Logan Pass opens with special surprise


KALISPELL, Mont. - Logan Pass and the entire Going-to-the-Sun Road opened to visitors Wednesday night. The gates were opened around 8 p.m. and there was a line of cars waiting to get in, but one woman was surprised with being the first to drive through.

Rhonda Hendricks of Kalispell has been battling ovarian cancer for 11 years. Glacier Park is a place that her family has kept close to their hearts.

Some of Hendricks' friends secretly organized for Hendricks to be the first to ride up to Logan Pass in one of the park's famous red buses.

"That's pretty special. She felt like a princess, a queen. To pull up and then unlock the gates for you, you know that was a big deal. It was a little emotional for her, she was emotional," said Doug Hendricks, Rhonda's husband.

The bus rode up to Logan Pass, which was open for the first time this season after avalanches and rock slides pushed back the roads opening.

For the Hendricks family, spending as much time as possible in the park is important to them.

"It's critical to be here as often as we can, as much as possible. When you come through the gates, everything seems better. So no matter how bad you feel, you feel better when you're in the park," said Doug Hendricks.

Xanterra, the company that operates the red buses, helped to organize the ride. Some of the Hendricks' friends also rode along.