We didn’t know if we were going to be able to get back into the States or not. Our visa waiver had already expired up in Canada after Alaska. We were careful to get out before the date! Thinking it through we decided to find out if we were entitled to get another 3 month visa waiver by filling out the forms we had printed off online.
Driving to Pincher Creek on the Canadian side of the National Park, we stocked up on food and found a camp for the night.
Entering the border crossing in the morning at Waterton Park the American immigration officer very kindly looked at our filled in paperwork, told us it was no good as it had to be on the original blue form itself not a printed version, gave it all back, asked us a few questions which he checked online and then waved us through! When we checked our passports he hadn’t even stamped them. Ah well we were in and that meant the world to us as we had some special places selected to still get to if it was possible! It was a wonderful
feeling to be back in America!
Unfortunately we couldn’t drive through the Glacier National Park from the top of the going to the sun road. The trailer exceeded the length of 21ft. So we skirted around it all and found the smartest KOA we had ever come across at the West Entrance. It was $54 a night just for camping but it was like staying in a resort. It was so well kept. Heated swimming pool and spa surrounded by pine trees and a games room for playing pool meant the kids were off our hands and we enjoyed the spa first thing each morning as we thawed ourselves out from sleeping in the cold. Once again we had timed it well as the
Park closed in four days!
Thinking it would be fun to take the motorbike into the Glacier National Park for a couple of hours we both left the children entertained and had quite a time going through the Park and up the “going to the sun road”.
The mountains were dramatic and the valleys at that height
really looked like big bowls between. It was something else indeed.
The road is only open four months a year and is constantly being worked on. It’s the most
expensive road in America. I can see why. Even the edges are made of the stone
walls. We passed some of the stone masons putting them together. What a skill!
Back down at our “base camp” we realised the car would not make it up that road with all the stopping and starting due to road works. We knew it wouldn’t cope with that hill. Would we go directly to Seattle from here or try for Yellowstone?
We decided we were here and may as well give it a go, Yellowstone National Park it was!