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.
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 BaringFalls
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
fine going down but coming back was quite a hike.
where the VisitorCenter 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.
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.
down the other side we stopped at the swimming hole, beautiful blue pool and McDonaldFalls.Just as we got the McDonaldLake 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.
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.
we will move closer to home.
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