Sunday, August 6th …Day 91 … Avalanche Lake Trail, Glacier National Park, Montana
On the road at 7AM to beat the crowds, trail head is a 17 mile ride here in the park, not many cars. We took the boardwalk cedar trail to meet up with Avalanche, about a 5 miler today, nice that they include some handicap accessible trails, seeing more and more of it. Up and up we go, cool bright morning, air is filled with the scents of the wilderness, followed a crystal clear glacier fed stream that passes through a dense fir, cedar and cottonwood forest. Nice uphill trail, along the way, glimpses of the stream and mountains in the new morning light. We stopped to pick a few raspberries, turned around and there was a deer right behind us, walking towards the stream, never even acknowledged us, the nerve! When we arrived at the lake the morning sun was just breaking above the mountain rim shining down on the green-blue colored glacial lake, bright colored stones, greens, reds and browns glistened along the shores and several waterfalls cascaded down the mountain sides feeding it from high…….. We hiked to the other end, rested on a large log, Carol soaked her feet a bit, a few other hikers were spread out enjoying the moment……sometimes everything is just right…..On our way back down I spotted another deer just off the trail, she turned around, not startled, walked a few feet and stopped, I whistled lightly, spoke, but she never turned around, then two new fawns appeared, like she was showing them off, she turned and walked toward us, we backed away and watched them as they slowly wandered off… pretty cool … On our way back down we saw well over 100 hikers climbing up the trail, of every size, shape and nationality, some in flip flops with the latest fashions and others that looked like they were dressed by Daniel Boone himself! There was enough Bear Spray on that trail to take down a herd of Buffalo! Takes all sorts I suppose, keeps life interesting. You can bet we will have another early start tomorrow………………..
One of the feeder streams to the lake...
Colorful rocks, rock!
Wonderful day, time for a swim!