A Final Crack at Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is at the top of my NP Bucket List. It suddenly occurred to me that I might have an opportunity this month to make a quick trip there along with at least one other park before I leave Iowa. While Juneteenth is a federal holiday now, it’s not a national holiday. I’m hoping that means the park–one of the most popular ones in the system–will not be at overflow levels that weekend.

I have two routes to consider. The first and most likely to be feasible would be to Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota then across to Montana and Glacier.

Under the category of wishful thinking is to add another stop to Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota. This would add another day to the trip because the route from Voyageurs is all state roads rather than almost all interstate driving if I don’t go there. It’s likely to be the only way to add that national park to those I have visited unless I can plan a trip to that park during a weekend in September since the route to that park is almost entirely on interstates.

More about this if it happens.


Well, the chances of Option one have improved. I’m prepping SB for the trip and have done a major update on my Replay playlist, increasing its duration to over seven hours:

NEW STUFF: Fire ; I’m So Excited ; Neutron Dance / Pointer Sisters — Good Golly Miss Molly / Little Richard — Joy to the World / Three Dog Night — Monday, Monday / The Mamas and The Papas — Say My Name / Destiny’s Child — Smooth Operator / Sade — Sweet Caroline / Neil Diamond — Up for the Down Stroke / Parliament — I Could Fall in Love / Selena — All Night Long / Lionel Richie — Big Shot / Billy Joel — Girls Just Want to Have Fun / Cyndi Lauper — Life Is a Song Worth Singin / Teddy Pendergrass — Livin’ La Vida Loca / Ricky Martin — Rhythm Is Gonna Get You / Gloria Estefan — Anticipation / Carly Simon — For the Love of You / The Isley Brothers — Living for the City / Stevie Wonder — I Can’t Help Myself / The Four Tops — Lady Marmalade / Patti LaBelle — Super Freak / Rick James — If You Don’t Know Me by Now / Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes — Brick House / The Commodores — Easy Lover / Philip Bailey ; Phil Collins — Karma Chameleon / Culture Club — You Can Call Me Al / Paul Simon — Cherish / Kool and the Gang — Bridge over Troubled Water / Simon & Garfunkel — Superfly / Curtis Mayfield — Dance with My Father / Luther Vandross — Respect Yourself / The Staple Singers — The Streak / Ray Stevens — Got to Give It Up / Marvin Gaye — Killing Me Softly with His Song / Roberta Flack — Charlie Brown / Coasters — Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys / Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson — Somewhere Out There / Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram — Private Eyes / Daryl Hall and John Oates — Ain’t No Mountain High Enough / Diana Ross — Hey Jude / The Beatles — Burning Love / Elvis Presley — Good Vibrations / The Beach Boys — A Fifth of Beethoven / Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band — Car Wash / Rose Royce — Ghostbusters / Ray Parker Jr. — (Shake, Shake, Shake) Your Booty / KC and the Sunshine Band — U Can’t Touch This / MC Hammer

I can’t wait to put it to the test!!

Reality Kicks In

Looking at the distances I am considering, I decided that I have a better chance of having the time to enjoy the destinations if I make Glacier a separate trip scheduled around my birthday in mid-September. Folks will be back in school, and it should hopefully still be warm enough to be comfortable being that far north.

I got new tires on SB this morning and can already tell the difference in the way she handles. She and I are both ready to hit the road!

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