Glacier National Park Day II

Trip Start Jun 27, 2009
Trip End Aug 07, 2009

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Glacier National Park Day II 7-9-09

Jen and I decided to sleep in a little today, since we'd be spending another day in Glacier National. We thought maybe staying in bed until 8 am or so would be perfect, but of course we overslept and didn’t muster the strength to get up until about 10am.

Glacier is rather primitive, no electricity and no showers. They also recommend not using any colognes or perfumes as these scents can attract bears. Soooooo we were a smelly bunch today. Thankfully, so was every other camper in the park.

We had been told about a beautiful series of waterfalls on the other side of Glacier National by the photographer we met yesterday, Tim. So we decided that it’d be nice to venture back over Going to the Sun Road and check out these trails, grab some food, and then take one of the scenic lake boat tours.

We grabbed one of the shuttle buses that was going to head back over to the St. Mary Lake area, and had to transfer to a different bus at Logan Pass, the highest point on the road at 6,500 feet. Now, it was cold when we got up this morning, probably about 50 or so, but up at Logan Pass it was a mere 40…and of course like an idiot I was wearing shorts for hiking.

After we got onto the next bus, and my legs had thawed, we enjoyed the view down the mountain. We found our trail and hiked to St. Mary’s Falls (a river inlet that feeds the parks second biggest lake) and then hiked on over to Virginia Falls. The whole hike was about 1.5 hrs and 3 miles round trip. The waterfalls were pretty, and thankfully the rain they had called for today held off.

We then proceeded via shuttle down to the boat dock to take a tour of the lake. That was a wonderful experience. Our Captain, Captain Katie as she called herself, was an excellent guide who gave us entire lessons on the geology and ecology of the area. You can get more detailed info from the captions on the photos of what we learned. The boat docked up near the head of the lake and we took a short 10 minute hike to see another waterfall.

Up until now Jen and I had seen very little wildlife. We came across a mule deer, several ground squirrels, and some pretty birds. Then, on our shuttle ride back…we saw mountain goats! A bunch of them all at once, grazing on the side of the road or in a parking lot. Very neat stuff, and it’ll suit us just fine since we didn’t see one bear while in the park.

By the time we got back to our camp it was about 7pm, and all we wanted to do was eat dinner. So, naturally, it began raining. Jen settled for a cheese sandwich. I…being the stubborn person I am, could settle for no less than a marinated chicken breast…..rain or no rain!

It was delicious, but as you can see from pictures the flames had…well charred it beyond recognition. And collectively Jen and I looked pretty pathetic, standing over our fire while it rained. And it’s cold….gross. Right now I’m dressed in khaki pants, 3 shirts, and a hoodie..AND under a full set of blankets and I’m still cold. The rain is hitting our tent pretty consistently and you can see your breath because of the high humidity and temperature outside. It’s miserable.

Regardless of the weather Glacier National has been incredible.
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