Day Fiftytwo

Glacier National Park, MT to Radium Hot Springs, BC
July 16th, 2009

High Point of the Day....
Low Point of the Day......
The hike out of Otokomi Lake
It was just a great day
Miles Traveled Today
Total Miles Traveled
The Bus Playlist
281 in the bus, 5 on foot
Bob Marley, The Gray Album, Kleptones, White Zombie
Sunny in the high 80s
Price of Gas 
(average per gallon)
Night's Lodging
Where this Page was Uploaded
Deer, Cows, Horses
Red Streak Campground, BC
Radium Hot Springs, BC

Daily Didactic
Our day started early in our tent along Otokomi Lake. We opted to pack up and eat on the trail, to avoid the very buggy "food prep area" and it's truly backwoods experience. As soon as we hit the trail the mosquitos fell behind and it was a sunny and joyfully downhill climb for the next couple of hours. The views were beautiful and we both give the Otokomi Lake trail two enthusiastic thumbs up if you find yourself in the area. We rediscovered the bus around 11:00 and were winding back up and over Logan pass by noon. Between traffic and construction it took a couple of hours to get back to West Glacier, where we hit the brakes long enough to visit the Alberta (yes Canada, well inside Montana) Visitors Center to get some hiking maps of the Lake Louise and Jasper areas. Feeling bad that we missed it on the way down, we drove into Whitefish for a little lunch and an abbreviated shopping experience before hitting the road for Canada.

About sixty miles later, beautiful British Columbia welcomed us at Roosville customs. The border stop was the brief northwestern Montana type stop we appreciate, as we reflected on the hour long traffic jam to get back into Michigan we had a week and a half ago. A couple of hours of watching farmland turn into vacation country later we landed at one of our favorite campgrounds, Redstreak Provincial, next to one of our favorite places, Radium Hot Springs, and checked in before beating a path for hot water. We soaked and smiled for a good, warm hour or so before returning to Redstreak for dinner and a very solid night's sleep.

Daily Pictures (Slide Show)

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Morning in our backcountry site on Lake Otokomi... ...where we camped where the backcountry directed us
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Clear and fishy Rose Creek Theresa heading for the hills again
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Looking back Looking forward
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Theresa, crossing a bridge Brian, resting on a bridge
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A great trail through the trees Working our way back over the Going To The Sun Highway
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Mountains Mountain
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Looking west at the descent from Logan Pass Haystack Creek
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Two sorts of shoulder issues Hula Gal couldn't stand still
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Trees along Lake McDonald A T-Rex in the Alberta Welcome Center, in West Glacier
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And something that verified we have been seeing squirrels and not marmots Vacancy
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Whitefish welcomes us for lunch Kid art on Casey's
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It was one huge cow It takes minutes, not hours, to cross in Montana
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British Columbia welcomes us The Canadian Rockies in the distance
It's even better when your morning starts in a tent

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