Glacier National Park - Part C
West Glacier, Montana
North American RV Park

July 27-28, 2009

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We are now at the west entrance to Glacier National Park.

The Going to the Sun road starts at the Saint Mary's entrance winds its way west up and over Logan Pass (6,646 ft.) and then winding down the west side of the mountains passed Lake McDonald (3,153 ft.) and out to the West Glacier entrance. So we are at a new entrance for us. We are surprised how crowded it is here.
The west side of the park is much greener than the east side. As the storms move from west to east they have to rise up and over the mountains. While they rise up they cool and drop their moisture on the west side.

We are here to eat at our third Great Lodge at this national park. The Lake McDonald Lodge. It was built in 1914 and is one of the finest examples of a Swiss Chalet hotel remaining in the US. The floors of the lobby have incised messages in Blackfeet, Chippewa and Cree that translate into phrases such as "welcome," "new life to those who drink here," "looking toward the mountain," and "big feast."

When it was built the only way to get to the hotel from the train station was by boat. This was before any roads were built on the western side of the park. So the front of the hotel faces the lake. When you arrive by car you enter the hotel through the back door.

Lake McDonald
Viewed from the south shore on the Going to the Sun road.
The road travels up the east side of the lake.
The McDonald Lodge is about half way up the lake.

Looking at the back of the Lodge.
The Red Buses are arriving from Logan Pass.

The front of the lodge.
We had a dirnk on the patio while waiting for a boat ride.

Getting ready to board the tour boat.

A view of the northern half of the lake from the tour boat.

A view of the lodge from the boat.
Many of the guests enjoy the cool clear water of the lake.

This lobby is much smaller than the other lodges.
But they have many more Indian artifacts.

The dinning room was much smaller also.

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