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RV Wardrobe Storage Tips from a “Reformed” Fashionista

Editor’s Note: Robin North is a member of LTV’s sponsored content team, The Leisure Explorers. Do you own a Leisure Travel Van and enjoy writing? Learn more about joining the team.

This post is for the clotheshorse. The fashionable, active, and indecisive wardrobe wanderers. I love clothes too and when I traveled for work I always packed a slightly downsized version of my closet. Standing at the luggage carousel in the airport required a porter to help me with my bags (a few in Atlanta, knew me by name!)

When we bought our Unity MB, I just assumed it was a very comfortable “travel trunk” and I could bring along most anything I wanted as far as clothes are concerned. While it has very good storage space for a small RV, it holds a lot less than my closet at home. Now don’t get me wrong, I love our Unity – it’s easy to drive, maneuverable, efficient, and fits in almost anywhere. Its size is one of the things that makes it so appealing. But, when it comes time to pack up for a trip its small size can be a challenge for a fashionista.

On our first long trip, I stuffed the closet and drawers full as well as one of the outside compartments with clothing, my husband Jim was relegated to one shelf, a few hangars, and a drawer. You see, I like to be prepared, so I took clothing to fit almost any occasion and of course, shoes to match. I had a couple of nice dresses to go out to dinner, a suit (in case I needed to do something for business), casual clothes for shopping, beachwear, as well as hiking and kayaking outfits, for all those things I thought I might do on the trip.

Lot of luggage next to RV

Luggage waiting to be loaded… where?

Now, fast forward five years and 30,000 miles of RV trips later, packing a travel wardrobe is now a different story. I actually share the closet and drawers with Jim’s clothes! So, what happened you ask? I had an epiphany while unpacking from one of those early trips. There were zipped bags of clothes that had never been opened items that I forgot I had packed, and shoes that remained in their protective sleeves. As I hauled that unused clothing from the RV back to the house, I muttered – “I can’t believe I didn’t use any of this”.

That winter while we were planning the next big trip I discovered a Pinterest post about capsule wardrobes. I read the blog and then bought the book and was horrified! The author suggested I pare down my wardrobe to 30 pieces -WHAT?! She proceeded to explain how every item mixes and matches with every other item allowing you to build multiple outfits. Okay, so I understand coordinates – I have bought wardrobes-worth of clothing like that, but this concept was a bit over the top.

As for a travel wardrobe, she suggested that if you are going on a 4-day trip, pack for 2, launder the items and wear outfits twice. This made me feel faint. Obviously, she didn’t understand that small RVs don’t have laundry equipment and as for wearing the same outfit twice, well, that’s just crazy talk. However, I was not at all into this “30-item” strategy, but I did begin to see that I could be a bit more discerning with my packing list.

Being the methodical person I am, I measured the RV wardrobe closet and drawers. And then figured out how many pieces of clothing I could hang or fold. Looking at the number of items, I knew that I couldn’t fit everything I wanted to take along, so I went back to my packing list. I decided I could probably “do” with fewer hanging items – I rarely wore a dress or suit while camping. Thankfully Jim, in his infinite patience, built an insert for the wardrobe that reduced the hanging space and added two shelves on the condition that he still maintains his hangar allotment and gains at least one of the two new shelves. Done deal.

Inside RV wardrobe with shelves

Shelf and rod insert Jim built to accommodate more clothing.

It was back to the packing list. I went through the itinerary for our upcoming trip to see what activities we planned. A hike or two and maybe some kayaking along with the regular activities of sightseeing, shopping, and museum visits. In terms of shoes, I would need hiking and water shoes. Other than that, the outdoor clothing would just be jeans and tee shirts with a hoodie. As for sightseeing, shopping, and museum visits, I added just a few coordinates and (I confess) extra shirts, scarves, and jewelry to at least give me a few more options. Reviewing the downsized packing list I was skeptical, so I added another shirt for my peace of mind.

When it was time for our trip, I dutifully packed through the pared-down clothing list and then stuffed in a few more shirts just in case. Still, I stuck to my “assigned” spaces (things were pretty snug) and Jim packed with his usual ease. I planned a stop every two weeks for laundry and brought along detergent, a few plastic hangars, and clothespins to do “sink laundry” if necessary. I was sure I would run out of clean clothes.

The trip was great, I actually wore most of the clothing and the two-week laundry stops worked fine. I never had to do “sink laundry” which was good since we were on the move every day. Some items that I had packed, I just didn’t need and realized I would have liked other items in their place or just a little more space in the closet to prevent wrinkling (and yes, I always take along an iron).

That is how each trip has gone ever since. I plan out a wardrobe with a number of pieces that will easily fit into the wardrobe and drawers, then adjust the items according to what we plan to do on the trip. You might wonder about heavy clothing for cold weather. We typically camp in moderate weather but for winter trips, we use space-saving, vacuum-sealed bags. They will still take up a good amount of room, so we put them in an outside compartment.

I think in terms of projects and processes, my RV travel wardrobe has been a very successful and enlightening project. I’ve learned to live with less and it is rather liberating! Maybe you’ll enjoy it too. Here’s my Small RV Capsule Wardrobe decision process:

First, think about the types of activities you’ll be doing on THIS trip. Write these down and list the types of clothing you need for each of those activities. Outdoor activities like biking, swimming, or kayaking may require special clothing (hiking boots, water shoes, swimsuit, flip flops, etc.) Regular travel activities like sightseeing, restaurant outings, and tours all probably use similar types of clothing so it is a matter of how few outfits you can live with.

Next, make a storage space inventory of your RV. How much and what type of storage do you have? This includes hanging space, drawer space, cupboard space, outdoor compartments, or under-bed storage. Consider using space-saving bags to reduce bulk, use hooks on the back of a door for belts or scarves, and identify a spot for shoes. Activity clothing might go in an exterior cabinet (in a space bag of course).

Zip top packing bag

Oh, so handy ‘Space Bags’ zip-up and compress the air from bulky clothing.

Once you identify what space you have for clothing storage, then you can begin the process of building a small-RV travel wardrobe. The number of pieces is directly related to the amount of space you have. The choice of pieces is influenced by the activities you plan for your trip.

Time To Build The Packing List

  1. Put all the clothing you think you’ll need on the bed – only items that fit, look good on you, and are in good repair.
  2. Create three stacks of clothing: special activity clothing, regular outfits, and staples like PJs, underwear, and socks.
  3. Since it’s usually the “regular clothing” that seems to grow beyond space limitations, you’ll probably spend most of your downsizing in this stack. Look at the “regular clothing” stack and consider how the pieces coordinate with each other. Try to coordinate 1-2 weeks’ worth of outfits with the smallest number of pieces possible. This is easier if you choose neutrals for your main pieces (like pants, shorts, sweaters, and jackets) and make your “color pops” with shirts or scarves.
  4. Now, determine if the downsized stacks of clothing will fit in the storage space of your RV.
  5. If you still have too many items, go back to your “regular clothing” stack and try to reduce the number of items. This is when you consider wearing outfits twice and doing laundry more frequently (sorry, this is real life).

You can get creative with scarves, jewelry, or hats to make your outfits more unique. A simple pair of jeans can change just by the item you add. Try a tee, hoodie, cap, and sneakers for casual outdoor fun, a tailored shirt and flats, or a tank top, scarf belt, and sandals. Shoes are always an issue, but for RV travel you have to reign in your collection to just a few pairs: maybe sneakers, sandals or boots, and flats.

Scarves, necklaces, and bracelets on a hangar

Scarves and jewelry can create unique looks from basic clothing coordinates.

It’s not rocket science and it’s probably not something you gave much thought to when you purchased your RV however, clothing storage and wardrobe habits need to adapt to smaller spaces. Each LTV unit has its own storage configuration and LTV has conveniently put those measurements on the website giving you the ability to do a bit of research before you start packing.

Take it from this “reformed” fashionista, the real key is not the amount of storage space that matters, it’s our idea of how much we really need to be comfortable on the road. If travel is a way of freeing our minds of clutter and freeing our spirits of worldly demands, it makes sense that it can also free up our need to take along everything we own when we travel!

A Winter Visit to Virginia Beach

Editor’s Note: Robin North is a member of LTV’s sponsored content team, The Leisure Explorers. Do you own a Leisure Travel Van and enjoy writing? Learn more about joining the team.

February may not be the most popular time of year to visit a beach destination on the Mid Atlantic coast. Typical winter temperatures and the breezy nature of a coastal city can bring tears to your eyes as you stroll the beach. But, our first day in Virginia Beach was an anomaly. We had temperatures nearing 70 degrees, bright sunshine, and just a light breeze that made the day a spectacular respite from the winter cold.

The wide boardwalk along the beachfront is actually concrete rather than wooden boards but it retains the charm of a seaside promenade. There is also a separate path for bikes running parallel to the boardwalk which is divided by a low hedge. No dodging bikes here!
The beach is spacious – a long stretch of sand with plenty of room for umbrellas, volleyball games, and sandcastles. We sat down on one of the many boardwalk benches to view the sea and noticed a section of beach with what looked like a rather large jungle-gym set. Reminiscent of a scene from Venice Beach in California, people came to work out on the rings, balance beams, parallel bars, and ropes. It was amazing to see such a display of strength and coordination from everyday people!

The King Neptune statue Va Beach Octopus on King Neptune statue Va Beach

Looking down the length of the boardwalk, I saw a very large statue. It was a depiction of King Neptune, trident in one hand and the other resting on the back of a sea turtle. The base of the statue was covered in sculpted sea life – a huge lobster, an octopus clinging to the side of the statue, two dolphins, and a school of fish swimming around the middle. I stood next to it and was dwarfed by its 34-foot height. This statue was designed by Paul DiPasquale, sculpted by Zhang Cong, and was created in 2003 for the annual Neptune Festival. It is beautifully detailed and impressive in its composition. I think I would have visited just to see the Neptune guarding the beach and ocean beyond!

The boardwalk is lined with hotels and restaurants all with views of the ocean. Just a block over shops and local businesses offer just about anything a vacationer might need. Guesthouses, B&Bs, as well as beach homes for rent all provide accommodation for those without an RV. Of course, there are several campgrounds in Virginia Beach in nearby Chesapeake and a few closer to Norfolk.

The day was just spectacular and we finished with a stop at The Beach Pub – a family-owned restaurant featured on the Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives television show in 2011. Not a fancy place, but quite comfortable and the staff is super friendly. The fish and chips were terrific and we wrapped up the day with a walk on the beach at sunset.
Fish and Chips at The Beach Pub Va Beach Diners Drive ins and Dives painting at The Beach Pub Va Beach

The next morning there was more than a slight nip in the air. The temperatures had plummeted from 70 degrees to 30! The wind whistled between the tall hotels making a walk on the beach a bone-chilling experience. This would be an “inside day” but what is there to do at a beach resort in the winter? The kind folks at the Virginia Beach Visitors Bureau came to our rescue with an array of options. We began with breakfast at the historic Cavalier Hotel. This lovely Jeffersonian-styled building is impressive as you approach and gets more so as you are welcomed inside by a uniformed doorman.

Sign for Cavalier Hotel Va Beach

When it opened in 1927, it had every imaginable amenity for guests from a salt-water indoor pool to luxurious guest rooms and an oceanside beach club. That beach club became an attraction in itself as the most popular venue for big band entertainers from Cab Calloway to Glen Miller, to Benny Goodman.

In 1942, the hotel was conscripted by the U. S. Navy as a site for a radar training school during World War II. The posh hotel furnishings were removed, the pool emptied, and every space was transformed into either training classrooms or living quarters. After World War II, The Cavalier fell into disrepair as vacation tastes changed from luxury “resorting” to more casual getaways.

Over the years, multiple ownership changes and insufficient renovations left it in desperate condition. When it was sold in 2012, most of the bidders planned to demolish it, except for one. The Cavalier Associates planned a meticulous restoration and renovation which would bring the grand old resort back to its former glory.

Reopened in 2018, the restored hotel is lovely. Stately brick front with tall pillars at the entry, the circular lobby is a nod to its time featuring a domed ceiling with a crystal chandelier. In the main lobby space, plush couches and chairs create comfortable and quiet nooks for conversation surrounded by art and views of the indoor pool on one side and the gardens on the other. There is a self-guided tour of the property that lets you relive the golden era of this grand hotel.

Lobby Cavalier Hotel Va Beach Cavalier Hotel Sitting Area

Our next stop was the Association for Research and Enlightenment, founded by psychic Edgar Cayce. In 1903, Cayce gave his first psychic reading for his own medical condition affecting his voice. Once healed, he began giving readings to others. He is one of the most documented psychics in the country with a full archive of his medical readings and life readings housed in the ARE Library.

Portrait of Edgar Cayce Va Beach

Portrait of Edgar Cayce

Cayce came to Virginia Beach to open a hospital in 1925 choosing the location based on a recommendation from one of his readings. The hospital building remains today, renovated for use as a spa and treatment center. Outside, the front porch offers a lovely view of the ocean and an expansive stone labyrinth for walking contemplation. Today, preserving the legacy and readings of Cayce, the ARE offers classes and programs both at their headquarters and online as well as internationally. They also offer guided tours at the Association every day at 2:00 pm to help visitors get acquainted with the archives and library.

Lobby of Edgar Cayce's Association of Research and Enlightenment Va Beach Edgar Cayce Archive Va Beach

After a good lunch at a little sandwich shop called TASTE, (really amazing sandwiches!) we chose one more stop for the day;  The Military Aviation Museum. It houses one of the largest, private collections of World War I and World War II-era aircraft. What began as one pilot’s dream of owning and flying a vintage aircraft grew into the collection in the museum today. Each plane has been restored, often using original parts, many even remain air-worthy, and are used for flight demonstrations, air shows, and rides to visitors during their “flight season” in April through to October (by reservation, of course).
Wright Flyer and Robin

I was taken with a Wright Brothers aircraft that sported a chair between the biplane wings with the engine sitting next to it – what a way to fly! But there is so much to see – the museum has five hangars filled with amazing one-of-a-kind aircraft. The aircraft were found by the museum in many countries, often in very poor condition. The restorations are done in a variety of places internationally but the routine maintenance is performed at the museum’s “Fighter Factory” in Virginia Beach.

We were so close to the water, but the cold weather keeping us indoors didn’t mean we had to miss the ocean. The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center is worth an afternoon to tour the collection of sea and land creatures. From sea turtles and sharks to stingrays, jellyfish, Komodo dragons, snakes, and more, the aquarium is, well, a “submersive” experience (sorry, I couldn’t help myself!). The exhibits are lovely but the walk-through aquarium tunnel is the main attraction. The all-glass tunnel lets you walk along the bottom of the “ocean” and see the fish around and above you. It is a delightful experience. The knowledgeable staff was stationed throughout the displays to answer questions and point out characteristics of the sea life. I was watching a couple of stingrays swimming in a shallow, open tank and one of the staff encouraged me to put my hand in the water. As I did, one of the rays swam around to me and slipped under my hand and, as it swept past, I touched its back – The skin felt like wet bologna!

Aquarium tunnel through tank Mirror tunnel at Aquarium

 

The next morning it was very cold and breezy. Even so, we walked for a while on the beach to watch the sunrise and then soon retreated indoors! It was our final day in Virginia Beach and we wondered what it would be like to visit in warmer weather. Our friends at the Visitors Center gave us a list of things to do in spring and summer. There are events and festivals – one of which is a world-class surfing event.

The East Coast Surfing Championships have been held in Virginia Beach for 60 years. It is the longest continuously-running surf contest in the world and at least a couple of the winners have been from Virginia Beach. However, the event is not just for surfers, there are a variety of activities for the whole family surrounding the Championships. Might be fun to come back in August to see what it is all about!

Virginia Beach in winter was surprisingly fun – even without the beach. There is a lot to discover from the beautiful beaches, plentiful restaurants, and fascinating attractions. If you’re looking for fun on the water, try a whale-watching excursion (especially in winter and spring) where you are almost guaranteed to find Humpback whales plying these waters. Nearby, you can explore Norfolk and tour its amazing murals or the rolling farmlands of Chesapeake, situated in the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail which is considered one of the best “birding” spots in the country with over 213 species of birds.

We often camp in winter and it is a pretty good time to visit many places as there are no crowds, no lines at restaurants, attractions, or on the beach. The people are friendly and seem glad to have visitors during this slow season. That gives them time to talk to us, tell us why they love the area, and find out where the locals’ favorite spots are. Campgrounds are also less crowded and off-season rates are more affordable. We found a KOA and a lovely resort named North Landing located just south of the boardwalk area and situated on the water.

On our last evening in town, we indulged in our seafood cravings at Waterman’s. Their crab cakes and seared tuna are exceptional and I “hear tell” they make a terrific “Orange Crush” cocktail! Our table overlooked the beach. With a full moon rising, it was a stunning sight and the perfect conclusion to our winter visit to Virginia Beach.

Destination: Vancouver Island Part I: Michigan To The Crown Of The Continent

More than 9,200 miles in our Leisure Unity MB. Nine comfortable weeks. And, with two cats, comfortably in their beds. It was quite a trip. But, what a trip.

We began with the goal of meeting my grown children and grandkids in northern California. One lives in California, the other moving to Mexico. We had a timeline that would take us into the prairie of Minnesota, then North Dakota, into the Rockies at Glacier National Park, then north to the Canadian Rockies.

And, here’s how. Here’s also hoping that you too can plan a trip like this. It’s essential when camping in the West’s most popular national parks, take in some fishing, and go on for a taste of Vancouver, all in time to rendezvous with family in northern California’s redwoods.

More on that as we go along on this multi-part journey from Michigan. You may have already read Denise’s previously published tips on how to plan such a vaunting journey.

Ready to go? The first leg begins, now!

North Dakota

Since we keep Lucky Us in northern Michigan, it’s the perfect launch pad to head west. A short drive through the Upper Peninsula with a stay along Lake Michigan at a national forest campground near Brevort, then one mosquito-y overnight at a woodsy Wisconsin campground, and we were in North Dakota.

It’s NoDak for short, by the way. And both it and South Dakota may be boring, or a drive-thru state to you, but these endless prairies have their own beauty if you allow it all to speak to you. We stopped early at Jamestown Campground along I-94 so we could stay at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park at Mandan on the banks of Missouri the next day.

A re-created Mandan village in its original setting. Mandans were farmers, trading to other tribes. Lewis and Clark stopped here.

Commandant’s house, Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, Mandan, ND. Custer left from here and his wife Libby, from Michigan, received the news of the Native American victory at Little Big Horn here.

The fort is near a re-created Mandan Indian village the residents named On-A-Slant, (when you visit you’ll know why) where Lewis and Clark stopped to visit the peaceful Mandans, who grew crops to trade with other tribes, and winter nearby on their own journey west. Turns out, the route we chose would follow their own for much of the way.

It’s also the site of what used to be Fort Abraham Lincoln, where Gen. George A. Custer and men of the 7th cavalry set off to their destinies along the Greasy Grass River, or as Europeans call it, Little Big Horn, a few hundred miles west.  The fort commander’s house, where his wife Libby—who was from Michigan—got word of the Indian victory, still stands and is open for guided tours.

Our next night was at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, near Medora, North Dakota. Because we tried to stay here on a previous trip, we made sure to have reservations this time.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park campground

Badlands overlook at Roosevelt National Park

Settled in at Cottonwood Campground, we made plans to take in a ranger walk the next morning before heading west. Our campsite was along the muddy Little Missouri River, which is mentioned in Roosevelt’s journals when he tried cattle ranching here. With power and nearby water, it was a great spot under the trees.

The next day, we headed to the park headquarters just off I-94 and joined the guided hike into this part of the badlands, learning how wind, fire in the narrow coal bands, and water shaped the badlands into what we saw on the trip, where Teddy may have even ridden or walked.

A local NoDak resident

Little Missouri River near the campsite

On the hike, we met a Canadian family, and after talking about our trip into Canada, the father said he wanted to give us a small gift. It was a time of some uncharacteristically heated words between Washington, D.C., and Ottawa, and he said they’d even questioned whether to come south for their vacation, wondering what kind of reception they’d get.

Right, a Canadian family brings gifts to us, at Roosevelt National Park

They presented us with a simple gesture of cross-border friendship—a box prepared by their kids, with a sprig of evergreen, a Canadian flag lapel pin, and two chocolate “loonies,” simulated $1 Canada coins. They said they were giving one to every kind American they met. Hopefully, they ran out. We’ve still got it, minus the loonies!

We stopped next off I-94 at Pompey’s Pillar National Monument on the banks of the Yellowstone River. Countless wagon train travelers scratched their names into the rock, following the example of the first to do so, William Clark in 1806.


William Clark,  of Lewis and Clark, carved his name in July 1806, at Pompey’s Pillar National Monument

Mallard’s Rest, a state-run primitive campground along the trout-rich Yellowstone River near Livingston, Mont.

A few hours west we grabbed one of the 13 spots along the Yellowstone at Mallard’s Rest, a state-run fishing launch site and rustic campground. The waters in the West’s last undammed river flowed past our site, near the fishing—and celebrity town of Livingston, Montana, before we pushed on along Lewis & Clark’s route following upper Missouri to…

The Crown of The Continent

Our first night in Glacier National Park, we eased into its south boundary at Devil Creek Campground along U.S. 2 and took a short hike for a spectacular glimpse of the mountain goats hanging to the mountain’s edges at the salt lick along the Flathead River.

Devil Creek campground near…

Mountain goats casually jump from ledge to ledge at salt lick overlook in Glacier National Park

The next day we turned onto less-traveled Montana Highway 49, to be rewarded with more stunningly beautiful views of Two Medicine Lake and the mountains beyond. We overnighted at Chewing Blackbones Campground, run by the Blackfeet nation along Lake St. Mary, after ducking into Glacier for a short drive along the lake.

Highway 49 and Two Medicine Lake

Red bus tours leave from several spots in Glacier. We picked up the Crown of the Continent tour at St. Mary

Chewing Blackbones was hit-and-miss. Hit because of the spectacular mountain and lake scenery and the local Blackfeet family we met camping next door, miss because finding our site was confusing, and the amenities could stand improvement. The next day we arrived at tiny St. Mary to meet our famous Red Bus Tour.

Going-to-the-Sun road opens usually in June after the average 80 feet or so of snow is cleared at the top. Latest opening ever was in July 2011. Here’s a look at the East entrance to Glacier National Park:

You have another writer to blame for the term “crown of the continent,” describing the route we took into the heart of this million-plus acre park. You’ll see why when you stop at Logan Pass. The glacier peaks surround you indeed like a crown. And, because depending on the way you look, the snow and ice melt from the receding glaciers you see flows west to the Pacific, east to the Gulf or north to the Arctic. You may want to plan a trip here soon, as scientists predict the glaciers may be gone in a few decades.

We wanted to drive its 50 miles, but it’s open only to vehicles up to 21 feet long, and 10 feet high, too tight for even our LTV. And, some turns feature craggy, and “striking” rock outcroppings. Literally.

Many times in summer someone misjudges and loses a mirror, or worse. But the buses are piloted by skilled drivers nicknamed “jammers,” because of the gear changes they used to do when the buses had standard transmissions. They’ve been updated by Ford, and are the best way to go. We reserved months before, knowing its popularity.

They pull off at the best photo stops, some with “bus only” parking spots, and the roll-top roofs make it easy to get great shots, while our RV stayed where we boarded in St. Mary on the park’s east side.

Going-to-the-Sun

It’s hard to do justice to what you’ll see here. The topography nearly everywhere is straight up or straight down. By thousands of feet. Each rocky hairpin corner unveils a masterpiece. Waterfalls stream by.

NPS/Tim Rains

Going-to-the-sun from our red bus tour seats

Weeping walls drip snowmelt onto you, followed by stunning glacier-carved valleys and lake views. Your head swivels, as there’s a new photo around every craggy corner, with narration provided by your “jammer” driver.

Mountain goats and bighorn sheep are common co-travelers, and hikers occasionally have a grizzly as a trail companion. At some points, visitors below you can’t even see the road above, it was so skillfully carved into the mountains between 1921 and 1932, much of it with no guard rails. A stop at Logan Pass allows you to get out and walk the trails a bit, and take in the enormity.

This mountain goat was a few feet from the bus near Logan Pass

You’ll pass several waterfalls like this, cascading feet from the road, some that will douse you with snowmelt

Then it’s more winding and rock ledges and even a few tunnels through the rock, and following the river flowing to Lake MacDonald. At the turnaround, the bus stops for lunch at Lake MacDonald Lodge, then heads back for more sweeping views.

I’ve taken this road several times, including at night, preparing for an overnight hike from the Logan Pass area. Don’t drive this, or the driver at least will miss most of the scenery because they’ll be concentrating on missing other tourists coming at them, and avoiding the ledges and hanging rock crags trying to take your mirrors off. Take the tour instead.

After overnight at St. Mary campground…

…we headed for one last look at St. Mary Lake

After staying overnight at St. Mary Campground, we drove north on U.S. 89, to our next adventure in Calgary, Alberta. We’ll detail that next.

When You Go

Some readers may want to go without national park campground reservations. Good luck. Make them as soon as possible, as all sites on this route fill quickly. Here’s a link to Glacier National Park campgrounds. Rising Sun, a campground we wanted to stay at in Glacier, is first-come, first-served and a schedule shows you’ll be lucky to get in. Make that Red Bus Tour reservation early as well, as there is limited space for each scheduled trip.

This is a grizzly bear and mountain lion country. Have bear spray on hand, available rather inexpensively at many western Costcos in two can packs.