I’m leaving on a road trip soon, and the planned route takes us along the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park, Montana. Apparently, at around 6,600 feet, you really cannot count on the season to get through: as of July 8, 2011, part of the road is closed for ploughing! It seems crews are working currently at the Logan Pass visitor centre. Pictures of recent work can be seen at the Glacier National Park Flickr page, but here’s a small taste from the last couple days….
Logan Pass Visitor Centre as of July 7, 2011
The visitor centre at Logan Pass on the Going to the Sun Road. July 7, 2011.
Update: I have seen in the past hour or so that the entire GTTSR is to open on July 13, 2011. This is the second latest opening since the road was dedicated. The latest was the dedication day way back in 1933 or so.
Okay, so it turns out I will be driving down to Las Vegas rather than going to Thunder in the Valley. This is quite alright with me! On the way down to Vegas, we will be traversing the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park, Montana, and camping at Craters of the Moon National Monument.
Then, after exploring the amazing geology at the Craters of the Moon, we shall continue on to Vegas. After playing a bit in Vegas (yay blackjack!), the plan is to take a day-trip out to the Grand Canyon for even more wondrous geology. And photographs.
Now, I’ve never been to Craters of the Moon or the Grand Canyon, though I’ve read a lot and seen many pictures. I am very interested in the geology of each, as well as the roadside geology along the way. To that end I have ordered the Roadside Geology of Montana and the Roadside Geology of Idaho. I hope they arrive in time. But I’m wondering if you, the gentle reader, have any suggestions of specific hikes or trails to take at any location. I believe we are going to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, where most of the trails are listed as “steep” or “very steep” on the park website. This is not a problem for me, so long as we are prepared. I just wonder if anyone out there has any other suggestions than what is on the park website.
Oh but I wish I could spend a week or so just in the Grand Canyon…. But oh the photos I will take!