Being a lover of travel, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to see some incredible sites outside of our beloved country.
However, I’m always drawn back to the true ‘comforts of home’ when visiting one of our own backyard spectacular national parks.
This year marks the 100th Birthday of the National Park Services and if you’ve not yet visited one of the 58 fascinating sites, it’s time to update your bucket list!
Glacier National Park, to me, is heaven and where my love affair began with hiking and the great outdoors.
I’ll never forget the first time I turned one of the many winding corners on the Going to the Sun road and having my breath taken away by the serenity of Lake McDonald. Heading further up the road, each new twist and turn brought waterfalls and vistas that just kept topping each other in unsurpassed beauty. From Avalanche Lake to the Tears, Haystack Butte, up to Logan’s Pass & the Continental Divide where Bighorn Sheep stop traffic while crossing the road-it’s all a wow!
Take your eyes off the road for a second and you’ll miss the ideal Wild Goose Island. Continue up thru the curves to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation where you might encounter a pack of wild horses walking on the road. Be sure to take time to pack a lunch, a good book and enjoy the solitude of being in the great outdoors.
And finish your journey at the Many Glacier Hotel, where the Moose and Bear sightings are never guaranteed, but are always a delightful surprise when they do.
Boarding the plane to go home that first trip brought tears to my eyes and I was taken aback by the emotional impact those 4 days had on my life. 12 years and multiple trips later, GNP keeps pulling me back and although I have my
secret spots and hiking rituals, each day is truly never like another.
My wish for each of you is that you hear the whisper of Glacier calling and one day enjoy exploring her majesty.