Day 34 - part 3

Glacier National Park Travel Blog

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    Upon the arrival at the US border (between Alberta and Montana), an officer greeted us and as he learned of our deafness, he greeted us with sign language! He may be a little slow and rusty, signing only basics, but we still give him the credit for communicating with us! *Hands waving in the air*

    *Tapping our feet on the ground of Montana* Whhoooo! It is our first time in Montana! As we went on our way to MT, Town of Babb was our next stop for gas. Get this… To repay or pay cash, one must cross the street to the store and pay there! Would you ever thought of experiencing paying gas across the street? *Scratching head*

    Ahhh… Let those animals roam free! Open range cows were grazing on the side of the street, some were running as we drop past. Not only we saw cows but deer kept the roads company!

    We now enter the Glacier National Park and our first destination there was Many Glacier, where three glaciers are located next to each other. Are you ready for the jaw-dropping news? DID YOU KNOW? Over the past century glaciers have retreated in Mount Rainier and other national parks. For example, at Glacier National Park, which in 1850 had150 glaciers, only 37 glaciers are in the park today. If the current warming trend continues, there will be no glaciers left in Glacier National Park in 30 years and that would be around the year of 2030! That is quite too soon!

    At the Many Glacier Hotel, three goats were spotted… a family of goats! The mother was injured (leg twisted/broken with one horn missing), yet looking strong and determined to move on. Putting our feet up, taking a break, we basked in the beauty of the hotel, its architecture and rustic feelings. There we learned about the history of red buses . The historic (1936 -1939) Red Buses are both a symbol of Glacier National Park and a reminder of a time when adventurous travel was done with style and grace. The vintage touring coach drivers are called "Jammers" by the locals.  A name which carried over from the days when the buses had standard transmissions and the drivers could be heard "jammin" the gears as they drove up and down the rugged mountainous highway.

    Stopping at the St. Mary Visitor Center to gather information about the park and routes, we had the opportunity to observe the Osprey nest , a home of two babies and parents. Don't you just love the beauty of life? Our circle of life continues!

    The experience at the park was banked with haze. Our view of the park was distorted by the forest fires on the western park of Glacier National Park near Route 2, thus created a goal of visiting the park once again. Sun was setting and we went to the Rising Sun Campground. When the park is full and there is no other place, should we lounge by the trees and wait another year? Not! We ended up at the St. Mary Campground for the night. Near our tent, we were delighted to see the marionberries and wild blueberries! Of course, like a child filled with glee, we foraged on these delightful berries! With the sweetness in our mouth, after having our dinner, we dozed off to sleep.

    We did ask the host about the weather prediction, of course and we were told that there was a very slim chance of rain and no wind. Well, lo & behold, in the middle of the night, a storm brewed above us! In the midst of it, lightening flashed its brightest flashed and Alynn was awakened. Groggily, it didn't register in her mind that it was a warning. Another flash shot through the sky, slowly sneaking upon Alynn, and still it didn't occurred to her that it was time to make the move. Third's a charm… This time, while a lightening flashed across the sky, BS "jump started" Alynn up and Alynn bolted right up, straight as a rod, realizing it meant business! Rain came pouring down, drenching us as we took down the tent and spent another night in the SUV. At least we were dry and cozy inside!

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