Poia Lake - Elizabeth Lake - Glacier NP

Trip Start Aug 24, 2007
Trip End Nov 2007

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Flag of United States  , Montana
Monday, September 17, 2007

Slept in till eight or so, finished off the dinner leftovers for breakfast, packed up, and began the 10-mile day by moving westward towards Redgap Pass.  No monologues this time, just keeping an eye and an ear and enjoying the silence.  And breaking the rules.  Eh.  Stopping for a snack break mid-morning yields a German couple (Henning and Isabel) headed the same way, though they started at the same trailhead early this morning.  Whoa.  Sixteen-mile day.  Kind of impressive.  We form a trio and head along, grabbing lunch in cold rain and last trees, somewhat shielded from the wind, before shooting for the pass.  A wintry mix descends, and it's a cold crossing, but I keep the rain gear stashed.  I get chilled, but don't reach shivering.  I can tell my energy is somewhat sapped, and make a note to put on the gear if there's a next time on this descent.  The pass yields an amazing view into the glaciated valley that contains Elizabeth and to the mountains that still contain glaciers.  The distances are somewhat deceiving, and the descent is long.  Dense showers flow around the corner further down the valley, clearly headed our way, and I don my gear, wearing it the rest of the way.  Need to stay warm, and stay dry to do so.  A bit of a gaze out over the lake, an early dinner, and to bed, stuffed, sated, and tired!
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