National Parks · Travel

Glacier NP Day 1

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We stayed at Jim and Mary’s RV Park in Missoula, MT for a night. this is a very nice little park with flowers planted everywhere.

Had we known ahead of time this would be a 2-night stop. We arrived early enough to unhook, drive into town, and re-stock on provisions. Driving around we found a Good Foods store (think Montana’s Whole Foods) for staples, you know, yogurt, granola, organic veggies and meats, artisan bread, and prepared meals.

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The drive up to Glacier from Missoula is a teaser. First one sees sloping high hills with ranches and cattle. US93 takes us past the National Bison Range, through Pablo National Wildlife Refuge, and along the west bank cutting along Flathead Lake SP. flatheadAt the north shore the highway peels off toward Kalispell where we connect with US2. As we pass through Columbia Falls the scenery of Glacier NP fills the horizon.

A few miles east of town we see the turn off for West Glacier KOA, our home for the next few days. It is located about 2 miles form the West entrance to Glacier NP. This is a very nice resort part with RV sites, tent sites, cabins, outdoor dinner restaurant, poo with hot tubs, several showers/restrooms, laundry, main office/gift shop, and ice cream parlor. Our site is level, clean, well located with a nice view.

We spent the afternoon at the Apgar Visitor Center getting our bearings, talking to the Ranger about hikes, and buying the cutest stuffed mountain goats for the g’kids. The ranger told us about the trails with bear sightings and gave us some pointers on hiking in bear territory. We decide on the Rocky Point Nature Trail for another morning.

We drive up to Lake McDonald Lodge to check out the venue for our dinner at Russell’s restaurant on our last night (more later). Then we head back to KOA. After dinner we walk down to the Ice Cream Shoppe for a couple scoops of huckleberry ice cream. Finding this flavor a bit addictive, we have it every night during our stay.icecream

The views are incredible, the venue is the best on this trip, and we are totally pumped and excited for the next few days.

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