Mid-week and the Going To The Sun Road still has not opened for the season so we are exploring the park around the edges. First stop was the Isaac Walton Inn in Essex, Montana, half way between the west and east entrances to Glacier. I love this place. It was built in the ’30s as a hotel to be near a new entrance to the park that never materialized. Despite a rocky start, the Inn today caters to hikers, cross country skiers, railroad buffs, and sisters looking for a place to have lunch.
Isaac Walton has a great collection of railroad memorabilia. It is on Amtrak’s Empire Builder line which runs from Chicago to Seattle and trains still stop here (if you flag them down). Formerly part of the Great Northern system, today Burlington Northern stages helper engines on the tracks by the Inn to assist trains over the Continental Dive at Marias Pass.
Next stop was the Glacier Park Lodge in East Glacier. This is one of many hotels and chalets built in the early 1900s by the Great Northern Railway to encourage tourists to come to the area.
The only mountain goat we saw was in the lobby.
The historic Red Jammers in Glacier Park were built in the 1930s by the White Motor Company. They were fully restored in 200-2002 by the Ford Motor Company and converted to propane to be more environmentally appropriate for the park.
Nice to be able to look at the scenery when someone else is driving.
The tour included a boat trip on Two Medicine Lake.
One more photo of the Red Bus.
Safely back at the cabin after a long day. Just in time for cocktail hour.