The Journey is the Objective

August 29, 2017

For my last full day in Glacier, I wanted to drive up to Polebridge, a remote area on the west edge of the park, near the U.S. border with Canada.  Polebridge is a part of Glacier where the roads are unpaved and nature is pristine.   

Before heading north, I did a little more campsite recon.  This time I drove through the Fish Creek Campground, just a few minutes north from Apgar. It's a large campground with serval loops and many great sites.   Fish Creek is different for a couple of reasons; they take reservations and they have showers.  Since there are no pay showers in the park, this can be an imp...

August 29, 2017

I woke up early to a bustling campground.  I made coffee in my Stanley french press and cooked eggs for breakfast tacos on the Coleman Duel Fuel Camp Stove.  After breakfast, I considered loading the MiniTrail and migrating to another campground.  

In first-come-first-serve campgrounds, changing campsites has to be done as early as possible because the best campgrounds have to be snatched up when ealry risers vacate for the day.  It's nice to drive without the extra weight on the rear bumper, so I decided to keep the my current campsite.  I left the MiniTrail and Moto-Transporter locked to the picnic table...

August 27, 2017

I arrived at West Glacier about  5 in the afternoon.  The drive between Missoula and Glacier is beautiful, particularly the section along the east shore of Lake Flathead.  I passed several state parks on the lake shore and thought it might be nice to camp at one on my next time through.  

This is my first time to visit Glacier National Park so I wanted to get a campground and start getting familiar with the park.  A sign at the park entrance listed campgrounds with open sites and fortunately there were options.   

My first stop was the Apgar Visitor Center but it was already closed.  I stretc...

August 26, 2017

After two days exploring Yellowstone, it was time to head north out of Wyoming.  I'm headed to Glacier National Park in northeast Montana.  There's a couple of ways to get there from Yellowstone but the journey is the objective

I've decided to take the longer route through Missoula, home to the University of Montana.  I've alway wanted to visit Missoula but had never made it up there.  I lived in Boulder, Colorado for 10 years and had always heard Missoula described as a smaller, less populated Boulder.

I was starting out from Yellowstone's Canyon Village Campground located at the east intersect...

August 24, 2017

The road network in Yellowstone National Park is laid out in a massive figure-8 with a north and south loop.  The west side of the south loop connects Grant Village with Maddison Campground.  

From Grant Village at the south end of the south loop, the road crosses the Continental Divide three times before traversing Upper, Midway and Lower Geyser Basin.  In the process, travelers are treated to two incredible geological formations: Old Faithful and Grand Prismatic Spring.

Old Faithful is situated in the Upper Geyser Basin and has a well-marked exit off the main road. The complex is sprawling, complete with lodgi...

August 24, 2017

With Jackson in the rear view mirror, I continued north on US 191 through the Moran Entrance Station.  The 7-day entrance fee for Grand Teton and Yellowstone is $50 but I planned to purchase a pass valid 12 months from the month of purchase.  The Annual Pass grants admission (for the bearer's car and its occupants) to all National Parks and 2,000 federal recreation sites, .  

Passes are usually available at park entrances but the Moran Station had sold out during the heavy eclipse crowds..  The Park Ranger at the gate let me go through without paying so I could purchase the Annual Pass at Yellows...

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