We fell asleep last night under the soft glow of the parking lot lights at the Polson, Montana Walmart. It was quiet, since that is not a 24-hour store. We woke early this morning to the sound of rain on the motor home roof. Since today’s drive was to be fairly short, we took our time getting ready to leave, even though there wasn’t much to do. We only put out 2 slides and didn’t even lower the jacks.
The rain let up just long enough for me to take the dogs out for a morning walk around the parking lot, then it started in again. The forecast for our destination, Coram, Montana, was 70% chance of rain all day.
We set out a little after 8:30, going north on US Highway 93 along the west side of Flathead Lake.
This was pretty much the view for the first half of our day’s journey:
We took our time in the rain. As we got close to Kalispell, the rain gradually stopped, it actually looked like it had not rained in that area this morning. We stopped for fuel at Columbia Falls, and arrived at the North American RV Resort just east of Coram a few minutes before 11 a.m. The sky was overcast and gray, but no rain.
We got checked in at the office and found our sites, this time right next to each other.
There is basically just one road in Glacier National Park, the Going to the Sun Road, which goes right through the middle of the park. There are roads around the perimeter of the park, and a few roads that lead to a specific destination, but no “loops” like there are in Yellowstone. We made it a little over halfway across the park, to the Logan Pass. Visitor’s Center, before deciding to turn back for the day.
We saw several of these waterfalls along the road:
The only wildlife we could get a picture of was this Columbian Ground Squirrel, although we did catch a quick glimpse of a mountain goat.
Mark, who is not a big fan of heights, was driving this road, which really does seem like it goes to the sun because it is so high and narrow. I was surprised when I checked my GPS and found that we were at an elevation of less than 6500 feet, it seemed like we must have been much higher! The scenery on this road is just breath-taking! And this is from a woman who grew up in the Colorado Rockies.