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Photography Monday: Glacier Park Lodge

My parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year by taking us all on vacation.  Six adults and two children traveling together to spend time together as a family.  We took Amtrak from Southern California to Glacier National Park, which is a great way to arrive at the park, rested and refreshed.  We stayed at the Glacier Park Lodge, a very short drive from the Glacier Park railway station.  Built in 1912-13 and opened to guests on June, 15, 1913, the lodge is supported by immense timbers that are about 500-800 years old.  A beautiful example of park architecture, we enjoyed our stay here and highly recommend it for anyone that plans on visiting the park.

Amtrak railway station is open mid-spring to mid-fall.

Amtrak railway station is open mid-spring to mid-fall.

There are a total of 60 timbers and they all retain their bark.

Great Northern Railway established the Glacier Park Hotel Company to manage their Glacier National Park operations.

The timbers in the lobby are Douglas fir and the verandahs are supported by Cedars from Washington.

The timbers in the lobby are Douglas fir and the verandahs are supported by Cedars from Washington.

The teepees are a representation of the Blackfeet tribe. East Glacier is housed within the Blackfeet Reservation.

The teepees are a representation of the Blackfeet tribe. East Glacier is housed within the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

The two totem poles at the lodge’s entrance indicate the resort’s native American ties.

The two totem poles at the lodge’s entrance indicate the resort’s native American ties.

The gorgeous flower baskets were a lovely welcoming touch.

The gorgeous flower baskets were a lovely welcoming touch.

Without tv’s in the rooms or the lobby, other forms of entertainment came into play.  Every night offered some form of live entertainment from a local singer.  Some of the lobby tables had a puzzle to complete plus we as a family played Mexican Train almost every night.  Living the lodge life was a great way to unwind after a day of exploring the park.

More installments to come about Glacier National Park.  Stay tuned!

*Tina

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