Thursday, August 23, 2012

Glacier National Park (Days 2 & 3)

I thought I could write one post on our time in Glacier National Park, but then I picked out the photos I wanted to share and there were 33!  Therefore, I will be writing two posts instead of 1!


I went to Glacier with very little expectations of what we would see because I hadn't heard or read a lot about the park.  I was absolutely blown away by the beauty.  In fact, it saddens me that our pictures don't even come close to capturing the true awesomeness of the park.  It often felt as if we were on a movie set!

We arrived in Glacier in the evening and immediately found our campsite (St. Mary) and had dinner.  After dinner, we toured around the campsite and found a nearby river to wade in and skip stones into.  The setting was spectacular!




The next day, we drove the Going-to-the-Sun highway from one end (St. Marys) to the other (Lake McDonald).  RVs are not allowed on this road, but the park does have shuttles that will take you.  Since we missed the shuttle we were hoping to catch (it was full) we got a later start than we would have liked.  It literally took us all day to drive the road, play at Lake McDonald for a short while, and take a hike at Logan's Pass.


Lake McDonald and the Lodge were so lovely.  The lake was ice cold but perfect for more skipping of stones!






After we left the lake we went back towards the campsite but stopped at Logan's Pass for a hike.  Again, the scenery was breathtaking.


On our way to start the hike this little ground squirrel was putting on a concert.  Seriously.  He stood there and sang while everyone stood around him and took pictures.  Harris is still talking about him.


We also passed a mountain goat.  Harris was thrilled.


When we got towards the end of the hike, during which we hiked over snow and crossed the Continental Divide (three times!), we came upon even more mountain goats hanging out.


Notice the lake in the background?


Hidden Lake was tucked back in the valley - totally worth hiking to see!




Have I mentioned that Harris loves to make fires?  I thought that we would have fire bans at each park we went too but that wasn't the case at all! Harris made us fantastic fires every single night he could.




6 comments:

  1. Wow...those pictures are amazing!! I have to confess.. I didn't know where Glacier Park was at. It looks like Alaska, so I had to look it up!

    I'm looking forward to seeing more!
    Thanks

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  2. Your pictures are all amazing! This is the most amazing family vacation! EVER!

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  3. The shots of those mountain goats are exceptional! Wishing we could have done/seen everything you did in Glacier. We need to go back in warmer weather. Harris obviously shares his dad's interest in camp fires.

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  4. It's really impossible to take a bad picture in Glacier!

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