03 Sept 2006 Sunday

We drove into Waterton Lakes-Glacier InternationalPeace Park.  Waterton Lakes is right on the US border with Montana atGlacier and this park is to celebrate the cooperation of the two parks in parkmanagement.  We walked around the town (while Andrew complained again abouta town in the middle of a National Park) and found a place for lunch. 

We next crossed the border back into the US and entered Montana and GlacierNational Park.  This is when we nearly ran into a herd of free-rangecows!  They were all over the road, just staring at us like it was OURproblem.  I guess it was.

We found a nice drive thru Glacier, the "Goingto the Sun" highway.  We stopped for a short hike out to BaringFalls.  The start of this hike was poorly marked, people had made too manytrails along the overlook, but we finally found our way on the trail. There were quite a few people, but not too bad.  This hike overlooked thebeautiful St. Mary’s Lake and was surrounded by several mountains, including theGoing to the Sun Mountain, named from Indian lore.  

We finished the 52 miles of the Going to the Sun highway with a few millionothers.  The views were incredible, deep into the valley below, giant peakstowering above.  The crowds were also incredible.  

We continued to Kalispell, MT and found a hotel to crash in for thenight.  We had dinner at Barley’s Brewhouse, but shortly after we orderedbeer and before we ordered dinner, we were informed that our waitress had justwalked out.  We had another waitress for the night.  She told us thatthe place was in trouble.  We just wanted to know if it would still be inbusiness for the rest of the evening.  We saw the owners cleaningtables.  The beer was just OK.  

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