Thursday, November 19, 2009

Day 9 (Aug 15): Glacier National Park I

After a night rest at Helena (where we had an amazing yet affordable dinner), we continued on the mountain country road up to Glacier. We were lucky to arrive during the weekend special so entry to the park was free! We drove in through St. Mary along Going-To-The-Sun Road to Lake McDonald where we spent the night.

At St. Mary, we saw a nest of Ospries trying their wings for the first time. We were just stopping to pick up a park map when we saw this so I didn't have my tripod with me at that time and I had to zoom in to get this frame. It is the moment so no time to get anything. Just click.

It is August, it is snowing on the east side of the park, and raining on the west side of the park. The snow was too heavy to drive in so we took a break at Rising Sun for lunch (elk chili soup). Bikers riding from the west side of the park underprepared for the rain/snow find the perfect spot to dry their gear.

Similar to earlier parts of our journey, we run into bikers everyday enjoying the parks along their road back from Sturgis, South Dakota after the Harley rally. These bikers arrived shortly before we did at the lodge where we are staying.
The main building of Lake McDonald Lodge. We decided to take it easy for the rest of the evening and just walk around the lodge we stayed.

Harp performance in the lobby

Around Lake McDonald