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Old 03-04-2019, 02:17 PM   #1
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Planning a couple of days between Chilliwack and Glacier

Hi all,
I pickup our new 21 on Monday May 6th. I pickup my wife Thursday May 9th in the afternoon at Glacier Int Airport. I am trying to plan a few days of sightseeing and acclimation to the camper for just myself, between those dates. I was thinking a day or two in Cascade NP, a day around Grand Coulee dam. There looks to be some camping areas off of rt20 in the cascades. Thoughts on this trip? I do not need full hookups. We are planning a couple of days in Glacier, two days in Cody Wy, and three days in Rocky Mountain NP, before heading home.
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Old 03-04-2019, 02:26 PM   #2
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I'd stay in the area after Grand Coulee and head back north to Osoyoos for the rally starting the following week. We get our new 21 on the Tuesday, 21st and heading over to Osoyoos from Chilliwack. There will already be other owners there and with Tammy and Reace arriving on Wednesday, if there is anything your Escape may need, it can be brought directly to Osoyoos. The rally is a sight to behold and participate at least once and you are so close. On edit, Glacier may still be closed in May.
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It is very unlikely that the Going To The Sun Road which bisects Glacier NP will be open in May, usually sometime in June before they get that open - and there has been a lot of snow this year. Prime season at Glacier is July - August, there will not be a lot open in May, things don't really kick off until Labor Day. The park will certainly still be open and there's lots of great scenery, just be aware that to get to the east side of the park you will have to take Route 2 around the southern edge of the park rather than being able to go across Logan Pass.
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Old 03-04-2019, 02:47 PM   #4
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Jim,
I originally had a delivery date on the 21st with you. Unfortunately work had other plans and those dates did not work out. We need to be back home on May 19th, so the rally is out this year. My wife and I have about 5 years of fulltime work still ahead of us, so this is the best I can do right now. I checked with Glacier and the west camp ground is open, but your right we may have some roads closed. I think the areas will still be beautiful with snow and some spring flowers coming up.
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Glacier

A couple years ago we stopped at Glacier on the way home from the Appreciation Rally.
We stayed in Apgar. It was May 31 and that campground had just opened. We cannot remember whether there was water on or not. We took the main road into the park like we were going to go “over the top” even though we knew it closed about 10 miles into the park. There the road was barricaded/ gated. Had a good night and were on our way. With the bears coming out of hibernation bear protocol was strictly enforced. We watched a nearby camper load his stuff up and get an escort out of the park. The Going to the Sun Road opened June 23 in 2018. I’ve seen it open as late as July 4.Take a warm jacket and some bear spray would be my advice. Glacier is great we’ve been there many times. Like a lot of the great National Parks, it takes several trips to see it all.
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Blossom highly recommends seeing Glacier NP
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Thanks to whoever fixed my sideways pictures. I’ve posted before, my recommendation to
Visit the website for Jack Gladstone the Blackfoot singer and songwriter. It will show his presentation dates and locations in Glacier for the summer. He is terrific, don’t miss him. I’ve already posted before also my reccomendation to read the trilogy by Ivan Doig, all about the area south and east of the park and Montana’s many attractions.
“Dancing at the Rascal Fair, English Creek and Ride with Me Mariah Montana” once you read these books, you’ll be heading for Montana. And Glacier Park. Then read Big Rock Candy Mountain by Stegner ( an Iowan by the way) and you’ll go west every year you can.
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Back to your original question, just south of Grand Coolie is Dry Creek Falls state park. It is where the Columbia River used to flow just after the last ice age. The falls were bigger than Niagara falls are today. Now it is an amazing canyon where you can see where the river cut back the rock.

Here is an article about the Missoula Floods that formed them. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missoula_Floods

.. and the Falls
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry_Falls
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Here's the current road plowing status in Glacier NP - it is just now beginning, and they do not expect to have Going To The Sun Road open all the way through until June 22.
https://nbcmontana.com/news/local/cr...M0N5udiGlTiNRk
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We like to hit this park during the shoulder season, No one goes to GNP anymore, it's too
crowded (Yogi Berra). In fact they have major parking issues at Logan Pass.

https://parks.state.wa.us/590/Steamboat-Rock

They pump water up to the lake from the Columbia for irrigation purposes.
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