From the Trans Canada highway to the ALCAN or Alaskan Highway, up the Dalton Highway (made famous by the Ice Road Truckers to the Denali Highway and the Dempster Highway in Canada not all 10,000+ miles will be on paved or modern roads. Our plans will take us on nearly 3000 miles of dirt and gravel roads and Jeep trails.
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Sunday, July 3, 2011
Sunday July 3rd - Dillion, MT to Glacier National Park
The group left Dillon, MT at 8am this morning, driving toward Missoula, MT. We ended up taking our time, seeing the sites and taking pictures. Kevin dropped off his friend at the nearby airport so that she could fly back to AZ and we proceeded on our way to Glacier National Park. About 30 miles outside of Missoula, Kevin's Grand Cherokee started making a noise and smoke was coming from the left rear side. Final diagnosis was that the left side of the custom Dana 60 was slightly bent at sometime, which over time caused the bearings to fail. Kevin thought it best that he get towed back to Missoula and the rest of us proceeded as planned. Due to the holiday, Kevin will likely have to try to get a part special ordered on Tuesday. We are hoping that Kevin can make the necessary repairs and meet up with us soon. The group arrived in Polson, MT where we saw the beginnings of the 28 mile long Flathead Lake. Flathead Lake is the largest natural fresh water lake in the western part of the contiguous United States. We thought that lake was bigger than some oceans. It was impressive to see. Along the scenic road were multiple stands, restaurants and farmers markets with lots of cherry products. Fresh cherries, cherry butter, cherry wine and canned cherries were just some of the things we saw. We finally arrived in Glacier National Park mid-afternoon but found Going-to-the-Sun Road closed. Before we had a chance to set up camp we saw numerous black bears and had to get pictures of them.
We just finished a great dinner at the local steakhouse, where the waitress convinced me to try the Huckleberry topped cheesecake. I was hesitant at first, but hey, it's cheesecake. I quickly decided that those Huckleberries are now listed as one of my favorite things. Do you know you can even buy Huckleberry flavored chapstick?
We are now back at Glacier National Campground for the night. Tomorrow we will be heading further into Glacier National Park and then taking the Cowboy Trail into Canada and on to Banff, AB Canada. Our next destination will be the Icefields Parkway, where we will be camping Monday night.