Sunday, August 26, 2012

Going-To-The-Sun Road - 08/26/12

Our plan for today is to drive the entire length of the "Going-To-The-Sun Road." This is a 50 mile trip from the east entrance at Saint Mary to the west entrance at West Glacier within Glacier National Park.

Vehicles longer than 21 feet or wider than 8 feet are prohibited on a major portion of the "Going-To-The- Sun Road." For good reason too! This road has some very narrow sections, very tight turns and steep drop offs. There are some sections where you are amazed that the mirror on the passenger side of your vehicle did not scrape the side of the mountain and your drivers side mirror did not strike the drivers side mirror of the vehicle passing you from the opposite direction. It is interesting and disconcerting at the same time to witness the number of drivers driving on or over the center double yellow lines. This road will certainly sharpen up your mountain driving skills, no doubt about it!

After about three hours we finally reached West Glacier and settled down for lunch in Abgar Village that is located about two miles east of West Glacier. Abgar is a quaint little mountain village nestled right next to Lake McDonald, the largest lake within Glacier National Park. This is a very scenic mountain area and well worth the visit.

We checked out the campground at Abgar Village and concluded we liked the Saint Mary campground better. The campground at Abgar is within a wooded area which tends to shield the campsites from the view of the mountains. As they say, "To each his own."

Time to return to Saint Mary before it gets dark. No way would this midwest lad ever attempt to drive the "Going-To-The-Sun Road" at night!

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