On our drive out to Seattle in July, 2006, we headed north to Glacier National Park. We were kind of short on time, so we were only there for a few days, but they were wonderful. The landscape in incredible. We went on several day hikes, most of which involved rushing rivers and huge waterfalls.

We only saw a few small areas of the park, and they were all beautiful. We definitely need to get back with more time so we can explore.

We were pretty lucky with the weather. There was one day that it rained, and rained hard. We had started up an afternoon hike, and a couple miles in it started pouring. we put on all of our rain gear and kept hiking. after a couple more miles, we both discovered that our rain jackets no longer keep the rain out, and it was getting cold, so we headed back down. After a late lunch, we saw a lot of people gathering in the parking lot with binoculars and cameras, and we went outside and got to see a grizzly bear! he was really far away in a meadow up on the side of one of the mountains.

After a couple days on the east side of the park, we drove over the continental divide into the western part of the park. The scenery around the Divide is incredible.

We went on one last hike though an area recovering from a fire a few years back. It was sort of eerie, but beautiful in its own way. A lot of the undergrowth is returning, and there were lots of flowers and bugs and other small wildlife.

Thanks for looking, and if you have any desire to go to Glacier, I would recommend going soon, as most of the glaciers are melting fast. So if you don't do it soon, they may be all gone when you get there.

Jim

Posted on 01-22-2006

 

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