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We were genuinely concerned about the fire reaching Apgar

Apgar Village Inn
Apgar Village Inn. Every room faces Lake McDonald.

 

Lake McDonald fire 2017
We cruised through 10 miles of smoke on Lake McDonald.

 

Lake McDonald fire 2017
Ok visibility at Apgar.

 

Lake McDonald fire 2017
Labor Day weekend crowd.

 

Glacier National Park t-shirts
Glacier National Park t-shirts. i teach the Disney Compass which is part of the Customer architecture.

 

Glacier National Park t-shirts
Glacier National Park t-shirts. Howard likes the left one. The right one reminds me of Disney.

 

Glacier National Park t-shirts
Glacier National Park statistics.

 

Glacier National Park t-shirts
A t-shirt and a post card showcasing the view on a clear day.

 

Glacier National Park t-shirts
Glacier National Park t-shirt – seems to smile from up top.

 

Glacier National Park t-shirts
Same t-shirt – seems to frown from the bottom.

 

Glacier National Park t-shirts
Glacier National Park t-shirt – founded 1910.

 

Apgar Village Ice Cream
In Apgar Village there’s one restaurant and one ice cream shop. They share the same name, Eddie’s. Huckleberry pictured above.

 

Apgar Village
Howard telling stories.

 

Apgar Village
Howard is a quiet guy in general.

 

Sperry Chalet fire 2017
Sperry Chalet fire 2017 – from GNP FB page.

 

Sperry Chalet fire 2017
Sperry Chalet fire 2017 – from GNP FB page.

 

Lake McDonald Fire 2017
The right glow is closer than i remember it last night. Look carefully in the upper middle left and you may notice two light spots – fire on Mt Brown.

 

Lake McDonald Fire 2017
In a perfect world, we’ll get 5.5 hours sleep. It wasn’t a perfect world last night.

 

Lake McDonald Fire 2017
The fire on Mt Brown (left side of photo) is raging 11 miles away. The right glow started mildly concerning us.

 

Lake McDonald Fire 2017
We became mesmerized at the fire trying to breach the ridge (a couple miles away. With high winds coming at us, we agreed to be ready at any time to jump in the car.

 

Lake McDonald Fire 2017
Foreground: the two balcony chairs outside our window.

 

As we retired to our room from a wonderfully relaxing day, and crawled into bed, we watched the fire grow in intensity and wondered if the Canadian cold front winds could push the fire to our hotel before dawn.

We watched the “show” for three hours until 11PM.

At 10PM, we stepped outside to try “one more time” to get a photo that did justice to what we saw with the naked eye.

Panic.

Our door shut and neither one of us had a key.

Lake McDonald’s waves now had white caps crashing the shore and i wore nothing but running shorts.

Unless another Guest invited Howard and i to sleep in their room, i pictured hypothermia.

i also knew we’d miss our 3:45AM drive to the airport.

i witnessed my third “save” in less than a week.

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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 different sites.