July 20th ~ Glacier National Park
Glacier NP is often called the Crown of the Continent, and with good reason. It is enormous, diverse, sits on our northern US/Canada border, and provides magnificent scenery.
“The park encompasses over 1 million acres (4,000 km2) and includes parts of two mountain ranges (sub-ranges of the Rocky Mountains), over 130 named lakes, more than 1,000 different species of plants, and hundreds of species of animals. This vast pristine ecosystem is the centerpiece of what has been referred to as the “Crown of the Continent Ecosystem”, a region of protected land encompassing 16,000 square miles (41,000 km2).” ~ Wikipedia
After spending several days exploring the western corner and mid section of the park, we decided to take a drive around the southern loop and enter through the eastern edge.
To orient yourself, we have been camped in Apgar, which is at the bottom edge of the bump on the west side, at the base of Lake McDonald. We exited the park, and took Highway 2 which followed along the border, heading southeast, then northeast, and finally northwest making a big “U” shape to then reenter the park near Two Medicine.
The hike we had chosen today was to Running Eagle Falls ~ .03 miles (one way) and handicap accessible. It is also called Trick Falls in some publications.
It was mid afternoon by the time we arrived and our lighting was not ideal to put it mildly, but the falls were very interesting. I have never seen falls that come right out of the middle of a rock wall.
We saw posted pictures that showed that at certain times of the year that the water also flows over the top of the cliff, but then it might cover the part that was so fascinating for us.
The old original lodges of our National Parks are each unique and magnificent. Many of them were built by the railroads. We decided to stop by and check out Glacier Park Lodge with its huge log beams.
We have combined and shared our evening meals which have included roasting brats over a campfire, steaks and hamburgers grilled to perfection, fruit salad, tossed green salad, chips with homemade hummus and of course plenty of watermelon.
We are certainly living the good life!
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that some of the hikes are made accessible for the handicapped. Everyone should have the opportunity to see and enjoy our National Parks. I hope that more sites will become available in the future.