Friday, October 31, 2014

Logan Pass Weather Coming

As we hiked down from Grinnell Glacier, the temperature became increasingly colder and the wind picked up.  By the time we reached the car it was completely overcast and by the time we were on the road it was socked in and raining.  We reached Logan Pass on the Going to the Sun Highway about the same time the weather did and we were treated to this spectacular sight from the other side.  That night it snowed enough to close Going to the Sun Highway for a couple of days.  We went back to Whitefish and spent the next few days at Flathead Lake and surrounding areas.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Grinnell Glacier Trail Heading Back Down

 Weather was starting to roll in from the east as we headed back down the trail.  There are a couple of these big cairns along the trail close to the glacier.  It looks like people add to the pile as they pass by.  I added mine near the top!
 I love this picture with the trail behind me!
A little lower down - the clouds rolling in and the lakes below.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Western Anemone Seedpod in Glacier National Park

It was wonderful to be visiting late in the summer.  Sure, we missed seeing a lot of flowers, but the seedpods and berries were equally stunning.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Trail to Grinnell Glacier

 Progress was kind of slow because we had to stop so often to take pictures.  It was just stunning at every step.  The light was just great at this early morning hour.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

On the Trail to Grinnell Glacier

The glacier is right above Joe's head in this picture.  We were about 3 miles away at this point.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Lake Josephine in the Morning

The trail to Grinnell Glacier began at Swiftcurrent Lake, where we followed the shore along to Lake Josephine (above).  We paused for a photo from the dock used by the ferry boat that takes passengers to the other end of the lake (saving them a few miles of hiking to get to Grinnell Glacier).  We chose to hike instead of taking the ferry.  We had the trail to ourselves until we got to the other end of the lake, where we met up with the tour group that had just gotten off the boat.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

At the Trailhead for Grinnell Glacier

 We had beautiful weather for (part of) our trip to Glacier National Park, and we'd allowed at least one day for a hike.  We chose to go to Grinnell Glacier, 5 1/2 miles each way from the Swiftcurrent trailhead.  It was described in our guidebook and map as having breathtaking views, so that sounded great.  Here is Joe at the trailhead before we set out at about 8 AM.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Breakfast at Many Glacier

 Steam was rising off Swiftcurrent Creek, too.  We had our breakfast on the banks of Swiftcurrent Lake.  Unbelievable!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Swiftcurrent Lake in the Morning

 One of the rewards of rising early was the opportunity to watch the steam rise off the surface of Swiftcurrent Lake.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Many Glacier Hotel

 We spent the night at Many Glacier and got up early to get some early morning photos of the sun on the mountains.  We were not disappointed (it was chilly, though).