Thursday, July 23, 2015
July 8, 2015 Hope, Idaho to Kalispel, Montana, 191 miles
After a beautiful evening and morning we are on the road towards Glacier at 8:00. We hope to find an RV park with hookups somewhere for tonight so we can charge up before our four nights in Glacier. Along highway 200, Mark found a place to stop and shoot the gradated mountains before we turned north and drove along the Flat Head River.
We decided to drive in to Whitefish now, rather than back track once we're in the national park. As we approached Whitefish, driving through Kalispell we were surprised by the number of huge RV lots selling and repairing huge RVs. Do people fly to Glacier and then decide to purchase an RV? The town seemed spread out. The old town area reminded us of a smaller Jackson Hole, Wyoming with restaurants, western art and upscale clothing shops, Mark says it lacked the "cool" factor of Jackson Hole.
There were two KOA's in the area, one in Whitefish and one in West Glacier 1 mile from the entrance to Glacier National Park. We choose the one in West Glacier because it was closest to Glacier and had the best reviews. One said it was as good as state and Provencal Parks and another said the best KOA. It did look great, if you looked at where they put the giant buses. Us in our little pop-up? We were sandwiched in with the trailers, having the campfire next door right outside our bedroom window as we were trying to read. I do have to say the amenities were very nice, nice showers with so-so water pressure, a laundry room, restaurant open for breakfast and dinner and an ice cream shop. Will we stay in another KOA on purpose? Probably not, unless we can stay in one of the bus sites.