Took a picture of our tent site to give you an idea of what it looks like where we are staying. Our tent is back in the woods and you can hear all the crunching of leaves and sticks around you in the middle of the night. It didn't help that I had to get up in the middle of the night to pee and saw the brush rustling around me. It's a little bit of a walk to the bathroom as well. Needless to say I'm not loving tent camping where the bears are.....just sayin......
This is the road that all of the tents are on. They do a pretty good job of spreading you out and making it feel like you are deep in the woods. The mosquitos were pretty thick as well, and it seemed like all of us were always smelling like deep woods off. Hopefully that's not a scent the bears are attracted to.
We got our showers in, and headed out to the St. Mary's Visitor Center this morning. First stop was getting our book stamped and picking up Garrett's Junior Ranger Book. It's one of Garrett's favorite things to do!!
Boy do they have a lot of activities happening!! It should be easy to get his Ranger led talk in as we have so many to pick from.
We showed our annual pass at the booth and got on our way. Today we would be traveling the full distance of The Going to the Sun Road. If you are curious what a map of glacier looks like you can go to this link. npmaps.com/wp-content/uploads/glacier-map.pdf
First stop of the day. The views just keep getting better and better and you really couldn't have asked for a better day!!
They have several boat tours you can go on while you are here, and you can see the boat going around the little island in this picture.
We got back on the road and just really took in all of the beauty around us.
One of the things that we were able to see is bear grass. The parks rangers told us that we had gotten lucky this year as mass blossoming of bear grass typically occurs every five to ten years here and this is a good year for it. It sure was beautiful!!
Isn't this little guy just the cutest thing. He was having so much fun, and he is learning to be such a good steward of our land.
See the waterfall to the left in this picture? We are actually going to walk up it for a little ways.
He's always finding something to climb on, LOL.
We made it up to the waterfall and it smelled so clean. I love the sound of water on rocks, so peaceful!!
Garrett was trying to touch the water and not get really wet, it was COLD!!
While Garrett and I were standing here Tim said turn around and look over to the right. Not that far away was a Marmot. Oh my goodness.
This kind of gives you an idea of the length of distance he was from us at the beginning....
This thing had no fear of humans and just kept getting closer and closer. He was going pretty quickly and I finally told Tim that I was leaving with Garrett. They are after all still a wild animal!! Garrett of course was loving it and thought it was really cool!!
Of course Tim stayed behind. He did get some pretty good pictures of it though!!
These are crazy people letting it get this close to them.....geesh!
While we were waiting for Tim I was letting Garrett play on all of the rocks.
Time to head back to the truck!!
They call this waterfall the Weeping Wall.
Haystack Creek was next.
Then across the Mountain Pass you had Bird Woman Falls.
Have I mentioned how lucky we got with Garrett. He loves to travel and does so good with it. He was having fun trying to find bear out his window while we went along.
We stopped at Lake McDonald and ate at Lucke's Lounge for lunch. Garrett was filling out more of his junior ranger book while we waited.
After we finished eating we took off Garrett's socks and shoes and let him wade in Lake McDonald. It was really cold!! So pretty though and the different colored rocks were really unique. I wish the pictures had shown that better :( Tim was showing Garrett how to skip rocks and he was loving it!!
Always one to make a new friend!!
Tim is really improving on his photography skills. Always looking for a good shot!! I took the one of him below and he took the picture below this one.
The hotel is very beautiful, kind of has a German feel to the architecture of it. My boys letting me get a picture of them!!
The flowers they had around it were gorgeous!! Of course we caught Garrett getting in a good smell.
Something not quite obsolete yet....a payphone. Garrett thought it was the coolest thing ever!!
Oh my goodness, how cute are these prairie dogs.
Heading back to the truck. Somebody was picking their seat ;)
We decided to go the long way and take Route 2 back home. We also stopped at Two Medicine area to have a look around. This was a perfect spot to get your picture in with the Glacier National Park sign. No traffic!!
We feel pretty blessed to be able to spend as many days here as we are. There are a lot of people that only get to do the Going to the Sun Road and miss out on all of these extra places in Glacier. Two Medicine was really beautiful!!
We left Two Medicine and on our way back we came across some wild horses. So pretty!!
See this truck.....don't be this guy. In such a hurry that he almost hit the horses. Then kept his horn on until they got out of his way. What a JERK!!
It was about 6 pm and we wanted to see if we could see anymore wildlife. So we got back on the Going to the Sun Road and would turn back on around at Logan Pass and come back down. Well on our way back down we saw some Bighorn Sheep. So cool!!
Dusk brings its own beauty to this area!!
We saw a deer. You really have to keep your eyes open to all of the wildlife.
The lakes look so pretty in the evening time!!
We headed back to the campground, everyone used the bathroom. Got into our pajamas and put our dirty clothes from the day in the truck. I've not had anything to drink since dinner so here's hoping I can go the whole night without having to go to the bathroom. Today was amazing!! Here's hoping we all sleep peacefully and hear no animals outside of our tent ;)