West Glacier to Great Falls, MT, July 21, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014 We got up around 7:00 as we usually do. Randy called on his way to work today to get an update and to tell us that the fires in Washington have burned 300+ square acres. They are having a hard time getting it under control. It definitely has an effect here in Glacier. We’re on the road again today! We would be going back around the southern end of the park back to Browning, MT on Highway 2. It was pretty clear this morning with a temp of 62 degrees when we left the campground at 8:45.

 
 
We said goodbye to Glacier Nat’l Park and its majestic mountains.

 
 
The wind and rain the last two days must have cleared out the smoke…temporarily. We had a pretty steep climb out of the valley and through Marias Pass to get to Browning. The clouds that hung in the mountains looked so cool.

 
 
 
 
We followed the Flathead River in the valley.

 
 
Then we paralleled Bear Creek as we climbed 42 miles to Marias Pass. It took us one hour to reach the pass.

 
 
We passed a couple of Red Buses doing a full day round trip loop tour from St. Mary to West Glacier and back to St. Mary via the Going-To-The-Sun Road.

 
 
We left the park and the terrain changed as we approached East Glacier Park.

 
 
Each Glacier Park has this unique sculpture at the town’s edge.

 
 
We had left the mountains behind and were traversing the rolling hills. We were now on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and we found this herd of buffalo resting comfortably near this snow fence.

 
 
The road went on endlessly as we crossed the plains to Cut Bank.

 
 
Can you guess how Cut Bank got its name?

 
 
It was quite windy with a strong crossbreeze as we traveled across the open farmland on our way to Great Falls for the night. We had stopped at this particular campground before on our way out to Glacier. We arrived at Dick’s RV Park in Great Falls, MT at 12:45.

 
 
We unhooked the truck and Bob took it to Pro Lube for an oil change. I hung back with Auggie and worked on my blog. Bob was gone for about an hour. It was a sunny, warm day in Great Falls, but I’m missing Glacier already. Bob and I enjoyed the rest of the day in the shade with Auggie. We had dinner and watched a little TV as the sun went down. We have a long day of driving tomorrow.

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