Went up towards the Canadian border today (making sure not to accidentally cross over – I can’t risk Nick getting deported for illegally entering Canada without a visa…it would be a long drive home by myself!). On route to Glacier National Park, we went around a curve and caught our first sight of Flathead Lake. It’s a giant lake but has insanely clear, blue-green water that looks COLD (and probably is, considering it’s literally glacial).
At the west park entrance they told us that the ‘Going-to-the-sun-road’ was closed halfway up because there was still snow on the pass. We couldn’t do the whole drive, but we could hike/bike if we wanted – um, really? If it’s too snowy to drive you really want me to hike? I didn’t quite prepare for winter weather hikes when I packed for a June/July trip. We drove to a spot for a short day hike through a cedar forest ending up at a gorgeous lake fed by the waterfalls coming over the mountains, melt water from one of the parks’ remaining 27 glaciers that sits up above. What surprised me most was that it was hot down below where we were – I had assumed that it would be a bit colder, but I guess we weren’t at a super high elevation.
While we were there, Nick discovered chipmunks, and was highly entertained by their spastic antics. He says they’re a cross between a field mouse and a squirrel, and more fun than watching squirrels (one of his fav things to do in MN – apparently they are not so common in SA). I am puzzled by the signs up all over the place about bear safety – they say that you can’t leave any water, toiletries, etc. anywhere in your tent, cooler, etc. b/c of the grizzlies…what are you supposed to do if you want to go camping in the park? just not eat/bathe at all? Bathing I could do, but eating seems essential. Another mystery – anyone have any idea what the big, slanted wooden structures are that are scattered around the state on farmlands? I thought they were fences at first, but then realized they didn’t connect to anything so they wouldn’t be very effective keeping anything in. Maybe something to do with the wind?
Sign of the day – ‘Burgerland: Home of the Flathead Mullet’. If you didn’t know mullet was a fish…