Piegan Pass, our destination on July 11, 2019, is Entry 53 in my hiking journal. "We left the house at 6.30 a.m. to ensure that we would find an open spot at the Siyeh Bend parking area. As it was, we had to park up the hill from the trailhead. We left the car at 9.10 a.m. and arrived at Piegan Pass at noon."
Reading this, I am struck by how the situation has changed in three years. Due to high visitation in Glacier National Park, a vehicle reservation system was implemented in 2021. Today, to reach the Siyeh Bend parking area, you would need a vehicle reservation, or plan to enter the Park well before 6 am. Sounds simple, right? Time to read the fine print:
"I saw a Rose Paintbrush for the first time - it was mixed in the meadows with Glacier Lilies and Lanceleaf Spring Beauty."
I have chills of anticipation, just musing about our hikes next week. "Man with Hat" returns, and we can be together with nary a distraction. Life is busy right now with his flying lessons and my gardening, not to mention the normal daily tasks. Carefree time, just the two of us, will be joyful. Mix in epic landscapes, with its natural flora and fauna, and it's the best of all possible worlds. And last but not least, this is our inaugural adventure with a new volunteer opportunity - collecting data on the Mountain Goat and Bighorn Sheep populations in the Park. Stay tuned for our report!