Friday - Day 2
Friday, August 23rd Had breakfast in the lodge. The breakfast was good, but expensive. We
checked out, and drove back across the G-T-S Road, stopping
just before Logan Pass and saw a mountain goat. Logan Pass
parking lot was full, (9am in the morning) and so we
continued on up to Many Glacier Hotel.
We had lunch at Many Glacier hotel. It was mediocre at best. Connie's roast beef sandwich was terrible and the server brought a new one. At 2PM we took a boat ride. It's actually two boat rides. You walk
over a path to the second boat. On the path was some fairly
fresh bear scat. The bears are pretty thick in that area they said due to a recent fire and the subsequent growth of berry bushes. But we
never saw a bear.
Left Many Glacier hotel and drove up to Canada. There was no
one ahead of at the border crossing. Very quick and easy.
Then we stayed at the Prince of Wales Lodge. This is another
Great Northern build lodge, that is pretty close to the
original. The rooms were a little larger. No air
conditioning, but we didn't need it. It was cooler up there.
We were on the fifth floor. There is a sixth floor,
but it's an attic I think. It's not used for rooms. The
elevator goes to the fourth floor, so you have to walk and
carry your bags to the fifth. And the elevator can only be
operated by hotel personnel. It's the original way back. Very
small. And you call the elevator by pushing the button the
number of times for the floor you are on. Four pushes of the
button rings a bell at the front desk which tells the front
desk to send someone with the elevator up to the fourth
floor. Amazing for 2019.
We ate dinner in
the hotel dining room. It was as good a meal as I've ever
had. Everything was really good. Food, drink, service, and of
course the view is of spectacular.
(is typically) very windy in Waterton Park, and with the
Prince of Wales being on the top of a knoll at the end of the
lake, it is VERY windy there. Walking around the hotel was
like being in a continual gale. I made two trips around or
the after dinner walk.