After we left Alaska and traveled back to the States from Vancouver, we spent most of the following day getting through Washington... then the skies opened up and we were in Montana.
I seriously don't think I've ever seen so much sky in my whole life.
We stopped a few times for necessities like Huckleberry Shakes
and looking at awesome railroad bridges
And eventually ended up at Glacier National Park!
Our first day there, we drove the Going to the Sun Road, which is an experience I will never forget. It was awe inspiring to drive our tiny selves through such an huge expanse of nature, carved by eons of energy and patience.
We walked the Cedar Trail - a short nature trail near the West end of the park - then drove to the East end of the park to the Rising Sun Motor Lodge, where we stayed the first night. The room had no TV, windows open to the sounds of a waterfall in the mountains, wood floors and rocking chairs on the front porch of the little hallway. It was the best hotel I've ever stayed in.
We got up the next day and headed out for a little hiking! We started with a short walk to St Mary's Lake, which was breathtaking, although apparently smack in the middle of grizzly country. I figured we were OK without bear spray because every other person we passed had a can, as well as a bell on their small child... and lord knows with my mouth I can't sneak up on anything.
After St. Mary's Lake... we headed out for the Highline Trail and the Hidden Meadows Nature Walk because (as established) I can't go anywhere without climbing up something.