It's been touch-and-go for the past 9 days. We had our summer trip all outlined, some of the reservations made, and were starting to get excited about it. Then, disaster struck inside the kitchen. Our 8-year-old kitchen had a pipe develop a leak. The leak itself did about $10K worth of damage, most of it (thankfully) covered by insurance. But knowing how long it takes to order new cabinets that will actually match the ones that were not affected, we started to worry about losing our planned vacation.
To top this all, our younger daughter, who lives close by, is expecting her 2nd baby this summer. So our vacation has been carefully planned to try to be home for the birth of our 4th grandbaby, as long as the baby doesn't come too early. It was also planned to avoid certain festivals in the areas that we're planning to go to.
Now it appears that things are going to work out. Whew! So, now I can start asking questions that some of you may be able to answer.
First question: Glacier National Park is very adamant that your vehicle cannot be longer than 21', or wider than 8' (including the mirrors), to drive Going to the Sun Highway. How is that measured? I'm thinking that a standard Super Cab Ford pickup with the fold-out mirrors will be okay. The length is just over 20' (so we're pushing it), but not sure about the width. Our mirrors are permanently mounted. I just don't know if we should go to the trouble of trying to measure the width.
Second question: Does anyone have any experience with the Canada/US border crossing at Waterton Lakes NP (AB), or into Idaho from BC? Both hubby and myself have passports -- I just got my very first one -- anything else I should be thinking about? No kids or pets are traveling with us.
Third question: If you were going to Waterton Lakes for a day visit and a short hike, where would you stay for two nights? Mountain View AB? Or is there a better choice? (In the park hotel seems a bit high for our budget, frankly.)