July 15, 2011
Trip Start Jun 02, 2011
70Trip End Sep 25, 2011
Despite my reflection above, the drive from West Glacier to Waterton was quite awesome as we circled the Glaciers for the entire drive. Before we pulled out we made a quick stop in West Glacier to purchase some post cards and mail them, since the post office was right there. The weather was beautiful, so it was a shame to have to drive for a good part of the day, however it also made the drive much easier. In total we drove 150 miles, and it was often slow because they were mountain roads. At exactly 100 miles we passed St. Mary, precisely where we had stayed several nights earlier.
Thirty miles after St. Mary's we approached the Canadian border, and we faced the most detailed search yet. After an initial round of questioning, we were asked to pull to the side and an officer spent about 5 minutes searching the RV while we stayed outside. She finally came out and thanked us for our time. I was quite surprised how much time they spent.
It was about another 20 miles north to reach our campground in Waterton Lakes National Park.
Our campground was quite huge, and at the base of a large, snowcapped mountain. It was quite an attractive view, and the spaces were all quite large. The girls loved it because there were large elk walking right through the campground. It was really a wonderful setting. It was getting late, so we ate dinner and took a short walk to see an 8pm ranger talk on the Canadian National Parks.
At the conclusion we took a quick walk to Waterton Falls, which had a cold mist blowing off of them.