Day13: Sat, Aug11 - Many Glacier, MT to Shelby, MT

Trip Start Jul 30, 2007
Trip End Aug 20, 2007

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Day13: Saturday, August 11 - Many Glacier, MT to Shelby, MT - Farewell to the Rockies
Miles: 138

-Oh no... Not Again ...?
-Just One More Turn Around the Lake...
-Just One More Pie...

-Just One More Climb up a Mountain...
-Just One More Waterfall...
-We Fortify in East Glacier before Heading East. 

-On the Road and Connected Again
-Smokey but Clear Skies, Clear Highway - Civilization Returns
-Foot Pains to be Tended

-Life is Back to Normal

Oh no... Not Again ...?


Pitter Patter
"Uh oooh!"

Stimulated to take another late night old guy walk, Rory sees only wisps of clouds and many stars in the sky. 
The brilliant Milky Way in a truly dark sky is a rare treat. 
If we were able to keep our eyes open at night we could have done some star gazing. 
Whatever caused the sprinkle on the tent is gone or perhaps it was just dew shaking off of a tree.   
Rory crawls back into the warm sleeping bag to snooze until sunup.
It was chilly and bright when we broke camp. 
We'd save breakfast for later but did buy some hot coffee at the camp store.

Just One More Turn Around the Lake...
We lingered in Many Glacier for the duration of a quick two mile level stroll around Swift Current Lake. 

We were treated to good views of the surrounding mountains and the Many Glacier Hotel, especially from the wooden foot bridges while looking down the rocky streambeds.

Every time we see one of these rocky, empty streambeds, we talk about coming back to see them rip and snort during the springtime snow melt.

Maybe next trip we can follow the Spring as it melts the snow in the Rockies from South to North.

Just One More Pie...
With sad regrets, we stop one last time at the Park Café for brunch. 

The last pie is the fresh strawberry cold pie. 
Sweet strawberries bigger than golf balls. 
Just enough sugar to sweeten the berry.
Crust so flaky and light it can be blown off the pie with a puff of breath.
Farewell sweet, sweet Park Café. 

Farewell heavenly homemade pies.
Please be here when we return.

Just One More Climb up a Mountain...
It was another beautiful day in the park. 
Skys were very clear. 
Chere suggested yesterday and Rory concurred that we should take the opportunity for one more hike.
We would drive down 'Danger Road', MT-49, down to Two Medicine Lake for a walk before rejoining US-2 at East Glacier Park.

We started about just after lunch walking thru spruce forests and mountain meadows. 
We stopped at the Two Medicine lakeshore for just a minute. 

Too bad we are walking at the wrong time to see much wildlife. 
Will have to come back here some time and just sit still at twilight. 

Aster falls is a smaller than those we've seen but a very sincere waterfall. 

We had it to ourselves for a while. 
It was attended by its own personal Water Ouzel or Dipper. 
Each falls has one of these amusing birds claiming it.
Aster Park overlook is 600 feet above the falls. 

The trail is only half a mile long. 
This makes it much steeper if shorter than yesterday's hike to the glacier.  
Rory marches on up while Chere needs to take her time on the ascent.

The climb is rewarded with a good view of the surrounding mountains and valley.
Back down the mountain and through the meadows . 
We've walked another four or five miles.

Just One More Waterfall...
One last stop on the way out to see Running Eagle falls. 
This is also called Surprise Falls. 
The surprise is that the falls drops out of the cliff not over it. 
Looks like something a fancy hotel would try to fake but without looking fake. 

Easily accessible, this is another perfect spot to linger with small ones and play in the rocks and the water. 
But it really is now time to go.

We Fortify in East Glacier before Heading East. 
Our first choice of restaurant does not have a very appealing menu so we give our apologies and leave.
The Road Book recommends a Mexican place called Serranno's. 

We drive up to see a huge line outside. It is five o'clock and they have not yet opened. 
Locals assure us they will open soon and there will be plenty of room; they are right.

The patio is pleasant and food and service are very good.
We eat way too much but leave room to split a Huckleberry Carrot Cake - woot!

On the Road and Connected Again
Leaving East Glacier, passing through Browning, we begin to hit cell phone service. It is spotty but it is there. 
T-mobile simply does not work anywhere within or near Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. 
Rory asked a biker near the Park who was using a cell phone which carrier was working. 
'Verizon, man!  I've made calls all over.'

Smokey but Clear Skies, Clear Highway - Civilization Returns
The prairies are dry. 
The skies are getting steely colored. 

Many prairie fires have been reported and we can see a few smoke clouds. 
Nothing very thick and not in our path. 

The fields are fenced and we see many ponies and cows. 
Some have managed to escape the fences so we drive with caution. 
The road is now open and straight.
We pass through Cut Bank before calling ahead to Shelby for a room at the O'Haire Manor. 

Pains to be Tended
Chere has been having heel pains during and after hiking. She looks and feels like an old lady.
Now that we have access, a quick search on the internet describes what she is experiencing as the result of common plantar fasciitis. 
Stretches and strengthening exercises are recommended; some are attempted that evening with good success.

Chere also twisted her back reaching too far for some huckleberries on the on the morning trail around Swiftcurrent River.
It wasn't constant, but would give her a twinge at odd moments just to remind her of her folly.

Pains should not be ignored. We aren't 20 year olds any more - we don't just bounce back.
With many more hikes planned for the future, Chere will be working on getting and keeping in shape.

Life is Back to Normal
A good, clean, hot shower.
A private toilet.
We enjoy our first night between clean sheets with a private bath in well over a week.
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