THE WEEK BETWEEN THE TOURS: JULY 20 TO JULY28
During the week between the bike tour in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado and the start of the Glacier National Park tour in Montana, we worked our way north on our drive to Whitefish, MT, where we will meet our biking group.
We had very enjoyable stops in Jackson Hole, WY, Yellowstone National Park, Chico Hot Springs, MT, Bigfork, MT, and Whitefish, MT. These days were filled with incredible sights, and new adventures.
In Jackson Hole we biked from Moose, WY to Jenny Lake, a ride in which the snow-capped peaks of the Tetons towered over us with some of the best scenery in all of North America!
We floated in a raft for 14 miles down through the white water and the swiftly moving current of the Snake River on a warm and sunny afternoon. A moose came down to the waterside for a drink as we passed. Bald eagles soared high in the skies. Jackson Hole will see us again: we loved it here!
Our first stop in Yellowstone was at Old Faithful. The geyser blew exactly on time for the hundreds of on-lookers.
We visited a sanctuary for grizzly bears and wolves in West Yellowstone, where we experienced the behavior of these “killers” at feeding time.
Up at dawn and in the Park early to see the wildlife, we were not disappointed with our sightings of bison, elk, fox and birds.
Next stop was Chico Hot Springs resort located 30 miles north of Yellowstone. Known for its hot springs pools, and Big Sky views, it is also a ranch with horses and acres of grazing land. Fun spot!
Scenic Bigfork, MT sits at the top of Flathead Lake, the largest fresh water lake west of the Mississippi River. We stayed at a lake side resort outside the artsy town of Bigfork, with long views of the lake.
Finally arriving in Whitefish, we settled in at Khandahar Lodge (Montana not Afghanistan) in the ski village at Big Mountain, MT. We spent a relaxing day cleaning bikes, washing laundry, and getting an oil change for the Buick.
Tomorrow we will meet the other 6 members of our cycling group and enter Glacier National Park to begin our much anticipated adventure!