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Sep 26, 2015 - Glacier and a guest blog

A big welcome to Debi and her guest blog about her hikes in Glacier. Well hello all. I consider myself a walker not a hiker. Hikers wear backpacks, take provisions and know how to use bear spray. Nothing of which I do. I have been trying to get up close and personal along this trip by finding trails or walks or just anything, going into the forest, by lakes, by the bays, and along the creeks. In Alaska I followed the salmon spawn from the bay up the creek and into a lagoon in Seward! Really fascinating. I did two walks in Glacier. The first...

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Sep 23, 2015 - Banff to Glacier

Leaving Banff we traveled down rt 93--not the shortest route but I think it may have been the most scenic. Up through the mountains and down through the valleys. Then up into the mountains again. Cloudy day so not as many pics as normal. We stopped in Blairmore at the Lost Lemon RV Park. I could not resist stopping at a lost lemon. Good site, but lots of wind. On the way there we went through the Crowsnest Pass and boy was it windy. Reminded me of Seward or Nova Scotia last year. Had to be 50 MPH gusts. Nice little park but we were only...

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Sep 23, 2015 - Many Glacier

Well, we made it to Many Glacier--but a little late. Got there on Sunday and got a site--small, but we were able to squeeze in. More later as we are now going on a bus trip over the Going to the Sun Road. I am also going to get Debi to do a guest blog about her hikes here in Glacier. We got to Many Glacier late. Not late in the day but late in the season. We got there on the 20th and most everything in Many Glacier was closing that day--the store, the lodge, the motel, and the Many Glacier Boat trips. We squeezed into a real small site and...

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Aug 23, 2015 - Beaver Pond Loop

Last day in Glacier National Park Sunday, August 23: Beaver Pond Loop via Red Eagle Trail Weather: 29F, frozen and clear in the morning, warming to ~73F, calm and sunny Route: Walking trail to the St. Mary Visitor Center and the Red Eagle Trailhead Trip Average Gas Mileage: 27.9 mi/gal Highlights: - waking up to a frozen tent fly - enjoying a short, peaceful hike by ourselves around the Beaver Pond - seeing solar flares and two large sun spots through Solar Telescopes - getting all our hiking clothes and underwear washed in two...

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Aug 22, 2015 - Ptarmigan Falls, Lake and Tunnel

Another hike in the Many Glacier area Saturday, August 22: Ptarmigan Falls, Lake and Tunnel Trails Weather: ~45F, cool and clear in the morning, warming to ~63F, calm and sunny Route: Going to the Sun Road → US-89N → MT-464W → Swiftcurrent Motor Inn Trip Average Gas Mileage: 27.9 m/gal Highlights: - a hot breakfast with tea to start the cold morning - having a glorious view of the snow-dusted mountains from our campsite - having a beautiful calm sunny day perfect for hiking With two layers of pyjamas on last night we were very cozy in...

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Aug 21, 2015 - Grinnell Glacier Trail

Many Glacier area Friday, August 21: Grinnell Glacier Viewpoint Trail Weather: ~54F, cool and overcast in the morning, warming to ~66F and very windy Route: Going to the Sun Road → US-89N → MT-464W → Many Glacier Hotel Trip Average Gas Mileage: 27.9 m/gal Highlights: - seeing Mountain Goats, a snake and Big-Horned Sheep on our hike - seeing the Grinnell Glacier before it completely melts away - mailing Bill's hat back from Babb, MT - surviving a freak thunderstorm with sleet and strong winds Wow! Unlike in the movies, there was no...

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Aug 20, 2015 - Two Medicine Lake

Aster Park Trail and Falls Thursday, August 20: Trails in the Two Medicine area of Glacier N.P. Weather: ~54F, cool and overcast in the morning, warming to ~77F and windy Route: Going to the Sun Road → St. Mary Visitor Center → US-89S → MT-49 → Two Medicine Trip Average Gas Mileage: 27.9 m/gal Highlights: - reading the informative exhibits at the St. Mary Visitor Center - seeing the very different landscapes in the Two Medicine area of the Park - having a short hike/rest day - hearing compliments about Hubby's guitar playing We were...

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Aug 19, 2015 - Piegan Pass and St. Mary Campground

East of the Continental Divide Wednesday, August 19: Piegan Trail and St. Mary Campground Weather: ~48F, cool and sunny in the morning, warming to ~80F and windy Route: Going to the Sun Road → Logan Pass Visitor Center → Sun Road → Siyeh Bend → Sun Road Trip Average Gas Mileage: 27.9 m/gal Highlights: - finding a parking spot at Logan Pass to view the exhibits and read the placards along the short Geology Walk - finding a parking spot at Siyeh Bend to hike the Piegan Pass Trail - gorgeous views at Piegan Pass - seeing Ptarmigan,...

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Aug 18, 2015 - Highline and Granite Park Chalet Trails

Living up to the hype Tuesday, August 18: Highline and Granite Park Chalet Trails Weather: ~50F, cool and partly sunny in the morning, warming to ~73F with no wind Route: Going to the Sun Road → Apgar Visitor Center → Logan Pass on the Park Shuttle Trip Average Gas Mileage: 27.6 m/gal Highlights: - seeing a Mountain Goat and two Big-Horned Sheep on the trail - seeing the Granite Park Chalet - seeing plenty of wildflowers and autumn-coloured blueberry bushes - finding Bill's hat at the Logan Pass Visitor Center Lost and Found -...

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Aug 17, 2015 - Avalanche Lake and Trail of Cedars

Monday, August 17: Avalanche Lake and Trail of Cedars Weather: ~55F, cool and overcast in the morning, warming to ~77F with no wind Route: Going to the Sun Road → Apgar Visitor Center → Avalanche Creek on the Park Shuttle Trip Average Gas Mileage: 27.6 m/gal Highlights: - a good night's sleep on our new air mattresses - an easy transit on the free shuttle to Avalanche Creek - our first real hike of the trip Last night was the first full-night test of our new Nemo 2.5” air-mattress sleeping pads. They are longer and thicker than the...

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Jul 31, 2015 - Highline Trail

Friday was out last day in the park. Going to the Sun Road had opened to Logan Pass and the Highline Trail was now open, so we were excited to be able to do this epic hike before our trip was over. We arrived at the Loop shortly after 7, planning to take the shuttle to Logan Pass and hike back to the cars. Unfortunately, most of the shuttles were full or had limited seating. The recent reopening of Logan Pass had greatly increased the crowds. We finally got four people on a shuttle, then drove the rest of us in the van to Logan Pass. After...

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Jul 30, 2015 - Sperry Chalet

Thursday morning, most of the group woke up and left at 5 to hike the Swiftcurrent Pass Trail, but I wasn’t feeling great and wanted to sleep in a bit. So Sandy and I headed to McDonald Lodge a little later in the morning to hike to Sperry Chalet. We parked at the lodge and started our hike around 930. Before we left the parking lot, we met an older gentleman named Jack, who was also hiking up to Sperry Chalet. He joined us for our hike and we enjoyed talking with him along the trail. Good conversation made the rather steep trail a little...

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