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East Glacier & Duck Lake

2010 August 15
by shana

The Road to East Glacier

The next destination from Lake Mary Ronan was Glacier National Park. I didn’t know that I couldn’t pull my camper over Going to the Sun Road because of construction. What I did know was that I didn’t want to. I had driven the road before, and decided that I would rather just go the southern route below the park to St. Mary and go into the park from the East entrance since I would need to be on that side to head up to Waterton anyway.

East Glacier Highway

I was able to get a hold of my friend Jessie who was in East Glacier for her cousin’s wedding. I had been really disappointed that I missed the backpacking trip into Glacier the week before, so I was glad to be able to meet up with her before she headed back to Idaho for grad school. She told me how they were rained and hailed on during the trip… and I decided maybe it wasn’t such a bad thing that I missed it after all.

I had met Jessie the summer before in a workshop, Women’s Intro to Backpacking, she put on through the Montana Natural History Center. A friend from Bozeman had emailed an announcement to me, and I had been really excited to learn about it because I had been wanting to backpack for awhile, but just hadn’t had the opportunity. The workshop provided a great environment with a great group of women to learn the little details and ask the seemingly stupid and/or obvious questions. No need to feel intimidated or left behind. The Center has a lot of great workshops and events. I recommend visiting their site for more information.

I joined Jessie and her parents for dinner and then visiting around a small bonfire in her mom’s yard. I was offered a shower and the curb space to park my camper for the night, so I gladly took them up on it. It is funny the things we take for granted. Like “real” showers. It had only been a couple days, and I was trying to convince myself that it was part of the process. Don’t get me wrong, I can go camping, etc. without showering for days. But the difference is that the company you are keeping are also not bathing. You all get stinky and ripe together, so you don’t notice it as much. I am not in that situation. I am still interacting with people living their day to day lives and practicing their normal habits of hygiene. So, I am trying to maintain a certain level of cleanliness and a low level of greasiness.

View from Duck Lake Road

Despite those efforts, I managed to leave my entire case of oral hygiene supplies at the house when I left for St. Mary. Jessie’s mom was making a trip to Duck Lake and said she would drop it off at the lodge for me. Phew! Going to have to be better about not forgetting things – especially important things that I can’t locally replace for less than 4 times the normal cost. She had told me about Duck Lake and said that it was a really pretty area. So, the next day I took the short trip over to the lodge and lake. It was a different world from Glacier, mostly in that it was more prairie than mountains. And much less “touristy.” It had a very beautiful and peaceful feel to it.

Duck Lake in Montana

I will close with a big thanks to Jessie and her family for their hospitality!

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  1. Jonas Esten=Thomas permalink
    August 15, 2010

    More please.

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