch a shuttle to the highest point,
Ironically, at Sun Point, we met the only thunderstorm of our trip! Fearful of lightening strikes, we retreated back to our campground, which is delightful.
It is stunningly beautiful here and the air is so sweet with flowers blooming and spruce! We thought the Triple Divide overlook, with the pyramid mountain that allows rainfall and snowmelt to flow into 3 separate river systems, was particularly cool. We’re on the Continental Divide up here and the triple division is very interesting. I’ll try to upload a picture when our internet is fully functional.
Of course the
We really do need to rest up. I’m planning an early crossing into
We’re really excited about
Did you know that Glacier is actually the world’s first international park? It is a World Heritage Site that is technically called
We do plan to stop at another World Heritage site in
Located 18 km north & west of Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada at a place where the foothills of the Rocky Mountains meet the great plains, one of the world's oldest, largest and best preserved buffalo jump's known to exist -- Head-Smashed-In.
Why is this place a World Heritage Site?
Thanks to their excellent understanding of topography and of bison behavior, they killed bison by chasing them over a precipice and subsequently carving up the carcasses in the camp below.
I sure hope we don’t witness any chasing or carving tomorrow. Sounds like a can’t-miss type of place to me!