Posted by: caryandjohn | July 20, 2014

Glacier National Forest- Montana

We we’re up at 5 am (I was so excited an up at 4:30) to make out way into Glacier National Forest and beat the crowd… We had the park mostly to ourselves – summer time is super busy for Glacier especially since the pass is open a short part of the year…

We checked out McDonald Lake and Lodge – a beautiful historic lodge located within Glacier National Park, on the shore of Lake McDonald. The lodge is a 3-1/2-story structure built in a Swiss chalet style – once only accessible by water…


Breakfast in the lodge…

Super cool restored Ford touring coaches – a fleet of 30+

Views from the Going to the Sun Road – the road over the park and Logan Pass… The smoke from forest fires coming from we think Washington and Canada made for a little haze … Pretty dramatic





Super epic riding … We got out of the park around 10 am and headed south on 89 through the Blackfeet reservation then on through the plains… We stopped at this super cute cafe in Choteau…A nice break from the wind on the plains


We chatted with locals, watched the world go by and learned all about the Hutterites– groups of Amish like communities… After 200 miles or so we decided to get a hotel room in downtown Great Falls… It was the last room in the hotel which was the suite with a huge hot tub and fireplace- Sooo nice at a super awesome rate…after a nice walk around town which is on the Missouri River, we had dinner next door and rested..




We left Great Falls on Sunday down 89 south towards bear tooth pass and the Tetons…
We went down through Sluice Boxes State Park, on through the Lewis and Clark National Forest… It was beautiful


Earlier coming down out of Glacier, south of Browning, MT, where we were getting blown around on the plains… We ran into Butch and his wife from Illinois on their goldwing sidecar rig with trailer- they had just come down from Alaska and were going to eventually make their way over to New Orleans to visit their children… We ran into them again heading down 89 with a bum tire… Butch- once a migrant farmer in California changing the tire and some super nice locals bringing water

We headed from there over to Red Lodge, MT where we just missed 8000 of our biker friends for an iron horse rally… We camped down the street in Custer National Forest and had a nice fire and washed off some in the cold cold creek






  1. Nice….

  2. Thanks Steve!

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