Woo hoo! Today was the day we were all looking forward to – the first day of our first vacation of the summer. Today we left at 6:30 am and started driving east, arriving at Glacier National Park in Montana just in time to set up our camp-site and make dinner. Todd and I have talked about going to Glacier and Banff for years, and this year we are finally doing it. I feel so lucky living on the west coast that we have these amazing national parks that we can drive to in a day.
The drive out was no problem. We stopped a few times along the way to eat and stretch our legs, but otherwise it was mostly a day of driving. It’s hard to complain about the driving when the scenery is so outstanding – through eastern Washington and the Columbia River gorge area, Coeur d’Alene in Idaho, then Montana and finally the spectacular Glacier National Park.
Growing up in New Jersey I never went camping, and I never made it further west than Pennsylvania. (Poor me!) So now I am so excited that my kids are at the perfect age for us to explore the west’s amazing landscape and to live in the wilderness for a while. And what cracks me up is just how wild Glacier National Park is – for nine months of the year at least – and then for about three months in the summer more than a million people come for a visit. This must confuse the heck out of the animals who live there.