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Bison using the road in Yellowstone National Park

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A mother bear and her two cubs on the side of the road at Glacier National Park.

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Road Trip Day 6

The high line trail was our main hike of the day, a little under 12 miles. It was absolutely beautiful. There were so many wildflowers and the views were amazing. We had lunch at a little chalet in the mountains (you could stay there but you had to bring in your own water and everything). That afternoon we played in a river and rinsed the dirt off and Louie and Stuart washed their hair (our current campsite doesn’t have showers). We also looked around McDonald Lodge and then came back and had soup and bread for dinner. We finished the evening up with ice cream at the cafe, and sat by the lake. Tomorrow we change campsites and go to St Mary’s for 2 nights.

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Road Trip Day 5

Today we got up early to get a campsite in glacier, which was first come first serve. Luckily we got a site almost as soon as we got there. Afterwards we felt lazy and got breakfast at the nearby cafe and then went and got gas outside the park. Then we drove up going to the sun road and drove around for a while looking for a parking spot at Logan’s pass. Once we finally found one we hiked to the hidden lake overlook. The actual trail to the lake was closed due to bear activity although we didn’t see any. We did see some mountain goats however. Later we went to the Rising Sun Motor Inn and went for a short hike. Then we drove back to the trailhead to Avalanche Lake and hiked up there. We got back around 7:30 and had pasta for dinner and then sat around the fire and made s’mores. Now Louie is making letters with the smoke from a stick and we are guessing the words. Tomorrow we hike the Loop trail.

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Road Trip Day 4 

Surprising I still have signal at our campsite. We are just outside Glacier National Park and arrived after 12 hours of driving from Boise, ID. The beginning of the drive was rather hazy due to a forest fire, and we could see helicopters flying back and forth. The longest part of the route we took was extremely scenic especially towards the border of Idaho and Montana where we traveled along the Lochsa River through the Clearwater forest. We even saw a bald eagle grabbing a fish from the water and then eating it across the opposite bank. I also saw a female moose briefly as we were driving but there was no place to stop. We finally arrived at the campsite a little after 9:30, figured out how to set up the tent and are now working on going to bed as we have to be up early to get a campsite in the park tomorrow. We may or may not have cell service there.

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