Wednesday, May 10 – Apgar Lookout – 9 miles out and back
It's hard to believe we have been in Montana for 2 months - ONLY 2 months?! We have packed in so much already, my senses tell me it's longer. I have learned a great deal about the flora and fauna of the Flathead Valley, such that my notes from our early hikes seem almost childish. But guess what? You are the beneficiary of my augmented knowledge - I am going to take editorial licence and ensure that my identifications are correct, even if they don't reflect the notes I took that day. OK with you?
This saddens me, of course, but it also means that you have clear views of the mountains in all directions.
Great pictures! Mountains are always majestic, but the snowcaps make them pop. Apgar Lookout peers over Lake McDonald, which provided a grand mirror for the peaks at the far end of the lake.
We reluctantly headed down. In the wet areas near streams, Western Tailed Blue butterflies would leave the mud and flit around us - all my attempts to creep up on them for photos were desperate failures. As a consolation prize, I snapped these trillium, a known spring flower from my Ohio days.
|Trillium turn pink as they reach the end of the bloom|
There is something about expectation that sets a boundary, isn't there? We originally planned for a 5 mile hike; this expanded to 9 miles round trip because the road was closed 2 miles before the trailhead. As best we could determine, it was the fault of the nesting pair of osprey - they had chosen a tree quite close to the road! So, rather than blame the ospreys, we went for pie!
Linking to Nature Notes