TWIN FALLS, IDAHO, IN AUGUST, 2020
GLACIER NATIONAL PART (AUGUST 2020)
I flew from Twin Falls to Kalispell while Kathy flew from Nashville to Kalispell. We met up about 12:30 PM and began our Glacier adventure together. We stayed at the best Bed & Breakfast in Columbia Falls called Bad Rock B&B (http://www.badrock.com). Then, we hit the park!
Thursday, we drove from West Glacier to St. Mary on the 50 mile stretch of the Going to the Sun Road. Perfect weather and lighting could not have been better. My expectations were high, but they were still exceeded!
Friday, we decided to go for a hike in the park. We chose Avalanche Lake, which with having to park a mile east of the trailhead meant about 7.5 miles. It was gorgeous, a trek through large cedar, fir, hemlocks, ash, pine, and aspen trees. The payoff was Avalanche Lake, where we missed a grizzly by about half an hour.
After the hike, we headed back west to the Asper junction which led us north for several miles (many of which were gravel instead of hardtop) until we reached Polebridge Mercantile. Another seven miles up rocky (but passable), narrow switchback roads led us to a worthwhile gem: Bowman Lake. Serene and gorgeous! We sat and took it in for a few minutes before heading down to Kalispell for dinner.
Saturday, we had a morning to spend exploring before we flew back home. We decided on Whitefish, MT, and a ride up the chairlift at Whitefish Ski Resort. It gave us some beautiful views of the whole valley and was a lot of fun. We shopped a couple of hours in Whitefish, then ate lunch near the airport. It was a fantastic trip! On a non-Covid year, we can come back and include the Blackfeet Reservation portion of the park as well as the Canadian side. So, hopefully, we’ll be back!