Saturday, August 6, 2011

Our Montana Vacation: Going to the Sun Road

One of our last days in Montana was spent at Glacier National Park and driving the Going-to-the-Sun Road. This is a 50 mile road through the center of the park and up some mountains to about 10,000 feet in elevation. Sadly, the day we took this drive it was cloudy, foggy, rainy and cold. (The kind of day where you're glad you drank your morning Latte' to keep you warm and alert.)  But it still made for an adventurous day, as driving this road was a little bit like an episode of Ice Road Truckers. We were high enough at times there was still snow on the ground and sometimes we were driving through clouds, which was really weird to experience. Imagine driving along and all of a sudden it gets so cloudy you can't see 10 feet in front of you and then in a split second it's gone and you can see again.
Below is a picture of the weeping wall.  Due to snow melt higher in the mountain there is always water coming out of the rocks at this location.
Here are some pictures of the road so when I told you it was along the side of a mountain you know I wasn't joking.

And then these are the cloudy, foggy and rainy pictures we took along the road.
There are 25 glaciers in Glacier National Park.  Below is a picture of the Jackson Glacier.
As you can see from the vehicle in front of us this part of the road had to be plowed at the start of the tourist season.  And as of July 27th there's still a good 5 feet of snow on both sides of the road.
This is the last of the pictures I will be sharing of our trip to Montana.  We hope you enjoyed seeing some of the things we experienced along the way and if you missed any of the days you can find them here


gail hengen said...

ah trip down memory lane.. i grew up in Montana.. what a place to grow up i tell ya.. spoils ya for the rest of the nation :D

Joanie Ott said...

Thanks for posting your trip to Glacier, a great place to visit, take in its beauty, hike, etc.!