Worst Job in the World?

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I checked out of BWHQ for a few days last week to hideout in Montana. One of my stops was Glacier National Park, which meant a trip up Going to the Sun Road.

Had I not had my hands locked in a death grip on the center console (because, you know, that would have helped if we'd toppled off the cliffside road), I'd have taken some photos. If you haven't driven that road, picture a narrow, two-lane road tacked onto the side of a mountain with what looks like miles to the valley floor. For reference, imagine a road not quite as harrowing as Bolivia's Highway of Death but definitely more discomfiting than the road to Machu Picchu.

Bolivias El Camino de la Muerte between La Paz and Coroico.
  • Bolivia's El Camino de la Muerte between La Paz and Coroico.

The road from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.
  • The road from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.

Part of Going to the Sun Road is currently under construction after a massive, class-five avalanche wiped out a good chunk of it earlier this year. And believe you me, seeing the damage the slide did to the wimpy little road is reality check for we weak humans traveling to the summit and back down again.

After surviving the drive all I have is one photo from the top:

Big horn Glacier Park
  • A big horn sheep hanging out in the parking lot at the summit.

And one down at the bottom:

Believe it or not, water accidents are the most common cause of death in Glacier, not auto accidents.
  • Believe it or not, water accidents are the most common cause of death in Glacier, not auto accidents.

And here's one of the road in spring from the National Park Service Web site. How'd you like to have the job of plowing that road?

Going to the Sun Road

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