Greetings from Glacier National Park!
In circa 1962, when I was 14 years old, our family visited Glacier National Park for the first time. My parents, sister & I were temporarily living in Poulson, MT; which is near the Park. My Grandparents came for a visit & one day all 6 of us piled into my parents car & headed north to Glacier. The day was stifling hot & we were crammed into a car with no air conditioning. The roads on the “Highway to the Sun” were still under repair from damage done during the preceding harsh winter. And yet, the scenery was more beautiful than any of us had ever seen. The waterfalls were abundant & huge. Of course, we saw deer, mountain goats, & more. By the end of the day, we were all very tired. As we drove toward the park exit, we pulled over & stopped for a number of deer on the road. We opened all the doors for the welcome breeze. Everyone, except my grandparents, got out of the car to take pictures. In the meantime, a deer saw my grandfather sitting in the car, smoking a cigar. The deer walked over, stepped in with both front legs, & grabbed that cigar from my Grandfather’s mouth! My Grandfather complained about his cigar being stolen for many years. Of course, cigars are not good for deer (or my Grandfather); but it sure made for a memorable day at the Park.
P.S. I support the parks because… They're "America's Best Idea". Nature, in all it's majesty, brings out the best in each of us.