This was our actual first day in Glacier.
Like you read yesterday we checked in sometime between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. and then waited a while for the previous occupant of site 10 to vacate. I didn’t want to rush them as they have until lunchtime to leave and I definitely don’t want someone looming over us when it comes time for us to check out, traditional camping courtesy is due in this situation. The girls continued to sleep on the air mattress while George slept, cuddle up on top of me with the driver seat reclined, there are worse things. This was a moment of zen for me. I may have gotten some sleep intermittently but nothing substantial. Eventually the ranger came by and we talked about the details about the required reservations for “Going to the Sun Road” etc. We of course didn’t have reservations for that, or anything else on this trip because, if you’ve read up to now you know, I don’t like to have the time constraint of not being able to have added a day to Indiana or Roosevelt if I had wanted to. A pass comes with the campsite though. I had kinda figured that otherwise you wouldn’t be able to get to your campsite. He had me move the Suburban to the day use Picnic area to clear the main entrance to the campground. That was really pretty too. Once the girls finally woke up we ate some snacks and watched RV. I really really did not want to go anywhere because I had displaced so much of the interior of the Suburban to allow for the air mattress to be inflated that it looked like a hoarders vehicle. Once I get the campsite set up I’ll have enough stuff out of there to be able to reset it easily. The girls got bored after RV finished so I got out the handheld radios I had brought and started sending them on “Missions”. We even had code names. Loralea was Agent Crayola, Charlotte was Agent Magnet or Agent Eraser and Carlisle was Agent Velocity.
Once the campsite was all set up we took our first long drive on the “Going to the sun Road”. We stopped at the gift shop on the East side and got George a water bottle, and a coffee for me, maybe one to two other things. Each of us is disappointed in the water bottles we chose to bring for ourselves on this trip. Mine was just entirely too big, at one full gallon its unwieldy to try to drink from when you drive, George's was leaking, Loralea’s and Carlea’s didn’t keep the water cold and it sweats. Charlotte with her RTIC that she got a year or two ago was the only one rightfully pleased with their choice of waterbottle. George’s may be the first of several new water bottles purchased on this trip. After that we headed back to site for a nap. This was just a quick look at the “Going to the Sun Road”. I was really tired but Loralea was angry about the nap.
Well, she thought she was but we made a deal that I’d set a thirty minute timer and if we were asleep when it went off we could get up. Thirty minute timer revealed that her anger was a disguise for sleepy, none of us heard that thirty minute timer go off.
After a nice nap we headed to the Apgar village for ice cream first, a walk not quite a mile but probably closer to a mile than the children realize.
Then dinner at some place because I just didn’t feel like cooking and it looked fun. They were about to close and the hostess was a little snooty but the waiter was cool so I made sure everyone knew exactly what they wanted when he first came and made it all to-go and let him know we could settle up whenever was good for him and it worked out great, even had a to go beer.
After dinner with the to-go beer the children saw people swimming and paddle boarding so of course they wanted to put their feet in. Everyone that walked by wanted to talk to us. The combo of Leo and the children are a definite draw. It clearly ain’t me. One family was from California and the grandparents were from NYC your could hear it as soon as he spoke we talked to them about camping in Brooklyn. (Still one of my favorite campgrounds).
Then we headed to get fuel and back to the campsite for bed. It didn’t get actually dark until after 10p.m. that is going to take some time to get adjusted to.