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Glacier National Park

The Plan

Glacier National Park welcome sign

On Thursday, August the 18th, I will drive to Minneapolis (actually St. Paul) after work to catch Amtrak’s Empire Builder which departs at 11:15 that night. I will ride the train through the night and most of Friday, arriving at the West Glacier National Park station at 8:30 p.m. The next morning I will take the hiker shuttle to the Two Medicine entrance of the park and make my way back to West Glacier through the backcountry. I will safely pop out seven days later to catch the train back to Minneapolis at 8:15 a.m. The train will arrive at 7:15 a.m. on Sunday morning after which I will attend church at University Lutheran Chapel, attend the Minnesota State Fair, and finally drive five hours back to Cedar Rapids, ready to go to work on Monday. Spoiler: Thing did not go exactly to plan, but still went extremely well.

The Cast

By myself again as I have not found anyone crazy enough in Iowa to sucker into going along.

The Trip

Manifest The trip’s supplies
Pre-tripPreparing for the expedition
Day 0Catching the train
Day 1Riding the train
Day 2Entering the wilderness
Day 3Hiking lake to lake
Day 4Shuttling around the park
Day 5Crossing the Continental Divide
Day 6Backpacking in the rain
Day 7Beautiful scenery
Day 8Leaving the backcountry
Day 9A delayed train ride
Day 10Driving home