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 (West Entrance)
Alpine Flowers – Glacier National Park (West Entrance)
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 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 – Two Medicine area. Glacier National Park (East entrance)
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.
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
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. 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]
“Here I Am!”
I found this little guy or gal hanging out at McDonald Lake!