Day 52: Montana and Glacier National Park

Pepper woke me up right on time and I packed up the hotel room, we loaded in the bus and hit the road. Michael left on the hotel shuttle for the airport. We had an awesome time touring around and he adapted to bus life pretty well! I’m headed to St. Mary on the east side of Glacier National Park. Unfortunately the friends that were coming for this leg of the trip bailed on me at the last moment and they were the experts on Glacier, so I’m a little behind the game as far as plans and research. Oh well, I’ll figure it out. The drive is about 3 hours to the US Border and then an hour after that. So a pretty tame driving day. The drive is unremarkable. More farmland. When I get to the US Border there is a long line of cars waiting to get through. The wait takes about 45 minutes. The worse part is that the lined inched forward one car length at a time which meant starting the bus, releasing the air brakes, rolling forward 8 feet, setting the air brakes, turning the engine off. It was tiresome. And then it was my turn. The customs agent had a huge smile on her face as I pulled up and she said “What year is your bus?” I was thrown off and had to think about it for a second. I finally blurted “1991” and she said “I used to have a school bus motorhome in the sixties! I loved it!”. Then she let me pass. I’m not even sure she scanned my passport.

Onward to St. Mary. Of course as soon as I was over the border I lost cell service. Awesome. I arrived at the St. Mary KOA around 3pm and get the bus settled. I did two loads of laundry and cleaned up the bus a bit. When I’d checked out of the hotel I kinda just threw everything in the back. With the bus cleaned I made a plan for tomorrow. I’d get up early and head to Many Glacier, a section of Glacier National Park with several lakes, hiking trails and paddleboarding! Like Banff, I was warned that the RV parking fills up early, so I planned to get on the road by 7:30, if not sooner.