The Journey Home

The Backbone of the World

I made my way back to Whitefish and the Shaws after parting with all my old and new friends at the workshop. I did stop at Parks Fly Shop to complete my list of errands for Claron. Then, it was off to the Flathead Valley. George suggested going up Hwy 89 toward White Sulphur Springs. I decided to try it.

I headed towards Great Falls through the Belt Mountains and then through Choteau and Browning. Night fell quite abruptly, it seemed, and the short sleep the night before made it imperative that I not continue on past East Glacier. Due to the weather and nightfall I didn’t get to see the Front Range, which I hear is breathtaking.

I found a cozy little spot in East Glacier to spend the night at the Dancing Bears Inn. A PBJ sandwich, a brief check of the NHL Network, and I was soon asleep.

I awoke early planning on twilight in Glacier Park, but the weather in West Glacier looked bad: snow and fog. I didn’t want to attempt Marias Pass in that kind of weather and in the dark. I went back to bed and arose a bit later and worked on my blog.

After a continental breakfast and a conversation with one of the owners, I was back on the road. The weather was beginning to clear on the east side of the continental divide and I stopped a couple of times for some picture taking.

Mounts Thompson and Stimson and the Nyack Flats

The weather in West Glacier was better than expected when I arrived and the multitude of opportunities to shoot was overwhelming. I stopped many times along the Going to the Sun road until I made it to the Lake MacDonald Lodge and the seasonal road closure.

Reflections -- MacDonald Creek

The View from Apgar Village

The End of the Road at Lake MacDonald Lodge

I reluctantly got back into my car and went back to the West Entrance and left the park behind. I had too many things to do at my storage unit and get ready for my flight home.

I definitely will be back to Glacier for another, hopefully longer, winter experience.

More images here.

One Response to “The Journey Home”

  1. Grant Nakamura’s Photography Blog » Blog Archive » Glacier National Park — 100th Anniversary Says:

    […] had the pleasure of visiting the park four times so far this year. I’ve already blogged about my short foray this past winter after my photo workshop in Yellowstone […]

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