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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 - 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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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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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 hike. 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. We got four people on a shuttle, then drove the rest of us in the van to Logan Pass. After getting our stuff together, we set off on our hike. Highline Trail is certainly one of the most spectacular...

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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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Jul 29, 2015 - Two Medicine

Wednesday, we left the house a little later. We were only driving to Two Medicine and our boat ride wasn’t until 1030. Unfortunately, there was construction on US-2 just before East Glacier that slowed things down, but we made it to Two Medicine in time. At 1030, we set off across the lake. The mountains surrounding the lake were beautiful and a ranger accompanied the tour to give us some information about the natural history of the area. At the other side of the lake, we set off on our hike. We started by hiking about a mile to Twin Falls....

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Jul 28, 2015 - Grinnell Glacier

Tuesday, we had another long drive to Many Glacier. Along the way, we stopped at Goat Lick Overlook to see the mountain goats. We could see three, but they were too far away for a good picture. Then we continued the rest of the way to Many Glacier and first stopped at the trailhead for Apikuni Falls. This was our warm-up hike. It’s less than a mile to the waterfall, but fairly steep. The trail follows Apikuni Creek upstream to the falls. The waterfall is nearly 150 feet and really beautiful. We could even see a small rainbow near the base....

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Jul 28, 2015 - Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is located in the U.S. state of Montana, on the Canada–United States border with the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. Part of the park is closed due to wild fires however we still managed to visit some beautiful sections including Many Glacier, Two Medicine, the Going to the Sun Road up to Logan's Pass. One of the most amazing highlights of Glacier National Park is a drive on the Going to the Sun Road. This engineering marvel spans 50 miles through the park's wild interior, winding around...

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Jul 27, 2015 - Avalanche Lake & Going to the Sun Road

We slept in a bit in the morning and headed out in the late morning for a shorter drive. We headed into the park from the West Glacier side and drove Going to the Sun Road to Avalanche Creek Trailhead. As we’d gotten a late start, the parking lot was full and we had to drive another mile up the road to park. I headed down to McDonald Creek and got some pictures here. Then we walked the road to the trailhead and started off on Trail of the Cedars through a forest wide some immense trees. Then we got on Avalanche Creek Trail and started...

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Jul 26, 2015 - Ptarmigan Tunnel & Iceberg Lake

Sunday morning, we woke up very early to leave the house at around 630. So early, in fact, that a deer was grazing in the backyard as we were getting ready to leave. She was surprised to see people up at this time! It was a long drive over to the Many Glacier area of the park. The Going to the Sun Road was closed due to the Reynolds Creek Fire, so we drove US-2 around the park and then headed north on MT-49 and US-89. We stopped at an overlook on US-89 near the Cut Bank entrance to the park for a couple pictures and the chance to stretch...

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Jul 17, 2015 - A good day for Eyeore

Friday July 17, 2015 Miserable rainy day in East Glacier. Drove to Many Glacier and hung out at the lodge around their really big fireplace in the round. The logs they burn are 5 feet long. There is a guy dressed up in a traditional Swiss costume (I bet he just loves that) who comes around with a huge steel pole to place a new log every now and then. The scenery looks to be fantastic, but we just did not get the opportunity to see it.

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Jul 16, 2015 - Two Medicine Lake

Thursday July 16, 2015 Travel to 2 Medicine. Hike to Upper Two Medicine Lake with a ranger. On the way back it turned rainy and gloomy for good. What we learned today: Moose can dive 25 feet down to the bottom of a lake and stay there for three minutes.

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