Out of Canada and into Montana

Trip Start Apr 20, 2012
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Trip End Sep 01, 2012


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Fishcreek Campground

Flag of United States  , Montana
Sunday, July 8, 2012

We had a nice sleep in the cool temperatures and then it was time to break camp yet again. We were packed, fed and on the road by 9:30 for a 5 1/2 hour drive to Glacier National Park.  But our day started in the most spectacular fashion yet again as 15 minutes down the road, we spied a young grizzly bear prowling behind the fence line and munching grass. It looked a lot like the one that had been hassled last night, but there was no way to tell for sure. We stopped and watched it for about 10 minutes because, fortunately, all of the morning traffic was way too focused to stop and create a 'bear-jam'. We last saw the little grizzly wandering up a stream and away from the side of the road. Our path back down out of Canada and into Montana saw us driving through one more Canadian National Park; Kootenay National Park. This was another compelling, lush and emerald green drive through the mountains which culminated at Radium Hot Springs on the Western boundary of the park. What was striking about today's drive was the large tracts of forest that were completely full of dead trees. Were these the victims of a fire? Or the more insidious pine beetle which is apparently wiping out huge blocks of trees in the Rockies? Just as we were turning the last corner to head out of Kootenay, the motorcyclists in front of us started pointing wildly at the side of the road. There grazing on a rocky hillside were three mature, male bighorn sheep with the massive horns on display. We had to stop and take some photos and one of the boys even posed on top of a rock for us in order to give us the classic bighorn sheep look. This was a double bonus for wildlife sighting today.
Sadly, the rest of the day and drive had nothing super stimulating to offer. We had lunch on the road, crossed into the USA without incident (although, we believe someone we know well had big difficulties at this particular crossing just south of Fernie), and stopped in Whitefish, Montana for groceries, and wifi. Eli kept calling this town; "whitebait". Then we headed out of town and into Glacier National Park where we will spend two nights. We must be getting the hang of this camping thing by now as we had the tent pitched and camp fully organized in less than 20 minutes and hardly a word needed to be spoken. Tomorrow we will drive through the park on the well known "Going to the Sun Road".
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