We took Highways U.S. 2, S.R. 464 and U. S. 89 to move from Cut Bank to St. Mary, MT.  It rained during the night and the day started out overcast, but the blue sky began peeking through as the morning went on.

S.R. 464 was up one hill and down another through the open land of the Blackfeet Reservation.

2010-07-23 -2- MT, On the Road - Cut Bank to St Mary 1001

2010-07-23 -2- MT, On the Road - Cut Bank to St Mary 1002

The Montana wildflower display is stunning. 

We are camping for 2 nights at Johnson’s of St.Mary, a complex with RV sites, cabins, and cafe.  We had heard good reports about the cafe, and we arrived just in time for lunch.  We each chose the special of the day, Open-faced Pork Barbecue on thick slices of freshly baked bread with a large bowl of Beef and Barley soup. Ummm, good!

2010-07-23 -3- MT, St. Mary - Johnson's Cafe 1001

After lunch, we decided to take a drive to East Glacier, stopping to look around at Two Medicine Lake.

2010-07-23 -4- MT, Highways 89 and 49 along Glacier National Park 1002

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2010-07-23 -4- MT, Highways 89 and 49 along Glacier National Park 1025

2010-07-23 -4- MT, Highways 89 and 49 along Glacier National Park 1026

At the Two Medicine Grocery and Supply store, we each had a dish of Huckleberry Ice Cream.  Every grocery, souvenir store and restaurant in this area features delicious dishes made with local huckleberries.

2010-07-23 -4- MT, Highways 89 and 49 along Glacier National Park 1029

At East Glacier, we took a moment to look at the grand East Glacier Lodge, with its huge timbers.2010-07-23 -5- MT, East Glacier Lodge 1002

A stop at the Glacier Park Lodge in East Glacier was fascinating.  As we walked through the establishment, we marveled at the huge logs used in it’s construction.  Built in 1913, it contains 60 Douglas Fir columns 40 feet tall, and ranging from 36-42” in diameter.  Each column was brought in by rail from the Pacific Northwest.The floor plan is patterned after early Christian basilicas.  It is quite impressive.

2010-07-23 -5- MT, East Glacier Lodge 1005

Today’s drive from Cut BankCut Bank to St Mary

Our Afternoon drive to East GlacierSt. Mary to East Glacier 

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