Glacier National Park

While Kathy and I were working (volunteering) at the USACE Fort Peck Montana Downstream Campground, we took a few days to visit Glacier National Park. Although we could have driven to the park, we decided it would be fun to take the Amtrak train.

The Amtrak Empire Builder runs daily from Chicago to Seattle and back again. The number 7 train runs westbound through Glasgow Montana at about noon daily and delivers to Whitefish (W. Glacier area) about 9pm.

The “Empire Builder” route from Glasgow to Whitefish

The return (number 8 train) runs eastbound daily and departs Whitefish at 7:30am arriving back in Glasgow around 3:30pm.

Round trip tickets are $108 each, a rental car (2019 Chevy Malibu) cost us $35/day and the room at a nice new Best Western (w/ king bed, fridge, microwave) was $94/day. Although the trip by train is more than driving in our own car, the trip was far more relaxing and enjoyable.

Riding on the train allows you the opportunity to move around at will from your car to either the lounge car, the panorama view sightseeing car, or the formal dining car. They have sleeping cars too, but we didn’t have an opportunity to see those.

Remember, you can click on any of the thumbnails below to see an enlarged image

Renting the car (with unlimited mileage) we were able to drive just under 600 miles in 2 days seeing both West Glacier and East Glacier. We were not, unfortunately able to take the “Going to The Sun Road” all the way across from west to east because 22 miles of the road were still closed due to not being cleared of snow yet (this was the end of May!). As a result (as you’ll see in the video below) we had to take Route 2 the long way around the bottom of the park from one side to the other.

Our Amtrak Trip to Glacier May 2019

Thanks for riding along with us on our adventures. Soon after our Amtrak ride to Glacier (celebrating our 45th anniversary) we packed up our coach at Fort Peck and moved on east to our next Workamping/Volunteer gig at Spearfish, SD. Post on our experiences there follows shortly.

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Facebook and RVillage

So there’s a new Social Platform called RVillage.  It’s kind of like Facebook, but designed for campers/RV’ers to be able to connect both when they’re on the road or at home.

One of the neat things about RVillage is that as you move around the country, users “check-in” and change their location, specifically calling out the campground they’re in that day.  The site then announces your arrival to other folks already in that park.

RVillage has GROUPS much like Facebook and the users set up these groups and all users can browse and join the groups that interest them.

So when we arrived at Rover’s Roost in Casa Grande, AZ I checked in and soon we were welcomed (virtually) by John and Gerri.  Turns out they were in the spot right across the lane from us!  I invited them over and we had a nice visit.

John retired from NCR in Dayton, OH 13 years ago and they have been full-timing ever since.  Minnie WinnieThey used to pull their fifth wheel trailer with a Freightliner truck (along with a honda behind the trailer!), but now they’ve parked the fifth wheel permanently at Rover’s Roost and they have a smaller (class C) Winnebago to travel in (similar to this one in the pix)

We enjoyed visiting with them and learning about the full-time life style, campgrounds & RV parks around the country, the Escapees organization, and just general conversation that included a lot of helpful tips for traveling.

So we’ve found that for us Facebook is a wonderful way of staying in touch with old friends and family while RVillage is a great way of meeting new folks right in your own back yard!