Glacier National Park on a rainy day

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Last Friday, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP and I had the good fortune to be able to head up to Glacier National Park in Montana. Our goal was to take a few photos and go on a short hike. While the forecast called for a chance of showers, it was decent weather in Kalispell. We both geared up with warm clothing (just in case) and were on the road at 7am in order to beat any potential crowds.

 

If you haven't ever been there, Glacier National Park is a lifetime must-see. The park is up at the Canada-United States border. It includes over a million acres, 700 miles of hiking and walking trails, 130+ lakes, two mountain ranges, trees, flowers, animals, waterfalls, and more. The Going to the Sun Road that bisects the park is 56 miles long and it's a drive that must be experienced. Describing it simply cannot adequately capture the experience. Last year, my husband and I drove the road. It was somewhat scary since there are very steep drop-offs, limited guard rails, and skinny roads with lots of traffic. Luckily cell service doesn't work in the park because drivers have to pay attention. But when drivers have to pay attention to the road, it's hard for them to really take in the views.

 

Because of that, Patricia and I decided that instead of driving to our St. Marys Falls destination where there was some appropriate hiking for the day, we would take the free park shuttle. The shuttle runs during July and August and sometimes in early September, so we happened to be there three days before the end of the shuttle. We waited for 40 minutes until the shuttle started running for the day, then hopped on, and got ready for our ride.

 

Once we got on, our amazing shuttle driver told us that because it was post-shuttle season, they were understaffed. Also, because the Going-to-the-Sun road is somewhat tricky to maneuver and contains some big rocks jutting out of the cliffs, no large vehicles are allowed to travel the full length of the road. Therefore he told us he could only take us about 20 minutes up the road to Avalanche Creek.

 

When we got to that location, we were dropped off to wait for a smaller shuttle that would take us to our final destination. It took 45 minutes before the smaller shuttle showed up. We hopped onto that one and were told by that nice shuttle driver that they could only take us to Logan's Pass, which was midway between where we were and where we wanted to go. Upon arriving at Logan's Pass, rather than wait another 45 minutes for yet another shuttle to take us to our real destination, we changed plans. We decided to just walk around Logan's Pass and get some photos of the beauty that was right around us.

 

Glacier National Park on a rainy dayExcept, to add more clarity to the situation, it was now raining. The day had gotten a little colder as well. And the wind was gusting in spots. So we were wet and cold and windblown, but determined to get some pictures. Although I forgot my camera at home, so all I could do was take some misty looking photos with my phone. We wandered around, getting a few pictures and then went down to the visitor center to get back on the shuttle to return down the hill. And guess what!  Yes, you're right. We had a 45 minute wait for that shuttle, got dropped off at the next spot, and waited 45 minutes for the shuttle back to where we started.

 

Glacier National Park on a rainy daySo our day included about three hours of standing around waiting for shuttles, cold rain, some hail, wind, shivering and chilly fingers. But believe it or not, the day was still great. Patricia and I got to spend a lot of time talking. We had plenty of fresh air, talked to quite a few other people, managed to get some photos to remember the day, and learned a lot of lessons about what to do, or not to do, next time.

 

I won't ever take the free shuttle again! But I will definitely be back at Glacier National Park exploring the hiking trails in the very near future. You can be assured I will remember my camera and will make sure to bundle up.

 

Until then, happy trails!

 

Originally published at thehousekat.com.

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
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Glacier national park is my favorite park in the continental United States Kat Palmiotti. I was 3 the first time I was there....

Sep 18, 2019 08:59 PM #14
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Good morning Kat Palmiotti - you will never run out of opportunities for recreation.  Every direction you go from Kalispell you find more beauty and adventure.

Sep 19, 2019 08:14 AM #15
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Kat, experience of a lifetime is right!!!  What a reward for walking around Logan's pass.  I would love to get up there and see for myself and drive that 56 mile road.    I imagine it might be like the condition of the road on the north shore of Muai around Kakaloa in the mid 80's when it was a narrow one lane dirt road.  I have never been so scared in my life.  No guard rails and straight down into the rocky shore hundreds of feet below.

 

Another Rainer, Maya Thomas, has re-located to Montana.  You will have such a great time exploring with your husband, Kat!

Sep 19, 2019 02:19 PM #16
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Thank you Michael Jacobs - the only thing that's bugging me (just a little) is the lack of good internet service at our rental home. It's definitely constraining my ability to do things online!

Scott Godzyk - I enjoyed southern Montana and the Yellowstone area, but I liked Kalispell/Glacier National Park area even more!

I agree Will Hamm - it certainly is worth it, once you get to the top. I bet after going up there multiple times maybe I'll get used to the road. Maybe not.

 

 

Sep 19, 2019 03:25 PM #17
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel - if you get back to Montana, yes, a visit to GNPark would be wonderful!

Fantastic, Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - you won't be sorry you went!

 

Sep 19, 2019 03:26 PM #18
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Sheila Anderson - you are an explorer and adventurer at heart, so that doesn't surprise me! 

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - Wow, your uncle was in a great place! I bet he loved being home.

Sep 19, 2019 03:28 PM #19
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - Ahh, you must have taken some amazing photos (not at 3 of course, haha). How wonderful that you have seen those peaks.

That's very true Grant Schneider - even if I live another 50 years, I won't have seen everything.

 

Sep 19, 2019 03:30 PM #20
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Bruce Walter - Wow, that road in Maui sounds scary! They have those tough pointy volcanic rocks out there. I wouldn't have wanted to slip off onto them. 

Thanks for the tip about Maya. I'll reach out!

Sep 19, 2019 03:31 PM #21
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I remember Kat the drive up and drive back and hiking at the top of the road, they say going the the other side and into Canada is great also.

 

Sep 21, 2019 08:54 AM #22
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Will Hamm - We're definitely going to head up to Banff at some point. It's apparently even more beautiful!

Sep 21, 2019 12:33 PM #23
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Hi Kat:

I've read about the Going to the Sun Road amd seen some photos - yours and what I have seen certainly are an enticement for sure. What fun to be discovering, or rediscovering the area in and around Kalispell, and all there is to do!

And it was particularly special to read about your time with Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP . Sounds like you have a wonderful time together despite the weather.

Jeff

Sep 21, 2019 06:05 PM #24
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We did, Jeff Dowler, CRS  - Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP is such an authentic and fun person. Her smile is HUGE!

Sep 21, 2019 06:16 PM #25
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Jeff Dowler, CRS and Kat Palmiotti - Thanks for the mention. The silver lining is Glacier was best because of you, Kat.

Sep 21, 2019 07:08 PM #26
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - Good morning from Montana! It's been cloudy the last few days and the sun is coming up right now with the promise of a wonderfully sunny day. Hope it is sunny in TX as well!

Sep 22, 2019 06:14 AM #27
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Kat Palmiotti - Good Morning! Isn't it wonderful that the sun rises in Montana today! I'm guessing you'll be doing some exploring? May every road you run or trail you hike transcend your body, mind, and soul to peace of heart, joy, and something new to discover.

Yes. It is sunny in Texas. Have a wonderful day. Thank you for thinking of me.

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My sis and her hubby were just there. She shared some photos from that road...wow, not for those who are nervous about heights. Lol. 

Sep 28, 2019 11:56 AM #29
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Oh well things don't always go as planned.  But what a beautiful spot to be and be waiting - it could have been a lot worse.

Sep 28, 2019 07:36 PM #30
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Of course, Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 - exactly!

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Hello Kat, I've never beed, but how beautiful it looks. What a great opportunity and adventure you and Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP had!

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We did indeed have a great adventure, Nick T Pappas ! Thank  you for your comment.

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