Montana, a state I love. It was finally time to go on our extended vacation there. We would be making our way to Glacier National Park for a few days in the Two Medicine part of the park. Then we would go to the west side just a mile outside the park for the Montana Truck Camper Rally. We would stay an extra day past the rally, then make our way back home. It was going to be a great trip and it was indeed.
Our first day would start right after work. I would drive the truck and camper while Joanne and Cody were in the mini van. We would drive east on I-90 to St Regis then go north on highway 135. From there we would go east on highway 200 to Perma. Perma was our stop for the night. Perma, not much for a town, just a couple homes really but a great spot along the Flathead River. We would camp in a remote spot on the north side of the river about a mile from the bridge crossing. We had the area to ourselves and it was very peaceful. We enjoyed our views, had dinner and slept great.
We got an early start the next morning. We had a great drive to Two Medicine in Glacier. The views along the drive were great with wide open valleys and mountains surrounding them. Lots of old buildings that we enjoying seeing as we drove by. We got to Glacier and the sign said the campground was full. Oh oh, you can not make reservations at Two Medicine campground. We decided to go look for a site anyway and we did find one that would work for our stay. While there are several sites that can handle a motorhome, having a truck camper gave us a much better option of site. There would be no way a motorhome or big trailer could fit in the one and only site we found open upon our arrival.
We got our camp set up by 11:30 and there would be plenty of time to look around the area. We went for a walk to look at our fantastic spot for the next few days. We visited the small store and cafe in Two Medicine. We even saw a bunch of Big Horn Sheep in the picnic area. They were eating the charcoal out of one of the fire pits. From what a Park Ranger told me later, they were going after the salts that occur when you burn wood. It was such a great feeling to be back in a park that is near and dear to my heart.
We would relax back at camp and have our dinner. The next day was a big day. I would be doing a hike to Colbalt Lake with a Park Ranger leading the hike. Joanne and Cody would drive into East Glacier and St Maries to do some shopping and so on. We each had a great day. My hike to Colbalt Lake would be an 11.4 mile round trip hike. By the end of the hike I was pretty darn tired but fulfilled with a great feeling of getting there. I was having an issue with gout in my left foot and it did make the hike more painful than it should have been. I wanted to do the hike and I pushed the pain out of my mind. The views and just getting there was all very much worth it.
By the time I made it back to the trail head I was pretty tired. It would be another mile hike back to camp. Joanne and Cody knew about what time I would be back and they were waiting at the trail head to greet me. Most importantly, to give a ride to camp and skip the last extra mile. We ended the night telling each other about our day.
I had plans to do another hike the next day but my left foot just was not having it. So instead we all got in the van and drove up to Waterton National Park in Canada. We had a wonderful day for sure. We visited the famous Prince of Wales Hotel and then had lunch in town while waiting for our boat tour on Waterton Lake. The boat tour would take us south back into the U.S.A. and there would be about a half hour to walk around before getting back on the boat to return. It really is worth doing the boat tour if you have not done it. First though before heading to Canada would be a stop at Running Eagle Falls just east of the campground.
We enjoyed ourselves completely on the side trip. In the evening we attended a Ranger Talk at the amphitheater about the history of Two Medicine. It was a great presentation.
We slept well after a busy day. The next day we would leave and go to the campground where the Truck Camper Rally would be a day early. Since my foot was not up to hiking I simply could not stay to do a hike. We will return again though at some point to get my hikes in. We arrived at Glacier Campground mid day. We stopped at a neat roadside art display outside East Glacier and then a stop at Marias Pass.
We would check into the campground then get camp set up. We would stay here for the next 8 nights. We drove into town to do a bit of shopping then relaxed at camp. The next day we would drive into Glacier for a stop at a spot I wanted to see. We then drove back into town to get groceries. At the store we would cross paths with friends who were going to attend the rally.
The next few days were all about the Montana Truck Camper Rally. Here is a link to that blog post:
After the farewell breakfast for the rally we picked up things and then drove to Whitefish. We would stop at a brewery and do some shopping. Whitefish is a neat little town to spend some time in. After a day of wandering around we returned to camp and visited with friends who stayed an extra day from the rally.
The next day was a big and great day. We would do a horseback ride to Sperry Chalet. It is a 13.5 mile ride round trip all day ride. So instead of my foot being sore some other parts were. We were so glad we did this ride.
There are no pictures of the ride up or down. The wranglers rules are that no picture taking while riding, for safety. The views were incredible. The arrival to the chalet was terrific. We saw Mountain Goats and had lunch at the chalet. Great food way up in a place with only foot or horse access. More outstanding views from way up there as well.
After the ride that will have lifelong memories we returned to camp for the rest of the night. It was a peaceful evening and a little sad to see all the rally friends were now gone and on towards whatever travels they had ahead of them.
The next morning we broke camp fairly early and made our way halfway home. Our stop would be in Libby Montana and our stay would be at Woodland RV Park. Before we made it to the RV park we made a stop at the heritage museum. I have wanted to stop before but never had time. This time, it was a plan to go there. WOW! What a museum, one of the best heritage museums I have ever been to. If you can, I highly suggest going there.
After a visit at the great museum it was on to Woodland RV Park. We have stayed there a few years ago and it is a nice place right on the edge of town. We got the hookups set then made our way into town to explore, do geocaching and find the brewery. All of that was accomplished.
After all of our excursions were done it was a return to camp and let the night slip by evening.
Our last day of vacation, We had to make a stop at the Libby Café for breakfast. They always have the best breakfast there. We still could not finish the huge portions and the food was still fantastic.
It was now time though to head home, about a 3 hour drive. We needed to get back home to go a look at a new truck to haul the camper around. More about that in another blog post to soon follow. The trip was amazing to say the least. We wished it could continue but no lottery winning ticket yet so back to work we must go. Back to work for a short time to pay for the next trip that is!
montana trip 8/11 – 8/24 2016