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Day 7 – Road Closed

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We woke up with high hopes of seeing the Going to the Sun Road on a Red Bus Tour yesterday but it was not to be. The road was still closed with workers cleaning up the slides from the days before. They offered a truncated tour but unfortunately they didn’t offer any discount. They were kind enough to refund our $90. They showed us where the revised route was going and we decided to make our own tour.

In 2003 they had a huge forest fire in Glacier Park and they had some interesting signs that showed the devastation. Here are two pictures of the fire.

Here’s sort of the same view today.

You can see some recovery but it’s got a long ways to go.

Further out on Camas Road we drove through some of the devastation and here’s a close up of a sign and the recovery.

The Pole Pines are the first ones to recover because they like the sunshine and dry soil. Years later they are followed by Cedar and Fir trees that like the shade provided by the Pole Pines and a moister soil.

We had lunch in the park again but this time at Jammer Joe’s Grill and Pizzeria. The food was good and we were entertained by the “Whistle Pig’s”, a.k.a. Colombian Ground Squirrels. They burrow into the ground and stand tall like Prairie Dogs.

On our way back to camp we drove through a number of other camping places to see what was available and possibly better than where we are. The only other campground that we’d consider is the KOA as it’s a little further off the main road and further away from train tracks so therefore it should be a little quieter.

It was a good day and like every other day, despite changed plans we had a ball.

Today we’re thinking about trying to drive up to the pass again but they are forecasting some big thunderstorms from noon on and we’d hate to be caught in another landslide while driving through the area. I guess we’ll wait and see what the day brings.


2 Responses

  1. I would like to know what type of camera you are using this year? I believe that last year you were using a large zoom, lower cost Canon. The pics are very good.

    Robin Slate

    • You are correct, it’s a Canon SX30IS. I really like the camera and with the 30X zoom I can get some remarkable long distance shots. I’m glad you like the pics!

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