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Journeys Through America is a nonprofit organization providing educational material for all school-aged children across the country. The program will form partnerships with local school districts to provide children with a new, interactive, educational experience integrating the history of America and its National Parks. Journeys Through America's goal is to foster a fun and adventurous learning environment that will promote altruistic growth within our children and our greater community.

Glacier National Park

By Aug 17th 2010 No Comments »

Glacier National Park “The Crown of the Continent” is located in Montana, bordering the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. The park was established in 1910 and encompasses over 1,000,000 acres.  Knowing nothing about Montana I was at a jaw dropping awe at the blue sky that surrounded the landscape as we drove through fields and fields of green hills, oil rigs, white cows (yep another first) and pastures.  As we drove mile after mile, the sky seemed to go on forever, it’s no wonder Montana has been granted with the fitting nickname of Big Sky Country.

The afternoon brought us to the Many Glacier Hotel- a must see for any visitor. The 95-year old hotel on the south shore of Swiftcurrent Lake is a memorable visit. Its Swiss architectural design to portray Glacier as America’s Switzerland gives the perfect feel, while its surrounding lush woods and ideal lake partner to make it the perfect setting. However, walking the halls of the hotel and seeing the photographic display of the diminishing glaciers is sure to bring a tear to any realist eye.  Of the estimated 150 glaciers which existed in the park in the mid 1800’s, only 25 active glaciers remain. Scientists studying the glaciers have estimated that all glaciers may disappear by 2030 if the current climate patterns persist.

After the Hotel we enjoyed a beautiful hike on the Grinnel Glacier Trail bringing us to Grinnel Lake. The blue of the lakes is an indescribable color. Turquoise, teal, bright blue/green… all these shades but still not the right color. The color of the water is motivation enough to get visitors to see the park.

After the hike we made our way to the Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton National Park in Canada, the  sister park to Glacier National Park in northwestern Montana. This famously beautiful hotel was constructed in 1927 by the Great Northern Railway. Having a passion for old architectural design, especially in Hotels, I instantly fell in love. The striking design set this hotel apart from the typical hotel lodging and give the Prince of Wales Hotel a romantic alpine chalet feel.  The Prince of Wales Hotel is a marvel that should not be missed if you are anywhere in the general vicinity.

In 1932 Glacier National Park in Montanta and Watertown Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada were united as the world’s first International Peace Park. Today the maple leaf of Canada and the stars and stripes of the United States are combined to form the symbol of Watertown-Glacier International boundary; tangible evidence of the goodwill between friends who share a common idea, border, history, heritage, and future.

Although we didn’t see any mountain goats, wolverine or lynx, Glacier National Park was a huge success. I read somewhere that one of the newest slogans for Montana is “The last best place”. I believe this slogan to be true, if they make that last place at Glacier National Park.

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