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Sunrise in Montana

I awoke early for some reason.  Perhaps it was the wind which was rocking the trailer.  Montana is the windiest place we have been.  When I looked out the window to the east, there was just the glimmer of the sunrise above the bluff behind us.  So, out in my pajamas, there I was snapping pictures. 

Out by 8 a.m., we were in the park within a few minutes.  St. Mary’s Lake, a glacier lake, borders the road for the first 9 miles.  As we faced west, we had beautiful blue skies, but looking to the east the skies were gray.  There was also a haze in the air from fires to the west and south.  A small island, Wild Goose Island, sits in the middle of St. Mary’s Lake. 

From here we walked into Sun Point near the end of St. Mary’s Lake where you get a wide view of many mountains in the area. We met a group of folks from Indiana at Sun Point and we continued to run into them the rest of the day

 Then we hiked into Baring Falls and as we got close a second trail intersected the one we were on and there were the folks from Sun Point.

St. Mary's Lake
  This was fine going down but coming back was quite a hike.

We drove through Logan Pass where the Visitor Center is at the high point.  As we wandered around the area I spotted a momma mountain goat and her baby.  Fred followed them and found the whole herd.  By the time we got out to the road, the goat herd was there as well.  After photographing the goats, we walked toward the trail across the street to almost be run over by a herd of big horn sheep.  They were so close my camera lens was too big to get the entire sheep.

As we drove along we passed waterfalls and the weeping wall.  The only down side to the drive is the construction that is going on at the highest points on the road. 

Coming down the other side we stopped at the swimming hole, beautiful blue pool and McDonald Falls.  Just as we got the McDonald Lake the storm that had be threatening arrived, so this seemed like a good time for lunch.  By the time we had finished eating the storm was moving on, so we finished the drive through the park and returned to St. Mary by the roads that surround the park. 

When we go back to St. Mary the sun was out bright and shining, so we returned to the “Going to the Sun Highway” to capture a few more pictures.

The park is very nice.  The one disappointing fact is that the glaciers are disappearing.  There are only 28 remaining and most of those are small representations of the original glaciers.  There is only one glacier visible from the road.

Tomorrow we will move closer to home.

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Sunrise in Montana
Sunrise in Montana
Park Entrance
Park Entrance
St. Marys Lake
St. Mary's Lake
Wild Goat Island in St. Marys Lake
Wild Goat Island in St. Mary's Lake
Looking toward triple divide peak
Looking toward triple divide peak
Going to the Sun Mountain
Going to the Sun Mountain
Going to the sun pano
Going to the sun pano
Mountain scene
Mountain scene
Rugged mountains
Rugged mountains
Baring Falls
Baring Falls
Sunlit mountains
Sunlit mountains
Two peaks
Two peaks
Mountain valley
Mountain valley
Waterfall
Waterfall
Jackson Glacier
Jackson Glacier
Mountain goat
Mountain goat
Close Big Horn Sheep
Close Big Horn Sheep
Herd of big horns
Herd of big horns
Clements Mountain
Clement's Mountain
Baby goat
Baby goat
What are you looking at?
What are you looking at?
McDonald River
McDonald River
Swimming Hole
Swimming Hole
McDonald Falls
McDonald Falls
As far as the eye can see
As far as the eye can see
Glacier National Park
photo by: mrgishi