Montana entranced us from our very first stop. St. Regis does have a “Free Montana Trout Aquarium” as advertised. It also has huckleberry shakes and approximately one million souvenirs. What could be better? Answer: everything we saw in the next few days. Some highlights outside of the national park include our campground in Bigfork on Flathead Lake, every single beer and menu description at The Great Northern Brewing Company in Whitefish, and the relaxing atmosphere at Lake Five Resort.
I’ve been delaying this blog post because I don’t know how to capture “that” feeling, the one I’m sheepishly having over and over again. You enter a national park, it looks cool and different than the last one. Fine so far. But then you turn a corner or, I don’t know, start twisting up a mountain road in dense fog in your 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid, and a 400-foot waterfall comes into view. And then you’re hiking on a snow field, just hours after relaxing by a clear lake in your bikini. I guess I’ll have to settle for being the biggest national park fangirl ever and say,”Please visit Glacier National Park!” Just do it.