Glacier National Park is Wild and Beautiful
September 17, 2015, Thursday
Glacier National Park in Montana is wild and beautiful. My husband has been planning this vacation for a long time, and he also included the Canadian Rockies as part of the trip. He gets really excited, and he couldn’t wait to wear his little adventure vest. Finally, today is the day. We landed in Calgary International Airport and quickly made our way to Montana, driving through the scenic “Going to the Sun Road” in Glacier National Park. We made a few stops along the way to to enjoy the stunning views. We finally made it to our home for the next three days: the charming Meadow Lake View Bed and Breakfast. Our hosts Patti and Dan Singer recommended we to try Three Forks Grill Restaurant for dinner, and it did not disappoint. Great food and ambiance.
We flew from Miami International Airport connecting to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport to Calgary Airport. Flight price was $378 roundtrip with American compared to $750 flying to Kalispell Airport. We drove from Calgary to Columbia Falls, Montana 5.5hour drive / 300 miles. “Going to the Sun Road” spans about 50 miles crossing the continental divide at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park. Roughly 2.5 hours to cross from the East Entrance to West Entrance.
September 18, 2015, Friday
We started our day with a delicious breakfast prepared by Patti – a mini chili relleno casserole, fresh fruit, and bacon. Everything was delicious; however, I cannot personally attest for the bacon as it disappeared off my plate onto my sneaky husband’s. We made our way to Glacier National Park where we hiked the Avalanche Lake Trail. The 4.5 mile hike was well worth it. It was peaceful and serene. We then made our way to Lake McDonald for a leisure walk around the lake. We ended our day at Loula’s Cafe, where we had a great dinner and were introduced to the huckleberry pie. Carlos was hooked immediately and has been searching for huckleberry pie in Florida since.
Avalanche Lake Trail is about 4.5 miles round trip. It’s a fairly easy trail to hike.
September 19, 2015, Saturday
We started the day with another delicious breakfast alongside the guests who were also staying at the bed and breakfast. My husband and I are both outgoing and love to meet new people and hear their stories. Among the guests was an 90-year-old man and his wife who travel the world. We heard incredible stories from all. After breakfast, we made our way to the park where we embarked on our hike to Logan’s Pass at Hidden Lake. On our hike, we saw big horn sheep and mountain goat. Luckily, we did not see any bears, as they frequent the area. The hike was definitely challenging. My husband sometimes thinks he is Indiana Jones and kept playing the soundtrack to the movie to motivate us, but instead it was annoying! We made our way down to the lake, precisely 770ft down a very steep and rocky path (going back up was difficult). It was well worth it as we picnicked alongside the lake and marveled in the beautiful scenery. After a long day, we headed to dinner at Latitude 48 Bistro, a tapas restaurant where every dish was better than the one before. We loved the jumbo lump crab cakes, pumpkin gnocchi pork belly carbonara, and too many others to mention. The cocktails were also well prepared. It was a great end to our first time in Montana. For me, Glacier National Park is wild and beautiful.
Logan Pass Hidden Lake Trail is about 5.4 miles and a serious 770 foot drop to see the lake.
September 20, 2015, Sunday
We had the honor of being the last guest for the season at the B & B. It was an honor to be there for the last breakfast of the year. Patti prepared a delicious egg souffle, bacon, fresh fruit, and mimosas. We had breakfast with Patti, Dan, and their friends. We will definitely be staying here again, as we felt like family from day one! Afterwards, my husband insisted that we stop by the town of Whitefish before we headed to Canada. He had said he wanted to take a picture, but the real reason was the huckleberry pie at Loula’s cafe. He insisted that we take one for the road, which he ate while I was sleeping. He states he tried to wake me up, but I know he didn’t.
Stay tuned as my next post will concentrate on the Canadian Rockies as we visit Banff, Lake Louise, Bow Lake, and Peyto Lake.