Back in the US and now with cell reception and LTE data the quality of navigation improves slightly. I was excited to go to Glacier National Park, but it turns out that most of the roads in the park are closed in the winter because it is so snowed over. There were some friendly deer and Glacier Lake though, which maybe made up for some of it.
After driving around Kalispell and the National Bison Monument (which is a bison preserve range) the next stop was Missoula MT, which I’d always been excited about visiting. As I’ve mentioned before, most of the geology of Central Washington was created by the Missoula Floods. A long time ago when the valley town of Missoula was instead a very large glacial lake, periodically the ice dam holding this lake in the valley would break and a massive amount of water would flood across all of Central Washington, taking the soil with it, carving the great “scablands” topography that you see so much here on this blog. I again felt a connection to this place as a name that I’d read many times before. The town is also great, I was surprised at how hip it was.