By now, I know exactly what to expect out of any national park in US. Greenery. Solace. Animal spotting. Native American souvenirs. Bad burgers.
Based in Montana, close to the Canadian border, Glacier National Park meets the bar on all these.
The Going to Sun drives blows ones mind.
A couple of day's before going to GNP, I watched Steve McQueen's 1968 flick called Bulitt. Can't help compare. The movie starts extremely slow. Making you wonder what and why you are watching it. Without any warning, you are a part of it. Simple plot and intricately shot, every scene unfurls a surprise. There is no spine chilling action other than the Mustang chase (added to the script purely for McQueen), it is is the sheer attention to detail, the pure strength of character, the eye for the inane (I mean how many directors would have shot the scene of two cops searching a bag the way the Peter Yates did?). At the end, you are left as drained and as content as watching an action packed Die Hard without building up as much sweat.
We started the Going to Sun drive supposedly one of the best scenic drives in North America. With a tagline like that you expect action from scene one. Going to Sun starts at the other end of the spectrum. You are driving through meandering streams, lush meadows, beautiful, beautiful mountains - but then top 5 - no ways! At some point you stop wondering. You never realize when you got so involved. As if, at the age of 80, Dali suddenly says, "Hey guys, sorry, I have been under performing all along, here is the real me" and out does everything he ever has.
Scenery after scenery hits the retina, driving breath out of the lungs, ensuring you are no longer enjoying it, just feeling lucky to be a part of it.
I had a camera. I clicked what I could. It does not compare to being there. It is worth the 10 hour drive from Seattle. I was there. I did it.
Here are some images. Minus any people.
Rhea at Glacier...
Rhea pointing at a bear footprint
Rhea at the Bird Lady's waterfall
Rhea in the Apgar village (Lake McDonald)
Burning extra calories at the Moonlight cafe in Coeurs d'Alene on the drive back
Defying gravity at a nearby farm house
The Glacier National Park Gang: