Day Fifty

Missoula, MT to Glacier National Park, MT
July 14th, 2009

High Point of the Day....
Low Point of the Day......
Shopping at REI
Miles Traveled Today
Total Miles Traveled
The Bus Playlist
Local NPR, Bill Moyers Podcast
Overcast with rain, sunny in Glacier
Price of Gas 
(average per gallon)
Night's Lodging
Where this Page was Uploaded
Horses and cows
Apgar Campground, Glacier National Park
Radium Hot Springs, BC

Daily Didactic
You'd think we were bigger fans of Missoula or this particular KOA than we really are. This was our third evening over two trips in the perfectly acceptable, but not that exciting, Missoula KOA. It turns out that Missoula is just pretty conveniently located. Theresa leapt out of the bus a little early for a run and Brian did not. We got on the road a little after 9:00 with a shopping list, but found we had beaten our key retailer (REI) to the punch. We killed time with a very cheap and plain breakfast at Perkins. That probably won't happen again. After breakfast we loaded up on identified gaps in our camping gear and then hit the road for the day's destination Glacier National Park.

The road to Glacier heads north from I-90 through some fairly nondescript countryside before passing through Polson and following the huge Flathead Lake to Kalispell. After wandering through Kalispell, the highway heads east to West Glacier and the park entrance. We've been through Glacier, but have not slowed down long enough to sleep before. This trip we intend to spend one night in a campground and one in a tent. We found a spot in the surprisingly nice Apgar Campground and went in search of the Backcountry Office to find a hike for tomorrow. The park ranger helped us identify a hike, but because we arrived at 4:33 and missed the 4:30 cutoff for reservations we will need to be back at 7:00 in the morning. It's good to have a reason to get out of bed...

Half prepared for tomorrow, we grabbed some firewood and headed back to camp. Theresa proceeded to whip up some extraordinary single burner camp food and Brian finished up some web pages. As we enjoyed a quiet campfire a little later, entertainment rolled into an adjacent campsite in the form of a very nice and very odd family. There's a long story there, and we'll save it for another time. We hit the hay smiling and looking forward to an early morning.

Daily Pictures (Slide Show)

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One more morning in the Missoula KOA Montana curb appeal
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All of the signs were biilingual The enormous Flathead Lake
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Kid art in Kalispell ...the rest
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Cowboy Spidey on a storefront Us
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We took the road to glacier Emu oil?
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Not sure what it was called, but it was pretty The community of Hungry Horse
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The west entrance to Glacier National Park We like the relief in the sign
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Big, blue and clear McDonald Lake It's been raining for days, but the sun came out for us
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The chef at work, it was awesome Brian at work, for you

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