Hey guys, look. .. we made it! No tow truck needed this time! Alright, the Crust Bucket isn't exactly problem free, but she got us to Glacier National Park. We came across the eastern side of the park, and had a nice but somber drive through old forest fire remains, skeleton trees that once stood proud and tall prior to the 2006 fire. It was particularly moving for me because my first and latest visit to the park was in the summer of 2005. So much had changed, and so little had been replenished in the last ten years.
Once we set up camp, we took the little truck on the infamous "To the Sun" route, the only major road that allows visitors to drive THROUGH the middle of a national park! Unlike the eastern side of the park, the western side and inside the park itself are full of life. The dark greens of the pines contrast sharply against the clear blue skies and stately grey glacier mountains.
We drove to the summit of Logan's Pass, where a very silly, bickering and adorable old couple took a photo of us in exchange for theirs. I looked at them admirably as we walked away, smiled at Jeffrey and said, "That'll be us someday." He laughed and said, "Pretty sure it already is," and immediately recoiled to brace himself for the punch I delivered to his nearest arm.
And just before we were about to head back down, I FINALLY saw a mountain goat-- which I had been clamoring on about for days! Look how freaking majestic he looks!
However, the icing on our glacier treat was by far the romantic mountain top star gazing adventure. My phone camera isn't much once the sun goes down, but let me tell you-- it was one of the most beautiful and memorizing sights I have ever enjoyed. The Montana sky, so large and clear, not a cloud in sight. And dark too! It took forever for the sun to finally fall behind the mountains and over the horizon, but when it did, boy oh boy! Darkest night I've ever seen. The stars just kept coming and coming the darker it got. Satellites too, flying by like tiny fireflies on a mission. We even saw a handful of shooting stars! It was magical, really.
That's all for now. Thanks to everyone following along on our (mis)adventures! Glad we could share a happy story with ya'll this week. Up next: Central Montana!