Glacier National Park

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Glacier National Park, St. Mary Lake, 6 Sept. 2013.

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A beautiful, blue, clear lake.

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Afternoon thunderstorms were the norm for the trip. The first full day was a driving tour, a clockwise loop starting from Apgar Village, taking Going-to-the-Sun Road, 89, 49, and US 2. The above scene was a “please pull over asap!!” moment. Like an American Romantic painting or something.

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A rainbow along 49.

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Clouds unfurling.

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And two train photos.

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Day two of Glacier was bike riding Going-to-the-Sun Road. About 15 miles up 3,500 feet. And then down the same way. What a blast!

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Glacier is all about mountains, trees, and wildlife. This is an example of a great mountain.

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I’m going to share some of the photos from my time biking Going-to-the-Sun Road. This was a great tunnel I passed through. There were windows inside the tunnel too.

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Does this accurately display the fall-off-the-cliffedness of the road?

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Lots of rock.

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The clouds made everything vibrant. When a patch of blue sky peeked through, it was spectacular.

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Approaching Logan’s Pass, the air was starting to feel thin, or maybe I was getting incredibly exhausted. The views were fantastic.

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And I even saw a marmot. Can you spot him?

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It was very cloudy at Logan’s Pass. Still crowded, too. It was so amazing to see the road cutting into the mountainside.

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It might be impossible to spot, but there is a bear in this picture. Out in the meadow, near where there starts to be trees and the land comes to a point, look for a dark black spot.

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Returning, going downhill, the view was gorgeous.

I had a great day.

 

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Day Three

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The Two Medicine area at Glacier National Park was one of my favorite areas. I just missed the final boat tour of the season, but it was fun to watch it launch.

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Carlton enjoyed Two Medicine Lake, too.

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I saw two more bears across the lake when I walked to Paradise Point. And some ducks (yay!).

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The next day, I left Glacier National Park.

 

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