At the start of our trip, we intended to go through Yellowstone on the way home, but we got many recommendations to try Glacier instead. So, around noon, we headed north from Missoula. (We would have started out earlier, but we discovered our front brakes needed to be changed. Not a chance we wanted to take before winding our way up the "Road to the Sun".)
We decided to camp just outside Glacier Park so we could get an early start the next morning. Our campsite was near a reservoir by Hungry Horse, MT. The campground was fine; the neighbors, well. . .I'll just say it wasn't serene. Luckily a small rain storm drown out some of the noise. I will say, however, this campground had a very friendly host who gave us some great tips for our trip to Glacier the next day.
Lily slept so well in the tent, that we had to finally wake her up to take the tent down and get on our way. It took us an hour to get to the entrance of the park and another hour to reach the pass at the top of the Road to the Sun. I have never seen such spectacular beauty in my life. Every turn takes your breath away.
At the top, we took a three mile round trip hike to an overlook of Hidden Lake. Lily was a trooper and walked almost a mile, all uphill. The rest of the hike gave me and Mike an opportunity to burn some extra calories by carrying a thirty-pound "pack".
(Ahh, nice family photo. . .who is the lady in pink?!!)
Lily was so tuckered by the hike back that she literally fell asleep on Mike's shoulder. She took a good nap as we finished our drive through the park. As she snoozed, we got this pic.
Although there were a lot of people in the park, I am so glad we took the time to see it. They say the glaciers will be gone by the year 2030. My only regret is that there was so much more to see! But, by day ten, we were all ready to start the trip home.
We traveled a few more hours and found a hotel in Helena for the night. (I must mention that I was able to swing a great deal -- A two-room king bed and sofa pull-out at the Marriot for $94!)
The Last Day
The final day was just a push to get home. We left Helena at 8:30, and with some treats, a new sticky hand toy, and some fun glo-sticks, we arrived home at 1:15 am. What a great trip.