Our first camp-out of the New Year found us at Loyd Park planning our long trip for 2019. This year, we’ve decided to visit Glacier National Park, a 1,500-square-mile wilderness area in northern Montana. With glacial-carved peaks and valleys running to the Canadian border, the park features pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. George Bird Grinnell, the American anthropologist, historian and naturalist, is widely credited with influencing the park’s creation, which President William Howard Taft authorized in 1910, making it the country’s 10th national park.
Our journey will take us from Dallas to Raton, New Mexico, where we’ll spend the night, and then on to Sheridan, Wyoming, a city that played host to Queen Elizabeth II in 1984. From there, we’ll drive to St. Mary, Montana, which will serve as our base of operations for three full days while we explore the park. We should have more than enough time to drive the Going-to-the-Sun Road that traverses the park, often described as one of the most scenic drives in America and an engineering marvel.
We’re planning on leaving Dallas at the end of June, so our trip will include the July Fourth holiday. We’ve not yet decided how we’ll observe the nation’s 243rd Independence Day, as the closest fireworks display to where we’ll be staying at that point (back in Sheridan) is in Big Horn, some 25 miles away. We may just end up watching the festivities on TV as sparks fly from the grill. God bless America!