Clouds while Going to the Sun

Clouds while Going to the Sun

[Photos taken July 2012:]
As we were making our way back across Glacier National Park from the East Glacier side 
over to the West Glacier side traveling along the Going to the Sun Road, 
we were up near Logan’s Pass (the very top of the mountain) 
when something interesting began happening. 
Clouds started rolling in.

My Gypsy Soul, Clouds on the Sun Road

We looked on in amazement as the air turned thick right before our very eyes. 
We rolled the windows down in our rental car. 
We stuck our hands out and tried to “grab a cloud.”

My Gypsy Soul, Clouds on the Sun Road

It was one of the neatest experiences, from that vantage point, 
to watch a weather front literally roll in. 
This wasn’t Doppler radar; this was real life.

My Gypsy Soul, Clouds on the Sun Road

Something you lose sight of while on vacation: the weather display wasn’t cued up 
especially for us to give us a well-rounded experience of Glacier National Park. 
It was a problem. It was dangerous.

My Gypsy Soul, Clouds on the Sun Road

It got scary fast. 
We were very high up on a mountainside and we couldn’t see the back of the car in front of us. 
We couldn’t see the mountainside. Or the guard wall. Or the steep drop off that we knew was there. 
We couldn’t see the ground (which we knew was a long, long, long way down.)
In fact, that cute little hilltop sticking out of the clouds was actually a peak elevation of around 4,000 feet.

My Gypsy Soul, Clouds on the Sun Road

The bad weather that rolled in on top of us during our drive produced heavy rain 
which led to rock and mud slides. Several cars were stuck on the mountain 
over night because of road hazards.

My Gypsy Soul, Clouds on the Sun Road

We were far enough ahead of the weather that we were able to keep going…slowly. 
We made it over the pass and down the mountain on the other side. 
From that lower elevation, we could look up and see the cloud cover 
we’d just been driving through. Puts it in perspective, no?

My Gypsy Soul, Clouds on the Sun Road

Even at the lower elevation, the clouds were still thick and low. 
Fortunately though, they stayed above the windshield for the rest of the drive.

My Gypsy Soul, Clouds on the Sun Road

And even through the thickest of clouds…the sun still broke through every so often.

My Gypsy Soul, Clouds on the Sun Road 

Lighting up the world one little piece at a time.

 
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