We headed north, towards Glacier National Park, hoping to find some boondocking along the way and that’s when we stopped in Polson, Montana to try our first Harvest Host stay! We stayed in the parking lot of the Miracle of America Museum...and it was kind of a hoot! We aren’t “museum people”...something about the formality and quiet of museums makes us want act up...but this one is quite different. If you know the TV show “American Pickers"...it was like that! Everything from antique hair dressing machines to antique, incredibly preserved military vehicles and machines, to old carnival rides to the largest collection of bicycles and motorcycles...and acres and acres of it! I am a big fan of photographing rust and old metal abstracts...so I was in heaven! The host was sweet and funny and it was a good stopover (with a fairly quiet, easily accessible, level spot in the parking lot “between the weather vane and the antique road grader”)!
The next day we meandered up to Columbia Falls and dry camped in the Super1 Foods Grocery store lot, along with a dozen or so other RV’ers. We grabbed some ice cream from the store and took a nice walk and then a great bike ride through some neighborhood bike paths. The next day we did laundry (first laundromat in over a decade) and got stocked up for our serendipitous stay in the St. Marys campground! You see, the day before, we made a comment on a fellow Airstreamers Instagram page that maybe we’d see them in the park as we were headed that way...and they responded with “we have an extra camp spot, would you like it?” So, yes, we lucked out with a sweet spot on the East side of Glacier and we met the nicest couple, John and Dusty Knight (airstreamknight)!
We drove up the Going to the Sun Road on Thursday to Logan Pass and did some boardwalk hiking at the top and stopped at Lunch Creek for some photo ops…
On Friday we mostly just hung out at home, but got to share a nice meal with our new friends, the Knight’s...and on Saturday we drove up to Waterton, Canada to take a look around. We enjoyed a yummy lunch in town and did the short hike out and back at the beautiful Cameron Lake...and of course, did the mandatory tour of the Prince of Wales Inn, the most prominent sight on Waterton Lake.
We headed back just in time to make the bumpy drive over to Many Glacier for sunset on Swiftcurrent Lake…
Sunday we shuttle hopped...instead of making the drive and worrying about parking, etc...we hopped on the free shuttle and went to the top, Logan Pass...hiked out to the viewpoint to Hidden Lake...along with some curious goats! We also made a quick diversion hike into the snow fields a little...incredible views of such an amazing part of the country! We then caught the shuttle down and got off at the St. Marys Fall stop and hiked from there to Sunrift Gorge...the crowds thinned with each mile on the trails and the views were really remarkable at every turn!
Monday we said goodbye to Glacier and headed south, stayed in our first Walmart parking lot, in Butte, Montana...with the most incredible skies…and about 45 other RV’ers!