A guest blog giving y’all a glimpse of Glacier National Park from Brother Dear:
It’s that time of year.
It’s muddy. Sometimes it feels like spring, but that sensation is camouflaged by 70+ mph winds. snow flurries, and days below freezing.
But things are coming back to life all the same. Mom’s flowers are poking up wherever Bingo declined to bed down from the wind. My hop plants are poking their first green tendrils through the snowdrift by the cabin. The loons just arrived to retake control of Gretchen’s Mirror from their most hated enemies: every other living thing. Seriously, they are are very serious about being the only birds on the water. That’s okay because waking up to the unmistakably haunting and warbly cry of the loons is far superior to walking through clouds of goose poop.
Despite these telltale signs of the slowing evolving spring, there is something missing. A right of passage every decent Babbylonian anticipates all winter long- an event pined for up till the moment of its inception. I speak, of course, of the first annual trip to Many Glacier.
Unfortunately, the National Park Service has not yet opened the road. It is one of my biggest pet peeves that they do not release any useful information regarding the status of opening the road. It is my understanding that there are internal rules requiring the gates to remain closed until the third weekend of April in order to allow the elk unmolested access to the returning vegetation as they recover from a long winter. That’s fine (although apparently the elk on Two Dog Flats don’t get such royal treatment). I walked the road (what is left of the poor thing, anyways) yesterday with three stalwart friends and ran into a fellow who is working on the Many Glacier Hotel. He informed us (from the warmth of his pickup truck) that the park service was delaying the opening of the road (to us tourons) due to “forecasts of snow” in the next week. C’mon. It snows every month of the year here. Open the gates! Or give us a date that you will!
Or at least give just me the code. I won’t share. Promise.
Update: The road to Many Glacier opened late yesterday afternoon, not long after Brother Dear emailed us this blog. I thought it was too good not to share, regardless. And yes, it snowed another 6″ last night near Babb. See you on the Many Glacier Hotel porch for cocktails soon!
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