Glacier National Park, Montana, Idaho & Washington

Glacier National Park is a 1,583-sq.-mi. wilderness area in Montana's Rocky Mountains, with glacier-carved peaks and valleys running to the Canadian border. It's crossed by the mountainous Going-to-the-Sun Road. Among more than 700 miles of hiking trails, it has a route to photogenic Hidden Lake. Other activities include backpacking, cycling and camping. Diverse wildlife ranges from mountain goats to grizzly bears. Idaho is a northwestern U.S. state known for mountainous landscapes, and vast swaths of protected wilderness and outdoor recreation areas.

🙂 Fascinating scenery on this road trip.

🙁 Loooong drive…

We were up bright and early for breakfast. We knew it would be a long drive to Vancouver via the bordering US states of Montana, Idaho and Washington so we cleared all the water and filled up with fresh water and hit the road. We were slightly nervous about crossing the border from Canada in to USA in case they confiscated food but the officials were absolutely lovely and friendly and waved us through.

We entered via Montana and Glacier National Park – more spectacular scenery. We tried to take the Going to the Sun Road however, our RV was too big so after 9Km we had to turn back which was a great shame as this is supposedly one of the world’s greatest drives. We did enjoy the little we saw and will be bak to complete it! Unfortunately this caused a 75Km detour. We did laugh at Pete as he spent all his time looking at his GPS rather than the scenery!

We stopped to fuel up at a petrol station in the middle of nowhere in Montana. The fuel bill to fill the RV up was astronomical and when I went to pay the lovely, toothless tattoo’ed attendant lady said, ‘Holy Crap – can I see what you are driving!’. I mentioned that we were heading to Vancouver after our Dude Ranch and she asked where on earth that was?!! Bless. It was fascinating driving across the prairies – we covered Montana, and Idaho States. We passed through Libby too!! Many live in tiny wooden shacks displaying the American flag but they all have ENORMOUS 4×4 yutes parked outside! We stopped at a lay-by next to a lake on Route 20 just past Newport at 2am and spent the night there after cooking some pasta for dinner.

We were up at 06h00 (which was actually 05h00 as we were in a different time zone!). Drove through dense fog and then a spectacular sunrise. House numbers are huge: 494,532!!! Loads of billboards every 5Kms advertising the Ten Commandments and condemning sinners! We noticed adverts for several taxidermists in every town! RV Campers similar to what we are driving are advertised at $255K!! We did smile as we had passed through an area of many impoverished dilapidated shacks and bang in the middle of this poverty stricken area was a sparkling mansion with green manicured lawns (surrounded dusty, dry fields), beautifully trimmed high hedges, swimming pool, double garage, several vehicles including an RV like ours and quad bikes parked outside – this was next to the Church on one side of it and on the other side a HUGE Gun Shop – it was the Vicars House!!! The irony.

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