We had another great driving day today, travelling from Great Falls in Montana to Calgary in Alberta, Canada. Once again, we drove off the major highway in order to catch some of the local sights.
We started off by coming across some pheasants happily feeding on the side of the road and in a paddock. We did a couple of U-turns to get a good look and confirm what we had seen. A little further down the road we slowed to look at a hawk perched on a fence and saw two coyotes trotting through the field behind it. Once again a U-turn was required!
We eventually headed in one direction long enough to get to Glacier National Park in northern Montana. The mountains and road sides approaching the park and inside the park were once again covered in snow. Once we arrived we headed to the visitor centre to find out that only a small portion of the park was open, due to rehabilitation work that was taking place. We headed down the road and were amazed by the snowed covered mountains shrouded in clouds and water falls created along the road sides by melting snow. Once again we were warned to be on the lookout for wildlife, including wolves, bears, moose and deer. Sadly all we did see were very cute ground squirrels! We took a short walk down to St Mary Falls, an incredibly powerful waterfall of the bluest, clearest water that falls into St Mary Lake. The noise of the water was amazing and the entire walk was truly beautiful.
From there we headed north into Canada. We saw more interesting birds along the road, but it can be quite difficult to try to identify them as you are driving down the highway. We found a hotel with a bit of help from McDonalds' free wifi, and are now getting ready to head out to Banff tomorrow for more hiking, hopefully more wildlife and more snow!