Friday, September 18, 2009

Glacier National Park

We actually got out of the motel early this morning. On our drive toward Glacier Park we were passing continuous wheat fields (they are prolific growers of grain out here!) with the mountains in the background. One thing lead to another, and the next thing we knew, we were all out of the van shooting a video with us singing America the Beautiful in the background. You know..."amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesty". Watch for us on Youtube or maybe even America's Got Talent! (I think I'm going to be sorry I put this part in!)

We drove through Glacier via Going to the Sun Road which cuts through the middle of the park going up, up, and up, twisting and turning as it goes. The scenery was spectacular with rugged mountains complete with glaciers (of course), deep ravines, waterfalls, and pristine rivers and lakes. We walked down to an area of the river with large boulders scattered around and slight rapids. The water was pooling in areas that looked so blue that we thought of the Tidy Bowl man. It was so crystal clear you could see all the rocks on the bottom in what was probably 10 to 15 feet deep. We couldn't convince anyone to dive in because the temperature of the water was approximately 33 degrees. At least it felt like it!
We hiked over a mile out to St Mary Falls. No stairways this time but it was quite rugged terrain and we had to go across lots of rocks and boulders. Beautiful area and so peaceful.
We were disappointed that we did not see any bears but we were thrilled to see Big Horn sheep at Logan's Pass which is the highest point in the park. There were four of them, two of which seemed to be charging at people who were on a path nearby. I suppose they decided that the people weren't really a threat because they turned and went back up the mountain. It was interesting watching them jump and climb on the very steep rocky mountain. I can't figure out how they do it.
I can't emphasize enough how beautiful this area of the country is. Pictures just do not do it justice. You just have to see it!
Tomorrow we head toward Seattle.

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