We followed interstate highway 90 once we drove up to Coeur D'Alene from Clarkia. It's a beautful mountain highway through Idaho and Montana. In Montana we headed north on an interstate up to Kalispell and on into Glacier and Waterton parks. We saw plenty of large groups of bicyclists as we drove around this area--very tempting for a future trip (If you are interested in bicycling in Montana, see Great Trails and Rails-to-Trails). It's a beautiful drive into Glacier and Waterton. Once in Glacier, we took the famous Road to the Sun highway over the Rockies with a stop at Logan's Pass, around 6,000 feet. It was eye popping scenery on this road built for 2.5 million dollars back in the 30s. Logan's Pass proved windy, cold, and overcast. I shot the flower pictures on the meadows there.
We went over to Waterton, and had planned to take the boat trip. However, it was so overcast and windy the next day, I passed on the opportunity. We managed to embarrass ourselves in the evening by showing up an hour late to a ranger program. We forgot we had crossed a time zone!
After Waterton, we drove south to Helena enjoying the view off to the west of the Rockies all the way. Quite a spectacle. At some point, I realized I have now driven almost the entire length of the Rockies from Banff and Japser down into New Mexico. Only 800 miles north to go on the Alaskan Highway from about Japser to the Yukon! Anyone interested in a trip?
The McDonald River in Glacier NP
Heading up the Road to the Sun Looking back from near Logan's Pass
Flowers at Logan's Pass Bear bush
Approaching storm on Waterton Lake
Chief Mountain from the road down to Helena. The A horse eating along side the road. Several others were with him.
Rockies are seen in the distance.
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