On early morning Friday July 31th Maxine & I got to Glacier National Park for a ten night stay.
We spent Fri. & Sat. checking many parts of the park so that when my sister “Bonnie” & my niece “Theresa” got here I would be able to show them around.
They got in later Saturday night after driving for 20+ hours.
When they got there the “Serpentine Belt” on her car was hot & smoking.
To make a long, long story short the A/C Compressor had locked up & the belt broke.
It was a new A/C Compressor that she had just put in about a month ago.
The good thing was it all was under warranty by NAPA auto care & they ended up covering everything the towing, parts & labor.
But the bad part was they had a hard time getting the parts it took till Friday to get it. They stayed late to get it all repaired, Bonnie & Theresa were going to leave on Friday morning to head home. But till Friday afternoon we did not know if the part was coming or not.
Theresa had to get back home by Sunday for sure, so she booked a flight out of Glacier Park International Airport, about two hours away from we were at. So Friday morning around 9am we took off for the airport got her there with time to spare. Then we ended up going back to the campground because they just got the park in, but it was going to that 4 or 5 hours to get it done. At around 5pm we headed in to town (about one hour drive) got there but it was still after 7pm before the car was ready, then Bonnie took off for Wisconsin & I headed back to camp got home around 10pm.
The rest of the weekend till Monday night, I rested up, did some fishing & just hung out around the campground, I need a brake (have I said how much work this retirement is).
When I got to the park the Reynolds Creek Fire was going petty good & part of the Going-to-the Sun Road was closed. It burned around 4,000 acres, but of the 1,012,837 acres (1,583 square miles) that make up the park this is a very small part of the park. They did open all of the Going-to-the Sun Road on Friday morning just before Bonnie & Theresa had to leave so they got to go on it all.
Here is what the park Website said
Crown of the Continent
Come and experience Glacier’s pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a hiker’s paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude. Relive the days of old through historic chalets, lodges, transportation, and stories of Native Americans. Explore Glacier National Park and discover what awaits you.
But now here are photos of what we did all week waiting for word on when Bonnie’s car would be ready.
Bonnie & I went to Many Glacier areas on Sunday to do some hiking, boat riding & just taking it all in.
I did get to see this goat right by the lodge
We hiked back to Grinnell Lake to see the falls.
That night we sat around the camp fire, it got cool.
Bonnie did go out for her morning walks each day & saw much wild life.
Like bear, moose
One day we took Maxine along & guess what she had to do?
We all went horseback riding one of the days
And Theresa got to see Grinnell Falls too.
One day we road up to Logan Pass on the “Going-to-the Sun Road” for great views
Tried to get Max a “friend”
You could take the “Red Jammer” bus to see the sites.
Sometime it was a little smoky because of the fires. But it was all great “A must See”