I thought I would re-post a report that I put on the BMWST.com forum in September. Apologies to those who may have seen it already.
This was the longest and best trip that my wife Eileen and I have taken so far (we have only been touring for about 5 years). Due to my propensity for taking lots of photos, and that fact that there is a limit of 20 photos per post, I have broken the report up into 4 parts. I hope this doesn't break any posting etiquette, but I couldn't decide what pictures to remove! Here is part 1 - Heading to Glacier NP:
It was our 30th anniversary this summer, so we decided to take a nice trip north. It seems that Glacier National Park is the place to go this year. There are several people posting about trips to that area. Here's our story...
Since we have seen lots of Wyoming before, we didn't make many stops while we made our way toward Montana. Besides, it was REALLY hot, and there isn't a lot to see in central Wyoming besides sage brush and antelope.
But we did find this historical point of interest rather interesting. According to the sign, wagon trains could stop here to get ice, which was about a foot under the dirt and marshy grasses. The ice stayed around into late June or early July.
We have also been to Grand Teton NP, and Yellowstone NP before, so we didn't need to spend much time at either of these parks on this trip. Besides, the smoke from all of the fires in the west this year made for lousy views. Here is what we saw of the Tetons from a distance. They are really striking up closer when the air is clear. Just not today.
But the road up to Yellowstone has some nice scenery.
In Yellowstone, we did stop for a short while at the Old Faithful Inn to look around, and took the obligatory picture of Old Faithful erupting.
As we were leaving West Yellowstone in the morning, I decided that I had to do some fly fishing in a Montana river, so Eileen patiently sat under a tree and read a book while I splashed around in the Gallatin River. I did manage to catch a couple of trout, so mission accomplished.
There is some beautiful Montana scenery between there and Glacier NP, but we were on a mission to get to Glacier and didn't stop much for photos. We were really happy to get there.
Looking around Lake McDonald...
The glacier-fed stream that empties into Lake McDonald was beautiful.
It was getting late, but we took a quick run part of the way up the Going To The Sun Road just because we couldn't wait to get a taste of it.
We stayed 4 nights in some cabins in Hungry Horse, a few miles outside of the west entrance to the park. My nephew Alan, who lives in the Seattle area, rode his motorcycle to Glacier and spent a couple of days exploring the park with us.
We decided to have a relaxed day, since we were all a bit tired from traveling. So we did the short "Trail of the Cedars" hike.
The park facilities were very well kept, and they had flowers beds everywhere.
I liked the old park tour vehicles that have been refurbished, and are being used today.
In the afternoon, we took a boat ride on Lake McDonald.
Coming next: Part 2 - Exploring Glacier