Today we got up and got packed and hit the road, heading towards the other side of the park, West Glacier. It was about a 2 and ½ hour drive around the park, since the Going-to-the-Sun Road was still closed. On our way out we stopped at the visitor’s center so the kids could get their Junior Park Ranger badges. They were SO excited about this.
The drive was a beautiful one, albeit on a somewhat terrifying road at some points- sheer cliff, straight down beside the road.
We got to West Glacier around lunch time, and drove around a bit exploring, and found a place to eat our picnic lunch. We were not initially as impressed with this side of the park. The views were not as impressive, and there were a lot more people. There are a lot more trees, which means you are really just driving through a forest a lot of the time. However, there was a really beautiful river through this side of the park-it’s the place to come if you want to raft.
Lake McDonald is pretty, too. We let the kids wade, and they about froze their toes off!
We got to check into our cabin around 3:00. It is an old cabin that needs some updating, but it was clean, and the kiddos LOVED that they had their own separate room, and they didn’t have to share a bed. 🙂 They think it’s the best place we’ve stayed the whole trip!
After we unloaded, we went on a walk around the little village (Apgar Village) that the cabin is in. That’s when we really started becoming more enamored with this place. Apgar is kind of like it’s own little camping resort- it has a campground, a tiny little hotel, some cabins, and several little stores and a restaurant and ice cream shop, all situated on the shore of Lake McDonald, with a spectacular view of the mountains. It was nice just to be able to walk around and explore, and to not have to get back in the car to get dinner. We ate an early dinner at the little cafe, and then went back to cabin so the kids could play in their room while Jake and I took a short nap. 🙂 Then we went back out, got some ice cream, and walked down by the lake to let the kids wade some more and just enjoy the beautiful view.
Huckleberry is a BIG thing up here, and so Josie just had to try some huckleberry lemonade. 🙂
Around 9:00 we wandered back to our cabin (of course, it still wasn’t even close to dark yet) to let the kids wind down and get in bed (eventually).
It was a really relaxing afternoon, which is what we all needed. What a great way to enjoy this beautiful part of God’s creation.
We loved every minute of Glacier, and I can definitely see us coming back here again in the future!