August 12, 2018
Yesterday we headed to Glacier National Park. We thought the smoky situation would get better after we got over the mountains in Idaho, but it got progressively worse as we neared the park. We could barely see the mountains when we got here because of the smoke.
The air cleared last night and we entered the park through the West Glacier entrance and drove on the Going-to-the-Sun Road. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is a 50 mile long road that goes along the shores of two of the park’s largest lakes and goes along the side of the mountain below the Continental Divide and through Logan Pass. It is a narrow road that hugs the cliffs. This is one of the most beautiful highways in the world.
When we entered the park, there were some fire fighters entering the park at the same time. Not far into the park, we saw a fire across the lake. The fire fighters were standing on our side of the lake, so they weren’t in a position to do much about the situation.
We left the fire and the fire fighters behind and drove through the park. It is stunning. The road through the park takes you through spectacular scenery. The mountains are leaking everywhere. There is water poring out between the rocks, so it looks as though the rocks are weeping. There are waterfalls everywhere. We saw some glaciers and there are still patches of snow here and there. And, the wildflowers are beautiful.
The park information indicates there is a thriving population of black bears and grizzlies. There are also cougars and wolves in the park. If we hike in the area, we’ll bring our bear spray.
On the way back out of the park, we could see that the fire was larger. We saw a couple of planes that were attempting to put the fire out with water. The planes would get the water out of the lake and swing around to drop it on the fire. The planes look so small compared to the fire, it doesn’t seem like it could be doing much. Hopefully, it is.