The Parkelogue Danya & Eric's National Park Travelogue

Boating on Lake McDonald

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We decided that today would be a great day to get out on the water. So we headed to Lake McDonald and rented a row boat.

 

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We are underway!

 

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There were minimal waves in the water and the progress was steady. With views like this, rowing is easy!

 

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The shore line has really interesting trees, rocks, and driftwood.

 

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We decided that we should take a break and check out some of that shore up close.

 

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Some of these trees look like they are going to walk right into the water!

 

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We got the boat back just before the rain rolled in. Two hours of rowing was as much as we could handle!

 

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The Lake McDonald Lodge is a really cozy place to wait out the rain.

 

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Once the sky cleared, we grabbed a quiet bench next to a stream that flows into Lake McDonald to relax before dinner.

 

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Of course Danya got to have her favorite burger again!

Many Glacier Hike to Iceberg Lake

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Today we hiked the trail to Iceberg Lake. The total hike was about 12 miles and the payoff is beyond worth it!

 

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The views of the valley and mountains in Many Glacier are incredible on this hike!

 

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There were a bunch of places along the hike where water streams out from the rocks and down into the valley.

 

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The trail is in great shape and begs you to pick up the pace. The icebergs are close!

 

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Ptmarigan Falls is about two-thirds of the way there and has a nice view from the top.

 

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  It was also a nice spot to rest before the last leg of the hike.

 

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There were more streams to cross but we were almost there!

 

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We are here! The excitement is real!

 

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Danya even got to touch an iceberg. Don't fall in!

 

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The sun really came out for our hike back.

 

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The Many Glacier area really is beautiful!

 

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Our Red Jammer Bus Tour

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The historic Jammer Red Bus Tours are a great way to see Glacier National Park from a cool vintage 1930's bus. We learned a lot about the history of the Glacier area and about the Blackfeet Indian Nation from our tour guide Ken. The weather was overcast and rainy for most of our 8 hour tour but we did get to see some amazing sights and even got to take the top down for the final stretch!

 

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One of the really interesting stops on our tour was the Izaak Walton Inn. It is a really neat train themed inn right next to the rail lines. You can actually rent converted rail cars to stay in! We learned all about the rail history of this part of Montana and the Great Northern Railway. We came back that night for dinner. It was excellent!

 

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We stopped at the Lake McDonald Lodge for Lunch. Danya can definitely recommend the Elk Burger with Goat Cheese & Huckleberry Jam!

 

undefined We rode over the Going-To-The-Sun Road which is an exciting ride with breath-taking views and you feel like you are hanging on the edge of a cliff for most of the ride. We definitely recommend sitting on the right side of the Jammer Bus if traveling west to east. That will put you right on the edge!

 

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We stopped at the Logan Pass Visitor's Center and we were in the clouds that day!

 

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The views from the road are spectacular!

 

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We had views of Jackson Glacier from the road. The weather made it pretty spooky looking!

 

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We got to see a bear on our ride around Saint Mary Lake. This funny guy was right next to the road and stopping traffic so everyone could take pictures and the poor Park Ranger lady had to follow him and warn all of the tourists to keep their distance!

 

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Eric got to play helper taking down the top of our Jammer so that we could all enjoy the sun for our ride through East Glacier. Thanks for the great trip Ken!

Hiking the Two Medicine Lake and Waterfalls

Today we hiked around Two Medicine Lake and saw 4 very cool waterfalls. We even got to walk into one of the pools at the base of one. Very Cold!

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This is Running Eagle Falls which is the closest falls to the parking area for Two Medicine. It is really cool how the water has carved it's way through the middle of the rock.

 

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About a 20 minute hike from the parking area is a place called Paradise Point. We were lucky enough to see two female moose. They were just chilling by the water.

 

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The next stop was Aster Falls. You can clearly see Danya reflecting before our challenging climb ahead... 

 

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So the hike up to the viewing point above Aster Falls is challenging but well worth it. The view was fantastic and really gives a true sense on the scope of the valley below.

 

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There were a couple of bridges on the hike but this one was the most fun! It was a little bouncy and strictly one person at a time!

 

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The trail on the south side of Two Medicine has wonderful views of the landscape.

 

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Rockwell Falls was next on the hike. A bit of a hike off of the main trail but very cool and very climbable.

 

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We even took the opportunity to put on our water shoes and wade a little bit. Burr it was cold!!!

 

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The views of the lake were really breath taking!

 

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This marmot guy was just hanging out on a rock waiting to introduce himself to us. What a character!

 

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The final waterfall on our trek is called Twin Falls and it was unique end to our hike.

 

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The boat ride back across Two Medicine lake had some interesting views for sure but we were spent! What a journey ;)

 

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The Glacier Park Lodge

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The Glacier Park Lodge was built in 1913 and sits right outside Glacier and beside the railroad station for traveling by train to this beautiful park. The grounds in front of the lodge are really cool with an amazing garden and some neat tipi tents!

 

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The Lodge is known for it's giant douglas fir columns. They are impressive!

 

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The view from our window is equally impressive!

Arrival at the Great Glacier National Park!

Today we arrived at our nation's 8th National Park! Established in 1910, it covers over 1 million acres of pristine wilderness and is known as the "Crown of the Continent". There are only 25 active glaciers still remaining in the park today while there were over 150 estimated to exist in the mid 1800's. By 2030 or sooner, it will be too warm to support any glaciers in the park so we feel privileged to be able to do this trip now. 

 

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Here we are standing in front of the entrance to the park, on the east side by Lower Two Medicine Lake. We were on the hunt for a beautiful sunset spot and saw a perfect opportunity to capture our first steps into Glacier!

 

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What an unbelievably beautiful place! Here we are overlooking the Lower Two Medicine Lake.

  

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The drive in from the airport was picturesque and we stopped by Hungry Horse Dam on the recommendation of our friendly neighbor on the plane. 

 

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After leaving Hungry Horse, we headed to a place called Goat Lick Overlook so that we could see some mountain goats! The goats were not out in full force but we did catch one waaay off on the horizon hanging on the edge. Here is Danya trying to get a peek ;)

 

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We also found a really beautiful area to get a closer look at the Flathead river and it was an opportunity to skip a few stones. Danya is a pro!

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