Friday, July 8, 2011

Glacier National Park Continued.... Exploring the East Side

Monday Morning, June 27th we headed south through Blackfeet Country into Montana to explore the eastern areas of Glacier National Park (GNP). 

Cows roamed free as we drove through Blackfeet Country

We spent the next 2 days kayaking, canoeing and hiking the eastern side of GNP at Many Glacier, St. Mary and Two Medicine areas. 

Many Glacier Hotel overlooking Swiftcurrent Lake

It was fun to paddle across the lake, dock our boat then hike to another beautiful lake or waterfall.  The weather warmed up and we were hiking though snow 18" deep with T-shirts and water sandles, it seemed surreal. Monday night we drove west on the Going to the Sun Road from St. Mary's to our lodgings for the night.  A rustic cabin at the Rising Sun Motor Lodge right in eastern GNP. 

In front of the Boat Dock at Lake McDonald

The lakes and streams are formed from the melting snow and glaciers.  They are the liquid aqua marine color of a glacier.  One of the park rangers told us the water is so clean that their aren't many fish that live here.  Very little microscopic vegetation for the fish to feed on.  The water was around 39*F.  Most lakes and streams have 2000-3000 fish/acre.  At Glacier this time of year it is more like 500 fish/acre.

Did I mention the abundance of wild life we saw in the and around the park? Grizzly (luckly we were in our car driving by when we saw him), deer, cows, moose, chipmunks, squirrel, marmots and beautiful wild flowers.

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