I am so blessed with adventures in our beloved Montana that I doubt I will ever lack for blog content! I have already penned 5 posts about our July activities, and yet I have more to share from last month. It's a bit of a potpourri, a hodgepodge, a mish-mash. Welcome to the July jumble!
My nephew took the picture at left - isn't he a terrific photographer? He was so kind during his visit - always asking if we would like a photo! And sometimes, he snapped one from behind us. Awww ....
Kootenai Falls and Ross Creek Cedars are go-to sights when we have visitors. On the day we explored the area, it was red hot, and ideal for dipping toes (or more) into the glacial waters of the Kootenai River.
Before we began our back-country camping trip with my nephew (see previous posts here, here and here), we navigated the white-knuckle twists of the mountainous Going to the Sun Road. I have lost count of the number of times we have gazed upon the majesty of Glacier National Park from this road, but I can assure you I never tire of it.
The summit of the Road is Logan Pass, equally renowned for access to the Highline Trail and the Hidden Lake Trail, AND the difficulty of obtaining a spot in the parking lot! I won't bore you with the details of finding not just one but TWO spots; let's focus on the photos and videos of the 3 mile round trip "hike" to the Hidden Lake Overlook.
You might (reasonably) surmise from the photo above that no-one else was around; in reality, this is one of the most popular hikes in the park since the views are expansive, the distance to the Overlook is relatively short and the trail is (mostly) flat. So, it takes some ingenuity and patience to obtain shots without any people!
In the summer, it is quite common to see mountain goats along this trail, and this day did not disappoint; we must have seen at least a dozen goats, including kids born in the spring. Sometimes it even seems that they are posing for you!
Check out the videos!
At the Overlook, a circular boardwalk provides plenty of space for hikers to linger for a snack with a view.
On the way back, I snapped this picture of a meadow strewn with glacier lilies. As one of the first flowers to emerge in the spring, this is evidence that it wasn't too long ago that snow still covered this area. (And this picture was taken on July 8!)
We headed down from the summit of Logan Pass, toward St. Mary's. Along the way, we stopped for a short stroll to Sun Point. I am eternally grateful to my nephew for suggesting a photo op featuring a hug, and then taking this picture (the background really makes the shot, don't you think?) We might be getting this one framed!
Our next milestone was Many Glacier, to drop off my vehicle at the end of the trail (where we would emerge 4 days later). In the past, we have been fortunate to see bears along the road, but at a safe distance. Once again, we were not disappointed; a mama black bear and her baby were grazing in the meadow. They are hard to see in the video below, but be patient and they will appear!
On July 31, Spousal Unit and I went out for dinner to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary (it actually falls on August 3, but he would be headed to Alaska that day for salmon fishing). A fitting end to the month, and hopefully the beginning of another adventurous 30 years!