Since the “Road To The Sun” highway is not open yet, the KOA Manager told us we could go up Many Glacier Road – it is open! Lots of wildlife has been out recently, too. So, we unloaded the Smart and off we go. Raymond took us along a different route to get to Many Glacer Road – along the West Side of St Mary Lake. Mostly a dirt road….but plenty of scenery and perfect for us “4 wheeling in the Smart Car”. LOL
Young Ferruginous Hawks
Then we turned on Many Glacier Road (google it). There is a Many Glacier Hotel, Campgrounds, scenic hikes, etc.
Right beyond the bear, Raymond spotted a bird right along his side of the road. It’s a Ruffed Grouse.
Back to views of the Mountains.
Then these cute guys were grazing right along the road. Bighorn Sheep.
Raymond sat on this bench surrounded by snow and looked up on the mountain to see sheep grazing – all over the place.
More Bighorn Sheep all along the slopes.
Since Many Glacier Road has a dead end, as we were leaving Raymond spotted these guys on the road to the Many Glacier Hotel. Turns out they are a family of Bighorn Sheep that stay near the Many Glacier Hotel. Way too friendly! I was out of the car taking pictures and they walked right up to Raymond’s side – he rolled up the window…and they came around to my side – which by that time I had gotten back in the car. LOL
These were along the road in the thick grass. Pasque Blossoms – Pulsatilla patens
These gorgeous, showy flowers are visible in meadows along the eastern slopes of Glacier National Park from late May. They are one of the earliest blooming flowers and their heads can be noticed poking above the snow in altitudes up to 10,000 feet.