Smokey drive through Glacier National Park
August 11th, 2018
August 10th, 2018. 4:15pm. I clock out of work an hour early and make my way to the 550 express back to the city. My girlfriend was already home, getting her bags packed and the essentials ready. By 6:40pm we had the car loaded and we set out to sit in the Seattle traffic. It really wasn't as bad as we anticipated. A couple hours pass and we end up at a Wendy's in Ellensburg watching Parks and Recreation. Totally planned... ha. A few more hours later and we're driving through Idaho. Now it's 1am. Dead tired, we find a luxury Walmart parking lot and configure our little car camping setup in the back of the Jeep.
Our pup was joining us on this weekend adventure so we knew there would be no hiking this weekend, but we had our plans set. We were to drive America's crown jewel: Going to the Sun.
11:27am hit and we're at the park entrance. We re-up our annual pass and immediately head to Lake McDonald to take in the view and enjoy a delicious PB&J. Sounds perfect so far, right? It's our first time visiting the park and we have high expectations, something I try not to do, but Glacier has been building up in my head for a while now. Well, we can't see anything. Visibility is absolutely terrible - the smoke is thick and the lighting is shit. Oh well.
Below is an artistic representation of the views during our first day in GNP, driving the Going to the Sun road. Enjoy.