Glacier National Park…

A mini-trip to Glacier National Park entering through the West Entrance had been planned for several weeks.  Unfortunately, the Howe Ridge Fire on Lake McDonald, that was started by a lightning strike, had us altering our plans.  We had made reservations through Vacation Rental By Owner (VBRO) to stay in Big Fork, Montana.  A lovely historical town situated on Flathead Lake with beautiful flowers, great shops and delicious places to eat!

 

We traveled to the East Entrance because The Going-To-The-Sun-Road was closed from Lake McDonald to Logan Pass due to smoke from the fire.  Our first stop was Historic Glacier Park Lodge just outside the park.  We were in awe of the huge Douglas fir logs used in construction in 1913.  At Two Medicine Lake we were greeted by these Big Horn Sheep!  An interesting feature of the streams and lakes in the park are the beautiful colored pebbles ranging from various hues of red, maroon, green and blue.  Also a quick stop at St. Mary’s Lake.  Even with the smoke the views were beautiful!

Finally was Many Glacier Hotel situated on Swiftcurrent Lake known as the “Switzerland of North America” and the largest hotel in Glacier National Park.

Again, not enough time to explore but it is a beautiful National Park!

Johnny Sack Cabin…

In 1929, Johnny Sack leased a tract of land from the Forest Service and built this log cabin located at Big Springs, Island Park, Idaho.  It is one of the most photographed sites with Johnny’s cabin, the water wheel house and the beautiful springs filled with large trout.

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Inside the cabin it is decorated with Johnny’s trademark split bark decoration used in the cabins furniture and interior.

The cabin became part of the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.  Big Springs is a Natural National Landmark and one of 40 largest natural springs in the world, producing 120 gallons of water a day!  You can see the springs bubbling up and the beauty of the clear fresh water.

A beautiful little spot to visit in Idaho!

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