Greetings from Glacier National Park

In circa 1962, when I was 14 years old, our family visited Glacier National Park for the first time. My parents, sister & I were temporarily living in Poulson, MT; which is near the Park. My Grandparents came for a visit & one day all 6 of us piled into my parents car & headed north to Glacier.

The day was stifling hot & we were crammed into a car with no air conditioning. The roads on the “Highway to the Sun” were still under repair from damage done during the preceding harsh winter. And yet, the scenery was more beautiful than any of us had ever seen. The waterfalls were abundant & huge. Of course, we saw deer, mountain goats, & more.

By the end of the day, we were all very tired. As we drove toward the park exit, we pulled over & stopped for a number of deer on the road. We opened all the doors for the welcome breeze. Everyone, except my grandparents, got out of the car to take pictures. In the meantime, a deer saw my grandfather sitting in the car, smoking a cigar. The deer walked over, stepped in with both front legs, & grabbed that cigar from my Grandfather’s mouth! My Grandfather complained about his cigar being stolen for many years.

Of course, cigars are not good for deer (or my Grandfather); but it sure made for a memorable day at the Park.


Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park preserves more than a million acres of forests, alpine meadows and lakes with habitat for a wide variety of plant and animal life, including one of the largest remaining grizzly bear populations in the lower 48 states. Its spectacular glaciated landscape is a hikers' paradise, offering 700 miles of maintained trails that lead deep into one of the largest intact ecosystems in the lower 48 states.

State(s): Montana

Established: 1910

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