No spectacular first impression

Glacier National Park sign
Two college buddies. One has been visiting since 1973, the other for the first time.


Lake McDonald view blocked by fire smoke
The spectacular first impression didn’t happen yesterday. The view behind us blocked by smoke.


Oh my gosh, where do i start on this August 31st morning?

The coolness of having the same arriving flight into Glacier International Airport.

Neither one having to wait for the other to arrive.

The anxiety of how the wildfire(s) smoke will impact the trip, visually and physically – Lake McDonald Lodge closed for the season (a month early) the day we are on our way.

The spectacular first impression at the shore of Lake McDonald was a zero on a 10-scale.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.