As much as I love the RV lifestyle, I love it even more when we’re able to meet up with friends on the road. Clark and Lynn from Tales from the Mutiny joined us at Glacier along with their friends Craig and Ellen. We moved back to the San-Suz-Ed RV Park to join them there, and we quickly planned a group hike at Kintla Lake in the northwest corner of the park. It was about a 90 minute drive to get there, including a large section on a bumpy dirt road. But the lake is beautiful and the weather was perfect, so we didn’t mind. We hiked about 8 miles roundtrip, mostly on the shore on the lake but also up in the trees.
After the hike we hung out on the shores of beautiful Kinta Lake. The water was crystal clear, and surprisingly wasn’t as cold as we thought it might be. It gave Lynn and Ellen the perfect place to strike a beautiful yoga pose.
The drive back from the hike was beautiful too.
Conveniently, the drive back took us back through Polebridge, so we stopped there for an early dinner. We had delicious huckleberry cocktails, and had to take cover under the porch while we waited out a rain storm.
We also hiked the Avalanche trail together. It was a little cold and windy on the day we hiked it, and once again it was pretty crowded. But it’s really a great hike and I can see why it’s so popular. We had lunch on the shore of the lake after the hike, and Lynn and Ellen struck another pose.
After our hike, we had celebratory drinks at the nearby Glacier Distillery, and then we had a cook out at Clark and Lynn’s RV. And we had the added bonus of Clark singing some songs for us! A perfect ending to a perfect few days with friends.
Our original plan we we left West Glacier was to head to Canada for 8 days. But for some reason, something was really nagging at Deas and I about going. After mulling it over for several days, we made the last minute decision to cancel our Canada plans and head to the east side of Glacier instead. I’ve heard that Banff is absolutely gorgeous, but we were starting to feel like we were packing too much into too short of a time period. We’ve tried really hard this year to move slower and really absorb the places we visit, and not just rush through. And I think we both realized that Canada is worth more than just an 8 day trip. So we’ve put that on the back burner for now, and decided that our next trip out west will include a month or two in both Alberta and British Columbia. We’ll be able to see more and spend more time there. And it also meant that we only had a 90 minute trip the next day, instead of a 6 hour trip that would include a border crossing. So we headed to the first-come-first-served Two Medicine campground early in the morning, and I pulled up in the car just in time to see a big rig pulling out of a nice big spot. I took that as a sign we made the right decision. And the view right in the campground didn’t hurt either!
20 thoughts on “A Glacier Gathering”
Any chance you’re going to Polebridge?
Oops, hit send too soon. Pictures are gorgeous. Glacier was my husband’s favorite park. Montana was one of our favorite places. I’m glad I didn’t stay to see more of it on my solo trip in 2010. Maybe some day.
Oh yes, in fact we went to Polebridge twice! Montana is quickly becoming one of our favorite places too. I hope you are able to make it back some day!
Well, that was dumb. I meant to say I’m sorry I didn’t stay…DOH
Ha – I knew what you meant!
What a great time with friends, hiking, laughs, drinks, and good food all in a gorgeous NP:) Doesn’t get much better.
It is probably a wise decision to wait to visit the Canadian Rockies. As I plan our visit which will be a month, I realize how far apart things are. You can watch our blog and see how it goes.
We are heading to east Glacier. Does Two Medicine have any power?
Yes, I think we made the right decision, although it was a little disappointing as we keep hearing how beautiful it is. But sometimes you just have to follow your gut. I can’t wait to hear about your trip! Of course our change in plans means we may not be here when you are, but maybe we can meet up somewhere else. Two Medicine is gorgeous, but it’s all dry camping. In fact I think all of the campgrounds inside the park are dry camping only. If you want power you have plenty of options on the west side, on the east side the best options are in St Marys (KOA and Johnson’s.) There’s a park in East Glacier too – we just happened to drive past it 10 minutes ago. It looks okay. Not great but okay.
Beautiful country. Looks like you got in some amazing hikes with great company 🙂
Yes it was great to have some friends to hike with for a few days!
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!! Looks like you all had such fun together!
Thanks! And yes we had a great time together.
Lovely lovely! We hope to get to the Glacier area by this weekend coming up from Billings… maybe we’ll cross paths? That would be wonderful!
Yes that would be great! We have no internet/cell service where we are right now – out running errands right now and saw your note so just sent Chris a text. Although I just checked FB so maybe your plans have changed since you wrote this? We’ll be here another week or so probably – just let us know what you decide to do!
Such breathtaking country! Glacier is a park we have yet to see and are hoping to do so next year, along with part of Canada. Thanks for the stunning images and some tips on where to stay. Great to meet up with friends along the way. 🙂
It really is breathtaking! We are on the east side of the park now, and I have to say I think the east side is even more beautiful. I’ll be writing another post on that soon!
I look forward to it!
Simply beautiful. We had delicious huckleberry pie last time we were in Glacier. The drinks look intriguing.
I have no idea why I didn’t comment on this post sooner!! Your photos sure are beautiful (you did a nice job of making me look good). Haha. It was such a special trip and I’m so happy we got to spend more time together. I hope we can did it again soon. =)
I have to say out of Glacier, Yellowstone, and the Tetons- Glacier was hands down my favorite. It was so beautiful and majestic like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Thanks for sharing these awesome photos!
Yep, Glacier’s pretty spectacular! One of our favorites too.