Polson Montana and Glacier National Park!

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It has been six months since I updated this site, and I don’t even know where to start!  First of all, we are still on the road.  We love this lifestyle and have been enjoying a ton of adventures.  With three websites and a growing pattern business, I have had to put this travel website on the back burner.  But over the next few weeks, I am going to make an honest attempt to get it caught up.

We are currently in Polson, Montana, where we have been working at the KOA.  First, let me just say that this particular campground is by far one of the most beautiful that we have worked at.

Our campsite has an amazing view of Flathead Lake and the Mission Mountains.  When we arrived here in May, there was still plenty of snow on the mountains and a chill in the air.

This is a privately owned campground, run by a couple who have owned it for the past 18 years.  They have been a pleasure to work for and as campgrounds go, it has been a great season.  I am working at the front desk, and Dave is working outside maintenance.

We had a gathering yesterday to celebrate a great season here at the Polson KOA. These are some of our workamping coworkers. From right to left- Roger(Gator Bait), his wife Tina (Bear Bait), Chuck (Cue Ball), his wife Connie (Precious), me and Whiskey Dave.

It is wonderful to have a crew that works so well together! We will miss them all when we hit the road in a couple of weeks.

We had promised ourselves that our next campground would be small and privately owned and it was a great choice after some of the larger ones that we have worked in the past few years.

Glacier National Park

As with any of our previous workcamping jobs, we always play the tourist on our weekends off.  So, our first tourist stop had to be Glacier National Park.

The park is located about an hour and a half from the campground, so a day trip was needed to begin exploring it.  Our plan was to drive the “Going to the Sun” Road through the center of the park. The Going-to-the-Sun Road was completed in 1932 and is a spectacular 50 mile, paved two-lane highway that bisects the park east and west.

It spans the width of Glacier National Park, crossing the Continental Divide at 6,646-foot-high Logan Pass, and passes through almost every type of terrain in the park along the way.  Scenic viewpoints and pullouts line the road to allow you to stop when you would like.

The road is one of the most difficult roads in North America to snowplow in the spring. We were told that up to 80 feet of snow can lie on top of Logan Pass.  And all of that needs to be plowed each spring to allow access to the road.

The road takes about ten weeks to plow.  This year, the road did not fully open until nearly July 4th weekend!

We made one more trip to Glacier National Park in the beginning of August right before the Fire season began, and I have a whole other batch of photos to show you of that area.

We had planned on going back one more time before our contract ends here in mid September, and travel the Going to the Sun road in the opposite direction.  Unfortunately, that may not happen at this time. You see, Fire season is in full force right now and part of the road is closed now due to a large fire in the park.

We are hoping that the cooler weather and a bit of rain and snow over the past couple weeks will calm the fire down enough before we leave.

Stay tuned for more sights of beautiful Montana!

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10 thoughts on “Polson Montana and Glacier National Park!”

    1. Thank you, Kimberly! I’m hoping to get the website pretty well caught up over the next few weeks. Thanks for hanging in there!

      suzy

    1. Hi Heather! I’ll try not to take so long on the next post. LOL! Many of our family members also follow through this site and were wonding if we dropped off the face of the earth. 🙂

  1. Love reading your back and sharing your adventures with everybody. Keep enjoying yourselves. A friend is going to be working at Apache Pass in Arizona. Think that’s the
    name.

  2. Glad to hear you’re still on the planet 🙂 Yoly and I attempted Going to the Sun Rd from the west (heading east) back in 2010 but only made it 16 miles due to snow closure. Then last year at the beginning of June we attempted another run from the east (heading west) and made it 25 miles. One of these days hopefully we’ll get to make “the crossing” 🙂 How are the doggos doing ?

    1. Hi Neil and Yoly!
      We were hoping to go back to the Going to the Sun Rd and travel the other direction, but they have closed half of it down due to a large fire in the park. It doesn’t look like we will make it this time. Bad year for the National Parks due to fires across the country. In fact, we have been having a lot of smokey days here in Polson even though the fires are about 2 hours away. Dogs are doing well at the moment. Ralph has been costing us a pretty penny to keep him healthy. It is a good thing that he is cute. LOL! How are you doing? Are you back on the road? Suzy

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