My husband set his alarm and got us all up dark and early so we could have a chance at getting a parking space at Logan Pass. Many of the popular spots were totally full by 10 am the day before and the Logan Pass parking lot was blocked and monitored by Park Rangers. Heavens to Betty! Too many adventuring tourists and not enough parking!
We were delighted to find that we could choose from about 7 parking spaces that were still available at 8:30 am. Heavens to Betty, I say again!
We hiked about 3 miles there and back on a mostly wooden boardwalk to the Hidden Lake overlook. It was moderately steep with high-ish stairs that took a bit of effort to climb.
On the return hike down, some fellow tourists spotted 6 mountain goats very far away. They were very kind to let our kiddos use their binoculars to see them. They looked like tiny white dots, but technically, we did see them!
After we finished our hike, we snagged photos by the continental divide sign.
Next, we decided to drive to the West side of the park and check out Lake McDonald. We found a posh lodge, a fancy restaurant, and Red Jammers. The next time we visit Glacier National Park I’m going to book a tour on one of these vintage red buses.
Fun fact: my parents took my sister and I to the World Expo in Vancouver, Canada in 1988 (I was 8-years-old). I remember the park at the USA-Canada border and the native Canadian totem poles. Since I first saw them I’ve always loved native Canadian totem poles like this one in front of McDonald lodge.
We ended our visit to Glacier National Park with a huckleberry milkshake from West Glacier Cafe. It was a great treat for our drive back to St. Mary KOA. I’m going to need to figure out how to make these!
We enjoyed a relaxing evening and woke up early the next morning to drive home. Which reminds me, one of the highlights of this road trip was an audiobook we borrowed from the library, “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster narrated by David Hyde Pierce (who played Niles Crane on the 90’s sitcom “Fraiser”). The narration was absolutely phenomenal, there was an amazing short interview with the author at the end, and I cannot say enough good things about this audiobook!
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