Our time in Western Canada had come to an end, and it was time to cross border and head back into the US. We headed to the border crossing at Babb, and were soon in Montana. We stopped for a quick picture in front of a unique sculpture of horses made out of car parts, and sign for the Blackfoot Indian Nation. Hwy 89 would take us south through Babb and St. Mary, and the entrance to Glacier National Park, also called the Crown of the Continent. This would be the first time to Glacier for all of us, and the first time we went into a National Park this year, so it was time to buy our annual pass. The good thing about the annual pass is it is good for two people (they make you both sign the card right then) and it gets both of us in, even if we are on separate bikes. The cost is currently $80, but if you are military you are free!
It was slowly becoming a hot day, and we were in the sun for quite a while. We hadn’t planned well for lunch so all we had was some granola bars and some carrots. After the hike we continued the audio tour down the road, and worked our way down some more curves, and tight switchbacks. We learned that the road is closed until the end of June, and that Park employees have to spend the first month of summer telling visitors that the road is still closed.
We stopped at Lake McDonald Lodge, which is much lower in elevation, and suddenly I felt like I was burning up. Frank wanted to walk around Lake McDonald, but I called it quits. I realized I wasn’t sweating, and I just felt like I was on fire. So I called a time out and said we needed food and drinks now! We stopped and ordered food at Jammer Joes, and I poured water over my face and neck in the bathroom to help me cool off, along with three glasses of Lemonade. Make sure you pay attention to your body and any signs of heat exhaustion. All four of us felt better after that meal, since we didn’t eat or drink enough on the hike.
We stopped for the night in Kalispell MT, and stayed a slightly sketchy motel. I was pretty sure some of the people in the rooms next to ours were on an episode of COPS. Fortunately the night passed without any gunfire or domestic drama. They had a swimming pool and hot tub, so we were happy campers after a long day of taking in the beautiful Glacier National Park.