Our destination for Saturday was Kalispell, Mt located on the west side of Glacier National Park, and just about 30 miles from the entrance to the park. Originally we only intended to go only as far as Columbia Falls, but when TLE's iPhone stopped working we decided we needed a bigger town with a Verizon store. Kalispell fit the bill and we began our 88 mile drive there around 11 am.
The countryside continued to be spectacular.....so spectacular it has almost become mundane. We took a brief rest stop just past the west entrance of Glacier NP, and then continued on the last 35 miles into Kalispell without incident.
There is a large shopping mall on US-93 that has every chain store known to man, including virtually all the "big box" stores like Walmart, Costco, Cabelas, Home Depot, Lowes, etc., including a movie theater. Initially we had wanted to stay at the Lowes for their free WiFi, but the parking lot was packed, and not too easy to get in and out of, so we continued on about 2 blocks to the Walmart. I was stunned to see how many RV's were in the Walmart parking lot.....we were arriving around 1 pm and there were no fewer than 30 RV's parked there.....it looked more like a campground. We found a spot to park, intending to stay until early evening, and then move over to the Lowes lot when it was less crowded.