I first stepped foot in Glacier National Park in August 2012 on an Alaska-Colorado road trip with my friend Joe. We didn’t have much time, but what we did see was breathtaking. At the time, I claimed Glacier to be my favorite national park, and I promised myself I would return. I made good on my word this past weekend, and I still say it’s the best national park I have been to.
Some of the Going to the Sun Road through the park is still closed due to snow, but Katy and I were able to rent a boat on Lake McDonald. It was only the second day in operation this season, and we had the lake to ourselves.
We fished without luck and sat down at the lodge for a delicious dinner of trout and bison, preceded by hot chocolate and followed by chocolate cake. Home that night was the gravel parking lot of the lodge.
Rain on the roof of the camper woke me the next morning. Before I was even dressed, I was behind the wheel and heading up to the furthest point we could travel on the road. We arrived at the Avalanche Lake trailhead before anyone else, and once again we were able to experience this amazing wilderness in solitude. Often times, especially in the summer, National Parks feel more like amusement parks than nature. I am finding that early season is a great time to explore these areas that might otherwise be busy.
I’m proud to be sporting a new GLAC sticker on my bumper. 🙂