After escaping the tourist hell of Jasper/Banff, we were a bit hesitant about visiting another national park that was sure to be full of people, especially during a summer weekend, but Greg did some reading and decided that the awe and beauty of the park’s natural features would outweigh the crowds. It certainly was beautiful and the crowd factor was lessened somewhat by vehicle length restrictions on the main road through the park – The Going to the Sun Road. Nothing over 24 feet, so no big buses or RVs.
2 weekends ago, on the 4th July long weekend, parts of the road were still closed because of snow, but it’s all clear now, although it still feels like spring there from the wildflowers in bloom, even though it’s mid-July.
We bought an annual National Parks pass as we’re planning on visiting Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons and a few more in South Dakota and Utah. As we drove through the park’s entrance gates, we noted that quite a few campgrounds were already full, but hoped we’d get a site at the Avalanche Creek campground, at the southern end of the park. And we did – the very last one! We’ve got a system for reserving a site in a popular campground, to make sure we don’t lose it. Once we have found a site, one of us ‘minds’ it while the other goes to register and pay for it ASAP. Nice campground near a cedar forest, and beside a fast-flowing creek. As we were driving to it, I noticed a tract of newly-fallen trees on either side of the road – a recent avalanche, perhaps.