~A hike to Avalanche Lake~

Avalanche Lake

Avalanche Lake

We spent our last day visiting Glacier National Park hiking along Avalanche Creek to Avalanche Lake. It is a gorgeous, gorgeous area filled with Red Cedar, Black Cottonwood, Hemlock trees and much more. Some of these trees can live to be a 1000 years old. One can not walk among them without being in awe of their beauty and feeling their strength.

 

Sights from our hike…

Avalanche Creek

A canyon of red argillite rock

Red Berries

Red Berries along the trail.

Trail to Avalanche Lake

Moss covered forest floor

Nursery Tree

Nursery Tree

Water, the gift of life

Water, the gift of life

 

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Tall, strong, beautiful trees

Mountains surrouding Avalanche Lake

Beautiful mountains surround Avalanche Lake

Avalanche lake sits at the base of 8694-foot Bearhat Mountain, which rises almost 4800 feet above the lake towards the northeast. The mountain dominating the view towards the south is 7886-foot Little Matterhorn. If you look closely at the cliffs and mountains that surround the lake you’ll notice several long waterfalls cascading hundreds of feet as they make their way towards the lake. (info taken from the web)

 

Avalanche Lake

Three Waterfalls

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Bearhat Mountain

Avalanche!

Avalanche! Named for the numerous avalanches that roar down the surrounding mountains in the spring!

In the morning we head home. We leave Glacier with sadness, happy hearts and fond memories. Will we return? You bet!

 

~A Mossy kind of Day~

Two hikes today, John’s Lake and Trail of the Cedar’s. These two areas are spectacular!! If you ever visit Glacier, these two hikes are a must!

Beautiful clouds this morning over McDonald Lake

Beautiful clouds this morning over McDonald Lake

Lake McDonald

Lake McDonald

John's Lake

John’s Lake

John's Lake

John’s Lake

Lily Pads on John's Lake

Lily Pads on John’s Lake

A Spiker's Web we Weave

A Spider’s Web we Weave

 

Moss covered fallen tree

Moss covered fallen tree

Moss Rock

Moss Rock

Moss covered Red Cypress Tree

Moss covered Red Cypress Tree

Cedar's Trail

Trail of the Cedar’s

 

Tomorrow is our last day in Glacier National Park. We plan to go on a hike to Glacier Lake. It has been a wonderful week; experiences we will treasure the rest of our lives.

~A bride in a creek, a couple resting and a creek flowing into a lake~

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You never know what you will see when you happen to look down!

As we were walking across a bridge over McDonald Creek today in Glacier National Park, we saw a most usual sight. A bride laying in the water! I only took this one photo of her and I hope she didn’t care.

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`A new stage in life begins…

A Bride in a Creek

A Bride in a Creek

`A pair for life…

A Couple Resting

A Couple Resting

`The flow of life…

McDonald Creek flowing into McDonald Lake

McDonald Creek flowing into McDonald Lake

McDonald Creek with the bridge in the distance

McDonald Creek

McDonald Creek

McDonald Lake on a cloudy day

McDonald Lake

McDonald Lake

 

A day, in our life, spent in Glacier!

~A funky town, a Blackfoot Warrior, Running Eagle Falls and a place called Two Medicine ~

Today we drove from West Glacier to the East entrance of Glacier National Park. Our destination, the Two Medicine area.

Along with today’s photos are a few taken yesterday as we drove Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Columbian Ground Squirrel Glacier National  Park

Columbian Ground Squirrel
Glacier National Park (West Entrance)

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Alpine Flowers – Glacier National Park (West Entrance)

Indian Paintbrush Glacier National Park

Indian Paintbrush
Glacier National Park (West Entrance)

 

Two Medicine, Glacier National Park

The landscape in East Glacier is different from West Glacier. The mountains are mostly bare rock as opposed to being tree covered on the West side. There are lots of Aspen and Cottonwood trees, which must be spectacular in the fall!

This area of Glacier has fewer visitors (which we like), a kind of funky vibe to the town of East Glacier (also which we like), lots of hiking trails, dramatic-shaped mountains, reminding us of Colorado, and numerous glacier fed lakes.  A gorgeous, gorgeous area!

Two Medicine, East Glacier entrance. Two Medicine Lake in the background

Two Medicine Area. Two Medicine Lake in the background. Glacier National Park (East entrance)

 

Info taken from the Wed:

“Two Medicine has become a somewhat off-the-beaten-path discovery for most park visitors. Once discovered however it’s easy to see why many people consider this their favorite part of Glacier National Park.”

Black Cottonwood Tree

Black Cottonwood Tree – Two Medicine area. Glacier National Park (East entrance)

Running Eagle Falls

Running Eagle Falls named after a Blackfoot Warrior in Two Medicine area of Glacier National Park (East entrance)

 

The legion of the falls… Info taken from the web:

“This falls is named after Running Eagle (Pitamakan), a Blackfoot tribeswoman who lived around 1825. As the story goes, she gravitated to the skills of a Blackfoot warrior. She became a great hunter and was incredibly brave in the face of her tribes’ enemies. At one point, Running Eagle was instructed by the village elders to go on a vision quest in order to find her true calling. It is said that she went on this quest near the falls. Running eagle was able to tell of her adventures in the Medicine Lodge ceremonies while also becoming a member of the Braves Society of young warriors. She continued to lead successfully war and hunting parties until she died in a battle against a party of Flatheads near the Sun River.”

“Running Eagle, aka Brown Weasel Woman, was a Blackfoot woman who rescued her father after his horse was shot by an enemy tribe. The name Running Eagle was bestowed upon her for her bravery, and she was invited to join a warrior society, and acted as a female war chief. She was eventually clubbed to death by members of the Flathead Tribe in 1850 when she was caught trying to steal their horses during a battle.”

 

I wish I had more photos, but it began to rain!

I guess you could say we went on our own type of Vision Quest today.

~Glacier National Park and the Hungry Horse Area~

 

“I have no words to adequately describe the raw beauty of Glacier National Park. 

Nor, do I have the words to express, the feeling of pure joy, while I stand in this beauty.”

 

These photos were taken this afternoon, in Glacier National Park, driving to the Fish Creek area.

Not far from Fish Creek Campground. Photo taken from the west side of McDonald Lake looking east.

Not far from Fish Creek Campground. Photo taken today from the west side of McDonald Lake looking east.

West side of McDonald Lake

West side of McDonald Lake

 

These photos were taken yesterday on our way to Logan Pass, in Glacier National Park. The day was cloudy and last night we had a thunderstorm pass over.

Going-to-the-Sun road. It is a pretty scary road to travel! We went as far as Logan Pass.

Going-to-the-Sun road. It is a pretty scary road to travel! We drove as far as Logan Pass.

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An Alpine Meadow

The Road below

Going-to-the-Sun Road below

Going-to-the-Sun road

Going-to-the-Sun road

Wildflowers and Glaciers

 

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Another view of Going-to-the-Sun Road

 

These photos were taken this morning on our way to Hungry Horse Reservoir.

On the way to Hungry Horse Reservoir

On the way to Hungry Horse Reservoir

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~Oh no, over the falls!~

We are riding along on Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park and pull into a turnout. We get out of the car and walk down an embankment to view McDonald Falls. Howard and I are enjoying the magnificent scenery and I am taking a few photos.

I see movement out of the corner of my eye and glance in that direction.  On the other side of McDonald Creek is a family of Canada Geese coming out of the forest They seem in a big hurry and within seconds I realize why. Behind them, emerging from the forest, are two hikers.

Emerging from the forest is a Canada Goose Family

Emerging from the forest is a Canada Goose Family (look close and you will see all five)

 

The Canada Goose Family, two parents and three juveniles, are heading for the creek traversing over rocks toward their destination. I don’t believe they realize just how close they are to McDonald falls. They should have been more afraid of the falls than the hikers.

Heading toward the creek

Heading toward the creek

 

In the creek the father goes, followed by the rest of his family.

In the creek the father goes

The family follows

Notice how one parent is leading and the other parent follows. You will see this behavior over and over again

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All five make it into the creek

All five make it into the creek. Notice again how they line up.

 

I think at this point they realize their mistake! They are trying to swim upstream, the current is swift, they are not doing well. They try to climb up on some boulders to get out of the creek, the boulders are slick and they keep sliding backward. They flap their wings trying to lift out of the fast flowing water, it doesn’t help. They are getting soaked.

 

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Slipping on the rocks

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Look at their face, a look of pure determination.

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Finally, they get a foot hold and four of the five make it up out of the water.

The others have made it out of the creek

One of the young is having trouble, the current is too swift and over the falls it goes. It tries to climb up on a boulder in the pool in which it  landed. The boulder is too wet and too high. 

Having trouble swimming against the current

Having trouble swimming against the current

Over it goes

Over it goes

 

I was watching its face, it was like it just decided this wasn’t working and resolved to float out of the pool and further down stream. It turned and went over another small fall.

Lands in a pool

 

It floated several feet before it got a foot hold and was able to climb up and out. I was not able to see where it climbed out.

At this point it was on a slope of solid rock and was able to make its way toward its family. As it waddled toward them it was fussing the entire time. 

 

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Floats down the creek and manages to climb out

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Trying to make it way back to its family

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Fussing as it goes

 

Once the family was united they hurried back toward the woods.

Parent and one of the young watching

Parent and one of the young watching

Off they go back into the forest - all five of them!!

Off they go back into the forest – all five of them!! Notice the poor, over the falls, guy. Looks like he is still fussing.

 

So glad this episode ended well.

Howard and I were not the only ones watching this drama play out. About 15 other tourists were there to view the falls. Everyone was yelling, including me: “swim, fly, you can make it, get out, oh no, its going over, yeah it made it”

And, everyone was clapping when it got out of the creek and waddled its way up the slope of rocks to its family! The hikers, dang them, were sitting on a boulder watching along with everyone else.

 

 

 

~Glacier National Park, Day One~

 

We are staying in a RV park two miles from the entrance of Glacier National park. Today, after we arrived and got situated in our site, we decided to take a drive. We stopped at Five Lake and then drove into Glacier National Park. It was a pretty day and we enjoyed our short foray into Glacier and can’t wait to truly begin exploring this beautiful park tomorrow.

Howard at Five Lake, West Glacier, MT

Howard at Five Lake, West Glacier, MT

 

Alberta Visitor Center at West Glacier, Montana

Alberta Visitor Center at West Glacier, Montana

This is a beautiful Visitor Center built and hosted by Alberta, Canada. We stopped here to pick-up some information about traveling into Canada. Perhaps in the fall of 2015!

Lake McDonald in Glacier

Lake McDonald in Glacier. Beautiful, crystal clear, water.

Traveling along Going-to-the-Sun Road

Lake McDonald is the largest lake in Glacier National Park. Lake McDonald is approximately 10 miles (16 km) long, and over a mile (1.6 km) wide and 472 feet (130 m) deep, filling a valley formed by a combination of erosion and glacial activity. Lake McDonald lies at an elevation of 3,153 feet (960 m) and is on the west side of the Continental Divide. The Going-to-the-Sun Roadparallels the lake along its southern shoreline. The surface area of the lake is 6,823 acres (27.6 km²). [Information taken from the web]

"Find Me"

“Find Me”

 

"Here I Am!"

“Here I Am!”

 

I found this little guy or gal hanging out at McDonald Lake!